5 Areas of Growth

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Rusty Thompson on January 7th, 2020

5 Areas of Growth

Those close to me know that I am a big believer in setting goals and having targets to strive for. 2020 is a new year, a new decade and a fresh opportunity to take a look at where we've done well, and where we may still have some improvements we can make.

I will be honest, in years past my goals were driven more by my professional life and my goals for this team. As I've grown, and especially as I've grown in my role as a husband and a father, I've tried to expand that focus and make small gains in different areas of my life. Today I encourage you to take a look at these 5 areas of development and think about what changes you can that might bring you closer to your long term hopes and plans for your life.

Physical. This is the classic New Year's Resolution. Those few extra pounds. Getting to the gym more regularly. Scheduling those doctor's appointments we have been meaning to get to. It's an important area to focus on, and it might be somewhere that you can pair up with one of the areas below!

Financial. No matter where we might be starting from, whether that is learning to stick to a weekly budget, or increase your retirement savings, this is an aspect of our lives that is easy to neglect.

Intellectual Growth. This area is where I focus my professional goal and career. For some of us this could be learning new skills, a hobby that we want to delve further into, volunteer work, or a commitment to read more in 2020. It's about ensuring that your taking steps to grow in your intellectual life.

Relationships. I find myself spending more time in this area as my son grows and my relationship with my wife deepens. I also carve some time here to be intentional in spending time with my family and the friends that are most dear to me. As I mentioned above how these goals and areas might overlap, this is a great area to bring those closest to you on with your goals in other area. For example, we could aim to have a fun family fitness night twice a week.

Spiritual. I believe that we all walk a spiritual path and I believe this is something very personal to each of us. For me, that is leaning into my faith and my relationship with God. Whatever that path might be that speaks to you, your spiritual walk is what brings you back to center. This may be the easiest to neglect area of focus, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about what this means to you, and how you can work on this area in 2020.

Thank you for reading and here's to a great 2020 for all of us! 


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