#8. I am an intentional goal achiever! This week I will set and/or review my intentional goals.
Each week I’m reporting here on my personal experience in implementing my 52 Intentional Affirmations. These are designed to help us be more intentionally mindful of the impact our intentions have on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life. (Click Here to start work on your own 52 Intentional Affirmations).
Most people who know me would more than likely affirm that I set and pursue intentional aspirational goals.
This week’s affirmation was perfectly timed as it aligned with Liz and my half yearly review with our financial adviser.
I’m not sure about you, however for Liz and I, the value we’ve received from our financial adviser has been, well… life changing.
The key of course is to find a financial adviser who is not locked into the paradigm of their value being in their financial advice – of course, that’s important, but what’s really important to any of us as clients of financial advisers, is their intention and skill at helping us to gain clarity about what we want to have (the things we want to possess that money can and can’t buy), what we want to do (the things that we want to do that money can and can’t buy) and who we want to be (how acquiring what we want and doing what we want to do will be aligned with who we are and how we want to represent ourselves to the world).
So this week, Liz and I have reviewed our intentional aspirational goals and have also set some new ones.
The research on goal setting and the positive benefits it has on our well-being is extensive, and I still find it confusing as to why so many people don’t set and pursue intentional aspirational goals. There seems to be this reality void – an evidential disconnect – or maybe it’s just a lazy apathetic belief based on fear of failure… well, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but I do find it hard to understand how goal setting, which is a basically simple process, seems beyond the capacity or priority for many people.
If we’re not setting and pursuing intentional aspirational goals, as aspirational goal seeking beings, something in our life will always be missing.
This week as Liz and I continued our planning for our trip to France next year to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary (I know… pretty cool huh!), it became really obvious to both of us that there is so much joy (and the occasional frustration) to be gained in simply doing the planning, the researching and the discussions about what we will be doing.
This is key to why the pursuit of intentional aspirational goals is so good for us. As we increase our sense of excitement for goal achievement (whatever it is we’re aiming for), our commitment to achieving it increases, and as our commitment to achieving it increases, we are more attuned to discovering opportunities, relationships, and other means to help us on our way.
If it’s been a while since you revisited your own intentional aspirational goals, perhaps this is a timely reminder for an intentional call to action.
Happy goal setting, and by the way, if you don’t have a financial adviser – one who focuses on helping you clarify and work toward achieving an intentionally happy, flourishing and prosperous life, I’d recommend you start looking for one immediately.