Goal setting is something most of us recognise as necessary for our success but few of us bother to do.  At Impact Finance we appreciate the saying:

“do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t” – Unknown.

Taking the time to sit down and articulate your personal and financial goals is completely invaluable.  It is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn this vision of the future into reality.  Knowing where you are headed and what you want out of life helps you ignore the distractions that often get in the way and allows you to focus your efforts in the right direction.  When you set goals and start achieving them you will be amazed how self-fulfilling it can be and how much you can achieve when you set your mind to it.  When you start achieving your goals you become stronger as your self confidence builds and you begin to recognise your abilities and competence in achieving them.

A few tips to get you started

A useful guide is Locke’s theory of goal setting, which is to apply the SMART methodology.

If your goals are not clear, concise, measureable and have a timeframe then your ability to achieve them or know when you have reached them is unclear. Setting more challenging but attainable goals has been proven to be more successful than setting easy goals. Each goal may have smaller shorter term tasks attached to them in order to achieve the grand plan.

Life plan example

Here is an example of a simple plan with a few examples to give you some ideas.  Under each section list the top five goals for yourself over the next 5 years. Break it down again by creating a 1 year plan, and even 6 months plan if needed. Start by setting some overarching personal/family values which define your desired general behaviour then identify the areas you wish to set clear objectives.

Examples of family values:

  • Be healthy and balanced in work and life
  • Be available and involved with our children’s activities
  • Be a loving and caring husband / wife / mother / father / son / daughter / friend
  • Be forgiving and patient
  • Be engaged in life and create experiences and memories for myself and/or my family
  • Celebrate family and friends
eg. Work a 4 day week by year 2015 eg. Purchase a second investment property by 2011 with an out of pocket cost of no more than $500 per mth. eg. Enjoy a one week family holiday every 6mths
2 eg. Commit to cycling 3 times a week in order to improve overall fitness eg. Have an asset base of $1 MIL by 2014 eg. Make a date night with my partner once a month