Preparing for 2021 – Resolutions
By iNSPIRE Sport
With the new year quickly approaching and the extremely gruelling year of 2020 finally coming to an end, it is time to start mentally preparing for the new year. With many uncertainties still prominent due to COVID-19, it is important that we gain control of what we can. Below iNSPIRE has put together some tips on how to get the most out of preparing for 2021 and setting resolutions.
Be sure to set some goals and resolutions for yourself and your sporting career. While it is always important consistently improve as an athlete, we should never stop wanting to grow as people as well. Categorise your life (sport, family, friends, study etc.) and set some resolutions for all of them.
It is very easy to get caught up in that new year feeling and set resolutions that are a bit too ambitious – we have all been there. You get a month or two into the new year and feel as if you have failed yourself because the goal was too big. Be sure to set resolutions that you know you can achieve (it is still important to challenge yourself though).
This might mean that you set smaller stepping stones to be able to achieve the ultimate ones. For example if your goal is to compete at the national championships, you should first aim for the pathway – regionals, then states and so on. This makes it easier to not become overwhelmed and allows you to objectively tackle each resolution with more ease. Read more about goal setting and mindset here.
Have a purpose
Sometimes we can feel pressured to establish new year resolutions when everyone is making their own. This might mean that you may set goals without true reasoning behind them.
When setting resolutions, be sure that each and every one of them has a clear purpose that is driving the desired outcome. If you do not believe it help you become a better person or athlete and benefit you, then don’t set it. Read an article by Forbes written about making a new year’s resolution that will rock your career here.