Time, Goals and Dreams
Lately, I’ve been reflecting about time and how it seems to fly by. It’s been one year since my son was born! June also marks the time I look at the goals I’ve set for the year and check in on my progress.
One important aspect of setting a goal is giving yourself a deadline. There is a saying that goals without a deadline are just dreams. If given an unlimited amount of time to reach a goal, it’s likely it won’t ever happen. Additionally, if the goal is large, it’s a good idea to break it down into smaller steps so you can see progress toward the goal.
I recently read an article that our brains like 30-Day Challenges. It’s just long enough to give you time to make a change, but not too long that you lose sight of the goal. Depending on the goal, you may feel like 30 days isn’t long enough. So, set a larger goal like paying off your credit card in 6 months but also set incremental milestones each month to help you reach what might feel like an insurmountable goal.
Don’t worry, it’s okay to dream too! In fact, please do. The goals you set should be in line with your dreams so that over time, they aren’t dreams anymore and we can set a plan to reach them. One of our roles as your financial planning team is to help you reach your goals. Be sure to talk with your planner so that we can help keep you accountable for your goals and guide you toward those “someday” dreams.
Article link https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/202001/trouble-long-term-goals-set-30-day-challenges
Written By Patricia Spies, CFP®