How I Plan to be a Better Me in 2018

First, let me say this. I am not sure why so many people find it necessary for the date on a calendar to change in order to start new habits, routines, and life choices. It blows my mind. If you want something bad enough, go out and do it. Go get it. Go achieve it. Why does a number validate the way you live your life?

However, with that being said, I think reflection and reevaluation are important in seeing where you have been, where you currently are, and where you want to be. But I think this should be done on more than just an annual basis. Personal and professional development should not be limited to the start of the new year.

Professional Development

Goals:

-$50,000+ in sales in 2018

-Spend less on personal indulgences and more on business and personal investments

2018 will be the start of many new things for me, personally. Upon graduation in May, I will be starting my career at Keyot, a business consulting firm in Minneapolis. Keyot will place me with one of their clients (yet to be determined) to perform data and business analysis, among other things. I am very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to making money instead of spending it on tuition.

Many of you also know that the first inventory shipment for my business arrived at Amazon’s facility’s down south. I am very excited to be pursuing the growth of our company with my business partner and close friend, Blake Ekblad. This is the start of something which I hope to turn into a full-time career in the coming years. Entrepreneurship is one of the most fascinating things in the world to me. I would love nothing more than to eventually work for myself and have the opportunity to create an unparalleled business legacy.

Many of you will scoff or even laugh at my goal of $50,000+ in business revenue for this year, and I absolutely love that. Nothing drives me more than disbelievers and criticizers. So keep it coming; I can’t wait to prove you wrong.  

Personal Development

Goals:

-Stop caring about stuff that just doesn’t matter

-Increased focus on mental health

-Better use of time

-Less consumption of unnecessary content, more executing on what is important

-Development of self-awareness

Personal and mental health is going to be a point of focus for me in 2018. With so many people being diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues in recent years, this should be at the top of many people’s goal list. It makes it much harder to be truly happy if you have to deal with these illnesses.

In order to help avoid mental health issues personally, I have taken up meditation. There are so many great apps nowadays that guide you through this process and it is amazing what consistent meditation can do for you, mentally and physically. Additionally, I have disabled numerous applications and notifications on my iPhone. For me, these seemingly endless notifications and app icons add unnecessary stress and distraction throughout my day.

I decided I also need to quit worrying about things that just do not matter. Focusing on what really matters is the only thing that matters. That is very abstract, but if you think about it for a bit, it makes sense. Quit worrying about what people think of you, or how you are judged on your losses and flaws. Be the best version of yourself and do your best work. Everything else is just white noise. If it doesn’t help you get where you want to go, cut it from your life. Quit doing stuff that makes you unhappy. This will be impactful for me in 2018.

I have also reevaluated how I use my time. After all, it is the most important resource in existence. I have decided I need to spend less time on electronics (phone, computer, tv, etc.) when it is not necessary. Instead, I have decided to start reading more. The more information I can absorb, the better.

Lastly, I want to continue to develop self-awareness in both my personal and professional life. I am a firm believer that this trait is single-handedly the most important aspect of success and a happy life. Knowing who you are, what you are capable of, being honest with yourself and others, maintaining the right perspective, and being endlessly empathetic are all incredibly important in developing this characteristic, in my opinion. I am nowhere close to where I want to be in terms of self-awareness, but I will continue to work at it.

This is, hand down, the best time in the history of humankind to be alive. The opportunities we have are unthinkable comparably to 100, 50, or even 10 years ago. If you are reading this, odds are you have a roof over your head, clean water on demand, and the technology necessary to flourish and be wildly successful. In my opinion, it would be a waste not to aspire to do great things and have large goals in this day and age. Maintaining this perspective of gratitude is perhaps the most important thing we can all do in 2018. But, that’s just my opinion. 😊

 

Live long and prosper, friends.

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