On behalf of Resnn, I want to welcome you to 2013 and wish you a Happy New Year! May it be full of health, happiness and prosperity.
Time for those pesky resolutions – This past week I had the good fortune to get some quiet time to do what most of us of do this time of year and reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year and set goals for the upcoming one.
I apologize ahead of time for the length of this post, I hope you will find it helpful, If it doesn’t apply to you, please help me by forwarding it to someone that could benefit by getting their financial plan in order … we would love to help them.
My resolution to you – I want to share a goal that I have (that I made exactly one year ago, and renewed my commitment to this week) is to help my clients achieve their financial goals. I don’t mean just making you more money and keeping it safe in volatile markets (although that is obviously of paramount importance); I am referring to helping YOU to realize YOUR non-financial goals that require money to achieve. Things like paying for your kids college, retiring at a certain age, planning for life ‘after you are gone’ plan ~ creating a trust and will, taking your grandkids on a cruise, planning an ‘exotic’ trip, heck … sky diving … anything that you’ve always wanted to accomplish and have yet to.
What is WEALTH to me? – As many of you have heard me say already, Wealth to me is NOT about driving a Ferrari, but is about having enough to be able to spend it on (and with) the people you love ~ Enough money to be able to create memories for the ones you love, to provide for people, and do the things you have always wanted to do.
The top ten resolutions – So, with that said, I want to offer my help in achieving YOUR New Year resolutions (see top ten list below). In fact, I want to help you check off items 1, 5, 7, and 10 on this list, and you can help me check off number 9 on my list 🙂
According to about.com, the top ten resolutions are:
Most people fail at their resolutions – Unfortunately, most resolutions we make are destined for failure. In fact, a 2007 study by the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning.
What was interesting about the results of the study was that people achieved their goal 22% more often when they engage in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), and 10% more succeeded when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
“Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution.”
- A “sustainable” fitness and diet plan (nothing too hard or intense since this will make it hard to achieve … remember it needs to be sustainable).
- Friends that will get out and walk/run with you … hard work is more fun when you have people to go through it with you.
- Get your spouse involved so that the food in the house is geared toward health and you are held accountable when you finish off that pizza.