As I’ve mentioned before, every Saturday I meet with my Financial Alchemy group.
We are currently traipsing through our second year of Morgana Rae’s fabulous book, Financial Alchemy, which I highly recommend if you like manifesting and money.
Each week we look at our goals for the year, our quarterly goals, and what we have done so far this quarter. We then take time to plan and organize our week, filling out the Weekly Journal that Morgana has carefully crafted for us. In this manner, we can see our history unfold, keep track of our accomplishments, and note where and when our interests has changed. We can compare where we are to where we were. We can see deliberate growth--which is hugely inspirational to all of us.
I missed a week due to an 8 hour Saturday professional development on social-emotional teaching I was excited to attend. When the next Saturday came around, I realized that I had never gotten around to filling out the Weekly Journal, so I had no goals to check off as worked on, and nothing to have held myself accountable for. I had nothing to share, and no feelings of accomplishment.
Regular goal setting sessions are so important--I’m talking about making the time to create, revisit, alter, and check off goals regularly. If we don’t do this, we don’t know what our goals are, or if the ones we set three months ago are still current, or if we have worked on any part of them When we do this, we remind ourselves and the Universe that we have Things To Accomplish, and we keep our forward momentum as we bravely march towards a future of our own creation.
Another habit I noticed was that --at first, while I dutifully wrote my goals down in Morgana’s book, I then would neatly put said book back on the shelf so that it would be there in it’s spot, all ready for the next week’s meeting. While I would like to publicly pat myself on the back for putting it away every week, what this also meant was that I did not see my Weekly Journal, which included my Top Priorities, and thus my plans and goals, until I opened the book up at the next week’s meeting. This led to feeling vague surprise if I had actually accomplished anything on my list and an “oh yeah...I meant to do that” sort of mentality.
Now, after our meetings I tape my Weekly Journal up on the wall in my office so I can look at it and be reminded of all the things I have decided to accomplish. When the week is over, I take it down, put it in my notebook, and put up the new week’s adventure. I look at my goals all the time, multiple times per day. This inspires my daily to do lists and general excitement over my baby steps forward.
Writing down your goals is so important. But writing down your goals and turning them into SMART goals is real magic. Smart stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Basically, what, exactly, is the specific thing you want to do, how will you tell if you have met your goal, are you, in fact, able to do it and how, does it connect to your life’s purpose, and what is the specific timeline by which you will have it done. Using the SMART goal format is a great way to get stuff done.
After you have written down your goals, place your goals everywhere so that you can see them regularly. Use post-its to put them on your wall or laptop or in your car. Use whiteboard markers and write them on your mirror so that you can look at it while you brush your teeth. Looking at your goals more than once every day tells the Universe that you’re serious, that this is something you will achieve. It is being intentional. It is living on purpose.