Many of us have many financial goals that we wish to attain within a certain period of time in our life. However, a large majority of us usually do not achieve these goals. One of the key reasons why this happens is because we do not start with clear goal statements. Goal statements can help you have a clear and deep enough understanding of what it is that you want to achieve, how you are going to achieve it, and why you want to achieve it. As such, let’s look at an effective way to write powerful goal statements.
To begin, take a few minutes to ponder through, and write down the answers to the following questions either on a piece of paper, notebook or even an app on your smartphone.
- What do I want to achieve?
- What do I truly, deeply want to achieve?
- What is the best way to achieve my goal?
- Why do I want that goal?
- Is what I want more inclined towards receiving something for myself, or towards giving and serving for the benefit of others?
Now that you’ve addressed all these questions and have come to a clearer understanding of what it is that you truly want, write it down in clear, concrete and simple terms. One such example is the following.
“I, Jane Doe, intend to create a stable and sustainable income source of at least $5,000 per month through providing online freelance work on platforms like Fiverr, which I can build from the comfort of my own home, to supplement my husband’s income while giving the fullest care and attention to my children, so that I can enjoy freedom from wage slavery, and also experience the fullest amount of joy in raising my children and always being there while they grow.”
From the above statement, we will address certain elements that comprise it, that also answer the questions which were posed earlier. Let’s analyse each element in more detail below.
1) A stable and sustainable income source of at least $5,000 per month – this is an example of a clear enough what.
2) Providing online freelance work on platforms like Fiverr which I can build from the comfort of my own home – a concise example of how to achieve the income source. She already knows how she will earn this money, and of course there will be more steps to follow in executing the how, but the exact steps will be addressed later.
3) Supplement my husband’s income while giving the fullest care and attention to my children – the why behind her what. This is the direct, logical reason behind why she wants what she wants. But this is not yet deep enough.
4) Enjoy freedom from wage slavery – a deeper why behind her what. Freedom is a great motivator behind many worthwhile pursuits.
5) Experience the fullest amount of joy in raising my children and always being there while they grow – probably the deepest level of why she can get. This is probably her strongest, most compelling and powerful emotional reason that drives her to get what she wants. Usually a strong emotional reason for the pursuit of a certain goal involves another person, a loved one, or a loved group of people.
At this point, we would like to highlight the importance of writing down not only your intentions or goal statements but also the responses you have to the questions that were posed earlier. Writing is itself a great mental exercise that engages many aspects and parts of your brain, hence, giving you a more holistic dose of any goal setting system.
The important practice here is to express yourself and record your expressions in some form. It doesn’t matter how you express yourself, either with pen and paper, or typing on your computer, or dictating via a voice to text software, or speaking to a tape recorder the old- fashioned way, as long as you commit your thought and questioning processes to an expressive form, you are doing good with this system. If you just sit there, reading this article on your computer screen or smartphone, and just ‘think it all out in your head’, we can guarantee you’ll not go far with your goals or with whatever it is that you are pursuing.