New. Year’s. Resolutions. These three words are the buzz and bane of our early January thoughts. With them come the questions: What do I want to change in the coming year? What are my work goals? What are my financial goals?
For some people the answer could be very simple. “I want to get a job working as an (insert goal) at (insert desired employer). Or, “I want to be able to pay all of my bills each month and have a little left over to do things I want.”
For others, it may not be as simple. Disability or other life circumstances may make it difficult to reach goals that are easily attainable to others. This is where the importance of attitude comes in.
Begin with Attitude
Attitude is important because it’s something you choose. Things can happen in life that take you by surprise and set you back: accident, hospitalization, flat tire, layoff, government shut down, or a job coach quitting. No matter how big or small the challenge is, in circumstances like these there’s not a lot you can do to prepare. The major things you have control over is the way you think about it and how you respond.
Just like goals, each person’s attitudes are personal. One person’s may be “I will be strong when I’m faced with setbacks.” Yet another’s may be “I will accept and appreciate all the ups and downs of my life.” Attitude sets the tone for the experience of setting and working toward a goal.
Know and Use Your Resources
Now that you’ve chosen your attitude, get to know the resources available to help you set and achieve your goals. Take a look at these resources focused on helping you with your work and financial goals:
Motivated, Uniquely Skilled, and Thinking About Work. What’s Next?
If you have a disability, you may have a few more things to think through than the typical job seeker. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many resources are available in Wisconsin to support you as you think about your goals and how to achieve them. Reach out and use your resources! Learn about useful resources available when setting work goals.
SMART Goal Setting for Job Seekers
Have you ever set a goal and shortly after realized it was a bit unrealistic? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! But there is a way to avoid this from happening again and ultimately being successful in your goals! Learn more about SMART goal setting for job seekers.
Set SMART Goals to Get Ahead in Your Career
Where would you like to be in one year? In five years? What experiences will help you achieve that? What interests and skills would you like to use in your career? Setting a career goal is about deciding where you want to head in your career, and noting the steps needed to reach that point. Learn more about setting SMART goals to get ahead in your career.
Looking to Get Out of Debt in 2019? Here’s How to Start
If credit card payments make up a big portion of your expenses, paying off debt might be one of the first ways you can save money. Here are some tips on how you can make a successful resolution to become debt free.
Benefits and Employment Counseling
If you receive disability benefits, it’s important to talk with a benefits and employment counselor about your financial goals and how you can achieve them without fear of losing your benefits. Learn more about benefits and employment counseling.
7 Steps to Getting Your Financial House in Order
The annual fresh start of a new year is the perfect time to get your financial house in order. To help you on your way, the American Institute of CPAs’ National CPA Financial Literacy Commission encourages you to start with these 7 steps. Learn about the 7 steps to getting your financial house in order.
Many New Year’s resolutions fizzle as January turns into February and the buzz of change dies down. Yours don’t have to. By choosing your attitude and using the resources available to you, you’re all set to begin working toward and achieving your employment and financial goals.