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page 1 The Key to a Great 2018: Defining Your ‘Why’
page 2 The Resolution That Leads to Better Grades
page 3 Are You Considering Divorce?
page 4 Kick Off 2018 With These Awesome Events
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AFTER A ROUGH , I HAVE DEFINED MY ‘WHY’
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
After defining my why, I decided to nail down my three words for 2018, which is a tip I got from Chris Brogan. He encourages people of all professions and walks of life to pick three words each year to guide them to success. Since I have defined my why, I decided to pick three words to keep me focused on my family. Those three words are clarity, charity, and prosperity. CLARITY In 2018, I want to live by my why, and I want to build my life by design. No more letting life happen to me. I’m going to take life by the reigns, and every single thing that I do is going to be centered around my family. That means I’m going to have to get used to saying no to people and opportunities, but I’m committed. If it doesn’t benefit my family, I won’t take part. As long as I am clear about my why, my focus won’t drift. CHARITY In my opinion, charity starts at home. This year, I am going to give myself permission to succeed and permission to fail. As a society, we are quick to forgive others of their trespasses; yet, we hold onto our own mistakes and let them weigh us down. I plan on being nicer to myself and, in turn, nicer to others. I will do this through not only monetary donations, but also through my time and talent. PROSPERITY Finally, I will strive for prosperity in my life. When people think of prosperity, they often think of money. However, instead of just trying to earn more money next year, I am trying
to shift my money mindset from scarcity to abundance. Truly, abundance is a mindset and not a dollar amount. Tony Robbins said, “We should cultivate gratitude for whatever we have in our lives and that when we trade
Thinking back on 2017, I have to admit that it was tough. This year, I lost both my mother and my grandmother. If I can take anything away from the emotions my family felt, it is that time is the only asset we cannot replace. Therefore, it must not be wasted. 2017 taught me to be protective of my time, and it encouraged me to discover my why . At some point in my life, I was introduced to Simon Sinek’s idea of finding your why. According to Sinek, your why is the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you. Knowing your why gives you a filter for measuring and questioning your every action. Knowing your why will bring focus and motivation as you work toward your goals. Now, before I make a decision, I ask myself how this will benefit and further my why. After my experiences last year, I took a long, hard look at my life, and I decided that my why is my wife and children. Though Sinek’s philosophy stemmed from his curiosity about what makes entrepreneurs and leaders successful, the idea of finding your why can be a valuable tool to anyone in any circumstance. If you know your purpose, you have a much better chance of staying on course toward your ultimate goals. If you skip this step, you will probably end up like the 80 percent of people who abandon their New Year’s resolutions by February.
our expectations for appreciation, our entire life changes in that very moment. Lack of appreciation is the only thing that will truly make you poorer.” As long as I focus on my why, I know I will have the impetus to remain on course and see positive changes in my life. If you are in a slump or just want to see some change in your life, I encourage you to find your why and to choose three words to keep you on track. The new year offers a literal and symbolic fresh start, so why not make the most of it? -Don E. McClu re, Jr. “After my experiences last year, I took a long, hard look at my life, and I decided that my why is my wife and children.”
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