2020 will soon be behind us. WHEW! It has been a year no one will forget, and I think everyone is looking forward to 2021 with a lot of hope and positive expectations. If you want to take control of your results and make 2021 your best year ever, now is the time to focus on your goals…what you want to accomplish. Very few great things happen by chance. Most success is built around a concentrated focus.
For 2021, my theme is ‘Take Radical Responsibility for Your Results.’ This does not leave room for excuses. It is no one else’s fault if you do not get the results you want. It is all on you. So, take a moment and ask yourself these five questions:
- What do you want? Yes, I know you want a lot of things, but for this exercise, limit it to one to three things that, if you did succeed, would make a huge difference to you personally this time next year. For many people, a big goal will include health and fitness. Hopefully, you will have an important plan around money and personal finances. It could be about relationships or anything that truly matters to you.
- Is it possible? On a scale of one-to-ten (ten being very difficult), rate how difficult you believe it will be to achieve each goal. In general, it should be a challenge, something you will have the stretch yourself to accomplish, but doable.
- What would you have to change to succeed? Jot down precisely what you would need to do differently to succeed. If you are not sure, find someone who has gone before you and ask them.
- Are you willing to make those changes? Big goals often require significant sacrifices. Take a close introspective look at yourself and decide if you are ready to do whatever is necessary. If you are unsure, the goal is probably too big and needs to be scaled back.
- What is the first step? What is the very first thing that you need to do to put you on the path to success? Write that down. Now, what is the second thing? Write that down and continue listing steps until you have listed them all or reach ‘not sure.’ Note that it is not necessary to know all the steps at the beginning of your journey. In many cases, all the steps are not understandable in the beginning. Have faith in the process and expect future actions will reveal themselves.
Now…drum roll, please – TAKE THE FIRST STEP!
All your 2021 goals should be in writing, along with all the steps you have listed so far. Keep your goals somewhere you will see them daily, so you have a constant reminder. If you can, add the ‘Why’ of why each goal is important to you. There is a saying, “If you have a big enough WHY, the HOW will take care of itself.”
My hope for you is that 2021 will be your best year ever!
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Answer These 5 Questions for BIG 2021 Goals
2021 theme: Take Radical Responsibility for Your Results
- What do you want?
- Is it possible?
- What would you have to change to succeed?
- Are you willing to make those changes?
- What is the first step?
Write your goals down and keep them where you will see them daily.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP!
Stewart H. Welch, III, CFP, AEP, is the founder of THE WELCH GROUP, LLC, which specializes in providing fee-only investment management and financial advice to families throughout the United States. He is the author or co-author of six books, including J.K. Lasser’s New Rules for Estate, Retirement and Tax Planning- 6th Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.); THINK Like a Self-Made Millionaire; and 100 Tips for Creating a Champagne Retirement on a Shoestring Budget.
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