The Other Side

Do you think about the future often? Do you look down the road and wonder what’s next for you or your family? I do… quite often actually. As my children get older, I like to know what’s coming. What obstacles are up ahead? What changes might need to be made over the next few years? How can I begin preparing now for something that I cannot even see yet?

I don’t think it’s unnatural to have this kind of thoughts. Everyone wants to (or should want to) be prepared for whatever is on the other side of what they are currently doing. Now, that doesn’t mean that you are not invested in where you are in life. Not at all. It is just a good idea to plan a little down the road.

Future life improvement is something that we should all desire and, I feel, most people truly do, even if it is in small, baby steps. Going back to school for my graduate work was a step for me this past year. However, as it is stated in this article, you do not have to go back to school to continue your education. Every year at this time, people start thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. What am I going to do differently next year in order to improve myself? What am I going to do differently in order to prepare myself a little better for whatever is next in life?

Maybe you haven’t ever thought of it this way, but nobody ever makes a New Year’s Resolution that moves them away from goals. You never hear a guy say, “Next year, I am going to eat as unhealthily as I can in order to hasten the oncoming health problems that I am facing.” You never hear a mom say, “I plan to pull my children out of school so that their education will be stalled, thus preventing them from developing into a functional adult.

New Year’s Resolutions do not work that way. Then again, many people will state that they do not work at all. The stat crunchers over at Statistic Brain show that only 8% of the public succeed in their New Year’s resolutions. This is not really surprising since statistics similar to this are touted as the primary reason that many people will not even make one. However, another statement on the page really jumped out at me and that is my focus.

People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

Even if you fail, in the long run, to cash in on your resolution, the chances are still much better of you reaching any goals if you express it. For those who made a resolution, the success rate at attaining goals was much greater. But, that makes sense right? I mean, you really need to know where you’re going right? How successful can you really be at reaching your goals if you are not even that committed to them?

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family
*Graph provided by Statistic Brain

So, you’ve got eight more days.

Resolve to do something different this year. But, here is my challenge to you. Don’t make some cheesy resolution that has no bearing on your future. Sit down with your spouse. Talk about where you are going in life. What are your goals? What do you want for your children? Then…. make next year about moving towards those goals.

Hey, it’s a strange world out there, let me know what’s on your mind.

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