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Expectations | Begin 2024 Planning Now!

Updated: Feb 21

This Strategy Can Be Different for This Coming Year AND Better for You

Give your powerful brain a chance is all I ask. Last week was a start that appealed to your brain to start Within (Yourself) vs. Outside (Yourself). Thus, begin ignoring such things as 'the news", the 'weather, people who 'bug' you, etc. The picture above is a really excellent way to begin. If you want a copy of it, just email me and I'll send it so you can print it out. (Free, no obligation, please just use the damn thing.)

Quotes: "I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out." Professor Walter Kotschnig addressing the student body at Holyoke College circa 1940.

Another one from the Bible: "As a man thinketh so is she/he" (slightly rewritten).

And from Buddha "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become"

As you look at the picture, start categorizing your world. You don't have to use the picture, but if you have no guide, your efforts will be unorganized, undisciplined, and your mind will be like a sieve.

Your brains will fall out, and you will give up. All humans are built this way - it's not a criticism of you.

Please note the Red area above - how I speak to myself. I'm suggesting that when you write down things you can control and what you cannot, you will activate this area, and it is in RED for a good reason. It is where all of your operational software resides. It is where you select who you will be as you move through time. That's why retirees, especially, need it.

The runway in front of them is smaller than the runway in back of them. Therefore, they need a "smaller airplane" that does still let them reach for the stars, fueled by inspiration.

To keep things simple the book you want is inexpensive, at Amazon:

What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, by Shad Helmstetter, PhD

It addresses the red area in the picture using the latest neuroscience. The outcome we want next January or February is a power trip that overpowers a Wall in your brain I call 'New Year's Resolution Failure Syndrome'. Loosely described, this happens at least by Valentines' Day when you wake up one morning to remember that you had some goals once but don't know what they were. Then, you eat some chocolates. This is the Wall we are going to fly over with ease and joy if you choose to.

Finally, have you started listening to yourself?

What did you say to yourself? What did you hear? Start the feedback process with yourself, listen, and, if you dare, write it down. Dare and compare with friends! Good Hunting!

More next week - share your thoughts when you can - it improves them as you do it.

Happy Days Ahead

Joe Grant, MBA

Certified Retirement Coach

Contact me for a Free 45 minute Consultation at

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