New year, NEW you...for realsies.

It’s that time of year again, when you’re joyously fat and full of cheese from the holidays and while sitting on the couch recovering from a food coma you begin setting lofty goals to make 2017 the year you “crush it”! I think it’s interesting that the top New Year’s resolutions never seem to change; get fit, lose weight, reduce drinking, stop smoking, get organized, spend less save more. But it also fascinates me how quickly these goals are abandoned. I was talking to a friend the other day and he said that his gym brings in twice the equipment they normally have and absolutely stuff the gym with gear to prepare for the ensuing onslaught of New Year’s resolutionists, and only 2 weeks later they haul all the extra equipment back out…2 WEEKS! Shocking. So I’ve sifted through hordes of information to bring you my top 4 tips to help you actually make 2017 the year you “CRUSH IT”!

Week 1 – WRITE IT DOWN

There’s some ancient wisdom that says “write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may RUN who reads it.” I think one of the greatest reasons goals are so abruptly abandoned is because the enthusiasm which seemed so gripping in the beginning fades into the background behind aching muscles, a sweaty body, and the insatiable urge to vomit when beginning a new workout regime which inevitably leads to you asking “why am I doing this to myself?” When we lose sight of the goal that we set out to accomplish we lose the passion with which we started our pursuit in the first place. If you want to be renewed on your goals then write it down, and make it simple! Now, don’t hide that beauty under a bushel or basket, keep that goal in plain sight where you’ll see it every day and be reminded of what you’re moving towards. I’m not kidding, watch how your mental state changes, soon you’ll be picking up your second spin class telling yourself “I’ve only got 4 months and 12 days until beach season and my rockin’ new bod!” (if that was indeed your goal in the first place.)

When it comes to your finances I find the vision and goal is not the hard part, it’s where to begin. Consider this, when you’re in the mall using the mall directory, it’s clear to see what store you’re looking for and where it is on the map; however, the most crucial bit of information is that wee little red dot that says “you are here.” Without it we’re lost. It doesn’t matter how clear the end goal is, without knowing where we currently are we can’t have a hope of reaching our goals. If you’ve chosen to make 2017 the year you get your finances in order I would love to hear your vision and help you establish your “you are here” so that when you read your written goals, plainly to see, you feel inspired to RUN to accomplish them.

I would love to hear from you if you found this helpful. If you’d be so bold, would you write down your goal(s) for 2017 on my Facebook page and how these steps are helping you stay on track to achieving them? Tune in next week for tip number 2.