Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in America in the early 20th Century, said, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”The reason most people make resolutions they can’t keep, and goals they give up on, is that they don’t really know what they want. We can get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget why we’re doing whatever it is we’re doing. Our goals become a glorified to-do list without a big-picture goal, which is what Mr Carnegie was referring to. Lelia Gowland, consultant, speaker, and writer, shared on Forbes that we should make goals that reflect what we actually want, not what we think we should want. She recommends making a list of 2016 accomplishments.
“These aren’t necessarily the moments that are impressive to others or would make it onto your resume. They’re the ones in which you were most fulfilled and in your element,” says Gowland.The point of this exercise, is to get to know yourself and what drives you by looking at patterns in the previous years’ accomplishments. And then to do more of it. Another awesome exercise we highly recommend is to write a letter to yourself from a year in the future, detailing a day in the life you actually want. Make it as detailed as possible. Look at it often. This is the only financial goal you need to motivate yourself in 2017. Once you know what you want, you can take on the to-do list.