Are your actions compatible with your goals?

Firstly, what a month! I certainly didn’t expect so many people to jump onboard the #250club following my article about surviving on $250 a week in personal spending.

I’m so bl**dy impressed with you all! I had Facebook messages, Tweets, Instagram comments and plenty of requests coming into the members email address from you guys, wanting to also reduce your spending down. Rally the troops, I say! It’s going to mean we get to our goals faster which is what it’s all about right?

And… get this.

I lost my bank card during a run early last week, so I’ve barely been able to spend my own money and now I have $393 sitting in my personal spending account, as I’m waiting for my new card to be sent out.
I’ve never been happier about losing my bank card!

Speaking of running, I had a bit of a revelation recently and fitness is a really good analogy however this concept actually applies to anything we are trying to achieve in our lives.

I was reading through my big goals for the year one morning during my positivity routine and one of the goals I had set myself for the year was to run the Gold Coast Marathon. The event is on the 6th of July (which is next weekend), and sitting there reading my goals I thought to myself “clearly Sarah, you are not going to be achieving that” because I haven’t executed the 6-month training program that I usually would in the lead up to a marathon.

It was time to have a little conversation with myself.

I’ve had to face up to the fact that in this regard, my actions have not been compatible with my goal. I have been running enough to keep fit, but I certainly haven’t been training for a marathon! It’s a great questions to ask yourself: “Are your actions compatible with your goals?”

You can reverse the question but you’re essentially asking yourself the same thing.

Is what you’re doing everyday actually taking you closer to what you’ve said you want? If it’s not, you may need to have a little chat with yourself just like I did.

Something’s gotta give, but the thing is… it may not be your actions, it may in fact be your goal that needs to shift.

I thought about whether or not I really wanted to run a marathon this year, about everything else on my plate and my motivation for this particular goal. I worked out that at the core of the goal was that I wanted to stay fit and have a reason to continue to push myself during training so I don’t just slug along!

So I’ve set myself a new goal to do the Sydney Half Marathon in September, and to participate in the City to Surf as part of my training program.

I’ve downloaded a specific training program put it in my diary and so far completed 4 of the recommended training runs. I feel focused and aligned with the new goal which is truly giving me what I want. Plus, I’ve put it out there now so I know you guys will keep me accountable!

Often times we set goals based on what we ‘think’ we should be working toward or what society tells us is the next step.

If your goals are not what you truly want, it might be time to reset some of your goals like us should be aiming for.

But… is it what you really want, what your heart and soul really desires?

I was chatting with a member recently who found themselves in exactly this position, not sticking to their weekly spending and blowing up on credit cards. When we talked about their goals, the member realised that they probably weren’t quite right. Sure, the behaviours (or actions) needed to change, but so did the goals.

This member was not actually focused on buying a new car and moving into a bigger home. They were now thinking more deeply and a little more long term about the things that really mattered to them.

Moving closer to family, simplifying their lifestyle and changing careers to something that would provide them with more fulfilment, were what this member came up with..

Working with us is a journey.

Sometimes new members find themselves in this situation because they have had such a transformation in their thinking over time that they come to realise the goals they initially set for themselves are not, in fact, what they ultimately want. 

Anyone who knows me will know how passionate I am about this stuff.

Magic happens when you know what you really want, and you go for it, little by little and day by day, when all of your actions are driven by what your goals are, not what society tells us we should be doing.

The things I’ve seen some of our most aligned members achieve, and even my from own personal experiences, is pretty phenomenal when everything is in alignment.

Need some help with your goal setting? Our Financial Coaches LOVE helping members with their goals and working out how to attach money to them. If you want to chat goals with one of the WE team, book in a time for a Free Strategy Session.

 


Disclaimer: Information contained within this article is of a general nature. Do not be rely upon it when making financial decisions. Please consult a professional financial advisor or planner (like us!) before acting.