Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! I’m your host — Antoaneta, and, in today’s article, we’ll talk about how and why you should set your goals for 2020 ahead of time.
With 2020 just around the corner, the time has come to think about goal-setting. As most of you already know, I’m a massive fan of planning ahead, and, well, it’s that time of the year again.
But before we dive straight into the goals themselves, let’s talk a bit about why you’re here. As most of my readers, you’re probably following my blog with the idea of improving some aspects of your life, personality, or both. They are admirable goals and ones that I have a lot of respect for. Looking for things that you can improve is not something to be afraid of, ashamed or sad about. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite — it’s a very worthy pursuit. Everyone knows that they’re not perfect, but admitting that fact and consciously looking for ways to improve yourself is a huge step. A step that most people never even consider taking seriously.
And, looking at the SMART methodology I talked about in my last post, we’ve already managed to narrow down our type of goals — we’re looking for things that would improve your life. That’s progress right there!
Now, on to the specifics. Namely, how can you improve your life moving forward?
Number 1 — Minimalism and how it helps people succeed
As I’ve noted many times before, minimalism is not just a “way of life”, it’s a whole different mindset. It’s not just a set of actions, following a pattern, it’s a specific outlook on life. Here’s a quick summary on how and why it works:
We live very stressful and cluttered lives. We’re always in a hurry. And, over time, this takes a toll on everyone. No matter how organised or good at your job you are. Eventually, you’re bound to get overwhelmed. Minimalism is one of the few solutions to this that actually work. By adopting a minimalistic approach to life, you can minimise your exposure to stress, hassles and worries, improve your productivity and, as an end-result — your physical and mental health. If you’re new to minimalism and you’d like to learn more about the topic, I’ve got just the thing waiting for you in the resource section below!
Additionally, I’ve got some minimalism workshops lined up for 2020. If you think that this lifestyle is something that you’d like to try out, I’ll be happy to have you. For more information about my upcoming workshops, subscribe to my newsletter, and I’ll send you a notification as soon as I’ve got everything set up.
Number 2 — Kangen Water
This year, I also had my first real encounter with Kangen Water — Enagic’s amazing alkaline water systems. All it took was one single demonstration, and I realised that Kangen Water is the answer that I’ve been searching for all year. You see, ever since going eco-friendly, I’ve been trying to find ways to get healthy water for my home and office, without the added burden of disposable or glass bottles. I gave some Amazon filtering systems a try, but they weren’t doing it for me. And Enagic’s system changed all of that. Now, I use Kangen water for everything — from drinking and washing fresh produce, all the way to beauty procedures and cleaning. It has helped me lower my carbon footprint even further by allowing me to get rid of most of my cleaning solutions and cosmetics products. And, to top it all off, it also came with a fantastic business opportunity. Enagic has an excellent referral program that I’ve been leveraging to bring in some additional profits — it’s just like a small business on the side.
If you’d like to learn more about Kangen Water and Enagic’s programs, check out the links in the resource section down below. I’ve prepared a dedicated, information-packed page, here on my website, and I’m also hosting special Kangen Water workshops every now and then.
Number 3 — Eco-friendliness
Turning over a green leaf can (or rather — is more or less guaranteed to) bring similar results to minimalism. As a matter of fact, I’d go as far as saying that eco-friendliness and minimalism go hand-in-hand. In our daily lives, we’re exposed to many contaminants, dangerous toxins and chemicals, all of which take a toll on our bodies. But they aren’t “just” harming your physical health. Your mental health suffers as well! I’ve always said that going eco-friendly was one of the best choices that I’ve ever made, and I stand by that statement 100%. And when is the best time for introducing significant changes in your life that are likely to stick? That’s right — during the start of a new year!
I’ve published a ton of content on the subject of green living and eco-friendliness, which should be more than enough to get you started. If you still feel lost and confused, however, please do not hesitate to drop me a line — I’m always ready to help out a fellow eco-friendly enthusiast! As always, links can be found in the resource section!
Number 4 — Travelling
I absolutely adore travelling. I love seeing new places, I love learning new things about people, and I believe that anyone can benefit from travelling around the world (as long as it’s within the realm of their current financial possibilities).
If you can afford to travel, I’d definitely recommend that you make visiting at least one new location into a goal for 2020. For more information about travelling, as well as my personal destination recommendations, please refer to the resource section down below!
Number 5 — Getting some exercise
This one is crucial, especially if you happen to work in an office environment. Spending your entire day sitting in a chair is everything but healthy. But if going to the gym doesn’t sound like a fun time, don’t feel bad — I don’t like it either. Instead, I prefer to do my workout routine in the comfort of my own home. And it’s worked out great for me, without the need for expensive exercise equipment.
Here’s the thing about fitness — unless you plan on becoming a professional bodybuilder or an athlete, you don’t need to concern yourself with complicated routines, super-strict diets or gym memberships. A bit of movement, some push-ups or a few sets of band exercises do the job just fine! For more information about what I use, have a look at the resource section below!
Number 6 — Read more books
Now, we enter serious self-improvement territory. If you’re looking to become better at anything, master any skill or learn new things about any topic, I can guarantee you that there’s a book out there that can help you out! I’ve been a passionate reader my whole life, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. And if you feel like you don’t have enough time to read, don’t worry — I’m in the same boat. Yet, I haven’t given up on my passion. How do I do it?
I use audiobooks! I’ve taken a habit of listening to audiobooks during my morning routine, my commute, and sometimes — even during my lunch break. For more information about the subject, feel free to check out my article about the importance of reading, as well as my list of recommended books in the resource section!
Number 7 — Start a business
As I often say, financial independence is the key to personal freedom. If you’re looking to change your situation for the better and become the shot caller in your life, then starting a business is definitely something worth considering.
But starting a business is quite the challenge, and it is by no means a task that everyone is cut out for. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t knock it before you give it serious consideration. If you’re interested in starting your own business, I’ve got a lot of resources here on my website that can help you out (links in the resource section below).
Number 8 — Invest
If you’re looking for ways to achieve financial freedom, but don’t feel ready to start your own business just yet, then investments are the next best thing. Naturally, for optimal effect, I’d suggest that you do both, but as a starting point, investing can be a lot simpler to get into. At first, you should aim to get your budget under control — try to save at least 10% of your income (and resist the urge to buy fancy new stuff), which you can then use to invest. It’s all about choosing the right index funds and being patient with your capital.
But how does one start with investing? Well, I’ve got you covered here as well — I’ve published quite a few pieces on the subject, the links to which you can find in the resource section down below. As, if you happen to have any questions, you can always drop a comment here, or send me an email — I’ll be happy to give you some quick start tips.
A practical demonstration
As most of you already know by now, the majority of my content is based on my personal experience. And this extends to the above tips as well. During 2019, I used all of these tricks, and they’ve helped me achieve a lot of things.
I have written six ebooks, two of which are already available. You can find them both here, on my website, and on Amazon — “100 Natural Ways to Clean Your Home” and “How to Live an Eco-Friendly Life?”. Here’s what I’ve got lined up for publication in the near future:
- How to live a minimalist life? — A book, detailing my experience with minimalism.
- “Not Only a Cleaner” — A summary of my life in London. There, you can read about my journey from a Bulgarian village girl to a London business leader. You can read about the things that I did right, but more importantly — about all the things that I did wrong. My goal is to help people learn from my mistakes, without having to pay the price of making them. This one took a tad longer to write — it brought back a lot of memories — and is still with my editor.
- Coming soon — A quick and easy-to-understand write-up on the marketing approaches that I’ve had the most success with.
Eco-Friendliness & Minimalism
I finalised my transition to eco-friendly living and I became a minimalist. As a matter of fact, this is why I created this website. I wanted to help others who were, just like me, fed up with pollution. I’ve posted numerous articles about my journey, and I’ve also included detailed information, tips and tricks in most of my books.
The above points then inspired me to launch an entirely new brand, dedicated to green living and eco-friendliness — Eco Bravo, and things are really looking up for it.
But wait, there’s more
But that’s not all. I’ve also been hard-at-work on my other business projects. Here’s a quick update for you:
- My personal website has been growing steadily, and my audience has nearly tripled over the course of a few months. Additionally, I’ve branched out and established my brand on all major social media platforms.
- My main business — the cleaning company that I started over 19 years ago — has also enjoyed steady growth. After achieving full eco-friendliness in my personal life, I also took it upon myself to apply the approach to my business as well. Now, FastKlean features a dedicated Eco Cleaning Team, and we’re cutting out all non-sustainable practices.
And that about wraps up my goal-setting suggestions for this year! Of course, there are many more goals worth pursuing, but I believe these are the most important factors when it comes to leading a happy and successful life. As always, if you think that I’ve missed something crucial, or if you’ve got some interesting ideas and experiences of your own to share, please drop me a line in the comments below — I love hearing from you!
Thank you all for reading, and until next time:
Stay green and motivated!
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- Eco Bravo — My favourite supplier of Eco-Friendly items
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Recommended for further reading:
- A collection of blogs with my recent journeys around the world — Travelling Blogs
- Kangen Water — Find out all about this magical water and how it can help you
- Keys to Success — Napoleon Hill
- How to Be Brilliant — Michael Heppell
- The Millionaire Next Door — Thomas J Stanley
- How to start on the property ladder? — A quick guide on the journey of investing in property
- MONEY Master the Game — Tony Robbins
- Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom — Tony Robbins
- The Intelligent Investor — Benjamin Graham