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Planning Your Next Year with Purpose!

A new year is almost upon us, have you done any planning for it yet?  If not, why not?  Research  shows that we get more done, are more productive and achieve our goals at a higher rate when we plan our time.  Not only do we need to plan our days and weeks, but we need to set yearly goals.  Have you set yours?  We only have a month until the end of the year, if you don’t plan, someone will plan your life for you!

So with that in mind, here are some ideas for you to get started.

Start with the year in mind.  What do you want to accomplish in the next year?

  • I am running a half and full marathon, but to get that done I have to start planning now.
  • I am pushing 50 (next October), so I need to think about my diet.  My wife and I have started a diet plan, counting calories and lots of veggies

 Your financial well-being, how is it?

  • How much do you want to save?
  • How much do you want to invest?
  • How much do you want to give?
  • You need to plan ahead, budget

Personal Growth?

  • Are you growing as a person?
  • What books are you reading?
  • What websites are you learning from?
  • What can you do to be better than you are today?

These are just a few of the areas you need to start planning for now? There are others:

  •  What if you started off the year with a clear plan and purpose?  How much better would 2014 be than 2013?
  •  Or perhaps you need to continue your growth from this year.

If that is the case, the time is now to get started.  Don’t waste the time around the holidays, use it to plan a better 2014.  Need help?

Contact me and I would be happy to help you in 2014.

how-muchHappy Birthday to me. This Thursday I turn 48 years old.  It doesn’t seem possible to be two years from that magic age of 50.  Who ever thought about being 50 when you were in your teens, twenty’s for even thirties.  Now I struggle keeping those ten pounds off, worrying about my retirement and cajoling my children to become responsible adults.  What happened to that young man who stayed out late and got up late.  Now I am rarely in bed past 0630 and often am asleep by 10:00.  But that is okay, it happens.  But what shouldn’t happen is that life beats you down.

I have been thinking about “How Much” lately.  How much more time do I have?  How many new things can I do?  48 means I have fewer years to live than I have already lived.  So in the next few days I will be posting some of my “How Much’s” and encourage you to join me, no matter how old you are.

The plan is to set some goals by 50, two years for me, and see how many I can achieve.  A hint, one includes a motorcycle.  We will see.  I don’t want my purpose to be waiting for retirement in my older days, I want to be the most Purposefulu in the next 40 years.

Without a doubt my worst job was as a car salesman. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t as bad as some other jobs I have had in regards to physicality. But it was such a bad fit for me. Why? Because it went against all of my core beliefs and core of who I was. Not all car dealers run their stores the way this one did, but many did and this is why car salesman have a bad reputation to this day.

I was told that I knew the customer was lying if I could see their lips moving. Ironically, the same is said for car salesman, which of course leads to an adversarial relationship. I hated the idea of not being truthful. I was told, “This is how it is done” so I was supposed to go along with it. I didn’t and the result was I sold one ar in thirty days which led to my rather abrupt departure from my career as a car salesman. I awoke one morning and announced to Melissa, “I am retiring from the car business today” Continue Reading…

My all time favorite job I ever had was as a baseball umpire.  I spent ten years in professional baseball as an umpire.  If you have listened to Podcast #2 you heard all about it.  Check it out if you haven’t listened to it yet and be sure to leave a comment if you have some time.

I started umpiring when I was  just a young lad.  The umpires didn’t show up to one of Continue Reading…

This is the second post in my JOBS series.

I narrowly escaped the fast food industry by a few hours when I was a junior in high school.  I had gotten a job at Wendy’s in my hometown of Aurora, Colorado.  I didn’t want to work there, but I had a friend who worked there and told me he could get me a job.  So I took it.  After I thought about it I instantly regretted it.  I didn’t want to work at Wendy’s I wanted to eat there.  So, I asked my then girlfriend if I she knew of any jobs at her place of employment: Target.

Much to my delight a job was open, the job of cart attendant.   Continue Reading…

My First Job

April 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

I can’t remember if my first job was as a telephone marketer or a construction worker.  I wasn’t very good at either, but both taught me lessons for life, one of which was I didn’t want to do either with rest of my life!

My dad got me a job as a “helper” on a construction crew that was redoing an office in the office building where he worked.  I don’t remember very much, except that I was supposed to do some trim painting around a register that was surrounded by paneling (I know,  so 70’s, wait it was the 70’s) and I got more paint on the paneling than on the register.  Continue Reading…

The Jobs I Have Had

April 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

Recently I have been thinking about what would be the best fit for me to spend my time doing.  I currently teach at a Junior High school and am transitioning out of that and into something else.  The something else will more likely be temporary (3 years) and will lead to something else (hint: like Purposeful U).

So as I look forward to the future, I cast one eye backward at my past.  Continue Reading…

Recently the big winner, or winners, of the latest Powerball jackpot were announced.  I heard there were three groups of winners.  The last group was near and dear to my heart as they were professional educators, teachers and administrators.  This last group didn’t want to be recognized, they preferred to be anonymous.  I think I would do it that way too, I mean why invite all the scrutiny and I’m sure my long-lost cousins would come from everywhere, so stay in the shadows. Continue Reading…

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