Many of us use the time before the New Year to set resolutions for ourselves that are difficult to keep, be it a promotion at work that almost never happens, an exercise routine that proves too difficult to stick to, or a relationship that’s too confusing and complicated.
So what are Adulting goals (a.k.a GOR Goals)?
Adulting means to acknowledge that oneself is starting to do ‘grown-up’ things and hold responsibilities such as: getting a decent job, paying mortgage/rent, car payments, feeding the family and the like. It is our own generation’s way of coming to grips with adulthood or our own ‘coming of age’.Here are some new year’s Adulting goals that I’ve gathered:
“Save more, love more, live more, travel more, pa slim and pa gwapa more.” — Rosette Gales, Real Estate Agent
“Spend wisely. Improve my time management and decision making skills while also stressing less.” — Theresa Mancera, Elementary School Teacher
“I want to be fit and also invest more this year.” — Lorbe Catadman, Programmer
“Improve financial stability; be more healthy; travel more with friends, family and my partner-in-life; pursue a master’s degree while also seeking to take part in nation building activities.” — Rhyle Sayat, Consultant
“Sleep more” — Vernie Naraja, BPO Professional
Specific exercise that works for you
Whether it is running, rock climbing, or yoga, there is a workout that works for everyone, and for every fitness level. Start small and gradually keep it up before switching it up. Enroll in a program with friends and also some set rewards to give you some competitive motivation.
While we are often focused on our physical fitness goals, the mind tends to take a back seat. Make it a priority to relax, unwind and also get a lot of sleep. Being always stressed in the long-run not only impacts one’s mental well-being, but also, extended stress can have a toxic impact on your physical health.
Feed your brain
So many “Things to Learn in Your 20s”, and that’s a good thing actually. Be itadding “adult meals” to your archive of skills or reading books to expand your thinking is a great way to start the year. You are never too young or old to better yourself. We all have a tendency to think “I’ll do that later”, but the best possible thing you can do is invest in yourself.
Give back often
Giving back doesn’t have to be ‘Seasonal’ and it can be done throughout the year! Why notlet 2017 be the year you get your ‘giving back’ journey started. Giving back can be a done-in-a-day affair (Tree Planting, gift giving, feeding program) or perhaps it is time to do something sustainable like let’s say starting your own social enterprise perhaps?
Life is cause and effect. If you want something to happen, you have to work for it whether if it’s a resolution or a goal (Car, Home, Investments) anyway. Remember when it comes to your finances, all progress is good. Even if you fall short, you’re better off financially just for the attempt.
And keep this in mind: “Changes happen in small steps over time.”
The writer is an RFP® - registered financial planner of RFP PH, Licensed Real Estate Broker and Director of CERTA, Inc., a family estate planning and investment advisory firm. To know more, please visit www.certa.ph
Originally Published in Philstar - The Freeman Newspaper last January 03, 2016.