Maybe you have everything you want in life—but I’m guessing that’s not the case. There are probably things you’re looking forward to having or doing.
But working toward your bigger goals can be easy to put off.
The good news is that the more real a reward you can attach to your actions, the more likely you’re going to take the action.
What I mean is that if you decide you want to take a trip to Hawaii, it doesn’t seem real until you plan it out and pick a date. And it’s hard to say, “Yeah, I’ll start saving toward that” if you don’t have an actual date in mind.
Why? Because you can’t get excited about going to Hawaii “someday.” And maybe some part of you doesn’t really believe you’re going. So, you keep doing what you’re doing and never sock away the cash.
Here are two questions you have to ask yourself if you’re really going to get what you want in life:
- What do I want?
- How am I going to get it?
Yes, these questions seem obvious—but most people don’t answer them…and don’t get what they want. Don’t make the mistake so many others do. Take the time to really think about them.
When you can answer, What do I want? you’ve created a real event that your brain can focus on and work toward.
- Do you want to take a dream trip?
- Do you want to get your kids through college?
- Do you want to be able to retire without changing your standard of living?
When you sit with these questions and answer them as specifically as possible—with details and deadlines—you will know what you need to get what you want.
So, now you can ask yourself: How am I going to get it?
If you know something is going to take you X amount of time, effort, and/or money to achieve, what are you going to do differently—starting today—to make it happen?
Your goals don’t just fall in your lap. You have to work at them every day. And the bigger they are, the harder or longer you have to work.
One of the hardest goals for people to plan for is retirement because it’s so far away. But if you want to have $2 million saved by then, isn’t it better to start now than wait till you’re running out of earning time? (Think $2 million seems crazy? Think about inflation, taxes, and your cost of living spread out over 25+ years.)
This is not rocket science—it just takes work most people aren’t willing to do. It requires planning, discipline, and, ideally, working with other people in your life so everyone’s on the same page going after the same thing. It makes going after your goals much easier and will help you get more out of life.
What kinds of goal planning activities work best for you and your family? What gets you excited about working toward your goal?