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5 Questions You Must Answer to Start Your New Year Strong

News flash: The new year is just around the corner!

I know, I know...that’s not a huge revelation. But, here’s a key question…Are you putting yourself in the position today to be successful in the new year?

We all know the importance of setting goals but few of us really put the priority and attention to this at the right time. Let me explain. For most people, they wait until January 1 to “set their resolutions/goals” for the new year. Things like...I’m going to lose weight. I’m going to exercise more. I’m going to get out of debt. I’m going to spend more time with my family and friends. I’m going to build better balance in my life. And the list goes on. Sound familiar?

For years I planned for the new year in the exact same way. But, here’s the truth.

If you wait until January 1 to start thinking about your goals, you’re already starting off behind. The race has started and you’re still deciding what race you want to run.

The time to start deciding what the new year will be for you and creating the plans to get there is TODAY! 

So, with that in mind, here some quick questions you should start to answer to get ready for a strong start in the new year beginning now.

1. What do I want to be different in my life, my work, my leadership in the coming year? By having a clear picture in your mind of what you want to be different, you can put the thoughts, behaviors, and goals in place to make that a reality. This question is the driver for your goals.

2. Why are these changes important for me? Why is a powerful question. It becomes the motivation and encouragement we need to press forward when the goals get tough. Why do you want to be more healthy? Is it because you want to be able to fit into that new awesome outfit? Or, is it because you want to have a quality of life when you’re older where you can enjoy time playing with your grandchildren and traveling with your spouse?

3. What needs to change in order for me to accomplish my goal? This is where the action you will take begins to take shape. I ask this question for each area of life balance that I outline in my book, RESET. 

  • What needs to change in my heart?

  • What needs to change in my health?

  • What needs to change in my faith?

  • What needs to change in my thoughts?

  • What needs to change in my relationships

  • What needs to change in my work?

  • What needs to change in my finances?

4. What will I do different to make these changes? These become the actual goals you’ll have on your plan. Make these crystal clear and realistic. Running a marathon on January 1 is not realistic if you’ve been a couch potato. But, you can make the goal of starting to walk 10 minutes a day and build from there. It’s all about one step at a time, building blocks and, ultimately, progress.

5. Who do I need to share my goals with to help me stay on track? Accountability is important. You should pick 1-3 people who you can share your goals with and will not only encourage you but also keep you honest with the steps you’re taking. I’d love to help you on your way. One great start is to join my Facebook High-Impact Life and Leader group, where we encourage, motivate and provide accountability to each other to create incredible lives. 

If you’ve struggled in the past with goals for the new year, now’s the time to start again. Don’t give up. Be intentional with the steps you’re taking starting today and you’ll put yourself in the best place to make the new year the best ever.

Live your life of purpose with passion!

Dr. Jason

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