In 2017, my New Years’ Resolution was to deadlift a 1RM of 250 pounds by the end of the year. Depression made sure that I did not achieve that goal.
In 2018, my resolution was to take one Polaroid picture per day and put it in an album to look back on. I gave up on that around January 31st.
In 2019, my resolution was to read 50 books and record a one second video every single day that year so I could make a cool video at the end of the year. I definitely did not achieve that because 2019 was my busiest year in my adult life!
In 2020, I DID achieve my first goal by reaching three clients in my business by March and finishing my Precision Nutrition certification, so yay for that. My other goal was to be pregnant by the end of 2020. Kind of a dumb goal to set, now that I think about it. I’ll be making a post about that whole *thing* in the future.
The thing here is: the goals I DID achieve this year were not New Years Resolutions. They were goals that I wrote down back in January that I said I wanted to accomplish in the first 3-6 months of 2020.
What am I getting at here?
To be blunt: New Years Resolutions are stupid and a waste of time.
I see it all the time in my industry: people set a huge goal, change their lifestyle all at once, become overwhelmed, and then quit by March.
Why set a big goal to accomplish in one year when you can set smaller goals to accomplish throughout the year, and then look back on the year in December and be proud of everything you did?
The above statement does not apply to 2020, obviously. Most of us did not achieve or do anything we wanted to this year, and that’s okay.
Three months into the year, a lot of us took our goals and changed them into something like, “I just want to stay healthy” or “I just want to keep food on my table.”
I can tell you guys that after getting my nutrition certification… I did nothing. My goal was simply to not get sick and do my best.
Thoughts on 2021
Just because it is the end of this godforsaken year does not mean that our problems go away at the stroke of midnight. I know a lot of us really wish that was so, myself included!
I plan to create a list of things I would like to do in 2021, however I am setting zero expectations to get them done. If there is one thing I learned in 2020 when it comes to goals, it is that your goal at the beginning of the year will look way different than your goal six months in; and your goal six months in will be different than your goal in December.
I plan to take 2021 month by month, and I encourage others to do the same. Who knows what the year will hold. I just want to remind you to not be so hard on yourself.
2020 was rough, but there is no need to call 2021 “the comeback year” because we truly do not know our future in 2021.
My personal plan is to not set any expectations because I will be either pleasantly surprised or not surprised at all, and therefore not disappointed!