Most people just make a new year’s resolution and they think that they will just do it. They don’t plan for their success with their resolutions. This is why so many people don’t follow through past February. They don’t plan to be successful. If you want to be successful you have to decide to do it on purpose and that means planning in advance.
Set goals: Goals don’t have to be an elaborate process. When you hear someone say to set goals, what comes up for you? Resistance, fear of failure, overwhelm, confusion (“I don’t know which goal to pick” or “I don’t know how”)? This is the very reason many people shy away from goal setting. We don’t want to be uncomfortable and ultimately disappointed, because we know we won’t follow through. They might think it’s too time consuming, they might not want to fail, so they don’t set goals. But not setting goals is just failing ahead of time.
It’s a matter of what flavor of discomfort you want to create for yourself. If you set goals and fail, you might be uncomfortable, but you would have grown along the way, you might still accomplish more than you wouldn’t have without goals. If you don’t set goals, you fail ahead of time and you get nothing to show for it – no growth and no forward progress. You stay safe and comfortable inside the cave – still worried, still stressed and still feeling broke.
Setting goals doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just figure out what you want to accomplish and set goals around those things. Your goal should be specific, you should be able to tell when you have achieved it so you need to be able to measure it, and you need to have a deadline. Setting a goal to pay off debt is not specific enough. Which debts will you pay off? How much of each debt will you pay off? What will be the measuring stick to know when you’ve reached your goal? When will you pay it off by? So, that might look like this: Pay off all credit card debt by the end of 2019. I will know I’ve reached my goal when at the end of 2019, the credit card statements reflect a $0.00 balance.
What goals will you set for 2019? What is currently keeping you from setting goals?
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Twenty years ago, Jill Wright was in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Through focus and hard work, over the years she and her husband built a nest egg that allowed them to retire in 2018 at ages 50 and 53.
Jill heard God’s call to help other women repaint their own financial future and was eager to answer it. She left her corporate job and became a Financial Confidence Coach. Jill loves helping women give up shame around spending so that they can stop stressing about their money. She helps strong generous women go from feeling weighed down to feeling free, from feeling burdened to feeling lifted up, from feeling their way in the darkness to navigating their way to a hopeful future.
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