There I was, sitting on the deck with my husband having dinner.
The topic of conversation being, “What are we gonna do?”
We had a $10,000 house repair that had to be done or the wall was going to collapse, $35,000 in taxes due, and my husband had stopped making money.
I had just gotten started in my business so I wasn’t making much either.
It was a horrendous situation, a challenge for sure, but it kicked us into high gear. We started changing things in our lives so that we didn’t end up in that situation again.
As we were sitting there, we started creating a goal sheet. “What are we going to do about this? How are we going to bring in extra money? What do we do about the obligations we have?” I asked my husband.
We came up with our goals, our plan, and everything we needed to execute it. After we finished, I asked him, “How do you feel about this? How do you feel right now about the situation we’re in?”
“I feel kind of excited.” He said. “We’ve never been in a challenging situation before and I feel excited about it.”
I was surprised to say the least. It was an interesting response.
“What do you think we would’ve done prior to learning how to set goals and manage our lives like we do now?” I asked.
“You would’ve been complaining that I burned the broccoli.” He answered.
And he’s right. Before we learned what we know now, we’d be stressed and picking at each other, frustrated with the situation.
But we’ve learned that goal setting – creating a list of things we want to do and planning how to do them – took us from focusing on all the things that were going wrong, to the future and how to make it right.
Even under dire circumstances like our house burning down and everything being destroyed, we knew it was just an obstacle to overcome. We never had those financial issues again, and never worried about what we were going to do.
Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to talk about the power of setting goals. I’ll explain what I learned, how the process of goal-setting changed my life, and how it’ll change yours too.
If you haven’t downloaded the Wheel of Life Tool yet, do it now! You’ll need it in the coming weeks.
All the best,
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