Ken Filler
3 min readJan 1, 2021


You can reach your goals in 2021 by following these simple steps

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Have you set your goals for 2021? Are they written down? Are they in a place where you can see them every day to encourage you to keep grinding and striving to reach those goals?

Many of you refer to these as New Years Resolutions. Resolutions are wishes, something that you would like to do. Goals have more components to them, which makes it easier to hold yourself accountable.

Ashira Prossack writing in Forbes magazine, says that “Goals are specific, whereas resolutions tend to be broad and vague. Goals are much more actionable, which is what makes them more effective.”

This is the time of year when everyone contemplates what went wrong, what went right, and how they will make 2021 a better year both personally and professionally.

Goal setting experts tell us not writing your goals down and not taking action on your goals has more to do with you not achieving your goals than any other factors.

For many of you, your goals are nothing more than want to’s or wishes.

For example, you may have a goal to lose weight in the new year. Be Specific. How much weight do you want to lose? When do you want to achieve your weight loss goal? What are you going to do to achieve that goal?

Your goal may be to lose 50 pounds in the next year. You wanting to lose 50 pounds is not a goal. That is a wish or a resolution. There is nothing in that goal that is going to hold you accountable for achieving it.

I want to lose 50 pounds by June 30th 2021. That is a much better goal. It says how much weight you want to lose and by when, which is a crucial component to achieving your goal.

Let’s take it one step further. I will lose 50 pounds by June 30th 2021, by exercising for 45 minutes five days a week and limiting my calorie intake to 1500 calories per day.

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Awesome! Now you have an actionable goal. Everything is there for you in that one sentence you need to motivate you to reach your goal.



Ken Filler

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