Why? Because if you set goals that you are not interested in, or that are contrary to who you are, you’ll fail.
So ask yourself some basic questions. Write down the answers and then see what they reveal to you.
1. Where do you spend your “treasure” your money and your time?
a. Look at your bank statements and credit card bills. Where is your money going?
b. Look at your calendar. How are you spending your time?
c. And while you’re at it, check your browser history to see what you spend time “researching.”
2. What makes you yearn, you know, that deep longing in your heart? Exotic places? Helping people? Writing a book?
3. Compare the first two questions. Is there a disconnect? For example, if travel is your passion, the thing that makes your heart sing, then why are you spending money on video games or purses?
4. Start planning how to spend more of your treasure on what has your heart. Write down the goal and outline what it will take to get you there. Enlist the help of friends and family if you need to. Consult with experts. Do what it takes to help you understand and plan to reach your goal.
We all need down time to rest and veg out, but let’s make that the exception rather than the rule. Otherwise, we will be at the end of 2014 wondering why we never got anything done that we really wanted to do!