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Last Minute Guide For New Years Resolution Breakthrough

What is your New Year’s Resolution this year?  Did you make one last year?  If so did you achieve what you set out to accomplish?  Not me!  Didn’t make one.  In fact, I cannot even remember the last time I did make a new year’s resolution.

The concept of making a resolution on New Year’s Day never made much sense to me.  Whenever I decided to do something, I would just resolve right then and there to accomplish it.  Why wait until New Year’s Day to start? Just because it happens to be New Year’s Day, I could not arbitrarily decide that there is something I am willing to dedicate my energy to.

If you read my post on creating habits, you will see that I am apt to resolve myself to reaching my objectives all the time.

Why would you want to make a resolution for next year?

Something makes us want to make life better.  The only thing that will make you happy is to make progress.  I love tracking my progress and celebrating little victories along the way!

Resolution means that you have resolved to do something.  Making progress is the secret to being happy.  Making progress to that monumental something that you have resolved to accomplish in the next year could bring you happiness.

Last Minute Guide For New Years Resolution Breakthrough

Make a resolution right now!

Look back before looking forward.

As you begin drafting your resolution for next year, reflect on 2016. Review the entire calendar.  Ask yourself “What did I achieve?” Turn your experience into insight.  Look at the area of Businesses / Relationships / Finance / Family / Faith

Stay in a positive state throughout the process by expressing gratitude for the blessings of the past year.  Now ask yourself the question that Ray Edwards uses to prepare for the year ahead.  “What do I most want to be thankful for one year from now?” – Ray Edwards.  Let this become a focus for the New Year.“What do I most want to be thankful for one year from now?” - Ray Edwards Click To Tweet

This nugget is from a fantastic primer for preparing for the new year, ACHIEVE WHAT MATTERS MOST IN 2017 by Michael Hyatt

Three Components of a compelling Resolution:

  1. Have a Vision.  “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
  2. Strong enough Reasons to Follow Through
  3. Got to Review it and Feel it Every Day

Where there is no vision, the people perish. - Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Click To Tweet
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How to Replace Consumerism with Proven Wealth Building Strategies

Devoid of wealth building strategies, almost one-half of all Americans do not have $400 to their name.  This statistic includes people from all income brackets.  No matter how much money people make, it seems they just can’t manage to hold on to it.  Here’s the test – if you had an unexpected expense of $400 pop up right now, how would it impact you?  Could you pay it with cash or check?  Would it impact your ability to pay other current obligations? Or would you have to borrow the money, use a credit card or sell something?

American’s have been consumed with consumerism for the past few decades.  As credit became easier and easier to obtain, Americans began to rely on credit as a safety net rather than build up their savings as a safety net.  They also use credit to obtain more material possessions.  So credit has replaced savings as a means to purchase and protect possessions.

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the government encouraged Americans to continue spending as before to prove that our economy would not be affected by the attacks.  That encouragement would have been good advice if the status quo before the attacks was to earn and save money before spending it.  Since using credit to purchase everything was becoming the status quo, this advice was feeding the vice of consumerism.

The impact of continuing the rise of consumerism will result in an unhealthy financial state.  It is time to reverse the trend.  Americans need to learn to replace Consumerism with wealth building practices.  That begins with becoming financially literate.

Financial Literacy

A majority of Americans have become financially illiterate.  Despite the fact that we now have access to more information about how money works, we do not partake of that knowledge.  This financial ignorance has led to financial distress in many households.  There is a tendency to spend a little more than we make, no matter how much we make.  Earning more enables you to borrow more and so many people do just that.  Rather than learn and leverage financial principles, people have begun to live for today and wind up dealing with the consequences when it catches up with them.  Some do things like use credit cards for daily purchases, losing track of their spending and then when the bill comes, they don’t pay the balance in full.  An understanding of the principles of compounding interest and avoiding that expense would save many people thousands of dollars every year. Read More →

How to Develop Habits to Improve Your Professional Growth

Leverage the power of habit to your advantage!  Take decisive control of your actions and put those actions that move you in the direction of your goals on automatic.  I’ll show you five steps to develop habits that you want to master.

“Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters” -Nathaniel Emmons Click To Tweet

Power of Habit

One good habit that I recently mastered in my own life which has had a fantastic impact on my health is walking 10,000 steps per day.  Now I did not start off one day walking 10,000 steps; I worked up to that distance over a period of time.  When I went in for my annual check-up, the Doctor said “Looks like someone is doing something right”!  My vital signs were right on the mark.

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How I Found an Excellent Blog Name Before Launching

A good name is more desirable than great riches (Prov 22:1 NIV).  This is the process that I went through to come up with a blog name while researching how to start a blog …

Cognomen: any name, especially a nickname.

When I started thinking about starting a blog, one of the first tasks that I needed to tackle was to come up with a name.  One of the resources that I found to help with the task was How To Brainstorm Blog Name Ideas You’ll Love by Hatch & Scribe.  In that post, Jacob walks through steps to guide you through a process to come up with and validate name ideas.

Brainstorming Ideas To Make Up An Excellent Blog Name

Write out as many ideas as you can, and don’t try to make a decision from the first round of ideas

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