New Year’s Resolutions vs. Goals

Looking forward to the new year ahead

I cannot remember when I stopped making my New Year’s resolutions.

To me, it doesn’t work at all.

Resolutions are more of intentions that’s why they don’t work because year in, year out, you keep making resolutions only to fail it over and over again.

It’s a vicious cycle.

But with a goal, there is a plan.

With a plan, there’s a step in order to reach that goal.

I have a lot of goals this year but I don’t overwhelm myself that I need to finish it all in one month’s time. And if I have unfinished goals last year, I just take it from where I left them and continue to pursue them.

First, I prioritize. The other insurances like fire and motor are given but looking after our health is more important at this time of the year.

That’s the purpose of setting goals. Prioritize first then set it into motion.

You need to be S.M.A.R.T. in accomplishing your goals. And by S.M.A.R.T., it means, my goals should be:

1. Specific. No general terms. What exactly do you want to achieve?

2. Measurable. When you have some benchmark, it’s easier to determine if you have achieved it.

3. Attainable. Within your limits, are your goals really doable?

4. Realistic. Can you meet your goals with your current situation?

5. Time-bound. Can they be achieved this month? or within the year?

With these guidelines, whatever your goals may be are realistically achievable.

Going into the New Year, my wife & I, got indisposed.

Thank God that it was just flu and not covid. We are still on meds but we are on our way to full recovery.

So, the first order of the day for me is to take care of our HEALTH.

With that:

1. Take inventory of your current life and health insurance policies and HMO plans. When will they expire? What will you renew? Will you add to it this year?

2. We just had our health screen last month. Normally, it is valid for the next 6 months. I may have to request my provider to evaluate it so I can request some revisions in my existing policies.

3. Schedule an appointment with your dentist. It is advisable to see a dentist 2x a year. Left unchecked, you don’t want to be going to the dentist for some emergency procedure.

4. Keep a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise or movements as some of my friends will say. Watch what you eat. Curb your cravings for sweets. Drink plenty of water. The goal is not to go to the doctor or to a hospital.

5. Lastly, observe social distancing. If you can help it, do a virtual meeting instead of a face-to-face meeting. Nothing is guaranteed in these very uncertain times.

The pandemic is not yet over so we cannot be complacent.

As we look forward to a safer, healthier, and better year ahead, let us not make 2022, 2020 too.

#newyear

#goals

#priorities

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