Are there some major goals or projects you’ve always wanted to complete, but it’s never been the ‘right time’?
Whether it’s a big goal (buy a house, have a child or go back to school) or a smaller goal (drink more water, lose 5 lb., or run my first 5km race), it’s hard to find the extra time to make these goals happen.
You’re preachin’ to the choir! Or, well…at least to me.
I think I’ve found a solution.
Last month, when I went to San Diego for an event hosted by Amy Porterfield, I was given The Freedom Journal. If you’re into the online entrepreneur world, you’ve likely heard of John Lee Dumas. He launched the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast in which he interviews a different entrepreneur daily. Every single day! He’s a go-getter, and he learned that action comes from planning and accountability. So, he created The Freedom Journal.
The Freedom Journal is an accountability partner that encourages you to set and complete your #1 goal in 100 days.
I thought long and hard about how I want to use this journal. I could complete a business goal, a fitness goal, a family goal. But I wanted to tackle an attainable goal that would move toward a positive financial future.
My Freedom Journal goal?
To eliminate $2,000 of debt.
Why $2,000? I wanted to make it a bigger number, but not so big that I’d freeze with fear. Also, the journal outlines that you have to create a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time specific). It forces you to get super specific. So rather than say, I want to pay off debt, I had to get specific about the amount of debt and how I’m going to eliminate it.
There are ways that I can deliver on this goal, and the Freedom Journal includes 10-day sprints to ensure you take small steps to tackle the goal (could I use the word, goal, any more?!).
Here are my top three things I’ll do in my first 10-day sprint:
- Purchase a financial book related to money mindset. (Check: I’ve already done this and ordered Denise Duffield-Thomas’ book, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch),
- Look over the past three months of personal spending to track habits (ewww), and
- Get an extra contract job and put that money directly toward debt.
I’m on Day 4, and while it makes me sweat a little, I’m excited for the challenge. To add to it, the book is a twice-daily journaling process, which forces you to write down what you’re grateful for, look at the day’s successes and challenges and note any musings/lessons learned. It’s a great exercise to practise gratitude, stay focused and be actionable.
The concept of the 100-day goal makes so much sense and the book is the perfect tool to keep me focused. If you’re looking to take actionable steps toward a long-term goal (I think this would be amazing for writing a book, training for a half marathon, and cleaning out your house), then check out The Freedom Journal.
I’ll do some check-ins on The Freedom Journal process – here’s to another 96 days!
Question: If you could pick one goal to complete in 100 days, what would it be?