Petro Law Firm January 2019

January 2019

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Planning Out My 2019 Keeping Your Goals on Track

O ne thing that’s usually on everyone’s mind right about now is New Year’s resolutions. We all make them, but I’ve never met anyone who is good at keeping them, including myself. People become busy as the year progresses, and by the time March comes around, most have dropped their goals altogether. It’s hard to balance work, family, and other responsibilities on top of creating and maintaining resolutions, but it can be done. When you’re choosing which resolutions to pursue this year, it’s important to carefully decide what you want to do. You don’t want to give yourself a target that you have no way of hitting because you’ve placed it too far out of reach. People become discouraged and lose enthusiasm because their resolutions start to seem impossible. However, your goals are achievable when planned correctly. There are many great tools to help you reach your ambitions, and one of the best is a method known as SMART Goals. SMART is an effective system that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. It’s a common method many people look to when setting New Year’s resolutions, finishing homework, or achieving lifetime goals. The reason SMART works so well is because it helps people simplify their aspirations. It allows you to clearly identify your goal, save time and energy spent achieving that goal, and set a reasonable time frame in which to attain it.

This year, I know a few people who are planning to use SMART. However, I’m going to be trying something a little different. I recently attended one of Darren Hardy’s conferences where he spoke about self-development. For my readers who don’t know, Hardy is a self-development coach who focuses on ways to help people grow individually and professionally. During this 2 1/2 day conference, he gave all his attendees a daily planner as a gift. The planner breaks down every week, month, and year with banner goals, quarterly management assistance, reminders, reviews, and plans.

me accountable. Being accountable is one of the most significant driving factors a person can have when creating, following through with, and achieving goals. Having a planner is similar to taking a friend with you when you exercise. The second person provides encouragement and keeps you going back weekly. My goals for 2019 are similar to what they’ve been every year — I want to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. But this year, I also want to lose some weight, and my planner will help me achieve success. Being healthy has a lot to do with improving oneself in every aspect of life, and I’m excited to get started. In fact, by the time this newsletter comes out, I’ll have already put some of my plans into action.

I think the daily planner will help me immensely as a resource to keep track of my goals and hold

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Whatever your goals are for 2019, I hope you have a great start to the year. Happy New Year!

-Mark Petro

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