By Patrick Jamieson, Insurance Advisor
We hear a lot these days about the importance of setting goals. Goals come in all shapes and sizes totally depending on what you want to achieve. Maybe it’s to be Prime Minister, maybe it’s to save money for a vacation, or maybe you simply want to drink more water. Whatever your goals are there are a few ways to help you achieve them.
A goal without action is just a plan:
- Writing down goals gives them more weight. It’s like a To Do list, when it’s on paper it acts as a reminder of what you want to do and helps keep us accountable.
- Telling other people about your goal can also help. This is not to get their permission, but to add weight to the level of your commitment in achieving the goal. Saying it out loud often drives us to reaching the goal so that we can prove ourselves to the people that we have told.
If you’re new to goal setting you want to set yourself up for success.
- Start with a goal that you are likely to achieve before you set a lofty goal to take on the world. From a financial planning perspective, you might set a goal to commit $100/month to a saving plan, or to reduce spending by $25/week.
- Whatever your goal is, set a time frame to achieve it and then celebrate when you reach your target.
- Once you have that success under your belt, set a bigger goal, and again when you achieve it celebrate!
Goal setting and reaching your goal takes practice and discipline so don’t be too hard on yourself if it takes a few tries. The better you get at the goal setting and achievement cycle, the more you can accomplish with your limited time and resources.
Don’t give up, stay the course.
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