Did you know that life is all about ass? It really is! Seriously though, we’re eleven days into the New Year, and I’m curious to hear about how your New Year resolutions are going. Are you holding up? Given up? Find it difficult? Talk to me! Millions of people set New Year resolutions every year, but equally as many don’t even make it through January before they become exhausted or totally scrap their resolutions. We all know that New Year’s resolutions are kind of like an uncle after a few drinks. You know you shouldn’t take him too seriously, but you can’t help but laugh and play along when he comes around once a year.
Last week I faced a barrage of questions from co-workers, friends and family members about my New Year resolutions. Guess what though? I don’t have any for 2013. I was so happy with my performance and results form 2012, I decided to continue to build on that success – that’s it! Nothing more, nothing less. Keep it simple!
If you’ve set New Year resolutions, and are starting to fade or thinking about scrapping your resolutions all together, DON’T DO IT YET, here’s why you might be failing:
- Your Goals are Unspecific – Everyone want’s to lose weight. But how much weight will you lose? Will 10 pounds be enough or do you need to lose 50 before you see any results? Be specific!!!
- You Don’t Measure Your Goals – Do you track your progress? If you don’t, how will you ever know where you started? Middle point?
- Less Talk and More Action – If you said you’ll walk more in hopes of losing more weight, why are you still looking for the closest parking spot in the mall parking lot?
I’m not motivational speaker or preacher….I just don’t earn enough as those guys. But as someone who’s all about action and less talk, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about goals, setting them and achieving them. One thing that most people forget is that these same “New Year Resolutions” can make or break the rest of the year for you. If you fail out of the hop, you’ll begin to resent yourself down the road for failing and not sticking through. If you push through, you’ll motivate yourself towards new heights and other goals. In the end, it’s ultimately up to you on which path you choose.
Because, whichever way we slice it – it really is all about ass in the end!
This Week’s Awesome Personal Finance Reads
Barbara Friedberg PF – As we’re very fresh into the New Year, some of us are thinking of fresh ways to freshen up our investing ways. For those of you in this boat, make you check our Barb’s 3 investment recommendations for 2013.
Untemplater – As we just recently enter the New Year, a lot of us have been finding out who got picked for year end promotions at work and who got shafted. Sydney shares her REAL LIFE story on being screwed over for a well deserved promotion, and how to handle being denied a promotion.
Edward Antrobus – Last year Ed introduced the $3k challenge to motivate small bloggers in an attempt to monitze their blogs and work towards the goal of earning $3000. Here’s this year’s challenge.
Krant Cents – There is always something that holds you back! Why do we always make excuses? An excuse is an unconscious defense mechanism to justify or explain a behavior or feelings in order to avoid a true explanation.
Frugal Rules – Investing in the stock market, especially if you’re somewhat of a beginner can be a stressful task to undertake. Here’s 4 investing tools to make your everyday investing much easier.
Za Vas – The difference between the most effective and the ineffective people comes down to 8 simple beliefs. After all, leading an ineffective life is a choice and certainly not something that just happens. Here’s 8 beliefs ineffective people believe.
My Own Advisor – Although no dividend portfolio is perfect – a diverse basket of Canadian dividend paying stocks can be an excellent way to invest, especially when you can reinvest the dividends paid to make the money work for you. Here’s a look back at someone’s REAL dividend income from 2012.
Dividend Ninja – Investing in dividend stocks is an awesome way to generate ongoing income. Some chose real estate as their vehicle. Here’s a bit about the pros and cons of going this route.
Retire Happy – We live in a society which places a great deal of value on material things. Whether it’s the home we live in, the car we drive or the clothes we wear, other people’s perceptions of our social standing and level of success are often gauged by our purchasing power. Here’s how to lead by example when it comes to finances and kids.
Thirty Six Months – As bloggers we lay out our plans for the following week; not just for blogging, but life in general. This is what blogging is. But sometimes despite our best efforts, passion and burnout collide.
Add Vodka – A couple that recently purchased a new home discovers some problems. But the boy is the carpenter and Daisy….well she’s a paranoid schizophrenic….but some smart shopping through Craigslist saved them hundreds of dollars on repair materials.
Passive Cleaning Income – As entrepreneurs, it’s always our greatest desire to grow our businesses over time. But sometimes keeping your business small is a better option in the long run.
Eyes on the Dollar – There are many ways to diversify your money. We all know it isn’t wise to put all of our eggs in one basket. With the ups and downs of the economy over the past several years, we’ve seen how various investments can soar and/or hit rock bottom. Here are just some ways to diversify your investments.
Thanks for stopping by for this weeks edition of Finance Fox’s Weekend Recap.
Have an amazing weekend!!