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The New Year is upon us! It’s the perfect chance to start fresh and really make 2019 a year to be proud of. Take it from me – keeping personal, financial and professional goals can be tough! I’ve even gone a few years without making any resolutions out of fear of not accomplishing them at the end of the year. 2018 has been transformative in reminding me to show up for myself and that includes creating goals and smashing them. Speaking goals into existence can have a profound effect on life so let’s get these New Year’s resolutions in order and follow steps to actually keeping them!
My Resolutions For 2019:
Empowering my audience consistently (Business)
Actively participating in self-care (Personal)
Investing in more rental property (Financial)
Don’t wait for inspiration to come to you, take these simple actions to reach your goals in 2019!
How To Actually Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Create Specific And Actionable Goals
Figure out what you want to do, plan the work backward, then take action.
Set weekly or monthly tasks to help those goals become even more attainable. Our financial goals include buying another rental property by the end of 2019. We would like to save another $10,000 for a down payment and closing costs, so we will need to set aside about $833 every month to achieve this goal. Breaking it down into real numbers helps put everything into perspective.
My business of blogging heavily revolves around my community (you guys!), so I’m focusing more on empowering you and becoming more solution-driven. A specific goal I have to achieve this is being consistent with providing you deals and getting back to my IG Lives. For the first half of 2018, you all showed excitement for my weekly IG lives. They spanned from an array of topics such as becoming a healthcare professional, managing African-American hair, raising black children and much more. As much as I loved connecting with you through live content, I had a difficult time trying to balance it with all of my other responsibilities. I put more pressure on myself than I was ready to take on. This time, I hope to pace myself with monthly, manageable topics. That’s a level I believe I can get consistent on.
Get The Details In Order
Once you know the end goal and the steps to get there, work on the stumbling blocks.
If your financial goals in 2019 include buying a home, make sure to get your financial paperwork in order. Do the research so that when it comes down to it, you have very few hold-ups. Do you know your credit score? What type of home loan would you get and where? What area would you purchase the home and does the value have the potential to increase? Get the small details in order and keep pushing forward!
Make it Easy To Do
You’ve got your goal, you’ve got your steps, now make it simple to do.
Saving and investing has been the most prominent goal each year and its has paid off tremendously. What I’ve found to make saving for things like buying another property, is making it easy for myself. I set up my direct deposits so that a certain amount goes straight to my savings account and never my spending account. That’s what they call paying yourself! Opendoor is another way to make the buying and selling process even easier. If you’re selling a home in one of the 18 markets where they operate, simply go to opendoor.com to get a competitive, cash offer on your home within 2 days. It’s streamlined, easy and can save you time and money!
As prospective buyers, it’s easy for us to discover homes here in San Antonio, tour them and even make an offer, all through the Opendoor app. One of our favorite things to do as a couple is go to open houses on Sunday after church. But with the Opendoor app, we don’t have to wait for open houses, the app serves as our key, and we can access any house everyday of the week, from 9am-6pm.
Set A Reminder
Set a reminder to revisit these resolutions every 3 months.
As I’m writing this, I’m setting a reminder in my phone for self-care. It’s been a goal that’s gotten away from me time and time again since having the boys. After the hecticness of the holidays, I took a day to myself to decompress and forget all responsibilities. It was just what I needed, but self-care is not all about pampering yourself. It’s about really taking a productive step towards bettering self. Part of my self-care regimen is to find a virtual counselor and stay consistent in my sessions. I actually dragged my feet on this goal for the entire last quarter of 2018, so I am putting it all the way out there so that I do not drop the ball again! Check out a resource I’m using to find a counselor here.
Do you have a word for the New Year? Mine is Consistency. Affirm to yourself that you are the type of person that accomplishes these things and your on your way!