In an earlier blog you were asked to write down your goals, breaking them into…
< 1 year
> 5 years
Now that you have done that, it is time to re-evaluate each of your goals. I want you to look at each of your goals and ask yourself the following questions that I ask my clients.
1. Why do you have each goal? Are they your goals or someone else’s?
I have to ask that because so many times I find folks working towards what is “expected” of them instead of what is important to them. Some examples:
- The mom who has a desire to stay home and raise her family but feels pressure to work so they can have the larger home and new minivan
- The son who doesn’t like sports but plays football because his father expects him to.
- The young doctor working in a prestigious hospital instead of working in a third world country which is where his heart is.
- A young man returns home from the military only to buy a home he can’t afford. Yes, that person I’m talking about is me.
2. Are your goals in agreement with your values?
- Working 70 hours a week climbing the corporate ladder may be in direct conflict with the time you want to spend with your family.
- New car payments may be in direct conflict with your desire to give generously to your church or other non-profit organization.
3. Are your goals still relevant to what is important to you?
- Change your goals as your life changes. Re-evaluate every other month. If you are expecting triplets maybe the two-seater sports car is no longer a good idea.
It is so important for your goals to reflect you, to reflect your values, and to reflect what is important to you. Take time this week to either start writing down your goals or re-evaluating your existing goals. Post them where you see them every day. Stop listening to and taking advice from people who have no goals. Believe in yourself and start working toward your goals.
You have a choice, and the choice is yours.
Bryan Cooper – www.MyFinancialLifeCoach.net
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