This Post Is All About Reaching Your GOOOOAAAALS!!
Hello, Dollabuzz readers! Here’s what we’ll be covering today:
- The importance of personal finance goals
- 4 well-known steps to achieve your goals
- Some cool and unique ideas that will help you succeed (and I bet you’ve never heard of them.)
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The beginning of a new year is a time…
for people to set goals, like getting out of debt, saving for retirement, and yada, yada, yada.
But we all know what happens…
We’re good for a few weeks, then the old habits come back from the dead. We find ourselves sliding back to our old ways that don’t work and have never made any lasting improvements. But…
This year is different. Because you want to keep your new year’s resolution this time, right?
So how can we make these new year’s resolutions stick?
- Write them down,
- Make them timely,
- Have a plan, and
- Share them with someone you trust.
It’s really that simple. Do these four amazingly simple things, and your chances of success increase dramatically!
Goals are important, because…
they are key to our success and possibly even our happiness. However, what’s just as important is having a plan to reach your goals. Like the great Yogi Berra said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
The best way to get there is to have a plan. In fact, that’s the only way to get there.
So how do we go about setting and – more importantly – achieving these goals? Let’s find out!
1. Write Down Your Goals
This is the most important part of achieving your goals. They need to be written down. Goals that aren’t written are simply wishes and dreams. We wish for ponies and we dream about being rich, but we never take steps to make those things a reality.
Writing down goals is effective because it makes them come to life. You can visualize them, and they become real. You took time to write them down, and they are now officially goals.
2. Goals Need to Be Timely
After putting your goals down on paper, you need to set a timeline to complete your goals. This is important because if you don’t have a set time to complete your goals, then you’ll keep procrastinating and they’ll take forever to accomplish. And ain’t nobody got time for that!
Most things we do in life have some sort of time deadline involved, and setting a time or date to achieve our goals should be no different.
3. You Need a Plan
After establishing your goals and writing them down, you need a plan. That plan is simply a series of smaller goals that, when accomplished, will lead to our ultimate goal. This plan should also be written down and revisited regularly.
4. Share Goals with Your Significant Other
It’s really helpful to share your goals with your significant other, or anyone else in your life who you’re close with. They can hold you accountable and encourage you when things are not going as planned.
Unique goal-setting tips
(That I bet you’ve never heard of)
These ideas come from a great podcast I listen to called Science of Success. Do yourself a solid and check it out right now. I love this podcast, and I know you will too!
- Setting goals is generally a good thing. (Yeah, we know, Mr. Dollabuzz.) But it’s important to step out of your comfort zone whenever possible and to set goals that are really challenging that will require some effort.
- When we step out of our comfort zone and accomplish things we never thought possible is when we truly succeed. Plus it feels great!
- Prepare a to-do list (mini goals) and go over it every day
- Follow the 10-minute rule: break goals down into 10-minute chunks and if after 10 minutes you haven’t made progress, try something different
- You don’t have to take the same path everyone else does. Think OUTSIDE THE BOX and look for CREATIVE SOLUTIONS to reach your goals
- Charles explains his take on mental models and how you can use them to enhance your focus on the right things (your goals)
- By taking the time to plan out your days and what you expect to see, do, and have happen, you can choose what you’re going to focus on and what’s most important that day
- Break bad habits. Find out the reward for your bad habits. Once you know why you do something (the reward), you can break that habit
- Build good habits like setting goals and planning. These habits will become part of your routine and become easy for you to do because, well… they’re habits!
So How Are You Going to Reach Your Goooooaaals?
With the new year here, there’s a lot of talk about setting goals. That’s all well and good, but goal-setting can be something you do all year round!
Here’s a quick recap on how to reach your goals:
- Determine your goals
- Write them down
- Make them timely
- Step out of your comfort zone when determining your goals
- Think outside the box when planning to achieve your goals
- Break bad habits that prevent you from achieving your goals