“We should never let reality interfere with our dreams.
Reality can’t see what we can see.” —Simon Sinek
Goals are targets—something to aim for. They give life a sense of purpose and direction. In addition, setting goals is a proactive way of designing your life, initiating positive change, and preparing for the future. (more…)
In his book Getting Things Done, author David Allen wrote, “We know that the focus we hold in our minds affects what we perceive and how we perform.”
Therefore, as you visualize the lifestyle and quality of life that you would like to have in the future, always remember that the secret to realizing your dreams is to maintain that image in your mind.
In fact, the greater your understanding of what is important to you, the easier it will be to “paint a picture” in your mind of what you are working toward. Whatever you identify and claim for yourself will become the basis for your life goals. (more…)
In the past, the transition to retirement has been viewed solely as an economic event. As a result, the focus of retirement planning has always been on building a nest egg.
In The Late-Start Investor, author John Wasik recommends discarding this obsolete view in favor of a “flexible life plan that provides for financial, vocational, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.” He explains, “Unless you look at your future holistically, merely saving up a pile of money will be a meaningless act.” (more…)
Because life expectancy has increased dramatically since the turn of the 20th century, your most important challenge and opportunity is to make the most of your “bonus” years. Therefore, as you proactively prepare for life as an older adult, resolve to not only live longer, but to live better as well.
In their bestselling book Successful Aging, John Rowe, M.D. and Robert Kahn, Ph.D. documented the results of ten years of ground breaking research on aging. As a result of their exhaustive investigation, the authors concluded that there are three main components of successful aging: (more…)
Do you desire to be rich? The word “rich” can be defined as “possessing great material wealth,” and it can also be defined as that which is “abundant, meaningful, and significant.” Therefore, which kind of wealth do you desire the most? Do you want to experience a life of riches or a rich life?
Author Pamela York asks a similar question that is reflected in the title of her book, How Much is Enough? She writes, “The question is deceptively simple, but the answer is critical to integrating money with other aspects of your life and finding happiness.” (more…)
Failing to reach our personal and financial goals can be both frustrating and disheartening. And, to make matters worse, we often realize that we are our own worst enemies when it comes to sabotaging our dreams.
However, research has shown that we can dramatically increase our rate of success by first determining a meaningful and internally motivated “why” for each of our goal pursuits.
Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is a model of human motivation that is concerned with supporting our natural or intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. This widely accepted model was initially developed by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan, psychology professors at the University of Rochester, and is now researched and practiced around the world. (more…)