Wow… another year, down. I know it’s cliche and that every day is just that, a day. Whether it’s 365 of them or 450, but at least the calendar is there to check progress towards your goals. I set goals last year in January, to blaze trails and do more what I’m passionate about. 12 months, 365 days, 8,760 hours (and you get the drift) have passed and it is that peaceful time to check in on the full check on my 2017 goals. Time to dive right in.
We all establish goals for next year around this time, through the mid-point in January, typically. We are motivated, passionate and ready to blaze trails. I LOVE IT! I love the energy that a new year brings and the motivation that you get when you start thinking of everything you want to accomplish. It’s lifting, refreshing and it’s new. However, it’s also hard! Of course, goals would not be goals if they were easy to attain. Hard work is what it’s all about. At the end of every year, I realize something new about my goals from that year, each time. I am thankful as hell that I set my goals higher than ever, such as what I did for 2017. I want to dive in the benefits of setting lofty goals and the impact the goal setting has on more than just yourself.
Three quarters are officially in the books! What does that mean for dividend investors and those pursuing financial independence? This represents a great opportunity to review your goals and progress that has been made. The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and with only three months remaining, we better make every minute count! Through this point in the year, I will be able to identify if I will or will not achieve my goals, for the most part. This also provides one last chance to change or alter my actions, in order to achieve the goals I set almost one year ago.
This quarter I want to try something different. Sure, I set my annual goals back in December. Those goals are the big goals that I want to make sure I can accomplish over the course of twelve mounts and they are supposed to take time to complete (which they definitely are). However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of other short-term goals that I want to accomplish along the way. During the fourth quarter, I want to create some shorter term personal finance and life goals that I also want to complete over the next three months. Some are large and some are small. But all will have a meaningful impact if I can accomplish them.
The first six months definitely have been fun, interesting, lessons have been learned, passions explored and a renewed focus has developed. I cannot wait to look at the half of the year coming up, sort of in a “the glass is half full” kind of way. Learning more about yourself/oneself in a much more rapid pace, but still focusing on the areas that make me happy, as well as the true goal of financial independence. This quarter marks another quarter closer to these goals and I’m excited to talk about what progress was made.
Summer is here BABY! Memorial weekend just came to a close and man, the sun is shining fricken bright! Cavs are in the finals and road-tripping is real. On top of that – the Cleveland Indians are starting to roll wins and Encarnacion is using his bat finally! Enough of sports and summer weather – dividends have fully come in for May, so let’s check out the dividend income summary!
As I was sitting at work over the last few weeks, days and hours – I couldn’t help but have a different perspective of defining the purpose of why I am there and what I can do to maximize the 24 hours in a day. 4 words came to mind – Just Go For It. When it comes to blogging and building our Dividend Diplomat Brand, the same topic of Just Go For It, comes to mind. Then, when I went on a run and deep in a workout the other day, low and behold – Just Go For It, again, popped in my head. Run hard and run fast, keep going. When I am talking to my sister on helping her figure out her career and interviews – Just Go For It, all day. We are spending time together, to show her guidance on how to prepare, question & answer scenarios, amidst other things, tackling it with everything we have. Why not, right? With investing, saving and experiencing life – we have to “Just Go For It” in each and every way, within each and every day. Why the heck not? Find out more with what I’m talking about, what it means and what can happen if you do.