Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: Goals Accountability Edition

There are some people out there (read: the minority) who have absolutely no trouble achieving and sustaining their goals, be it relationship goals, financial goals, career goals, or healthy behaviour goals.  There are other people out there who end up feeling guilty when they slip up their goals and then proceed to give up entirely on their goals.

This is the majority of people.

Writing down your goals is important to keep accountability for your self-identified goals.  Better yet, tell your friends about your goals.  They will help keep you accountable to your goals.

Behaviour change takes a lot of determination, a lot of persistence, and a lot of humility and self-forgiveness.  If you didn’t make it out for your morning jog, don’t beat yourself over it.  Doing so will just make you feel worse off about yourself and lead you to not want to commit to going out for another jog later in the week.

I found that this was the key difference to my sustained commitment to physical activity.  You really have to WANT to make the change and have to experience the benefits of the change.  For an entire year (all of 2012) I did pretty much nada physical activity.  Since I committed to myself to change my behaviour, I have been pretty consistent at either going for a 30 minute jog or an hour session of yoga on a three-times a week basis.  Since doing so, I have felt great (those endorphins are pretty powerful, I tell you) and this feeling has helped continue the behaviour change.

In summary, thinking it, saying it, and writing it down are the most important keys to goal setting and behaviour change.

Readers, how do you keep accountable for your goals?  What do you find is the best way to keep accountable?

PF Blog Love

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Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Achieving Goals on a Continuum – For the past three years, I’ve set some simple, yet on-going goals for myself: increase my credit score, ride my bike more, save a set amount and be debt-free. And each year I’m unhappy about not reaching them completely, but pat myself on the back for making some progress. What I’m realizing is that my goals are on a continuum.

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A Blinkin @ Funancials writes Where Will You Be When The Bond Bubble Bursts? – Over the last 30 years (since about 1980), interest rates have declined steadily. The inverse relationship between interest rates and bond prices means that – as interest rates fall, bond prices rise. This also means that – as interest rates rise, bond prices fall.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes Is Intel Corporation the Ultimate Value Trap for Investors? – Currently Intel is trading at 8.80 times earnings, yields 4.50% and has a sustainable distribution. Despite the ultra-low valuation, I am hesitant to pull the trigger on this one, due to my inability to determine whether Intel will be able to keep innovating and maintain profitability in the long run. Because of my inability to gauge whether tectonic shifts in technologies will impact the long-term picture for Intel, I will maintain a hold opinion on the stock.

krantcents @ KrantCents writes Progress Is Never a Straight Line! – Progress is forward movement toward a destination or goal. In education, changes are made often and the results are mixed! Have test scores increased from the changes? If they did, that would be progress. We need progress in everything we do. Business and your personal life are based on achieving goals.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Should You Relocate to Find a Job? – There are some great reasons to relocate and some really really bad ones. Make the move wisely and lessen the burden on your finances.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes Tracking Your Spending Will Change Your Life – If I could close my eyes and make one change in everyone’s finances I know what it would be. It wouldn’t be to have everyone pay off their debt.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Should I Tip The Housekeeper? – It’s a big holiday week in the United States with many of you off to some vacation destination to spend time in sun and fun or skiing away from dawn until

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Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes A Wacky Way to Create a New Career – Still, that game and reality show contestants are household names can help you launch a new career–if you win big.

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes Are Money and Success the Same Thing? – No, money and success are not the same thing.People need to stop defining themselves by their money or what it can buy them. Money and success are not the same.

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes 4 Ways Plow Your Way Out of Debt – If you find yourself deep in debt, you may feel hopeless, but know that you have the tools to get yourself out of debt and recover financially. Here are some steps to follow that can help you get out of debt quickly:

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes The Most Powerful Moves to Make With Your Money in Your 20s – Ah you got to love being in your 20s. Life is amazing. You can get away with anything….

Rachael @ Money & I writes Cloud of Poor Judgement – Here are some top tips on how to keep a level head in the New Year sales. Great ways to avoid over spending!

Buck Inspire @ Buck Inspire writes Avoid Finance Charges, Use AutoPay! – We work so hard for our income. Don’t let finance charges from not paying your bills on time eat away at your savings. Setup AutoPay in a minute and don’t worry about it again.

Peter @ Bible Money Matters writes Set Realistic Goals for the New Year by Looking Back at What You Accomplished – Often, the most important way to look forward is to first look back. Where have you been? What have you accomplished in 2012? You may feel that you haven’t accomplished much, but that likely isn’t true. While you may not have accomplished what you would have liked, you have likely accomplished a portion of it.

Joe @ Retire By 40 writes A Little Active Income Goes A Long Way In Early Retirement – While passive income is good, you’ll most likely have to get creative if you want to retire by 40. Most people won’t be able to generate enough passive income by this age so it’s good to generate some active income to bridge the gap to full retirement.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor writes Avoid Student Loans Like the Plague – Student debt can put a real damper on your ability to build wealth. Use these 6 tips to avoid student loans all together, or to keep the principle you borrow as low as possible.

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6 Responses to Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: Goals Accountability Edition

  1. Many thanks for including me. Blogging has been the best way for me to stay accountable for my savings and goals. I like getting other people’s input and it’s sometimes hard to get unbiased input from friends and family when you’re talking about personal finance.

  2. I agree 100% that you need to write down your goals in order to star accountable. Otherwise, it’s easy to forget them. With them written down and always around you, you will never forget about them and will constantly work hard at achieving them.

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