Now that the new year is underway, and you’ve had a chance to get out from under the resolutions that never quite got off the ground, you’re in the perfect position to step back, re-evaluate and set some new benchmarks to get back on track for 2018. Here are five tips to keep your goals tight:
Let’s face it, we all have something we know we could work on to be healthier and more productive in our lives; and just like January 1 begins a new year many of us use this opportunity to make resolutions to identify and tackle areas we know we need to improve to live more fulfilled lives. The key to New Year’s resolutions really is not in the making of a resolution it is in actually successfully following through. High percentages of the population make a New Year’s resolution or two – unfortunately most resolutions end up in failure.
December can be an insanely busy month, but it’s also the ideal time to find some space to grab a cup of hot chocolate and plan your New Year’s resolutions to help make sure 2018 unfolds the way you want it to. And yes, a lot of people find New Year’s resolutions lame, largely because they know they don’t work! Or at least for them. There’s a reason, after all, that fitness club attendance spikes in early January then plunges off a cliff come February. Several surveys suggest...
This is the time of year that things begin to wind down for the holidays and, as it gets darker, we turn inward and start reflecting on the past year and looking towards the new. Personally, I find that doing this type of work early sets me up for January and has me hit the ground running instead of waiting to the new year to plan and then feeling behind.
Once a Creative Writing Teacher asked my classmates and I to bring a self-addressed envelope to class. We all wondered why, but we did as she had requested. As it turns out her lesson goal that day was to have all of us write a letter to ourselves – about ourselves. Prior to beginning the writing process, she explained the following:
Time is one of the most precious non-renewable resources we possess. As a result, there are thousands of books and articles out there that aim to help people manage their time more efficiently and get more done. We might all have the same 168 hours per week at our disposal, but even though we try to schedule each and every hour, we can find ourselves falling further and further behind if we continue to schedule based only on time and fail to include three other crucial points – energy, interest and routine.
At the beginning of each New Year, many people rush to set resolutions for change in many areas of their lives, yet fail to meet their goals. There are three major roadblocks on the road to lifelong change and one extremely helpful tool to help you blast through and keep going. Though affirmations sometimes get a bad rap as being ineffective and ‘new age’, they actually serve two important functions.
Why would a financial planner who specializes in retirement planning be telling you that financial plans are useless?
In our younger days most of us had big dreams…dreams of who we might become, dreams of things we wanted in our lives in the areas of love, family, health, career, life. As a young man I remember having many, many dreams in all areas of my life. The neat thing about that stage of my life was that I actually –believed- I would achieve my dreams! I had no boundaries set for myself. What an amazing and exciting way to live life! Believing your dreams will come true! Unfortunately as I got older, I lost confidence in my ability to capture many of my dreams.
Years ago, as a fledgling entrepreneur, I was having lunch with a man I respected as a mentor in my life. Bert had grown up in Newfoundland and in his words “had ventured out to Western Canada in the late 1960’s to work in the oil patch with nothing more than the shirt on his back and $20 in his pocket.” You only had to have one coffee with Bert to recognize that he was a man blessed with an entrepreneurial mindset and the drive and energy to get him to wherever it was that he wanted to get to.