In addition to setting goals each year, think and plan out how you will continue to learn and grow every year. Be a lifelong learner by adding skills, interests and knowledge every year. Not only will this expand your mind, it will also inspire others, allow you to develop new relationships, make you a more interesting person and can even help develop your career and personal story.
Many years back, I decided I wanted to become a better speaker. Whether just being able to talk at church, in front of a group at work, or someday become a professional speaker; I recognized that I needed more skills to be able to speak effectively in front of a crowd. As a child, I was very shy, but as an adult I’ve realized I have a lot to say and share! To expand this skill, I read about a local group that met at a nearby library called Toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org/). Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. I joined and over the next year, I jumped in and learned how to prepare a speech and to speak confidently to groups. But there were many more benefits: I built additional self-confidence, formed new friendships and came more-and-more out of my shell. Since this time, I have given countless speeches on parenting, faith, finances and other areas to many groups of people.
So, what do you want to learn this year? A new language, a new craft, a computer program, how to change a flat tire, start a blog, to grow your business, to start a side hustle, learn to cook, start a new career?
Pick one thing and take the next step. Find a class, a course on-line, a book at the library or a mentor who can teach you the ropes. The sky is the limit. Be a lifelong learner!