A practical process on how to get what you want out of life: clarify your priorities, set financial goals in line with them, and then watch your progress. Brought to you by FinancialFreedomTool.com.
We discuss how to get the most out of life on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion.
BIGG success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of BIGG success: money, time, growth, work, and play. Money and time are your two resources.
Want to know how to get what you want out of life?
Then allocate resources according to your priorities. That’s just a fancy way of saying: Your priorities are shown by how you spend your time and money. Today, we’ll focus on money.
Let’s talk about 3 easy steps to get what you want out of life by aligning your money – earning, spending, saving, and investing – with your priorities.
Step 1) Clarify your priorities
Do you want to buy a house? Take a vacation? Retire early?
These are all examples of priorities you may have. Or you may have others.
We suggest you have five or less. Why? Because five is a manageable number. You can work on several things at once. Of course, you can have less than five. Most likely, you will advance more quickly, but you run the risk of neglecting important things.
To clarify your priorities, start with a blank piece of paper. Across the top, write “What are my top priorities in life?” Write down priorities as they come to mind. Then cross off all but five. Rank them…
…OR do it the easy way: Download our FREE cheat sheet. It will guide you through the whole process. You’ll find 45 priorities along with space to enter 15 more so you can customize the sheet.
One final note: You are setting priorities “for now.” We recommend you review it at least once a year or if a major event or change occurs in your life.
Step 2) Set financial goals in line with these priorities
Let’s say your #1 priority is to buy a house. Around this priority (an overarching goal), you’ll set goals for saving for your down payment. How much do you anticipate needing? When will you need it? Where will the money come from?
You may also need to improve your credit, get pre-approved for a mortgage, start a buffer account for repairs, and more.
Of course, this means other alternative – good alternatives, worthy alternatives – will need to be set aside. For example, you may need to keep driving the same car. You may not bump up the amount going to your retirement account, at this time.
Do you see what’s going on here? You’re not just blowing in the wind. You’re living intentionally, dare we say – strategically.
Step 3) Watch your progress
You can’t expect what you don’t inspect. It starts by looking at your current reality. Where is your money going now?
To find the answer, track your spending for a week or get our FinancialFreedomTool to get a complete view of your spending and to gain even more insights. In either case, look at your spending and ask: Does your spending reflect your priorities?
Living your best life means keeping an eye on the relationship between spending and priorities over time. It leads to BIGG success!
Spending not in sync with your life’s priorities? Emptiness.
Spending in harmony with your life’s priorities? Fulfillment.
Here’s to your BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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