Create Life Goals
Many experts advocate setting individual goals for certain areas of your life. Some of the main areas recommended include:
- Family and Home Life Goals
- Financial and Career Related Goals
- Spiritual and Ethical Goals
- Physical and Health Goals
- Social and Cultural Goals
- Mental and Educational Goals
By setting a goal for each area of your life it is thought that your entire life will be more rounded. Use the above guidelines to set new goals for the coming year. You may even find that some of your goals overlap into several areas of your life, this can have a beneficial impact as you work towards them.
Write Out Your Goals in Detail
Write out a full blown description of how the house looks. Include the main features you want the house to have such as a 3 car garage, a swimming pool, a separate entrance or nanny suite.
Then continue this by writing how the area around your home looks. Can you see the mountains from your backyard, how much land do you own, what kind of trees are on your property and more.
The end result of your descriptive writing should be that you could close your eyes and picture your new home on your property, with yourself standing in the yard looking at your garden full of flowers!
Tracking Your Success
After writing out your goals you should always plan to track your success. This can be as simple as keeping a food journal and writing down each bite and lick of food you eat each day. This allows you to see if you are on track and it can expose certain areas that require more attention.
Staying with the food journal you may notice that the weekends are where you often eat more calories. It might be the time where you add in that extra beer or glass of wine or skip your exercise. Instead of not allowing yourself a beer on the weekend add it into your calorie count. This way you won’t feel as though you are cheating and you will not be going over your calorie allowance either.
On the other side of the coin you may notice that you aren’t eating enough calories and actually have to eat more food. If you weren’t tracking your progress you wouldn’t be able to identify problem areas as quickly. What you think you are doing is not always what you are doing!
You can track any goal that you set for yourself. If you are saving for a new home use a scheduled transaction to withdraw money to a saving account. This way you are regularly putting money into savings for this purpose only. Look at your deposit dates and make sure that money is going into your account each week or month. If not look for reasons why not.
You may find that you have to miss a week when your rent is due or that you had an unexpected medical bill. Evaluate if there is a way around this and if not, realize that this may affect your goal. You may not save enough money quite as quickly. Is there something you can do to make up the difference? Perhaps sell a service or something you no longer need. Or you might decide that you want to speed up the process by putting more money away or by taking on a part time job for a little while.