Are Your Goals Worth Working Toward?
Setting goals for the sake of setting goals is pretty much a waste of time. That’s because some goals aren’t really goals. Instead, they’re often wishes, or sometimes things we think we “should” do.
So how do you tell if you have a goal that’s worth working toward?
Well, first you have to really want to reach it, deep down inside. Things like “Oh I really should spend less money” or “Oh I really should lose 5 lbs” are not goals, especially not if what you really want is to buy certain things or eat chocolate cake.
But supposed you’ve experienced panic and stress in your past due to, say, job loss. And you never want to go there again.
In that case, something like “Create a financial cushion by sending at least $100 per week to my emergency fund until it reaches a balance of $6000.” is a goal that’s worth working toward, because your priority is to feel safer by building up a cushion. You never want to be caught out again, so the goal is important to you.
In other words, you have to want the goal — or something that achieving the goal will directly enable you to do — more than you want to continue doing what you have been doing.
Without that, you’re wasting your breath. Once you have a goal that really resonates with you, you can set it up in a way that practically ensures success. I’ll talk more about that in a future post.