Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin - January 2020

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January 2020

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3. Achievable This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big of a step can leave you frustrated or affect other areas of your life to the point where your resolution takes over. If you want to save money, start at $500 instead of $5,000.

If you are like most of the country, at the start of the new year, you’ll be making New Year’s resolutions. Across social media, you will see #NewYearNewMe and tips and tricks on how to become a new and improved version of yourself. You are not alone. Statistics show that millions of people in the United States will be joining gyms, swearing off pop, and cleaning out the candy drawer; however, over 50% of those New Year’s resolutions fail, but that doesn’t mean yours has to. According to the time management firm Franklin Covey, one third of resolutions don’t make it past the end of January. A lot of these resolutions fail because they’re not the right resolutions, and a resolution may be wrong for one of three main reasons:

4. Relevant Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? Make sure you are setting goals for yourself, not what you see on social media or on TV. 5. Time-bound Give yourself enough time to do it, with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. Gradual progress starts with the first step. One step at a time will lead to success at a goal, which will lead to habit, which will in turn change your life for the good. This year, I am focusing on a few goals. First and foremost is spending more time with my loved ones. I have written in the past about my grandpa, Ernie. This year I was on my way back from a deposition in St. Louis when I got a call he was going into respiratory failure. Since my father passed away 13 years ago, my grandpa and I have been close. I cannot imagine what life would be without him. Thankfully, the 90-year-old former Marine came through, and I will get more time with him. Our lives can be fast-paced, stressful, and focused on work, sometimes at the expense of our loved ones. My main goal this year is to not let that happen to me. I also plan on working to de-stress my life. This includes taking more time for myself away from the office, working on meditating, and not answering work emails after a certain time. We would love to hear how your New Year’s resolutions are going! Drop a note on our Facebook page and let us know what your goals are this year. Remember, think SMART and have a wonderful start to 2020. – Caleb Fleschner

1. It’s a resolution created based on what someone else (or society) is telling you to change.

2. It’s too vague.

3. You don’t have a realistic plan for achieving your resolution.

Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you In her article, “How to Make (and Keep) A New Year’s Resolution,” Jen A. Miller describes an acronym, originally coined in the journal Management Review in 1981, that is an easy way to prepare for the new year. Think S.M.A.R.T. 1. Specific Your resolution should be clear. If you want to lose weight, set the pound amount. If you want to read more, set the number of books you want to read. 2. Measurable Logging progress into a journal or making notes in an app designed to help you track behaviors can reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution may be. It will also motivate you on the bad days.

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