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What Are Your Goals for 2020?

Click. The clock ticks over to midnight, the ball drops in Times Square, the music plays and the kisses are planted. Suddenly it’s a new year. Traditionally time to look back with thanks and gratitude, and forward with optimism and hope. Time to envision new horizons and set new goals for the year ahead.

But let’s forget about 2015 for now. That’s right – “Fuhgeddaboudit!” as they say in some of my favorite parts of New York City.

Let’s be really bold and look ahead five years out to 2020. Where do you want to be then? What do you want to be doing? Where is your home? What would your life look like if you allowed yourself to be truly and completely who you are intended to be?

In one of my favorite books Excuses Begone! author Wayne W. Dyer writes, “As Abraham Maslow once observed about self-actualizing people: They must be what they can be.

Here’s a five-minute exercise to get you started.

Step One. Imagine you wake up one morning and everything is perfect. What do you see, smell, hear and feel? Where are you? Who is with you? What do you look like? What are you planning to do that day? Allow yourself to put A white speedometer background with words representing steps to achieving success - Dream, Plan, Work, Make it Happen aside where you’re from and where you are right now. Release anything others may say you ‘should do’ and replace it with intentional thinking about what you ‘must do’. Push it all to the side for five short minutes and let your imagination see that day in early 2020 when all is now perfect.

Step Two. While it’s fresh in your thoughts, go write it down. Use bullet points and write as fast as you can. Remember, there are no limits. Have fun describing your desired changes just the way you see them on the horizon. Give no thought to limitations on how you’ll get there. Avoid the practical details for now. Just describe what you intend to accomplish in the next five years.

Of course, dreaming about five years from now includes the huge assumption that you will be here then – healthy, energized and living a fully charged life every day. That means you have to take good care of yourself every day between now and then to have any chance of success. All important goals are built on a platform of good health that allows us to pursue everything else. So take good care of yourself starting right now.

Five-year horizons provide opportunity for major changes in life. New careers, advanced education, relocation to a new and exciting environment, better relationships, measurable savings, and dramatically healthier lifestyles. Maybe even a beach condo in Hawaii!

Where do you want to be in five years? What do you want for your family and friends in 2020?

Now is the time to sketch out the shapes on your own five year horizon. You can fill in the details in the coming months. Stay tuned in 2015 for dozens of ideas on how to do exactly that.

For a detailed Six-Step System for setting, pursuing and

accomplishing your goals, take a look at my book

Do What You Can! Simple Steps – Extraordinary Results.

I’ll get you a signed copy at a discounted price through the end of January –

just let me know at John@JohnHallSpeaker.com.

Happy dreaming!

 

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events. Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”

 

 

Better! Results Idea #1: Eat Better!

Most humans have the intelligence, logic, resources and opportunity to pursue any result we choose. Both business and personal life goals are there in front of us. Granted some goals are easier to achieve than others, but all are available to shutterstock_225111118pursue.

Following the lead of other successful people, we should:

(1) Take time to think it through

(2) Visualize our objectives in clear and precise terms

(3) Write it all down in an organized action plan

(4) Work hard through sustained daily action

(5) Measure our results in a meaningful way

(6) Adjust our actions when realities bump up against our vision.

Following these six steps increases our Probability of Success however we’ve defined it. If you would like more information on this Six-Step System including how to create a tailored road map to

Take 6 simple steps for dramatic change – and extraordinary results! Are you poised for a change in your career, business, relationships, or health? You know that rah-rah approaches to self-improvement just don’t work – not for the long term. Are you ready for a proven system that works? The Do What You Can System meets you where you are. It guides and inspires you as you move through an easy, 6-step process. Follow The System, and you’ll achieve real results, both personally and professionally.

Take 6 simple steps for dramatic change –
and extraordinary results!
Are you poised for a change in your career, business, relationships, or health? You know that rah-rah approaches to self-improvement just don’t work – not for the long term. Are you ready for a proven system that works?
The Do What You Can System meets you where you are. It guides and inspires you as you move through an easy, 6-step process. Follow The System, and you’ll achieve real results, both personally and professionally.

pursue your own goals, follow the directions and exercises in my ‘how-to’ book “Do What You Can! Simple Steps—Extraordinary Results”

But there is one essential step needed in the pursuit of any worthy goal that must be stressed above all others. Simply, start by Eating Better!

What do we mean by Better!

Several years ago, I adopted the word “Better!” as my personal and business brand. In short, my clients and I are working to be:

Better tomorrow than today;

Better next week than this week;

Better next year than this year.

And so on into the future.

Better! Results come from Better! Choices at dozens of daily decision moments, followed immediately by Better! Actions in support of those choices.

But why should “Eating Better!” be number one on our action list? Great question, and here’s exactly why this idea is so important.

Daily pursuit of important life and business goals is both a mental and physical undertaking. Attention to the mental aspects of brainstorming, planning, writing and measuring consumes most of our limited time. As a result, busy motivated people like us are often reaching for whatever food is available at the moment hunger strikes. We’re so focused on our work, our deadlines, our results and the legitimate needs of others that we fail to take adequate care of ourselves.

For example, are we getting enough sleep to allow our brain and body to recharge after a taxing day? Are we drinking enough water to keep our brain and body operating properly? And just as important, are we providing our brain and our body the healthy food needed to sustain the long campaign pursuit of worthy goals often requires?

If you’re like me, you probably don’t need a life-coach to lay out a plan for getting one more hour of sleep each night or for doubling your daily water intake. But we may be in the same boat as we consider whether we have the knowledge, skills and discipline to Eat Better! every day.

So here are two specific suggestions to nudge you in the right direction right now.

  • The first is the recently published book by my wonderful bride Kris. Leave Cancer in the Dust: 50 Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer and Supercharge Your Lifeis as much about protecting our good health through daily attention to nutrition as it is about fighting off cancer. (It’s still amazing to me how those two ideas are so closely related!) You can find out more by visiting www.TheVailDiet.com. It’s a modest investment for well-researched, easy to follow guidance to make a huge difference and “supercharge your life”.
  • Second is a free resource I just became aware of today. It’s a food quality rating system from the Environmental Working Group. Click here for more details. Using this tool you get a 10-point quality rating score on 80,000 food products. It doesn’t cover everything I entered, but it covered a lot. I found it interesting to plug in a dozen or so of my favorite foods. I also found it scary to see how poorly a few of them were rated – especially when the sugar content was explained.

With these two resources and many others that are easily available to all of us with just a few clicks of our keyboards, we can arm ourselves with the information we need to make Better! Choices in what we eat.

Result? More energy, less toxicity, better fuel for our body and brains.

What tools do you use to make your food choices? Let me know.

 

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events. Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”