A New Year’s Dream


The best thing about the end of a year is the beginning of a new one; a chance to review the highs and lows of last year. It’s a time to embrace the positive, purge the negative, and reset for a new start.

When a goal or dream goes unfulfilled, a feeling of failure can rear its ugly head, and we may become apathetic about trying again. We often focus too much on the things that didn’t go right, instead of acknowledging those that did. We dwell on the space between accomplishment and our original desire, instead of the accomplishment itself.

The truth is we seldom hit all of goals. Your focus ought to be on progress, rather than perfection. It is unrealistic to think we can do every goal or dream perfectly.

The best result comes from a dream that is attached to meaning, and the meaning must come from our internal value system which defines our purpose for life.

In order to do a better job of keeping our dream alive is to identify an internal value and attach it to the goal; we must receive a large enough reward from the effort extended. For example; you say you want to lose 20 pounds. What will you gain by doing so? Generally speaking, we know it will help us feel better, and maybe we extend our lives longer, and if we live longer, perhaps we can enjoy our kids / grandchildren longer (and they can enjoy you longer). Ultimately, the payoff is about family (it’s part of the internal value system); if wanting to spend more time with the kids / grandchildren, losing the 20 pounds becomes easier.

Reaching your goal will be determined by the action you put forth. Having a dream will remain a dream until an action plan is developed and followed. People who have a goal, but fail, usually don’t have a well thought-out plan and intentional behavior to take them to the finish. 

What are your dreams this year? What burning desire do you have? Is there anything that has been pushed aside or tried before and not accomplished? Perhaps this is the year you reach down inside and find what gives you energy and purpose. Write it down, think about it, and get an idea of what you can do to make it a reality. And remember, life is about progress, not perfection. Embrace every step of achievement and stay focused on the next step.

You may have been thinking of a new home this year, but haven’t put the plan together. Please have comfort in knowing all of us at the Tony Ratchford Group has mastered a system to help you clarity what you want and how to go about maximizing your dollars, saving you time, and giving you peace of mind.

We invite you to call or text… 605.359.4100

In the meantime, we wish you great joy in all that you do this new year!

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