Happy New Year!
It’s finally 2021.
We’re all relieved to see 2020 come to a close and to see a new number at the top of that calendar.
New years often mean habit changes, fresh starts, and reflection on days past. And at 80/20 Plants we’re all about habit change, especially when it comes to benefiting your health. In fact, most New Year goals are health-related.
But here’s the thing: studies have shown that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. That’s because simply saying you want to make a change doesn’t mean you will. You need to have a driving force behind that change, to set intentions going into the new year.
And that’s what we’re thinking about this week: Setting intentions.
How will you reach your goal?
The fact of the matter is, if you want to accomplish something, you need to outline your intentions to accomplish it. The Harvard Business Review found that the most successful businesses were those that have clear, communicated intentions about what they want to accomplish.
The same idea applies to New Year’s goals or resolutions. Whether you want to eat healthier, drink more water, or incorporate more vegetables into your meals, you have to identify that desired outcome and map out how you plan to get there.
The transtheoretical model of change features 5 stages of creating change: Precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.
Setting intentions falls into that ‘preparation’ category. If you are prepared and ready to reach your goal, you are much more likely to get there.
Try to picture yourself a year from now and work backward. What are the steps you can take every single day to ensure you’ll be a better version of yourself in January 2022?
Maybe that means incorporating daily reminders into your routine like post-it notes on your mirror. Or it could be treating yourself to a new planner or calendar and writing out your plans for each day. The journey to reach a goal will be different for everyone, but we all need to plan just how we’ll get there.
So what is your goal for the new year, and how do you plan on achieving it?
Reach out to our coaches and let us know. We want to help you be the best and healthiest version of yourself in 2021!