JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #133-How to determine and achieve our goals in the upcoming year

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  • Why goals work
  • How to create SMART goals
  • The power of writing your goals down
  • Where to determine what your goals are in the first place
  • Quote of the lesson from Earl Nightingale

Goal setting is something we’ve discussed on the show before around this time of the year. It’s a good time to talk about financial goals because usually at the end of the year most of us are reflecting on what we’ve accomplished the previous year and look ahead to what lies ahead in the next one.

With that being said you might not be a big goal setter and you start to roll your eyes whenever you read or hear someone talk about goals. But I believe in setting goals because for me they have

  • Helped Lisa and I achieve what we’ve wanted to financially
  • Allowed us to dream together
  • Propel us to things we didn’t think were possible!

But goals aren’t magic, you still have to do the work to achieve them. A lot of times we don’t reach our goals because they are too vague. Goals like I want to do better with money, I want to save more, I want to spend less, contribute more to retirement, reduce debt, aren’t likely to get achieved.

So instead of doing that this year, today we discuss how to create goals that are S.M.A.R.T. I didn’t come up with the acronym but making S.M.A.R.T goals for our family has really helped out.

S-Specific. Goals needs to be precise and leave no doubt. Instead of saying “I want to lower my spending in 2016” change it to “I want to lower my spending on groceries, eating out, and utilities in 2016”

M-Measurable. Goals need to be quantifiable to succeed. Instead of saying “I want to save more in 2016” change that to “I want to save $100 a paycheck in 2016.”

A-Actionable. This is always a tricky one. You have to create a goal that is reachable but also a stretch. If you make it too easy, you’ll more than likely procrastinate on it and then barely achieve your low goal.

R-Realistic-You have to be willing to do the work. If your goal is to pay off all your debt his year, but to do that you’ll have to work 100 hours a week, live in the dark, and eat two meals a day you won’t accomplish that go. Because you won’t see it through. There is a level of sacrifice of either time, energy, or money when it comes to reaching your goals however.

T-Timeline. Expected results need to have a timeline. We don’t like to have deadlines but for most of us we work better when we do. Instead of saying “I want to pay off my student loans in 2017” change it to “I want to pay off my Salie Mae Loan #1 by the end of February.” That will force you to put your energy and money into Salie Mae #1 and you are more likely to pay it off in February.

In addition to having goals that are S.M.A.R.T it’s important to write them down as well. Don’t ask me why but when I write things down they are more likely to happen then not. I’ve also created an easy to use worksheet that has you write down your goals, determine the cost, and develop the action steps needed to accomplish them.

Also if you need help determining what your goals should be in the first place check out this short 10 video series I put together a few years back on taking control of your finances. The video are supposed to be consumed daily and feature small actionable steps to take to gain control of your money. They were designed for the year 2015 but apply to any year you do them in.

But what if you are listening to this after the beginning of the year. Can you still use these strategies? Of course you can, goal setting can happen at any time! It’s easier at the beginning of the year as January 1 is a good starting point for a fresh start. But it doesn’t have to be a certain date, you can start your goal journey at any time.

Below are some more resources on goal setting

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“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going” ~ Earl Nightingale

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #132-Why my wife and I spent more than we made in 2016

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  • How Lisa and I spent more than we made in 2016
  • Why I felt that we were throwing money away left in right this summer
  • Why Savings is our future goal
  • What are goals are for 2017
  • Quote of the lesson from John Maxwell

As a financial coach and mentor, one of the main things I teach and show clients is the importance of living on less then you make. Yes it is a simple concept in theory, but in practice very few of us actually do it.

But there it was on our net worth statement for the end of November.

A decrease of over $10,000 in cash from January 1 through the end of November!

Today we discuss how that happened, why it happened, and most importantly why Lisa and I are actually ok with us spending more than we made in 2016.

We also breakdown why we are making savings a bigger goal in 2017.

But the encouragement today is that if you are a saver, you have the money saved, and the time comes to spend the savings on whatever . . . . don’t hesitate in spending the money, DO IT! It’s why you ultimately saved in the first place.

If you want to learn how to determine and ultimately reach your goals in 2017 please signup to receive the Goal Setting Spreadsheet that I will be sending out later this month.

Other Resources mentioned in this lesson:

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“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went” ~ John Maxwell

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #131-A unique way to look at saving and spending

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  • Ways to spice up savings
  • The Pay Yourself First mentality of savings
  • How to realize that savings is actually future spending
  • Challenge yourself to save
  • Quote of the lesson

Savings vs. Spending. We can tackle this subject through a variety of lenses and as mentioned in the show we have. But today we are going to talk about it through a unique way that was helped inspired by a client I was working with a few months back.

The client wanted to save more money but wasn’t able to save as much as they wanted and instead was spending it on other areas. We tried to focus on ways to spend less in those areas, but for whatever reason it didn’t seem to work. So instead of focusing on where to spend less, we instead focused on where to “spend” more, and that happened to be “spending” more on savings.

To “spend” more on savings we had the client transfer money out of their main account into their savings account each day they got paid. That way the money wasn’t floating around in the main account looking to be spent.

It might seem like a psychological ploy but by having a “spending” goal of savings allowed the client to reach their savings goal and was able to feel more empowered with their finances.

In addition we also share some other good ways that you can employ to start to save more in 2017. Hard to believe that a new year is right around the corner, but this time of the year is always a good time to start to write down some your financial goals.

Other resources mentioned in the show

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“Rich people stay rich by living like they’re broke. Broke people stay broke by living like they are rich.” – Unknown

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #130-Do your friends influence your finances?

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  • Does who we hang out with impact our finances?
  • Keeping up with the Jones’s is pressure we put on ourselves
  • How negative influences impact our finances
  • How positive influences impact our finances
  • Quote of the lesson from Jim Rohn

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #129-When to work with an advisor and when to invest by yourself

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  • When to invest yourself and when to have the help of an advisor
  • Why invest yourself?
  • Why to enlist the help of an advisor
  • How an advisor can pay off
  • Quote of the lesson from George Horace Lorimer

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #128-How Fear inhibits our ability to win with money

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  • The biggest inhibitor to winning with money is fear
  • How we saw this manifest in the election this week
  • How to discern between real fear and worry
  • Why fear shouldn’t drive our financial decisions
  • Quote of the lesson from Zig Ziglar

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #127-Washington won’t change your finances

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  • Anyone else sick of the election and ready for it to be over?
  • Why Washington won’t and can’t change your finances
  • The importance of focusing on your economy
  • What you can spend your time focusing on instead
  • Quote of the lesson from Rory Vaden

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #126-How to handle loans from family and friends

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  • The most difficult loan to handle is the one from family and friends
  • Why we borrow from family and friends
  • The dangers in doing them
  • Why it is important to have to clear communication when lending to or borrowing from family and friends
  • Quote of the lesson

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JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast Lesson #125-Prioritizing for your retirement or for your child’s education?

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  • Most couples assume they need to sacrifice for child’s college fund
  • Benefits of doing each one
  • Do we need to pick one or the other?
  • The need to prioritize yourself over your children
  • Quote of the lesson from Chris Hogan

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Would you budget a million dollars?

If I handed you a million dollars today would you sit down and develop some kind of plan with the money?

Chances are your answer to that question is a resounding yes, but then why are we so reluctant to do so with our own money?

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