How to Take Your Goals from Good to Great
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Whatever goals you have on your list right now, I’m guessing that having the ability to fast forward your success in reaching those goals sounds very appealing. Are you working to reach financial independence? If so, wouldn’t it be nice to fast forward your success and reach financial freedom in ten years instead of 15? Or wouldn’t it be great to have that mortgage paid off in eight years instead of ten? Of course it would. But, sometimes getting there can seem so impossible that we just give up trying altogether.
The amazing thing is that by making tiny yet constant progress, you can shave years off the length of time it will take to achieve your personal and financial goals and move from ‘good’ to ‘great’ when it comes to accomplishing the goals you’ve set for yourself.
You Really Can Take Your goals from good to great
Whatever your goals, I have one little tidbit of advice that can help you reach them faster, which is the key to taking your goals from good to great, and that advice can be summarized in one simple quote:
It’s the smallest amount of extra effort that will separate the “good” from the “best”.
How can this quote help you to fast forward your success? What do these simple words mean for you and for your goals? How do you trade in “good” for “best”?
By making the “smallest amount of extra effort” on a consistent basis.
In practical terms, that means that you choose to, for instance, cut all possible expenses by an extra $5 each month. Or that you choose to earn an extra $50 a week to put toward your financial goal.
In terms of health goals, it means that, for example, you run an extra half mile each day or cut your calorie intake by 100 calories a day.
These changes aren’t major changes, and they won’t be terribly noticeable or taxing on your psyche or your time. They will, however, add up to big changes over the long haul.
For instance, cutting your calorie intake by 100 calories a day means you eat one less large apple, one less handful of your favorite chips, or 4 1/2 less Hershey’s kisses each day. By making those small changes, you will lose 1 extra pound a month, and 12 extra pounds for the year. By what percentage would that 12 pounds fast forward your weight loss goal?
In terms of money, that $20 less you spend a week on whatever you choose to cut out equals over $1,000 per year, not including the investment income you’ll earn on that cash, or the interest you’ll not pay on your loan. How much would $1,000 per year, plus compounding interest, speed up your current financial goals?
You see, the great thing about choosing to put in a little extra effort is that, on the front end, you’ll hardly notice the change, but the results you’ll see over the long haul are much larger than the effort you had to put in to get them.
That extra effort, however, requires one making the choice to do just a little bit more. It requires discipline, and a willingness to say to yourself “I want more than ‘good enough.'” Are you willing to put in that little bit of extra effort to push your success from “good” to “best”? Choose today to make the changes that will fast forward your success, and see how much more quickly you reach your goals.
What goals are you working on currently? How can you put in a little bit of extra effort to reach those goals faster and take your goals from good to great? What is one small thing you can do today to inch yourself closer to your financial goals?
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