Homeside Financial - January 2020

NMLS #111660

January 2020

1051 13th St. SE, Hickory, NC 28602 • 828.229.7877 • jharrington@gohomeside.com

More Than a Thought or Idea GOAL SETTING VS. RESOLUTION MAKING

F rom the time I was young until I didn’t ever mean for them to bring about any lasting change in my habits. For me, resolutions became synonymous with mere ideas or thoughts without any actual drive to change behind them. That’s why every year, instead of making resolutions, I go through the process of setting goals. Goal setting is different from making resolutions in a few ways. For starters, you don’t wait around until the very end of the year to set goals for the next year. I started working on my goals with my team at the office back in November. We started opened my first business, I made New Year’s resolutions every year. When I first started making them, I just did it because my friends and family made them. I

to your notes with fresh eyes and gain a new, less muddled perspective on exactly what you need to change in the upcoming year. Once I transcribe my scribblings into clearly defined goals, I can start to formulate a plan for how to reach those goals. A major part of that process is creating a series of smaller, more specific goals to strive for on the way to the major goal — things I can accomplish in a month, a week, or even a day, to give myself a way to measure my progress. One thing I’ve realized about goal setting over the years is that you have to look at your goals in the larger context of your entire life, not just your work environment or your home environment. If you don’t take into account the ways your work goals will affect your home life or the ways your personal

“You don’t have to make NewYear’s resolutions just because everyone else is making them or because you feel like you should. But, you should set goals for yourself so you can continue to learn and grow at home and in your workplace.”

You don’t have to make New Year’s resolutions just because everyone else is making them or because you feel like you should. But, you should set goals for yourself so you can continue to learn and grow at home and in your workplace. I hope this year is a year of growth for all of you. Happy New Year’s!

by dumping all our ideas and goals for 2020 onto paper. I must have taken 10 pages of handwritten notes that day, though none of it had any corrected grammar, syntax, or punctuation. But that’s not where goal setting ends. You want to have some time between the initial stages of goal setting and the end of the year because you need time to let your ideas and goals sit. After a little while, you can come back

goals will affect your work life, those goals will fall apart. With any goal you set, you should always try and look at the bigger picture. While talking about goal setting might seem useless now that it’s already January, the nice thing about goal setting is you can do it at any point of the year. Resolutions will forever and always be tied to Jan. 1, but if you have a goal worth striving for, you shouldn’t wait until the new year to start.

-Jamie Harrington

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