Tracy and I met at Panera Bread for breakfast and strategic business planning this week. Nothing fuels my creative juices like Honey Walnut Cream Cheese slathered over a bagel.
As we discussed potential topics for upcoming radio shows and blog posts, Tracy once again brought up the subject of goals and goal setting. Suddenly the Honey Walnut juices began to drain from my brain. If you are new to Clutter Interrupted you might not know that Tracy is the professional organizer. The more to the left brain, critical thinking, goal-setting gal. I, on the other had am the clutter free wanna be. The more to the right brain, I-hate-goal-setting gal. I am so glad we balance each other out.
I enjoy setting business goals and making plans for the future of Clutter Interrupted; however, I am not a fan of setting goals for myself. I have set many goals playing and coaching sports for much of my life. I have reached a lot and fell short of a lot. I see their value. Commitment to goals is essential to success or growth in all areas of life. Maybe it’s the “all-in” commitment I want to avoid. I wanna do what I wanna do. Maybe it’s a “thing” you go through in your 40’s. 🙂
Ken Blanchard, world renown management expert and best-selling author of The One Minute Manager says this about commitment.
“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
― Kenneth H. Blanchard
Even though Tracy and I had laughed about our differences when it comes to goals, I still feel a little guilty when the subject gets discussed. Then it occurred to me. I am committing to a major goal everyday when it comes to my budget! My budget is a goal.
Why is this such a shift in thinking for me? I even went back and read my first post about my budget. You can read it here. I use the word goal once when referring to financial goals my husband and I have set together.
My budget or goal (there, I used it) is to only spend the cash I have for a two week period. My goal is not to use my bank debit card or credit cards except for planned purchases my husband and I agree upon.
I have been successfully achieving this goal for more than a month. (I’m typing this with one hand as I pat myself on the back.) Budgets and goals should be realistic for you to achieve, not based on what others are doing. This does not mean a goal shouldn’t be uncomfortable at some level. You should be stretching yourself to grow in an area whether it’s finances, getting in shape or growing a business.
My budget is simple. It could be more specific, it could be separated into spending categories…it could be…it could be…it could be…I don’t care. It’s working for me now. Just don’t tell me it’s a goal.