Running Towards Goal Setting
It’s a beautiful day – there’s a nice breeze, the sun is out, and it’s a perfect 70 degrees outside. I lace up my fancy running shoes, throw on my GPS watch (which I am absolutely in LOVE with), and take off for a run. Around mile 3 my legs start to tire pretty quickly. I know that if I can push through this tired feeling – push past this wall that I’ve hit, then it all suddenly becomes easier. I have to get to mile 5, I say to myself.
Right now though, my legs are TIRED, so I decide to play a trick on myself. I determine to run to the next mailbox – at least get to that mailbox. Once I get there, I trick myself again and say, “Well you made it to the mailbox, you can definitely make it to that light post.” Once I’m at the light post I say to myself “I made it to the light post just fine, let’s try to make it to that random crack in the road up ahead.” And before I know it, I have past that wall of tiredness and exhaustion – and made it to mile 5!
That is how I feel about pretty much any goal in life – but it’s particularly applicable to financial goals. In my case, our financial situation is great, but there’s always opportunity to improve – to run farther – to push yourself more. Setting these small goals, financially or otherwise, is so important to keeping you on track towards your larger goals that you have set. My husband (Mr Aspiring Blogger) and I both know that financial independence, location independence, and contentment are our long-term, ultimate goals and aspirations in life. But what are some short goals that we can take to get there? How can we get to that next mailbox?
The 4 Steps
- The first step to developing your short and long term goals is communication – very clear, open, honest communication either with yourself (if you’re not married) or between you and your partner.
- The second step is to look at your financial situation and figure out your strengths. What are you (and your partner) really good at doing? You might find that one of you is really good in one area of the finances and the other is better at something different but equally as important. By discovering what you do well and where your strengths are, you can build and grow from there.
- The third step is to brainstorm what some long-term goals are that you want to set for yourself. By having the bigger picture in mind, you can then start to chop it up into pieces for your shorter goals (like just getting to the mailbox through the pain). Write everything down – it makes it feel more concrete and tangible.
- The last step is to follow through with your plans. I will tell you that there have been times where I’ve made it to the mailbox but couldn’t make it to the lamp post after that – and that’s ok. I was still out there; I was still getting exercise and trying to reach my goal.
I hope this is helpful for you in both your running and financial goals! Stay tuned. We will talk more about our short term and long term goals on here soon!
Mrs ABNote: AB back – With the new year on us, goal setting takes on a new meaning, as we discussed previously. Hopefully you can take some of the tips here and follow the four steps and set some amazing goals for 2013. I’ll be back soon to discuss my goals and what’s in store for AB in 2013!
Thanks for the pic - Stijlfoto - licensed CC by 2.0