Keystone Law February 2019

Trust Matters FEBRUARY 2019


Breaking Ground Building Resolutions FromThe Ground Up

Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds your off to an amazing start in 2019, and for those of you currently working on New Year’s resolutions, I wish you all the luck in the world. As we reset our calendars, it can be a great time to reflect on the past and plan for where we want to be in the future. As an estate planner, this kind of long-term goal setting is my bread and butter. That’s why it may surprise some of you that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions myself. I like to challenge myself to set resolutions quarterly. It’s a system that works better for the way I think and keeps me focused on my goals from month to month. If you’ve struggled with sticking to yearly resolutions, I highly recommend giving this technique a shot. Another tip I have learned in setting achievable goals is to break them down into even more manageable chunks because different goals will call for different time frames. For me, a five-week chunk works best for things like diet and exercise. Every week feels like progress! Another thing I must keep in mind is that it’s okay to give myself a break between goals — we can’t give 100 percent of our effort 100 percent of the time. So, when you have achieved a five-week goal, take the time to celebrate your success. The celebration must match the success. You exercised for five weeks? A one-day break, a trip to the movies, or a small purchase of something you have denied yourself during those five weeks is a reward that will catapult you through the next five weeks. Another fundamental key to goal-setting success is to ask yourself how you want to do something and why. When you have

hammered out “the why,” it fuels you to keep at it and finish strong.

yourself how amazing the result is going to be. When the goals are clear, and you know they’re worth striving for, you will make it to the home stretch and over the finish line to success.

This brings me to the second half of the strategy I use to set goals for myself. At the end of the day, you need to really want the result you are striving for. There are techniques that can help you reach a goal that you really want for yourself. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself at the outset, “Is this change something I really want?” Understanding this key component will allow you to understand yourself and clarify the goal. Then it becomes fuel that will help you be a workhorse. On those days when you don’t “feel it”, your understanding and connection to your “why” will propel you forward. Reaching your goals can be a long process. Taking one small bite at a time helps tremendously. Struggles will come; expect them. But when they do, remember to remind

Here’s to everyone crossing the finish line of their own goals in 2019!


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