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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.”

 

 

How to Avoid Burnout on the Job

How to Avoid Burnout on the Job

In our fast-paced society, there’s a lot of pressure to be constantly busy. But this isn’t necessarily good for us as humans. Sure, you’re going to have busier days or weeks come around, but you shouldn’t have to feel like you’re constantly pushing yourself to the limit every day. That’s how you put yourself on the fast track to burnout and breakdown.

Here are a few ways that you can avoid burning yourself out in your daily work life. It’s interesting that these same ideas also increase productivity and creativity.

  • Take short breaks more often. You don’t necessarily have to spend more time taking breaks during the day, but taking small breaks regularly throughout the day rather than one or two longer breaks is more likely How to Avoid Burnout on the Jobto help keep you refreshed. It will help you to break up the work day much better and give you a chance to recharge your attention span throughout the day. When you complete an important task, get up and take a five minute walk. Recharge your brain and your body at the same time.
  • When you’re away from work, be away from work. There are so many people who make the mistake of blurring the line between their work and home life. The minute you set the precedent of taking your work home with you is the minute that you start being always on the clock. It’s important to have time specifically reserved for relaxation and enjoyment. If you stay focused on work even after your work day comes to an end, you raise the probability of stressing yourself out very quickly.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. You should definitely keep a daily to-do list handy so you can see what tasks you’ve got on your schedule. An added benefit of having this list is that it can help you to keep from over-scheduling yourself. At the end of your day, prepare tomorrow’s list. Then you’ll start right up with what’s important rather what is simply distracting busy work. And always celebrate crossing off completed tasks.
  • Delegate – even when it’s uncomfortable to do so. When things get really busy, ask for help. This can be especially difficult for the perfectionist. But it’s necessary. You simply can’t do everything, so you need people you can trust to help you out during your peak periods. This is especially important to keep in mind if you run your own business.

I completely understand that it can be hard to separate yourself from your work sometimes, but for your own personal sanity it’s important that you do it. These tips should help you out.

Got any questions, feedback or other ideas? 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.”