Attaining financial goals is a satisfying accomplishment that has the added benefit of making you feel good about yourself. Avoiding or overcoming the following roadblocks that can sabotage your goals helps guarantee that you reach your potential.
Having little faith that you will succeed or listening to and believing others when they express doubt is a surefire way to sabotage your goals. Negativity drains your excitement about a project and deflates your drive to succeed. Avoid demotivating yourself with negative self-talk and shut your ears when others share their disbelief. Keep moving toward your financial goals with an optimistic attitude, and you’re sure to eventually succeed.
Putting off doing what will help you reach your goals, such as failing to set up an automatic savings plan, is the hallmark of self-sabotage. If you continually think about, but don’t complete, tasks that will get you to your goals, you will ensure that your goals remain out of reach.
3. Lure of instant gratification
Long-term goals often wrestle with short-term goals when it comes to finances. If you’re saving for a house, for instance, but see a great deal on a television set and succumb to immediate gratification, you may derail your savings plan. Before splurging, give yourself a few days to think through the purchase and do the math to see how much time you’ll lose towards reaching your goal.
4. No plan
Every goal needs a plan of action. It’s not enough to simply say that you want to pay off your credit cards or save money in an emergency fund. Without a clear road map of where you want to go and exactly what the destination looks like, you’re not likely to go anywhere or accomplish anything. Plans map out the journey to the goal and can be referred to if you begin to waver or lose faith.
5. Lack of passion
Motivation to reach a goal requires passion. If you’re strongly committed to your financial goal, you’ll be likely to stay on course in order to reach your dreams. Inspiration about your goals helps you successfully navigate challenges along the way and keep going.
Not starting on your goals because all of the stars haven’t yet aligned is a common cause of missing your target. It’s also important to remember that things will come up and you may have to change gears midstream. If you’re building your savings account so you can buy a new car, but have plumbing trouble at home that requires expert assistance, your projected date for buying your car may require adjusting.
7. All work and no play
While reaching your goals is your intention, it’s important to give yourself some leeway so that your journey doesn’t become a struggle. Instead of saving every extra cent, put aside a small percentage of “fun” money. Being able to recharge with a good book or visit to the movies gives you the energy to continue on the path to your goals.
What’s one way you stay on track and avoid sabotaging your financial goals?
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