Setting Goals for 2021? Here are Some Ideas…

Well, the New Year is almost upon us. Even though the change of a calendar seems like an arbitrary date to make changes, it provides a fresh starting point—even if it is only a calendar page.

Most people are looking forward to putting 2020 in the rearview mirror. Do more than just leave it behind, plan for a great 2021.

Take some time to reflect on the past year. What are you pleased with? What would you like to improve on? What do you want to change in your life?

Life does not sit still—it is always moving.

Maybe you’re faced with exciting prospects. Perhaps your family is growing with a baby on the way or planned in the near future. Maybe your children are older and on the verge of spreading their wings and leaving the nest. Maybe you’re not as agile as you used to be and the stairs in your home are becoming a challenge. Maybe you want to be more active and near the golf course, bike path, or gym.

Though these are things that relate to family, they also relate to “home.” Life changes can lead to changes in living situations. Perhaps the change has been put off for a while…but the change of the calendar is a good time as any to make a decision.

It’s always good to look for ways to improve yourself. Have you wanted to write a novel? Have you always wanted to learn to paint? Do you wish you knew how to play an instrument? These are all things that can be accomplished. Taking lessons or a class can help get you moving toward a goal.

Are you considering exercising more? Everyone seems to do that at the start of the year, but many people let their exercise fall by the wayside within a month or two. Consistency is the key. Consider getting a buddy that you can pair up with, or join a club. Have someone help keep you accountable and vice versa.

I have been a runner for most of my life but I became far more consistent with my running when I joined the Black Hills Runners Club (they have group runs and social event runs).

Perhaps getting an activity tracker may be helpful for you. Set a goal and try to achieve it consistently. When I was faced with a health challenge at the end of 2015 I decided I wanted to get at least 10,000 steps in per day. It’s not easy (that’s five miles of steps). I had done that for nearly a year and a half (491 days) until I fell short of my goal one day. Rather than abandoning it, after a couple of months of falling short, I recommitted myself to the goal. I ended up hitting at least 10,000 steps a day for 907 straight days—over two consecutive years! That streak ended in early 2020 and I started a new one that is at 247 consecutive days (and counting). Even if you set your goal lower, that’s okay. Just set a goal and go after it! Don’t get discouraged if you slide backwards. Recommit yourself to it.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to read the entire Bible. There are numerous reading plans out there to help you reach that goal. Again, the big thing is consistency. If you’ve already read the Bible cover to cover, you may want to read the Chronological Bible. It places the events in chronological order.

Whatever you decide to do, try to do it with conviction! Set a goal and create a plan. Then get ready and get started. You don’t need to wait to change the calendar.

Of course, if you’re looking at changing your home and are looking for a Realtor®, for whatever reason, please give me a call as I’d love to help you achieve your dreams!

Have a happy and safe New Year!


Ron Sasso

Ron Sasso