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Now that we’re well into February have you taken time to assess any goals you’ve made for the New Year? Often people are so excited to start a new year that they create long lists of goals. The thing about creating a long list of goals is that you put so much pressure on yourself that you don’t accomplish half of your list. Trust me, I’m guilty of this…year after year after year.
This year I was encouraged to create a shorter list of goals making myself more likely to be successful. If you knock out those goals before the end of the year congratulations. You’ve just freed up opportunity for more goals. But as you add them, do 1-2 at a time.
Recently, I took a self assessment to determine what direction I needed to take this year. Self evaluation is a critical part of development. Some people admit to being their biggest critics.
Here are 3 goals I encourage you to PRIORITIZE this year if you haven’t already done so.
Brainstorm some ideas of things you’d like to accomplish that will bring personal satisfaction and growth. I mean the whole purpose of goal setting is to see a change, no? This could range from planning monthly dates with yourself (yes to a mani/pedi please) to reading at least one book during the year (that you’ve been putting off) to checking something off your bucket list, such as taking a vacation to a tropical island. The list of possibilities is endless. Go here for a list of suggestions. If you set out to accomplish this goal and find that you’re succeeding before the spring, choose another and continue on your journey. Come the end of the year, you’ll have the sense of satisfaction that you deserve and ability to tackle more in the upcoming year.
Recently my family and I visited Paris where it wasn’t hard to notice that there were few obese people walking the streets. Surely this is a perk of living in a city where you can freely ride bikes and do a lot of walking. 72% of American adults are overweight to include obesity. I commend those frequenting gyms and completing workout programs to maintain good health. With the changes in healthcare and healthcare costs, being healthier should be a goal for everyone. This year I encourage you to create small goals to improve your overall physical health. Here are a list of suggestions. Goals could be as small as committing to drinking 40 ounces of water a day to walking at least 30 minutes 2-3 days a week. If you can be consistent with a small goal I challenge you to build on it and go BIG.
Currently I’m reading a book called “Broke Millennial” by Erin Lowry. If you purchase this book, you won’t regret it. Initially, I started listening via audiobook but into chapter 4 realized the jewels being dropped and had to have a hard copy for later referral. I’m also currently listening to an audiobook “You’re a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. Again, if you have a goal to become more money savvy, this won’t be a regretable purchase.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who has to much financial knowledge. I recommend setting a financial goal no matter how big or small. Saving $25 a paycheck is a start and will get you motivated to save more when you realize how quickly it adds up. If you can save more do it. Better yet, learn about stocks. It’s apparently a lot easier than most people think. You’ll thank yourself later when you have a nice rainy day fund and you’re sitting on fat checks.
Now that we have a few goals established for the new year go forth and prosper. Leave your goals in the comments. I’d love to hear them. You just never know who you might inspire with your goals. Always make self growth a priority. Growing is probably the number one thing you can do for yourself. Nothing’s finer than looking back at who you used to be and seeing how far you’ve come and who you’ve becone. Lets focus on the ultimate goal for 2020-creating healthier habits.