Why Next Level Goals are Better Than New Years Resolutions
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You’ve set your goals for the new year, and today we’ll talk about taking those goals to the next level. I learned a personal lesson in taking goals to the next level last month that showed me just how much more valuable next level goals are than New Years resolutions. Let me explain.
As I perused our 2014 goals, I saw that we were perilously close to going over the yearly grocery budget we had set. If we were to meet our 2014 grocery spending goal, we had roughly $200 available to spend on groceries for the month of December. As a family of six, that’s no easy task, but I was eager to push our family to the next level, and set a real challenge in place as far as our grocery spending was concerned.
What is the ‘Next Level?’
What is “the next level”? It’s simply the level in which you choose to push yourself that extra mile as you work to reach a goal you’ve set in place. For instance, if you choose to run five miles one morning, you’d go to the next level by running five and a half miles. In our case with the grocery budget challenge, taking it to the next level meant that instead of staying under our usual budget of $400, we’d try our best to cut that number in half. Taking your goals to the next level means that you push further than you think you can go in order to reach your goal sooner, or better, than you’d originally planned.
Is this difficult? Yes, and no. We learned that with our grocery budget challenge. Limiting your grocery spending to roughly $35 a piece for the month is not easy. We made it – almost. Our grocery spend for the month of our challenge was $215.48. But more so than meeting our challenge, taking our goal to the next level taught us something: it taught us that we’re capable of better performance than we give ourselves credit for.
This revelation shed a whole new light on us as we planned our goals for the new year. After we successfully spent much less on groceries than we usually do (less than half of our normal grocery budget), we realized that we weren’t giving 100 percent to our goals in months and years past, and we realized that we do indeed have the power to achieve more when we put our minds to it.
Taking Your Goals to the Next Level
Let’s use your own goals as an example. Pick a goal that you set in place for last year; it can be a financial, physical or career-related goal. Look at what you accomplished as far as reaching that goal. Now double your results.
For instance, let’s say your goal was to put 10 percent into retirement accounts. Now imagine how much closer you’d have put yourself to retirement if you’d taken that goal to the next level and put 20 percent in your retirement account. How many years closer would that yield an increase to your ROI and bring you to early retirement? Would it shave 5-10 years off of your working hours? Look for the payoff in your current goals and then compare that to the potential payoff you’d experience by taking your goals to the next level. That comparison may provide the motivation you need to turn your performance (and results) up a notch.
The funny thing about our “next level” grocery goal was that it really wasn’t that painful. We all ate well, had full stomachs, and lived with the same level of joy that we did when we spent double that much. Going to the next level didn’t “hurt” nearly as much as we thought it would. Seeing this made us eager to discover other areas of our lives we could take to the next level.
Make this the year that you choose to take your goals to the next level, and you’ll accomplish more than you dreamed you could in years past.
Have you ever set a challenging goal and accomplished it? What goal for this year would you like to take to the next level? How hard do you think it would be for you to cut your grocery bill in half? Would you feel the pain or hardly notice it?
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