Hard to believe another year is almost in the history books! Not sure if this is true for you, but for me it seems that once August comes around the rest of the year just goes so quickly. This year was no exception! My wife and I and our little one took a much-needed vacation at the end of August, then the rest of the year just blew by. Now we’re at the cusp of a new year.
Starting a new year is always a time of reflection, recalibration, and setting or tuning up goals for many people – including me. Hopefully you take some time to do this as well. The years pass quickly, and it’s easy to let time get away and you end up missing out on important goals and opportunities. It’s important to keep important goals (saving for retirement, finishing that degree, starting or expanding your business, serving your community, etc.) on your mind all the time and make daily progress toward achieving them. But make sure to prioritize your goals; financial goals such as the above are worth of your time, but not at the expense of more worthy things.
The pastor of my church said it best: live with the end in mind. The point wasn’t to morbidly focus on death all the time, but be a reminder that our time here is short and to live accordingly. You don’t have all the time in the world, so make the best use of it that you can! Prioritize your life and focus on the things that really matter.
I’m a big believer in working hard and achieving financial success, but it’s also important to not let that crowd out the really important things – like family and friends. Someday when I draw my last breath, I know I won’t be wishing I’d spent more hours at work.
Set important goals (and write them down!), break them into achievable steps, then get working on them – today. Spend time with your family, serve your community, make a difference in the world. Again, live with the end in mind.
Best wishes to you and your family in 2013!