Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed your holiday season and the start of a new year. I know enjoyed the extended time with my family. I also had time to reflect on 2013 and how far my journey has brought me. Now it’s time to move forward into 2014 filled with all the possibilities in the world. People always ask me what are my resolutions for the new year. Here’s the thing, I don’t believe in or subscribe to new year resolutions. If I want to do something I just start doing it whether it’s January 1st or July 1st. I think new year resolutions puts too much pressure on us to achieve whatever the goal. Most resolutions are about getting healthy or losing weight, something we can do any day of the year. Why put pressure on yourself to make a grand gesture at the beginning of the year? I also think it’s an excuse to procrastinate.
But I do set goals for myself that typically build on a previous success. For example, I created this website in 2012, but I launched it to the world in 2013 and I have big plans for the site in 2014. I eliminated some toxins from my environment in 2013 such as switching to an environmentally friendly laundry detergent and began transitioning to my natural hair. In 2014, I’m going to add more toxin-free foods to my diet. I have a list of various goals to accomplish, one of which is setting better goals. What? At work I have goals that are measurable and have timelines, but my personal goals tend to be more nebulous. The difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline! That also happens to be one of the major characteristics of wealthy people, and we know I am wealthy.
The new year is a time to start fresh, set goals and create a plan to achieve goals. If you want to lose weight set a year-end weight goal (150 lbs or lose 30 lbs) rather than say “I’m going to work out more in 2014”. This gives you mental space to make a plan and work the plan.
Let’s get to work!