What is your biggest obstacle to achieving your goals in 2021?
It’s not a lack of time or bad timing. It’s not age, ability, or finances. And it’s not even the coronavirus.
Believe it or not, research says it’s you.1
In fact, most of us trip ourselves up when it comes to achieving our goals. That includes New Year’s resolutions.2
Even when we have the best intentions, we can get in the way of our own progress. And that’s far more likely to happen during times of uncertainty.3
That’s when we tend to stagnate. We avoid long-term plans and push pause on our big goals. And we become paralyzed by uncertainty. Sometimes, that means we simply give up on setting goals entirely.4
And, yet, New Year’s goals help us. They give us a sense of control and keep us grounded in unpredictable times. And they can help us cope with uncertainty and motivate us to keep trying to improve parts of our lives.5 So, how do you overcome uncertainty paralysis? How do you set goals when everything feels so up in the air?
With a handful of simple, powerful principles that can help you set the right goals and expectations. If you can use these principles as you set and pursue your goals, you’ll be able to choose better goals that are within your power to achieve. You can also discover new paths to progress — even during the most chaotic times.
Progress Is Possible with the Right Mindset
Uncertainty is an inescapable part of life. And after a chaotic year, it may seem like things are more unpredictable than ever.
But the truth is that we live with a good amount of uncertainty every day. Every new year reminds us of that. And it gives another opportunity to get comfortable with what we don’t know and put our best foot forward.
The sooner we take that opportunity, the better. That’s how we start to get past the distress and anxiety that can come with the unknown. It’s how we quiet the false alarms in our heads and avoid forecasting and believing worst-case scenarios.5
With the right mindset, we can make better decisions about our goals and stay motivated to keep working toward them.11
And that can reshape our perspective and open us up to more creative thinking. It can also help us recognize and appreciate the possibilities that come with uncertainty, instead of being spooked by them.11
When we can embrace uncertainty and the possibilities it brings, we can learn more about ourselves and make meaningful progress, no matter how unpredictable things are.12
Discovering possibilities in uncertainty and setting goals are some of the most important things I do as a financial professional. I know how much things can change in a year. And I’ve seen how prudent plans and goals can lead to sound decisions that keep people on track to meet their long-term objectives.
With 2020 in the rearview mirror, now’s a good time to check in and see if your goals still work or if it’s time to shift gears.
Thoughts? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be delighted to chat.