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3 Benefits of Setting Goals

Life Goals & Milestones
Mental Health

Goals motivate, inspire, and challenge. They hold your attention, keep you moving forward, and contribute positively to life in many ways. But I’d like to focus on three benefits we get automatically when we set goals.

Hello there! It’s Diane.
I hope you’ve been having a good week. Have you? Ok, get ready because I’m winding up for
one of the curveballs I like to throw.
How would you know if you’ve been having a good week or not?
Would your conclusion be based on how you feel about it? (Oh, I hope not.) Or even worse, how
other people feel about it? (Don’t do that to yourself!)
Look, feelings are great. I love watching movies that give me All. The. Feels. But the problem is
that in real life feelings don’t tell us much. And sometimes, they don’t even tell us the truth.
Have you ever felt like everything was just fine, and then found out that it wasn’t? Or have you
ever felt like your whole world was circling the drain because something didn’t go the way you’d
hoped? Maybe it was just time to move on. (Trust me, he didn’t deserve you. Eat something.)
That’s why goals are important.
Goals motivate, inspire, and challenge. They hold your attention, keep you moving forward, and
contribute positively to life in many ways. But I’d like to focus on three benefits we get
automatically when we set goals.
First, goals give us clarity. When we set a goal and begin to work toward it, we know exactly
where we are—regardless of how we feel. We don’t need to take our temperature, consult other
people, or read tea leaves to find out if we had a good week, month, or year. All we have to do is
look at the progress we’ve made toward reaching the goal we set. It’s measurable. You can see
exactly how your actions helped you to achieve your goals—or not. And the data doesn’t lie.
Second, goals can strengthen—or reset—your life’s priorities. We all save, spend, and invest
in what’s important to us. Your money goals are one way to keep your focus on your priorities.
Want to retire early, or start your own business? Make it your goal. Want to buy a boat? A bigger
house? Make it your goal. Of course, priorities can change as our lives do. The boat may not be
as important to you if your dad’s health is declining, and your parents aren’t quite able to handle
their new reality all on their own. But we can always set new goals, ones that keep up with the
changing priorities in our lives.
Third, I’m here to help you reach the goals you set. Goals aren’t meant to be a motivational
ticket to nowhere. Remind me to tell you about how I flew all night to four different cities all
over the country just to get home. (Ok, I just told you.) But reaching a goal doesn’t just
“happen.” You need practical and efficient ways to achieve the goals you set. And that’s why

I—Diane Money—am here. Sure, I can help you set goals for yourself. But I can also help you
reach them. And by now, you know where to find me.
Remember who loves you, ;-)
--Diane

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