Ah! The all-famous new-year resolutions. I’m sure you’ve been thinking about them lately. For many of us, the new year is a time not only to reflect on the past year, but to plan for the upcoming one. But it’s also notorious for over-ambitious goals. Goals that don’t have much of a plan or know-how to be completed. You want to accomplish them, but where do you start?
The Internet is full of people who are ‘experts’ in these various goals that you have, from wanting to start a business or being healthy and fit, to budgeting your money better. But not everyone knows best and can truly help you attain your goals. I’ve listed some excellent goals for the new year and partnered them with 10 people on Twitter who can help you succeed in accomplishing them.
Get Healthy And Fit: Steve Kamb (@SteveKamb)
Be honest, how many of these things are you guilty of doing? Stop it! :D http://t.co/N5CRWOTvVV
— Steve Kamb (@SteveKamb) December 19, 2013
Steve Kamb is the guy behind NerdFitness.com where he hopes to empower the “average Joe” with inspiration and knowledge on how to live a healthy, fit and fulfilling life by relating to the inner-nerd in everyone. His tweets reflect that purpose.
Become An Entrepreneur/Start A Business: Joshua Davidson (@dasjoshua)
I don't have a boss, employees, clients, or even coworkers in any area of my work life. I have only teammates.
— Joshua Davidson (@dasjoshua) October 29, 2013
Joshua Davidson is an entrepreneur, speaker and startup advisor. His passion is helping others build products and grow their companies. He has incredible insight into the world of entrepreneurship, and his tweets reflect that. He’s also the founder of two companies: ChopDawg and Subtle.
Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.
— Joshua Davidson (@dasjoshua) December 6, 2013
Stay self-funded as long as possible.
— Joshua Davidson (@dasjoshua) December 6, 2013
There are many other inspiring entrepreneurs you can follow on Twitter. It never hurts to see what others are doing.
Develop A New Skill: 100 Co-Founder, Karen X. Cheng (@karenxcheng)
— Karen X. Cheng (@karenxcheng) December 22, 2013
You might recognize Karen Cheng from a video that spread around the Internet, where she learned to dance in a year and recorded her progress. From that video, she was inspired to create a website called 100, which is focused on the idea of practicing something for 100 days and taking a video each day. The progress you see from others is not only awe-inspiring, but can help you learn and find new things you may have never considered doing. She’ll often share the best ones on her Twitter account. You can also follow 100 on Twitter: @GiveIt100.
— Karen X. Cheng (@karenxcheng) December 1, 2013
Speak A New Language: Language Bandit (@LanguageBandit)
Yes/no questions in #Turkish are often formed by adding a "question word" at then end: mi, m?, mu, mü. Vowel harmony dictates which to use.
— Language Bandit (@Languagebandit) December 20, 2013
Language Bandit, simply put, shares at least one language fact about any language every day. It might not teach you a new language, but it can sure inspire you to start learning one.
Improve Your Relationships & Be Happier: Hal Elrod (@HalElrod)
Be grateful of all that you have, accepting of all that you don't, and actively creating all that you want.
— Yo Pal Hal Elrod (@HalElrod) December 22, 2013
Hal Elrod has an incredible story. On the surface, you may only see just another motivational speaker. But he survived a near-death and life-altering accident at the age of 20. He was already an optimistic person, but after recovering, he was inspired to have as much positive change on as many other people’s lives as possible. I’m even fortunate enough to call him a personal friend.
When you are consciously aware of all that you have to be grateful for, your life is in perfect harmony.
— Yo Pal Hal Elrod (@HalElrod) December 21, 2013
Budget Your Money Better: Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey)
If you live like no one else later you can live and GIVE like no one else.
— Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey) December 5, 2013
Although money is certainly not the most important thing, its lack thereof can be an unneeded stress on your life, and on the relationships with those closest to you. But there are so many “techniques” and terrible schemes out there, how do you know who to trust? Dave Ramsey is a family man of high morals and values. He also comes from a history of going through bankruptcy and now shares his wisdom to help prevent others from going through the same, to get out of debt and live the life they are dreaming of.
Build A Better Network Of Connections: Simon Sinek (@SimonSinek)
The true value of networking doesn't come from how many people we can meet but rather how many people we can introduce to others.
— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) October 24, 2013
You might recognize the name. Simon a the speaker of a very well-known TED Talk about how great leaders inspire action, which has stood out among some of the best TED Talks. He is a great leader himself in that he shows others how to be leaders. What does being a great leader have to do with networking?
Leadership is a service. Service comes with sacrifice. No sacrifice, no service, no leader.
— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) December 9, 2013
Contrary to what most people view as “leadership” and “being a leader” it has everything to do with serving and helping others. By taking the focus off ourselves and looking to truly help others, we establish awesome relationships and thus make some awesome connections.
Weak leaders have the luxury of looking after themselves. Great leaders have the honor of looking after others.
— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) December 11, 2013
Become More Productive: Peter Voogd (@PeterVoogd23)
If you don't pursue excellent habits daily you'll always go back to your old ones.
— Peter Voogd (@PeterVoogd23) December 19, 2013
There’s a lot to being productive – it certainly is a practice that many strive for and few attain. However, Peter Voogd is one Twitter user who has excellent thoughts on productivity. Many of them may be very simplistic, but that doesn’t at all reduce their validity.
Make the most of today because you only get it once!
— Peter Voogd (@PeterVoogd23) December 18, 2013
Give And Do More For Others: Brendon Burchard (@BrendonBurchard)
To live is not to live for one's self; let us help one another. – Menander of Athens
— Brendon Burchard (@BrendonBurchard) December 7, 2013
There’s a magic in giving to others. Not only is it a help to them, but it’s a help to you. Of course, it’s a good thing to do, but it’s far more than just “good”. Living for others, as the quote above states, really does amount to a far greater happiness, than living just for yourself.
It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity. -Arthur Vandenberg
— Brendon Burchard (@BrendonBurchard) November 20, 2013
Brendon Burchard is an author, speaker and coach, and is world renowned in the areas of motivation and marketing. But he also has a passion for giving and doing for others, as displayed in his many tweets.
Give in to goodness now and then. – Arthur Gordon
— Brendon Burchard (@BrendonBurchard) November 17, 2013
Learn Something Each Day: Mental Floss (@mental_floss)
The word mistletoe comes from the Anglo-Saxon mistletan, or "dung on a twig."
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) December 25, 2013
Whether it’s a tweet of their latest video, an article, or just a random fact, Mental Floss is an awesome source for interesting, useful, and oftentimes random and not-at-all-useful information. But if you’re wanting to grow your vocabulary and knowledge base covering all kinds of information, Mental Floss won’t let you down.
5 Historical Attempts to Ban Coffee — http://t.co/hrkkUC6Bo4
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) December 14, 2013
Now Go Live This Year To Its Fullest
What have you wanted to accomplish this year? How are you going to make it the greatest year yet? These Twitter accounts obviously can’t fulfill your goals for you, but the tweets behind them can definitely provide some inspiration and knowledge to help you succeed.
What sources of inspiration do you prefer? Do you have any incredible websites, Twitter accounts or people online that have impacted your goals and achievements in a significant way?