Creating a plan for reaching your goals in 2021

Have you created goals for the new year, year after year, only to have them fall flat only a few weeks (sometimes even days!) in?? You blame it on your lack of motivation, or willpower, or the goals themselves.

But the problem, most often isn’t about the goals, or your motivation to reach them-- it has to do with HOW you create them, and the plan you put in place to reach them.

Goals SHOULD be dreams with a plan- but if we forget that key element-- having a plan in place to reach them, a plan that is REALISTIC and DO-ABLE for our life, they’ll fall flat- every single time.

So how do we create a plan to reach our goals?

We start with a vision. My friend Sarah Dalton from A Simply Big Life talks about the importance of naming our core values, and based off of those values, creating an overarching vision for how we want to live our lives. When we can take a bird’s eye view and get real about the life we want to live, we have something to come back to when our goals seem difficult- we can put them back into perspective as something that is leading us to that greater life we want to live, how we want to feel and show up in the world.

Motivation that is typically strongest when we start to create our goals, is easily re-invigorated when we can see the big picture we’re aiming for.

Once we have our vision, we can start to create our goals based on what we need to do to turn that vision into a reality- with the important filter of asking, continually- do these goals align with my core values? If sports are not a core value to you, joining a soccer league might not be a goal that you’re going to easily stick to. If having a strong faith is a core value to you, a goal of reading the bible in a year is easier to stick to, even when we skip a few days, we easily come back to what matters.

Once we have our goals, we can start to turn the actions we need to take to reach those goals into habits- after all, whatever we do to REACH the goal is what we need to do to maintain that goal.

Weight loss is a great example. Many women are confused as to why they seem to lose the same ten pounds, over and over again, only to gain to back once they’re off their plan. It’s because if the plan you were on isn’t something you can realistically maintain for life, neither will the results. The same thing with money- if you save $1,000, but then you spend that same $1,000 without continuing the habit of saving, you’re back where you started.

When we can create habits based on not just WHAT we want, but WHO we want to become (that greater vision), our goals not only eventually come into fruition (with intention), they’re more easily maintained.

It’s also important to remember that in all of this, we remain flexible. Life happens. If we’re striving for a way of living that is rigid and inflexible (like with dieting versus balanced eating), it’s not going to be realistic. We live changeable lives- our goals need to be ones that can be paused or shifted and we can re-start or re-focus, without feeling like we are starting back at zero.

So how do we put all of this into action in 2021??

I want to invite you to join Simplify & Thrive, a free challenge put on by myself and Sarah Dalton from A Simply Big Life, to enter into the new year with inspiration and actionable tools to hone in on your vision for your best life, create simple routines and habits for a less stressed schedule, meal routine and an overall healthier, happier life. Through 10 days of prompts, videos and a workbook to help to inspire balance and simplicity in the new year, in every area, we’ll talk about creating a vision for the new year, defining our core values, learn how to audit our energy, create positive habits, create a framework for routines, and do a weekly refresh for a positive start to every week. We are SO excited to team up and share this life-changing 10-day challenge with you, in a realistic, doable format. Head to to join for free.

Kristin Dovbniak


I'm Kris! Founder of Healthy Balanced Mama, I'm a holistic health coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, trained chef, and mama of two, and I'm here to guide busy moms like you in stressing less and finding freedom with food through balanced eating and simplified routines around meal planning, meal prep, grocery shopping and cooking with confidence.


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