Some of us want to get out of debt. Some of us want a better career. Some of us are shooting for financial independence. Some of us would be content to get all the bills paid at the end of the month.
Most of us want something. Most of us want change from where we are right now.
But we want it to be easy. We don’t want to let go of the comforts of our current life. It’s certainly a lot easier – and more enjoyable on many levels – to just keep going through the same routines, doing the same actions, and subscribing to the same ideas.
It’s certainly tough for me, even now. It’s always easier to step into my old routine, to coast. I wake up. I write. I read and answer email. I do some household tasks. I play with my kids. I spend some time with my wife. I go to sleep.
Sure, I can keep that routine. It’s easy. But if I stick with that same old routine, I don’t get to the places I want to go. I want to be financially independent. I want to write and publish fiction. I want to have a bigger emergency fund. I want to have a third child.
I even have plans to get to those places.
The problem usually is acting on those plans when it’s so much easier to stick with our same old routines, our same old beliefs, and our same old life management strategies.
It all boils down to one question.
What are you doing today to make your big goals a reality?
Today. Not tomorrow. Not in six months. Today.
I’ve put a Post-It note on the top of my monitor, a narrow yellow strip that simply says what am I doing today to reach fi? It’s the only such note on my monitor, and the bright yellow stands out sharply from the surroundings. My eyes are drawn to it several times each day.
And then I look around for something new I can try. Something I can do differently.
I seek out new avenues of frugality – and then I get up and try them. I try to think of new ways to earn money online without undermining my writing (which means trying to keep the ads at a reasonable minimum). I work on interesting article ideas that will draw readers and make them think and make them talk.
Most importantly, I try to look beyond the simple rules of thumb that guide so much of my life. Are those rules of thumb really accurate, or is there something useful and valuable hidden behind the curtain?
It’s hard to change. It’s hard to discard ideas and routines and habits that seem familiar.
But if you’re completely unwilling to make that kind of change, you’re going to have an extremely difficult time reaching the goals you have in life.