An Economic New Year Resolution: Voluntary or Involuntary Change, It’s Your Choice
Are You Choosing to Win?
This is the time of the year that almost everyone makes resolutions for the New Year. There is usually at least one thing that we can come up with that we feel we must change about ourselves or our lives. These resolutions can run the gamut from losing weight and giving oneself a complete physical makeover to giving oneself a job or career makeover or giving your portfolio a thorough overhaul.
Those of you who have been keeping up with the posts on this blog have also been keeping up with the fact that we are in a new, and global, economy. (Those of you who are new to this blog, please go back and read prior posts. The information that you will glean by doing so is essential for you to know in order to be prepared for the current, and future, global economic climate and how that can affect you personally.)
We are in a place of great change and flux and it is time to make some changes in our lives, now, if we have not already done so. I would therefore hope that our resolutions for this year, in particular, are based on what we desire to accomplish in this new economy we find ourselves in.
Rather than resolving to only make physical changes to attain better health (such as losing 20 pounds or implementing an exercise program), we must resolve to make wise and enduring changes for our economic health as well. Some of these changes can often be tough on a person emotionally, for example, having to be different as a parent by not always saying “yes.” Although difficult, it is so important to make these changes now. Just remember that in doing so, you will also be teaching your children how to make positive changes by modeling healthy behaviors yourself. Most people learn best by example, so why not be an example to learn from? “The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example.” Thomas Morell
Creating Successful Resolutions
Also keep in mind, while you are coming up with your resolutions, that it is so important that you state them in a positive way. Think of them like affirmations. You are stating them in such a way that it is obvious that you have a strong desire for these resolutions to manifest in your life. Or you could also think of your resolutions as intentions ~ what are your intentions for your life in the New Year?
So, with that in mind, I began searching for some words of wisdom and ideas to share with you that would be helpful in constructing resolutions, or intentions, for 2011.
- “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” Author Unknown
Since resolutions are actually goals that we wish to attain within a new year, we must treat them as such. Do you write down your goals? It is important for you to know that writing down your goals can be a crucial step in achieving them. First, by writing them down you are sending a message to your brain that you are committed. Second, it helps to keep your priorities straight. Finally, it allows you to track your successes and ‘step-backs’ so that you can improve and reevaluate your plan as/if needed. Right now is the time to set aside some time to reflect on your goals (resolutions/intentions) and ask yourself: Where do I want to go? What do I want to do? What do I desire to accomplish? What is my plan to attain these goals? Then begin to write them down. The final thing to do is to make them visible. Put your written-down goals where you will see them every day. Look at them often and success will follow.
- “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” Hannah More
Goals can impact every area of your life. Pursuing goals requires consistent work, perseverance and dedication. Sometimes it is easy to see the obstacles that lay ahead of your mission. Look at them as challenges rather than obstacles. Set your goals, plan for success, and embrace each challenge as a chance to grow. Remember that obstacles are part of the goal-setting process and should by no means be seen as failures.
- “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” Bo Jackson
It is crucial to set goals at a challenging, yet accessible level. Setting goals too low will not provide the motivation to actually attain them. Setting them too high is like setting yourself up for failure and sabotaging your potential and success. Once you have set some goals, it is important to stay committed to those goals until you’ve achieved them. A few months into the year, if upon reevaluation, you find that a goal no longer applies then it is time to move on and create a new one.
The Empowerment of Knowledge
It is so important for you to realize and understand right now that if you choose to do the same thing you have always done, you will not only be very caught off guard by the economic changes that are occurring, you could also be quite scared, unhappy, anxious and distraught as you lose what you have come to rely upon having. We must all understand that if we are looking for someone to help us prepare and thrive, we simply must look in the mirror.
This blog exists because we do not want anyone to needlessly experience the distress that is probable in the next decade; therefore we provide information and options for those who choose to prevent the distress by doing things differently. Knowledge is empowering. So step confidently and boldly into this New Year with your plans for action/resolutions/intentions/goals, knowing that you will succeed and thrive!
May you direct your dreams!
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