Great Job, Grasshopper
Congrats, you raked the rut and panned for golden thoughts from my prior blogs to apply the general mind your money coaching work and are now ready to set some goals. Great job, grasshopper. So on an applicable side note, I was actually looking up where the term grasshopper came from because I thought it came from Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid. Apparently that is wrong which many of you might or might not know. It comes from a 1970s show called Kung Fu. Interestingly enough this is more than just some martial arts trivia of the day, because what I also found is that what a grasshopper symbolizes spiritually to people perfectly applies to our topic of goal setting today. Funny how these things work.
Here is what I found on the all-knowing unicorn of google about the spiritual meaning of grasshoppers. “Grasshoppers can only jump forward….not backward, or sideways. So, when a grasshopper shows up he could be reaffirming to you that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your current situation. Or it could be that he is telling you to go ahead and move forward, getting past what is hindering you. This is why grasshopper is the symbol of good luck all over the world. Grasshopper’s ability to connect and understand sound vibrations is why he is also a symbol of your inner voice. he could be telling you to trust yours.” Ok, now I might just love grasshoppers.
What Are Your Financial Goals?
Back to goal digging. When is the last time you thought about your financial goals? Or really your goals in general for that matter? What do you want to achieve? Many people stop setting major goals for themselves after their twenties. You still have so much life to live so if you are no longer setting goals, how do you know where you want to go? If you do not have a goal, it makes it much more difficult to focus and aim your thoughts, energy, emotions and behavior in a meaningful direction to work for you.
You want that brilliant complex organ in between your ears known as the mind to be occupied on overdrive working to reach your money goals. So start digging for goals, your goals. Not goals that look nice from your friends on facebook, not the goal that your mom or your dad always wanted you to achieve or the goal that your partner thinks would be amazing. Dig inside of you for YOUR goals. Because you have to want them, and you have to believe them.
Make A List- And YES, Write Them Down
Write them down and be specific. Use the appropriate descriptor from the five senses to describe what it will feel like to achieve your goal in sight, taste, smell, touch and sound to help really take you there. How will you feel? This will get your emotional commitment. Write down timelines. This will help hold you accountable.
Write a list of fifteen to twenty-five goals. These are your goals and can be anything you desire such as purchasing a home, making certain levels of income, building certain amounts in savings or liquid assets, improving your credit score, traveling to Europe, paying off specific debts, starting your own business, donating a certain amount of money to a specific charity, whatever you truly want! Write these down and keep them on your phone notes or in your purse or wallet so you can visualize them often.
Write Goals From a Place of Plenty
Do not write goals from a place of lack. Write goals from a place of plenty. I get in this mindset by including in my list goals that I’ve already achieved which I’m proud of or that bring me joy. I layer these in with the goals I haven’t yet achieved to help create a positive mindset that reminds me of all the goals that I’ve already accomplished.
Align Your Goals with Your North Star- Your Core Value of Money
Here is an important step. When writing your goals, ask yourself if each goal matches up with your core value of what money means to you that you identified in Rake the Rut? If the goal does not align with this core value, is it YOUR goal? These are your goals so you can reach your vision! If the goal does not align with your core value of what money means to you, it’s not a keeper.
Also do your golden thoughts that you kept from the panning for golden thoughts blog exercise align with your goals? What thoughts do you need to add or modify to help you reach your goals?
Make It Happen- You’ve Got This
Now start making it happen. Our thoughts drive our feelings which drive our actions and our desired results. Take the wheel with a clear understanding of your desired destination and enjoy the ride! You’ve got this.
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