TED Talk I've Found Valuable
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them. I am not sure I agree with him, but it does give a different perspective to goal setting, which I believe to be incredibly important at this time of the year, so you can watch it here.
App I've Found Helpful
Headspace. One of my goals for 2020 is to meditate more, not only do I know it makes me better at what I do, but some of the most successful people on the planet do it too. Over the years of dabbling in meditation, the best most accessible way I have found to do this is through the App Headspace. Just 10 minutes a day can make an incredible difference to your well being, happiness and productivity. Find out more here.
What I've Been Listening To
In line with the previous recommendation of the Headspace App, I would also highly recommend Andy Puddicombe’s book ‘The Headspace Guide to... Mindfulness & Meditation’. I’d encourage you to listen to this rather than read it, as Andy’s voice is almost hypnotic, and his stories make for compelling listening. If you are curious about mindfulness, meditating, or just becoming happier, I encourage you to check this book out. You can listen to it here.
Quote of the Week
“Moonshot thinking starts with picking a big problem: something huge, long existing, or on a global scale.” - Astro Teller.
Finance theme I’ve been considering
If you want to make 2020 incredible, at the start of a new year it is vital to write out your goals; goals for each area of your life, such as health, wealth, relationships, have and do’s. For each of these areas you need a long-term goal, which could, for example, be a date that is perhaps 25 years from now. You then need to break each one down into 3-year, 1 year and quarterly goals, and revisit these quarterly goals every 90 days. Each one of these quarters is a 1% step towards your 25-year goals. They say you eat an elephant by taking one bite at a time, and achieve big goals is no different. Lots of small steps. Financial Planning isn’t just about helping you achieve the financial goals, it is about helping you achieve the goals in every area of your life. Let’s make 2020 outstanding!