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    It’s Easy to Fail Your New Year’s Resolutions but You Should Keep Trying

    It’s June, the perfect time to talk about new year’s resolutions! Remember those? The things you probably set sometime six months ago? We all wake up January 1st and say to ourselves, “this is the year, this year will be different.” This is the year we’ll work out, or lose weight, or read more, or whatever we set our minds to do in the next 12 months. How does that end up going? Well, not great as around 80% of people fail or give up on their new year’s resolutions by February. That’s a pretty quick rate of giving up. It’s the most common thread that ties us together when…

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    My 2019 Financial Goals – Nine Goals to Aim For in 2019

    Goals are cool guys. It’s like, they help you aim towards something and stuff. I’ve been setting goals since 2017 and have found them a useful guidepost. They’re a good motivator too especially when I do quarterly reviews and see that I’m behind. Initially I started with some personal goals but I’ve split those apart and am only focusing on 2019 financial goals here. I generally try to set these at the tail end of the year so I’m a bit late in 2019. However, I figured waiting till I reviewed my 2018 goals was a good idea so I could have a good barometer for setting next year’s goals.…

  • The 2018 Annual Goal Review!

    It’s time for the annual goal review! I set these bad boys at the end of 2017 and am ready to see how I did. You’ll notice I didn’t set my 2019 goals yet and there’s a reason for that. I wanted to see 2018 results to see what kind of goals make sense for next year. Related : My 2018 Annual Goals If you haven’t read my goals before know that I do them Olympics style. That means there’s a gold, silver and bronze level for each. The idea is for bronze to be a reasonable goal and for it to get harder from there. If I do these right then gold should…

  • 5 Attainable Personal Goals for 2019

    You can call them resolutions or you can call them personal goals but the end result is the same; the hope of improvement in the new year. It’s 2019 and another year is in the books. It’s trite but right to say how fast time flies. I started the year engaged, content with my boring insurance job and lazy about writing, exercise, health and hobbies. I end 2018 married, fresh off an amazing honeymoon and in a new director role. I’m still lazy about all that other stuff but the rest is a big win! It’s easy to look back at 2018 and see it as one of the best…

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    Time in the Market’s Q3 2018 Goal Review

    It’s goal review time, the part of the year where I judge myself on how successful I’ve been in achieving the random goals I set at the start of the year. Last year’s Q3 Goal Review got me into gear. That exercise was a big reason as to why I met my goals. I’m hoping this year is more of the same although the circumstances are a bit different. When I did my halfway point goal review, things were looking great. I was killing it in every area and looking good. However, I knew that I had some expenses coming up that would impact that negatively. First, there was my…

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    2018 Halfway Point and Reviewing Goals

    Goals are great but reviewing goals is key to actually achieving them. There’s no point in setting them without a plan to achieve them in place. Last year I did a Q3 review, saw I was behind and kicked myself into gear. Through that, I was able to do pretty well when it came to my 2017 goals. This year, I’m doing that same review a bit earlier in the year. It’s right at the midpoint mark of the year. I set my goals when it was freezing outside so it’s nice to have some warm weather around for this mid-year review. It’ll be good to see how I’m doing…