– Tony Robbins
Setting and Keeping Monetary Goals
Make a list of your dreams. What do you really want? You might think this is pointless, yet it is an important step in getting your finances in order. Until you know what you want, how can you hope to achieve it?
Write it down! Really. If you put your resolutions in writing, you are much more likely to succeed. Many people learn more and respond better to the written word.
Be specific in your list. “Making more money” is vague. Instead, say, “I want to increase my income by $10,000 next year.” Is this an impossible amount? There are many ways it would be possible for almost everyone. Another goal: pay off your mortgage in 10 years?
Set your goal. Be as specific as possible. The more focused you are, the better you can apply yourself to reach it. Then break your goal down into detailed steps. To increase your income, you could either make more money or spend less of what you currently make. Decide which path you will take, or if you will do a little of both.
Break your major goals into smaller, doable tasks. “I will become a millionaire this year” is an admirable ambition, but it may become overwhelming and cause you to quit. What specific steps will you have to take to reach your goals? Will you increase your worth by furthering your education or learning a specialized skill? Will you increase your hours or increase your work responsibilities to bring home more pay, or get a second job? How much will it take to pay off your mortgage early?
Make a timetable with detailed “mini-goals.” Break them into daily, weekly or monthly strategies that you know you can accomplish. Whatever works best for you and fits into your schedule is the ideal map for success. Then start taking the steps to achieve those dreams.
Picture the reward. When you begin a diet or exercise regime, you have a goal or incentive in mind. For some, it may be fitting into that slinky red dress, losing that extra weight or simply gaining a healthier, stronger body. Imagine what your life will be like when you accomplish your monetary goals. Without a mortgage payment, you will have the extra money to pursue other dreams, like traveling or taking your family on a tropical vacation, building a summer cabin, or pursuing other passions.
Lastly, make sure to tell someone about your goals, as it will make you accountable. Plus, the ongoing help of a trusted friend or loved one can spur you on to keep working toward realizing your goals. Things are starting to look up. You have met some initial goals and you are on your way to accomplish more. Take a moment to savor your success.
Later, as it always happens, something comes up to ruin your careful plans. Maybe your water heater starts leaking, or you need an unexpected root canal, or the lawnmower breaks. If, or when, this happens, don’t throw in the towel. Stick to your plan. It’s best to stay flexible, to more easily meet your objective.
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