Do you get to the end of the day and sometimes (or often) think to yourself “I am not making any progress on my broader goals in life?”
You aren’t alone! I think most of us feel this way. I know we (the co-founders of Trevi) both feel this way at times. Threads of this have been woven through a number of our conversations over the years – and it can be both professional and personal goals that are impacted.
The reality is life can be complicated, busy, overwhelming, and just plain cluttered. Most everyone has dreams and passions and so often they get suppressed because we just don’t have the time to move things forward. This can have serious impact on our enjoyment of life, our health, our relationships, and our personal finances.
We’ll keep this post short and to the point. The bottom line is every day is a new day. We can either wake up in the morning and just keep on rolling with the status quo, or we can make a decision to be deliberate and do one small thing to take a step forwards toward a goal.
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Start by making a list of your goals and dreams. If you can write them down – it will help you visualize things and make them more concrete. Here's some Trevi tips on setting goals.
- Take one goal and start working on a little part of it each day. For example, if you want to save $20 a week, start by cutting out that latte every morning. Or pack your lunch instead of going out with friends.
- Dedicate even 10-15 minutes in the morning or the evening to make progress on something. For example, if you want to get in better shape, but you never seem to have the time, get up 10-15 minutes earlier each morning to meditate, do yoga, or follow an exercise video. After a little while you'll start seeing progress and become more inspired to reach your goals. Baby steps.
- Take a few minutes and read. If you want to do something but you never feel like you know enough – start reading up on it. Warren Buffett – a great investor for those who don’t know him – spends hours each day reading. Knowledge is power. And when it comes to your goals, even setting aside a few minutes a day to simply read will help you.
The key to moving forward is simply starting. If you don’t start somewhere, you won’t ever reach your goals. Whether your goal is to improve your personal finances – or to change the world… start small. Start where you can. Take steps today… and eventually you’ll get to that dream.
You can change your personal finances, and your world, by knowing where you are going and taking it one step at a time!