When I tell people I don’t have a television, I’ll get comments like, “You must get a lot done.” Or I’ll get looks like, What rock do you live under? I’ve been offered at least one television a year for eight years.
I’m not advocating everyone giving up their television. (Having one per house, and not in the bedroom, maybe.) I am encouraging people to look at what they do with their time, and think of what they’d do if they had more time. What have you thought of giving up? (Gossip, swearing, smoking, sugar, fat, negative thinking. . .) What do you want to do? (Yoga, sing, read, water color paint, cook. . .) Don’t have time to cook a healthy, tasty dinner? Get the family involved in the activity. Husbands can shop. Teens can chop onions. Families can talk during dinner (oh, aren’t we glad we gave the television away!)
Here’s a six minute video about trying something new for 30 days. By the way, it takes 27 days for something to become a habit. Once a habit is formed, you’ll miss it if you break the pattern.
Some people set goals. Lots of them. It’s important to set goals, but when we don’t have laser-focus on the end result, we’re the ping-pong ball in the ocean. It’s better to have fewer, related goals. For instance, if you have financial goals that aren’t related, you may have too many thing you feel you need to save for, and may end up taking no action, or feeling you’ve lost the battle already, so why bother?
Set up to three goals in each area of life. Write them down and the theme of the three goals. A theme for instance, “My trip to Africa.” Write down what that means to you. Who, What, When, Where, Why, How. Who’s going – especially if you’re paying for them. What’s your plan – even if you’re a spontaneous backpacker, you’ve got to have enough put aside to allow you to keep back packing – do you plan to start in Africa, then travel around the world for a year? When’s the trip/event? – when’s the money going to be pulled? Where will you be traveling, moving, paying for a family member going to school, etc.? How will you save for the trip?
Describe it. Bring it alive to you. Have a picture of the item, experience, or someone you’re saving for in your wallet, or at your desk to remind you why you’re working the job you are, or not spending your money on something spontaneous. The picture will perk you up, and get you back into the mindset of your goal.