Make 2021 Your Year (Even In A Pandemic!)

We all entered 2020 thinking it was going to be “our year” but it definitely didn’t turn out that way for many people. Last year was a year of struggle, pain, loss, and sadness. Things didn’t go the way that I planned for them to and a lot of my new year’s resolutions didn’t get fulfilled, but 2021 is going to be a serious year of growth and success for us and I’ll tell you how to make it your year.

Set tangible goals for yourself

Setting goals that you’d like to accomplish keeps you moving forward because you have a goal in mind. These goals don’t even have to be huge. You can start small and work your way up as you go along. The one thing about goal setting is to remember not to see goals that are too large. Unattainable goals will only cause you stress and frustration if you can’t meet them. Setting tangible goals keeps you feeling motivated and not overwhelmed.

Pay attention to the things you actually have power over

If you spend all of your time focusing on things you have no control over, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Pay attention to only the things that you can influence or change. It’s also important to keep in mind that you have no power in the way that others choose to act and can only control you. It’s normal to focus on things that affect us, but sometimes it’s best to just pay attention to the parts of your life that you can control.

Don’t compare yourself to others 

Stay in your own lane and focus on you. When you look at others and their accomplishments, it could lead to you being less confident in your abilities and accomplishments. It’s also discouraging. Keep in mind that everybody doesn’t move at the same pace or have the same resources to make things happen. Focus on you and what you’re doing and let others focus on them and what they have going on.

Move in silence 

Everyone doesn’t need to know every move you’re making. By telling the world all your moves, you could be blocking your own blessings and good opportunities that you would otherwise have if you kept your mouth closed. Keep all your business to yourself until everything is set in stone. Even then, it’s not necessary to put all your business out there.

Take a look at yourself and realize what changes you need to make

One of life’s main goals is to move forward and improve. In order to improve yourself, you must first acknowledge that you have flaws. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with not being perfect. No one is. It becomes a problem when you ignore toxic and harmful flaws that could potentially be hurting you and others. A nasty attitude, a negative outlook on things, treating others in a way that you wouldn’t want to be treated. It’s never too late to change any of these things or other things that could be hindering you from growing, improving, and moving forward.

Drop the dead weight 

You can’t expect to soar with weights attached to you. Cut off all the dead weight in your life that’s holding you down and keeping you from reaching your full potential. Toxic friends and family, negative character traits and behaviors, bad habits, and anything else that won’t let you progress needs to be let go of.

Stop making excuses (take accountability)

Making excuses for why you haven’t gotten things done won’t make them suddenly get done. You must first realize that you’re making excuses, figure out why, then take accountability and put the work in to accomplish your goals. If you know you’re slacking somewhere, acknowledge that and analyze the situation to figure out what you can do to be better.


Being in a pandemic is definitely hindering everyone’s plans, but there’s still growth and improvements that can be made during this time to produce a better you. It’s definitely a trying time and it’s always best to keep your mental health above everything else. I hope that all of the goals you set to accomplish are reached and you’re happy with the improvements that you make. Happy New Year!


By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Cierra Lemott

Written by Cierra Lemott

I'm a professional procrastinator and my hobbies include sleeping, eating, and Netflix binging.

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