I’ve been reading some different blogs lately, a couple of which are over there on my blogroll. The other day, one of them had a post about getting out of debt, things to do, etc. I was all set to reply with a whiny comment about how little money I make, the difficulty of saving, blah, blah, blah. Then, I couldn’t do it. I thought about everything I’ve written about being positive, MBOs, blessings, all of it. I thought about how, regardless of how little cash I might have had at times in my life, that I always managed to find a way through things, and even though I carry some debt, I am so much better off than most of the people in the world, and quite a few people in this country, the land of plenty. And I thought, the more I justify why I can’t do something, the more it will come true.
So, I decided to focus on goals instead. I used to put a certain amount of money in my savings account when I got paid. With the last job, I quit doing that. Now, I’ve decided I need to do that again. It won’t be as much, but that doesn’t matter. Any amount is good. When I can, I will increase the amount. The main thing is just doing it each pay period and letting it add up. Any amount will add up to more than nothing, right?
The trouble with saving or losing weight or any sort of long-term goal is, as always, fear. Fear that you won’t make the goal, that you can’t save three thousand dollars or lose a hundred pounds. The trick is break that ultimate, seemingly unreachable goal down into small steps you CAN make. If I think of saving, say, a thousand dollars, I get really freaked out. But if I think about putting ten dollars away each week, well, that’s just a couple of lattes that I have to forego. I can do that, easy. One day, one dollar at a time, the goal becomes more real and more reachable. If you can rephrase a goal into language that is simple, it becomes easier.
I’m going to work on these little goals and watch them add up. If I want to clean up my office, I don’t have to take four whole days and clean the entire office at once. I can pick one area, one in box, one shelf or even part of a shelf and get that situated. Looking at that will make me want to do more. Also, I can follow through. I have several piles of papers in my office right now that are destined to be shredded, but I haven’t taken them upstairs to the shredder. I need to follow through. Clean the area, sort out the papers and then, when I go upstairs, TAKE THEM WITH ME. That’s definitely an area I can improve on. Finish what I start. Rest assured, when I leave the office after writing this, I will have a sheaf of papers in my hands! When I worked at the Marriott, my boss taught me never to enter or leave a room without something in my hands. It was good advice in the banquet business and it’s good advice now.
Don’t be afraid of small goals. They’re still goals, and they’re worthwhile. Set them, follow through and then brag about it. In fact, if you’ve set some goals and are achieving them step by step, I’d love to hear about it here, so take a minute and share your success. Good job!