Lisa Jacobs’ “New Year for a New You” Review: Day 3

As 2017 winds down, I’m in full “Year in Review” mode. So it’s perfect timing for me to participate in Day 3 of Lisa Jacobs’ New Year for a New You annual review!

Here are my answers to today’s questions (and, if you’re curious, you can also read my answers to my Day 1 and Day 2 questions):

What do you want from 2018?

Lisa suggests we follow the five pillars of a harmonic life, as taught in Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want by James Arthur Ray:

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  • Financial: Obviously, I want to make more money overall, have more savings (or should I say ANY savings?!), and pay down our debts. I’d also like to be able to start saving for a house, because renting is THE WORST.
  • Spiritual: My ideal spiritual take on 2018 involves reading a book each day (or, rather, at least 1 chapter from a book I’m actively reading), and staying the hell away from internet drama. It may not be much compared to the Dalai Lama or Mother Teresa, but those are the goals *I’m* looking to set for this sphere.
  • Mental: Continue learning about new careers to keep building info for my book series, keep working to improve my writing, and (as always) keep reading a good mix of fiction and nonfiction.
  • Relational: Keep on encouraging my husband to start his own business, and start going on more date nights. We need to get out of the house more, and not just to go see a movie. Something cultural would be awesome.
  • Physical: Hit my 10,000 steps each day, and start aiming for 5 miles each day. Go to the gym twice a week instead of just once, or if that’s not feasible, set up a home workout routine that can be done in my living room or in the exercise room at the clubhouse.


Next, Lisa suggests applying each change/desire above to the following list from MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins:

  1. What do I really want? (vision) I really, REALLY want to write an amazing pitch for a book that will land me an agent and a great book deal. That’s my number one goal for 2018, and I’m fired up to go after it.
  2. What is important about it? (values) It will engage both my mental and financial pillars, and hopefully also help encourage my husband to take the plunge on his own business, so that hits three out of five of my pillars in one blow.
  3. How will I get it? (methods) Through hard work and persistence. Write it down, send it out, rinse and repeat.
  4. What is preventing me from having it? (obstacles) Right now, it still needs to be written! So the obstacle is the empty page. Time to get it out of my head and onto paper. (Or, rather, a computer screen.)
  5. How will I know I am successful? (measurements) I’ll land an agent and a book deal by this time next year!

What about you?

What kinds of things do you want from your pillars in 2018, and how will you get them?

Be sure to check out Lisa’s post for more info on the New Year for a New You annual review, and share some of your highlights in the comments below!