Jump Into the New Year!

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the U.S. economy and the impending “fiscal cliff”.  Financially, American debt levels have been increasing so rapidly that many believe the economy will return to the recessionary levels of the 2008 meltdown or maybe even worse.  As a Canadian, I’m aware of the fact that our economy will also be affected because the two are very much connected.

Despite the complexicliff2ties of this issue, I saw a humorous (if not helpful) explanation of the fiscal cliff problem on Facebook today.  The post started with the national data and then made the math understandable by simply eliminating 8 zeros from the end of each number and treating it as if we were talking about a typical household budget:

Annual family income: $21,700

Money the family spent: $38,200

New debt on the credit card: $16,500

Outstanding balance on credit card: $142,710

Total budget cuts so far:  $38.50

Get the point? Obviously, a household that manages their finances like the scenario above will not survive!

“Until you erase plan B from your thinking, plan A will not be effective.” Wayne Macnamara – Business Leader

I feel so blessed to be part of the LIFE Community where I am continually learning how to improve my own life in the areas of Finances, Faith, Fitness, Family, Friends, Fun, Freedom, and Following.  Thanks to the incredible vision of leaders like Claude Hamilton, Orrin Woodward, and the other LIFE Founders, anyone can plug into a world class education system that is helping thousands and thousands of people improve their lives in all of these areas and live the life they’ve always wanted.

As we head into the New Year, our thoughts turn to everything that 2013 holds for each of us.  Many are busy writing down goals, making resolutions or making plans for the New Year.  Which of the 8Fs are you most excited to see improvement in during the coming year?  In finances, a budget is the goal that cliffbwe set to create fiscal success.  Have you made a budget for your personal Finances?  What about an exercise schedule to achieve your Fitness goals?  I highly recommend talking to your mentor about creating a Personal Development plan to raise your level of leadership, which is the Following category of the 8Fs.  And how many of your top 100 goals will be Fun?

“People are anxious to improve their circumstances,but are unwilling to improve themselves.”

Claude Hamilton – LIFE Co-Founder

Rather than dreading the New Year like so many who fear the fiscal cliff, I encourage you to look forward to 2013 with enthusiasm.  To set a solid foundation for success, define your goals and, with a mentor, develop a game plan to accomplish each goal.  I am so excited for what 2013 will bring to the LIFE Community as we continue to help people achieve success in all areas.  Please take a moment to leave a comment about a goal that you are most excited about achieving in 2013!

God Bless and Happy New Year!




About johnklewis

Husband, father, leadership student
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6 Responses to Jump Into the New Year!

  1. Monique Hoffer says:

    What a great post John.
    I think people need to stop worrying about how bad 2013 will be and start thinking it will be great. It will be what you think it will be. I am convinced it will be GREAT.

  2. Joseph Keller says:

    Right on John you are so on the money on that one. 2013 is going to be the best year ever why because we are going to make it exactly that. This coming year 2013 I will bring my wife home so that we can spend all our time together developing and growing even more as a couple and gaining the knowledge to allow us to help others to be able to do the same.

    Time to start that top 100 goals list for this year. For it will be what we make it and we are going to make this year the best ever. Get ready dream big and get those goals and dreams down on paper now so that you’re doing something to attain them. For as Claude Hamilton says “ You are just where you deserve to be. For the goals that you haven’t set you’ve hit with amazing accuracy”. So lets set some goals, make some differences and enjoy and live life to the fullest. Make 2013 your year to accomplish everything that you put your mind to!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Scott Staley says:

    Great post John. I love the way that you simplify the comples – the facebook story is a great example. Its amazing how many people ‘hope’ things get better but are unwilling to face the scoreboard of life. Great quote from the year end training was ‘Life keeps score, even if you don’t’.

    I’m very much looking forward to 2013 and glad that you’re part of the team.

  4. Barry Bauman says:

    Great post John!
    I feel blessed to have leaders i can follow who have their life together in so many areas and shine as examples to so many people around the world! Leaders like yourself John and like Joseph right up to Wayne and to Claude.I am Blessed!!!
    One of my three personal goals for personal growth this coming 2013 is in the leadership area and that goal is to :
    * Lead by example *
    * Greater people skills*
    * Greater listening skills*
    * Veracious reader*
    I have awesome examples in the gentlemen mentioned above!!!!
    I am Blessed!
    about changing lives

  5. Sharon Lalor says:

    This is a great post John,
    One of my 2013 goals I am most excited about is spending more time with each of my boys and getting to know them individually.
    I am so excited to see the new levels you will rise to John. Its really great to read your blog posts.

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