We made it to 2020.

Summary

— Start the new year on the right path.
— Resolutions versus goals.
— The choice is yours.

3…2…1. Happy New Year! Well, let’s hope your new year was more exciting than that first sentence. 

If you’re reading this, you and I both survived 2019. Ready or not; here we are. It’s 2020. It’s said that hindsight is 20/20. So, what does that mean for the year 2020? Is there some significance with 2020 and 20/20?

Start the new year on the right path.

They say that how you spend the first day of the new year is a sign of how you’ll spend the rest of the year. I’ll take it a step farther and say that the first week is an appropriate indicator of the upcoming year. It takes time to get back into the rhythm and routine, especially if your holiday season was hectic!

Resolutions versus goals.

Many people start the new year by setting a New Year’s Resolution. If that’s what you want to do, go for it!

Now, here’s the reality. Few people keep New Year’s Resolutions past January 2nd. Resolutions often fail and fast. The reason? Resolutions often don’t have much substance. Instead, consider setting goals instead of making resolutions.

  • Resolution – “My New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight.”
  • Goal – “My goal is to lose 10 pounds in the next six months by exercising 30 minutes a day.”

See the difference? There’s nothing in the resolution to incite action. It’s empty. The goal is much more specific and sets the tone for action and results.

If you haven’t set a goal for yourself lately – or ever – now is the time to start. Everyone should set goals for themselves. Goals promote growth. If you ain’t growing, it’s showing!

Challenge yourself. Start small. Set a goal – and work your ass off to achieve it. Make the next goal more challenging – and rewarding. Bigger goals deserve a bigger reward.

The choice is yours. 

Will 2020 be the best year of your life? Or will it be like 2019? And 2018? And 2017? The choice is yours.

I’ve decided that 2020 will be the best year of my life. I’m ready to take action. In fact, I’ve decided that “take action” is my mantra for the year.

Change comes from within. It’s never too late to make a change. Embrace change. Take a step out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be a significant change, either. Making a small change can have a considerable impact.


An article | by Jason S. Sullivan, 01-02-20

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