The most important things you should be doing for yourself in 2020

Here are a few things that will help make next year a lot better for you

I know we’re all guilty of buying books and never picking them back up again. For 2020, read the books that you pick up. If you already have books lying around, then start with those. It can be anything that will bring you enjoyment. And don’t worry if you don’t have the time to rush through them all. Even if you read a single book every month or two months, then you’ll be better off than not reading any books at all.

I can’t stress this enough. You have to get out of your comfort zone to make progress in your life. I know it can get incredibly easy to hang out where things are comfortable, but that’s not in your best interest in the long term. Many of you will be making a list of goals for yourself in the coming weeks, and many won’t go after them once January 1st strikes. Instead, be self-aware of how you are challenging yourself and see if you need to get out of that comfort zone in 2020.

Just imagine, if you did all of the things that scared you for 12 months, then you’d be in a different place than where you are right now.

Learning a new skill that will help your career

This can be anything that will help you become better at what you do regularly. It could be programming, cooking, economics, and the list goes on. Whatever you choose, dive into something that you enjoy, and it will open up many more opportunities that may not be apparent to you right now.

This may be one of the most important things you can do for yourself in 2020. Take whatever income that you have, and put 10% into improving yourself in any way possible. If you make $50,000, then you should try to invest around $5000 into yourself over the next 12 months.

If you did that, it’d be around $416 every month.

With that same amount of money, you can buy books, courses, or experiences that will enrich your life compared to using it to buy things like alcohol, drugs, or even Netflix. Instead of buying those things, use that money to focus on yourself, and become better than what you were in 2019. If you can’t make 10% happen, then set a goal that is much more realistic for your current financial situation. The big idea behind this all is that you are investing time, energy, and finances into your future-self.

Amazingly, 2020 is only a few weeks away. I know that a lot of you are thinking about big goals that you’re going to undertake in the following year, but many won’t hit your mark. Doing the few things above will get you moving in the right direction. You don’t have to do everything under the sun to make progress. All you need is a little push in the right direction, and you’ll be on your way. Once you get enough momentum going, it’ll be difficult to stop moving.

Take action and keep moving into 2020

— Cory West

Software Developer | Product Designer | Investor | Writer

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