Are you ready to level up in 2021? A lot of us have gone through incredible amount of change during 2020. Parents, teachers, and students had to quickly adapt to new ways of teaching with online/hybrid learning systems. Many experienced significant changes in ways of doing things and conducting business. The list goes on…
As we step into 2021, it’s like a fresh new chapter in our lives that we have the power to write and own. Let’s leverage the excitement and optimism as we enter 2021. The way we do that is by leveling up in every area of our lives.
Check out the 6 tips on how to level up in 2021
Assess all aspects of your lifestyle
We often make new year resolutions that are hard to stick to after a few weeks. There’s nothing wrong with making new year resolutions, however the key is to take a step back and visualize what you want to achieve in all aspects of your life including health, family, career, financial wellness and relationships. Think long-term and even beyond 2021. Some questions to reflect on could include:
- What do I want to accomplish this year as it relates to health, financial wellness, career, family, and any other areas that are important to me?
- What does success look like at the end of this year in these aspects?
- What does stepping out of my comfort zone look like in accomplishing these goals?
- Why is it important for me to work on these aspects and improve?
- What impact do I want to make this year by working on these areas?
- How can I encourage and empower by spouse and/or kids to level up this year? (if applicable)
- How do level up in serving others and the community?
Pick a stretch goal in every area
Once you know where you are headed in 2021, don’t shy away from picking a stretch goal in every area you want to improve. It doesn’t need to be this big, audacious goal. It could be as simple as reading a book for 5 extra minutes a day. If you are looking to take your exercise regime to the next level, it might be picking a workout that’s a stretch for you. Idea here is to follow the goldilocks rule to stretch yourself enough to grow, but not too much out of your league to achieve.
Focus on what’s more important
Another important aspect of leveling up is to identify your vital few. Ideally pick no more than 1-3 goals in each area and then prioritize the goals that are most important to you and have the most impact overall.
Work on one goal at a time
One of my favorite experiments I remember from my childhood days was using a magnifying glass to create fire. We cannot start a fire with just the sun rays. When we let them pass through the focus of a magnifying glass, the magic happens. This analogy applies to achieving goals as well. We need to harness the power of focus on what’s important and put all our effort into that one goal to achieve it. The idea here is to pick one goal at time and put your 100% effort in achieving it before moving on to the next one.
One thing 2020 has taught us is that we cannot control everything around us. Change is the only constant and we must be prepared to change or be changed. Most of you would agree that you would rather change than be changed. The key is to plan to be flexible with what you are trying to accomplish. Looking for alternate options or re-visiting some of your goals will serve you in the long run.
Last but not the least, have fun while you are at it! It’s the journey that matters the most rather than just reaching your destination. Make sure to pick things that bring you happiness, put a smile on your face and hopefully others too!
How are you going to level up in 2021? What steps are you going to take to push your limits, improve yourself and inspire others?