Skill 2: Goal Setting
It is amazing how many people don’t even have a goal. It’s a wonder how people imagine it’s possible to achieve what they never set out to truly achieve. The starting point of all achievement is a desire crystallized by a vivid image of the desired end.
Where will you like to be financially in the next five years? Don’t be hasty to answer, 90% of the world populace have no goals, and 9% of the remaining 10% have wrong goals. It’s important to set goals, it’s vital to set the right ones. Goal setting is a skill that must be learnt, and if you have guidance, you limit your errors.
Take out time this week to set your goals. Book time with a mentor or coach. A clear picture of your desired future is worth all you pay to achieve it.
Skill 3: Things that are Important
The things that are important should not be at the mercy of the things that are urgent. The important things will never fit in if not scheduled ab initio. Here are a few things you need to ensure happens as priority without making them reactions to other things:
Save monthly. Not because you have surplus, because you decide to first. The ant doesn’t save for winter because of surplus; it saves because the future depends on it.
Read books that sharpen your financial wits. Don’t read when convenient. Schedule reading!
Deliberately build relationships that improve your odds. Leave the company of the “Joneses”. You can’t hang out with dogs and not smell like them. Friendship is meant to be deliberate.
Take risks. Exercise your financial muscles, plan for it. There will be no big break without some small breakings.
Plan your finances. Have a budget, before, not after. If you are not controlling your money, you can’t determine if you’ll have any in the future.
We chose our future, set our goals and then live in daily alignment.
Skill 3B: Maximise Today
Settle this in your mind first, that the past is past and the future is not yours! Today is the only chance you have, and now is your only opportunity. How you act today and what you act upon is your only handle on your future.
Do you have a plan for today? Or is today not even yours? If you don’t have a plan for your day, someone else will.
Do you have important things that you have scheduled? If you don’t fit the big issues of your life in first, they will never find space in your life. Important things like – Personal Development, Spiritual life, Exercising, Family Bonding, Investing in your businesses future, planning, building relationships, etc. What have you scheduled for today?
Do you have things you have delegated to be done today? Some things that are not important to you can be important for someone else, empower them by delegating.
Don’t worry about emergencies; you will fix them as they come. Only never allow emergencies crowd out your access to a better future.
Do all the above and say this as you go around today, “Today is what I have, now is my only handle on my future. If I do all I have to do now with all my might and best, I will spill over into my next level.’
Give someone clarity today!
Skill 4: Learn to be Considerate
Many of us are just purely self-centered, selfish and only looking out for ourselves. I am sorry, I am not talking about your friend, I’m talking about you! Yes you, you sometimes are so self cantered you push what’s wrong to someone else. Today’s skill is learning to be considerate. Deliberately pause and think, “how can I ensure that what I am doing is helping someone else win?” Ask, how you can ensure that in every of your transactions, you give more value than you are taking? Ask what can I do to increase and add value to another person’s life?
Being considerate is a secret financial freedom tool. Life always compensates us by making us harvest after the kind of our seed. As you go into this week and today celebrating Easter, make deliberate effort to act with consideration towards someone else, put a smile on someone’s face. Share with your friends.
Be wise, be financially free!!!