And just like that, in the blink of an eye, 2021 is almost over. The week between Christmas and New Year that somehow feels incredibly quick and too long at the same time is here! As you navigate through the engagement announcements and new years #BodyGoals pics on your Instagram feed, take a moment to think about what you really want out of 2022.
Don’t get too swept up in unrealistic goals. In fact, avoid them like the plague (do we still use that term? Or is “avoid them like Omicron” more relevant these days?). Instead, set smaller, more manageable goals that will move you closer to where you want to be. We promise this will spare you from a lot of unnecessary feelings of demotivation in the new year.
For your 2022 vision board, whether it be a physical one with magazine cut-outs, a list written down in your journal, or even just a few thoughts that you have circling around your mind, our one piece of advice is this: keep it simple. Start with a few small goals you’d like to achieve and go for them! Think of them as smaller stepping stones to something bigger.
To help get you ready for the fast-approaching new year, we’ve put together a bit of a GOFA guide to setting short-term goals for yourself. Think about these as you approach your New Year’s resolutions:
We’re pretty sure that everyone has had a fitness goal for every new year that has come and gone, and this one will be no different. Now unlike the internet will have you believe, your fitness goals don’t need to be linked to any aesthetic desires at all. You don’t have to want to lose weight, gain weight, drop a dress size or get a smaller waist.
Instead, your fitness goals can be focused on something like working towards running a 5km, or lifting stronger weights, or going to weekly Thai kickboxing sessions – whatever body-focused goal you set for yourself is your’s to set. We know it’s easier said than done, but try not to let anyone else influence your wellness journey.
No more mind games
Life gets busy, and when it gets too busy, it can be hard to stay positive, focused, and grateful for all the things we have. As you set your resolutions, include some time for mindfulness. Maybe this will manifest as a gratitude journal, guided daily meditation, or regular yoga practice. Setting aside some time to practice mindfulness will go a long way in helping you stay grounded and can help to reduce feelings of anxiousness and being overwhelmed.
The third and final factor of our quick 2022 vision board guide is so named because this goal should be focused on something outside of the health and fitness realm. This can be career, hobby, family, or even relationship-focused. Having something else at the center of the resolutions you set will help you achieve that ever-elusive sense of balance we all crave.
You’ve got this. Good luck to you, and happy new year! May your 2022 be filled with plenty of laughter, success, and as many late-night Netflix episodes as your heart desires.