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First, I’d like to say, Happy New Year! I really hope that you and your families had a wonderful holiday and had some time to relax and enjoy the company of your family and friends.
Now that a new year has begun, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of story you’re going to write for yourself this year. After all, planning ahead now will set the tone for the rest of your year.
What is it that you want to do or accomplish this year? What are some of your goals? Is it to spend more time with family? Spend less money shopping or going out to eat? Is this the year you’ll increase your savings; rework your budget; or start a financial fitness plan? Will you travel across the globe? The question really is, “Where do you see yourself when 2019 rolls around?” And trust me, it will be here before we know it!
Here are some tips to help you get a head start on your 2018 plans and goals!
1. Don’t Stress: Stress is a very mysterious thing; it can either quickly damage us, or give the extra push we need to accomplish a task or goal. The most important thing is not to let the stress take control over your life. Letting stress be the victor can be a fast downwards spiral that leaves you feeling defeated and exhausted. It is important to have lofty goals, but let’s not let them overtake us.
2. Mini-Goals: You may have a goal in mind that seems astronomically large. What’s the first tip? Don’t stress! Set yourself mini-goals or steps to take your goal piece-by-piece as if you’re moving a large pile of dirt from one spot to another. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” so take your time and set your sights on completing your goal. A lot of learning happens on the journey to your destination.
3. Leave Your Zone: They say that staying in your comfort zone is like locking yourself in a box with no room to grow. Well, I couldn’t agree more. By putting yourself in new and unfamiliar situations, it triggers a unique part of the brain that releases dopamine, this is your natural happy chemical!
4. Don’t Procrastinate: It’s the nature of the beast for many to “give up” on a newly set resolution. I think the average length a resolution is held every year is roughly between 2-4 weeks until it’s kicked to the curb. If you’ve been putting off a goal for some time now, do what Nike says: “Just do it.” Set just one goal for yourself and follow through with it. Little or large, “just do it.”
Setting goals is probably the main reason you are where you are today. Purchasing a home, starting a family, buying a car, advancing in your career, mastering your favorite hobby, traveling to new places. Everything you do in life has a starting point, it takes a “want” or a “goal” for you to make your next move.
Here’s something that I want you to do; I want you to stop for a moment and just think about how you got to where you are today. Take a long deep look into your past and ask yourself, “Why?” Where did it all start and what did you do along the way to get there? Knowing a little bit more about yourself and what motivated you to accomplish a “want,” might just give you little insight as to what motivation you need to complete your next goal.
Stay well and best of luck with all of your goals!