My Top 5 Goals for 2015

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to share my Top 5 Goals for 2015

Top 5

* Earn my Distinguished Toastmaster award from Toastmasters Intl.

* Earn $100,000

* Maintain a consistent web presence throughout the year. ie. regular blog posts, bi-weekly newsletter, video’s and anything else that is directly related to maintaining a positive, value-oriented and consistent web presence. Ties in with earning $100,000

* Begin planning and organizing this one unique business idea that was shared with me a few years ago that no one has implemented.

* Find someone special.

 

What are your Top 5?

 

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You Can & You Will: Words of Empowerment for 2015

Hi everyone, Jason Stewart here and Welcome, Welcome to the end of 2014, as we know it.

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I’m very happy to be sharing this end of the year message with you because I believe it will be very empowering and help you get off to a Fantastic start in 2015.

I want to ask you 3 very important questions. Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers because your answers are based on your experiences.

So, Question #1.

What three things are you most proud of accomplishing this past year?

* For me its been earning my Advanced Communicator Silver award from Toastmasters Intl.

* Being elected as the new Division E Governor for District 47 back in April, and

* Learning how to create a personal budget and actually sticking to it since I learned it.

So, what three accomplishments are you most proud of this past year?

Question #2

What are three of your biggest disappointments this past year?

(This is where things may start to get a little more challenging) By disappointments I mean things you started and tried getting done but for one reason or another it just didn’t work out.

My three disappointments are;

* Overdrawing my bank account early in the year because I loaned money to someone I thought I could trust.

* I didn’t earn as much as I would have liked to, and

* Missed an opportunity to earn am easy leadership award from Toastmasters Intl.

Question #3

What lessons did you learn from your disappointments this past year?

(This is the most challenging part of most people)

Earlier this year I made a purely emotional decision without doing adequate research. I loaned money to someone who I trusted and thought was trying to improve their life. Someone I’ve known for 10 years. What I neglected to do was look at who she was hanging out with and associating with on a regular basis and I didn’t seek out the advice of a neutral third person. Those two things would have saved me a lot of time, energy and money.
The reason I didn’t really do any research was because I really trusted this person and more than anything wanted to see them succeed.

Now I’m not trying to discourage anyone from performing random acts of kindness, but when it comes to larger sums of money and trying to help someone improve their life and succeed, please do your research.

Make sure the other person isn’t just talking the talk, but also walking the walk.

Because of this experience it was a motivational kick in the pants and prompted me to go out and learn how to create and follow a personal budget.

This brings me to lessons learned from my second disappointment this past year. Not earning as much money as I would have liked to.

So what did I learn?

First off, I wasn’t specific about the amount of money I wanted to earn and because I wasn’t specific about the amount I wanted to earn I didn’t have any concrete plans in place for making it happen.

There isn’t any excuse for why I didn’t plan ahead or get specific about what I wanted and it cost me.

It didn’t just cost me financially. All of the things I wanted to have accomplished and things I want to be doing are now pushed up to 2016 & 2017 instead of 2015.

One of the things I have started doing to turn this disappointment of not earning enough money into fertilizer for future success is taking time to plan out 2015 in specific terms, learning how to evaluate my progress and make corrections when necessary.

Discipline is a key factor in achieving any goal, BIG or small.

My third disappointment this past year was missing an opportunity to earn an easy leadership award from Toastmasters Intl. Again, the same lessons apply to this disappointment. I wasn’t clear and specific about the end result, I didn’t put my plans in writing and I didn’t really make much of an effort to seek out the advice and counsel of those who have been through similar experiences before me.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to come to the end of 2015 with the same disappointments as the previous year.

So, I’m making a commitment to myself in 2015 to be more disciplined when it comes to planning and organizing, following through on the plans I make, evaluating my progress regularly and making corrections when necessary.

I’m starting to realize more and more as the years go by that I am the only person responsible for everything in my life. The good, bad and ugly.

I’ve known this for years and you’ve probably known about this too.

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“We become what we think about” ~ Earl Nightingale

This is why I asked you those three questions.
* What three accomplishments are you most proud of this past year?

* What are your three biggest disappointments this past year?
And

* What did you learn from those disappointments?

Because I believe you have the ability to become someone better than you are today, with a better lifestyle, better relationships and better things. That’s my goal to, to become someone better today than I was yesterday, with better relationships, lifestyle choices and things.

This is why when people say “You are 100% responsible for everything in your life”  You Really Are!

Every thought that you think
Every word or phrase that you speak
Every action you take

Is going to have either a positive or negative impact on your life. That’s just the way it is.

I’m going to encourage you and everyone reading my blog or watching the video (video coming soon) to focus on the positive and take some time to do the exercise I did with listing your accomplishments, disappointments and lessons learned.

Once you do that, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it will be to set and achieve your goals in 2015. Goals are very important; they give our life meaning and direction.

Believe in YourselfIn order to achieve your goals and dreams you gotta believe in yourself.

Believe in yourself because you have the power to achieve any goal you set.

You are fully capable of achieving your goals; you have the power and ability, now use it to get what you want.

Another way of looking at this whole believing in yourself concept is; How much confidence do you have in yourself?

Believing in yourself
And
Having confidence in yourself
Go hand in hand.

If you find that believing in yourself or having confidence in yourself a bit challenging, may I suggest that you take a close look at who you are hanging out with and associating with on a regular basis.

The people you surround yourself with on a regular basis do have an impact on what you think, say and do.

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For most of us this means upgrading our friends and making ourselves less available to those who are not positive and encouraging.

I’m not only encouraging you to seek out more positive, optimistic and encouraging friends, I’m challenging you to do it.

2015 can be an incredibly amazing year for many of us, but we have to do the work.

My wish for you is for you to take this message to heart and implement the suggestions and do the exercises mentioned in this article.

Let’s all get clear and focused about our goals and what we want to accomplish this year. Our lives will only get better when we get better, so let’s get started.

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