So you know what goals are, and how they can help better your life, but what does it look like after you set a goal? What should you be doing every day to ensure the goals you set are achievable? These are all great questions to ask, because here’s what it comes down you . . . You can’t control whether or not you achieve your goal BUT what you can do is make sure that you are doing everything possible on a daily basis to put yourself in the best possible spot to succeed.
So what you need to do is figure out where you are at this point in time compared to where you want to be. This requires total honesty, because if you aren’t honest about where you start, you’ll never know the right amount of work it will take to get you to your goals. Honestly writing down the gap between you and your dreams is the first step because when you become aware, you can then begin to make changes.
Let’s say for example, you wanted to save an extra $100/month to put towards your savings account. The more you can break down a goal the better. So for this example, you would need to save $25 every week, that way you’d save $100 every month. Now that you know what it will take for you achieve you goal, you can start to begin the process of solution seeking.
What are some ways that you could make (or save) an extra $25 dollars every week? To some who are on a tight budget, they might immediately think that this is not doable. However, looking at most people’s finances, there is always a way to make extra money or cut back.
So let’s look at in from the scenario of trying to make some extra money. You could go the traditional route and pick up a part-time job, but maybe you don’t have the time for that. One thing that I did on and off for a long time were things like Lyft and DoorDash. You make your own schedule, so you can make money doing it in your free time. Other options including selling unwanted items, pet/house sitting, giving blood, and a host of other ways to make some extra money here and there.
On the other hand, lets say you’re completely strapped for time. You are so busy that the above options simply aren’t possibilities. You can then look at what can be subtracted from your life. A lot of us have various memberships i.e. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. that we don’t use very often, but none the less still pay for every month.
The main culprit of people’s budget has always been and continues to be eating out. Yes, it’s easier, and yes, it means that we don’t have to cook, but do an audit of your past month eating out and you’ll probably be surprised at just how much you spend. So say you cut eating out down to one day a week and that gets you the extra $25 to then put towards your savings.
The point is to break down your goal into the smallest, actionable steps that you can take, preferably every single day, to get you closer and closer to your goal. Most of the time we set goals they are long-term goals, which means they will take time.
If we can get to a place where we are patient with the results, and aggressive with our daily effort, we will be focusing our efforts on what we can control, ultimately giving us a better chance at achieving our goal. This, in a nutshell, is why goals are important and what it looks like to set a goal, then create a plan of action to achieve that goal.
What goals do you have for 2020? Let us know in the comments below!