I was always fairly good at manifesting things in my life, but pretty crap at goal-setting. But recently I learned a way of goal-setting that is profoundly effective, and I’ve been using it since November last year with stunning results.
I think it’s a really important skill to develop if you want to do anything important in your life like reverse chronic disease, lose weight or achieve your financial and lifestyle goals.
Over the past 7 years I’ve changed my life in profound ways. The first thing I did was transform my health. Without my health I could barely even think of anything beyond getting through a day of work. My battle with fatigue was constant.
My health transformation really didn’t take too long. I radically changed my diet to a low-fat raw vegan diet, focussing predominantly on raw fruits and vegetables and minimal nuts and seeds. I also now eat a small quantity of cooked legumes and some sweet potato. I feel a million bucks, am in my right-sized body and I have more energy than I had when I was 5 – enough to run 2 businesses, and manage a household with two teenage boys and a husband. Life is busy and beautiful.
Once I did that, I focussed on healing my emotional eating and food addiction. I set a goal that I would be free of these tendencies within 2 years. That was back in 2015, and I’m happy to say I have found exactly what I needed and have recovered in this area.
Then, with all that extra headspace I have started to work on transforming our finances. About 10 years ago we were able to make some massive inroads in this area when I put myself through the Spending Planner program that I now guide people through.
Within 2 years we managed to pay $50k off our mortgage and purchase 2 investment properties and basically not worry about unpaid bills over the next 8 years.
It made a massive difference to my relationship with my husband, since there had been a few resentments and stress build-up over money.
Fast forward to today and we’re setting big goals again for our finances, something I simply couldn’t do without the budgeting nous that I have today and the benefit of the Spending Planner.
The Best way to write goals
Writing goals is an exercise that most people shy away from and it’s one where we need the most exercise. Our goal-setting muscles are often pretty flabby, so we need to work at toning them.
Here’s my recommendation for toning your goal-setting muscles…
Every day, morning and night (on first waking and last thing at night) write 3 goals in a goal journal. You need to write them in a very specific way, but they don’t have to be the same goals every day. This is about getting practice in just setting goals – being bold, and getting in touch with your goals every single day.
Here’s how you should write them…
“I (past-tense verb) (your goal here) (some emotional language here or even just before your stated goal) by (date)”
Here’s an example…
“I meditated every day for a whole month and it made me feel super present, relaxed by Feb 30 2018.”
“I saved $22k for our incredible European holiday by 21st August 2020”
You get the picture.
You can set goals of any description, so why not start practicing today.
I have some really great money-saving and budgeting tips on my Face book page at BrightSpendersSpending Planners. Come over and like my page if you’re interested in tips.
And if you’d like to know more about how we transformed our finances 10 years ago and how I help others do the same then you can check out my website at BrightSpenders.com.
Also, let me know how you do your goal-setting. Do you find it difficult to stick to your goals? Struggle with money issues? Let me know in the comments below…