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Life Magnifiers: Being S.M.A.R.T for 2014

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin Mays

          Benjamin’s quote is an excellent boost for all of us gearing up to Make Life Magnificent in 2014! I’m not calling them resolutions anymore (one of my recent posts on this explains why), I am calling them Life MAGNIFIERS. A magnifying glass makes things bigger and easier to see, which is exactly what we need in order to get to the root of some issues and make specific changes for a better life.

   When I became a widow and single parent at the age of 24, I honestly thought life was over for me. I’m sure someone out there has experienced worse, but this trial for me was the darkest I’d ever experienced. Each day my only focus was on surviving and trying to make it to the next day. Thank God that my heart is now healed and my focus is clearer. I don’t want to just survive, I want the THRIVE, and live better in every area.

       Where do you start when you want to make positive changes? You start by getting S.M.A.R.T! I am not trying to say that all this time you’ve been stupid (innocent, cheesy grin!), but each letter in the word “smart” stands for words that will help us Make Life Magnificent:

smart goals

smart goals explained


      As you can see by these charts, we’ll have to dig deeper for the new year. You may be thinking, how is this different from having a resolution??? (with head scratching). Here’s an example of a resolution:

“I want better finances.”

       We all want that! But do you have any idea on how to get there? Take that area of your life and make it bigger. Look underneath all the stuff: receipts, purchases, spending habits, etc. to find out why this part of your life isn’t already where you want it to be. Now use the S.M.A.R.T guide to help you develop a better plan such as:

“I want to have at least $1,000 in my savings account by April 1st. That means I need to save at least $250 a month.”

      This is just a starting point. Each day leading up to the New Year, I will be sharing a post that will help us magnify areas in our lives that we want to improve. For today, think about being S.M.A.R.T for 2014.

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I won’t call them Resolutions anymore


I won’t call them Resolutions anymore

snail climbing stairs

           Have you heard the word enough already? RESOLUTIONS…If you haven’t, brace yourself. In only four days, a new year will be here and the buzz has already began about whether or not to make resolutions. Some people are already declaring that more than half of us who make resolutions will break them by February. Since I believe in staying positive, I beg to differ. Let’s be optimists and sing a different tune…we’ll achieve and accomplish everything we work hard for in 2014!

     Except there’s only one little thing: I’m not calling them resolutions this year–or ever again for that matter. There are definitely things I know I need to improve on in order to make life magnificent, but I am now calling them my life MAGNIFIERS–and these are different from the generic resolutions.  

        To magnify something means to make it bigger. (I realize this may not seem encouraging if one of your goals is to lose weight, but hang in there with me while I explain!) Anytime something is magnified, you can see it better; seeing something better allows you to make specific adjustments for a better change. Isn’t this what we all ultimately desire when we make these so-called resolutions? We want to make changes so we can make life better.

You can’t change what you can’t see and you can’t see what’s hidden underneath the surface.

So as we all aim to climb higher in 2014, keep this in mind: no more pipe dreams, empty wishes or fluff sounding “New Year’s Resolutions.” Let’s dig deeper to get a closer look on what needs to change, make specific targets and set S.M.A.R.T goals for ourselves. Even if we move at a snail’s pace, as long as we’re moving, we’re making progress!  Over the next four days leading into the new year, I will be sharing tips and strategies for how we can achieve this and prepare for the year ahead.

      As we pinpoint those MAGNIFIERS on areas of our lives that need to change, we could (despite what the naysayers are already predicting) make our 2014 truly magnificent indeed. 🙂