They all say you have to be specific in order to achieve your goals. So, New Years Resolutions? It needs to be specific, measurable, and achievable.
I’m not sure I agree anymore!
Instead, it’s been clear over and over again that it always works out best when I make choices by large, guiding principles. (This is a guiding life principle, but only recently brought back to my attention when I got to be blog mentored and then have real-life coffee with J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy).
What’s your end goal? What is the final result you want? Make the choice that will bring you closer to that goal.
Vague Years of Greesonbach
The fun part is always in the application of the rule! For us, 2012 was the Year of Stability. We made choices that gave us a stable, predictable life, because we were dealing with so much crazy.
This came to life in the form of staying in our apartment longer than we otherwise would have, and turning down trips or opportunities in favor of keeping things stable. It was a very restful time.
2013 was the Year of Reaching for Risky Goals (whether we knew it or not at the time). We moved to the apartment we really wanted, I took a risk on a job, then took a risk on starting my business.
We’re not sure what 2014 will be. I think the theme needs to develop on its own. It may be the Year of Family, where we put our small family unit first above career, money, and other family members. Or it may be the year of money, where we prioritize our financial future and buckle down to reach savings and debt-free goals (college was expensive, but worth it!).