Retirement Planning Strategies January 2018

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Resolutions for a Better Career When most people create their New Year’s resolutions, they begin with a grandiose goal. While aiming for the stars is great, it’s not always the best way to create a plan of action that gets you where you want to be. Instead of simply keeping an end goal a reality?” New Year’s resolutions may be personal, but growth is often collaborative. Think of the way athletes train. The sprinter may be the one who crosses the finish line, but there are valuable people behind the scenes who helped them get there.


making your career better is largely out of your control. Everyone experiences headaches from their boss, their group, or even their agency as a whole. But you can control a lot more than you think. The best place to start is to take a look at your attitude and mindset. If you come into work with a feeling of dread, guess what — work is going to be dreadful. Conversely, if you begin your day with a positive attitude, you’ll be shocked at how quickly work starts to feel rewarding. Don’t let factors out of your control weigh you down this year. Focus on what you can do and on whom you can have an impact. Simply changing your perspective will create a ripple effect, leading to more wins and fewer headaches. I want to wish everyone a wonderful 2018. If you are drafting resolutions this year, remember to be specific, positive, and forward-looking. Then, create a road map to get to your destination. There may be a few speed bumps along the way, but they won’t send you spiraling off the road.

in mind, you’ll find that quantifying the goal and creating a concrete set of steps to work toward your goal every day will actually yield progress. To illustrate how this concept could work, let’s use the most popular resolution as an example: weight loss. Saying you want to lose weight is a pretty nebulous goal when you think about it. But if you imagine yourself in a size-eight dress, your brain can conceptualize what that might look like. Write this goal down and put it somewhere you’ll see it — the bathroom mirror is a great spot — and look at it often. Even better, record your daily progress. Ask yourself what you can do this month, this week, and this very minute to achieve that long-term goal. Remember, not every day will be a step forward, but don’t let that discourage you. Of course, weight loss isn’t a goal for everybody. When you sit down to select a goal, I recommend you ask two questions. First, “What would make my life better?” Secondly, “Who can help make this goal

One area where all of us can resolve to make improvements is in our work lives. You spend a great deal of your waking hours at work, so you might as well resolve to make those hours better and more productive. It might seem like

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