Personal Challenges & Habit Formation

This blog has always been finance and investment related, and I never shared much on the personal front. However, I figured I will share some of my personal goals that I have struggled with & achieved so far in 2018 — just because its something that I have been reading & thinking a lot about recently and find it interesting.

My major personal goal for 2018 was related to habits (and habit formation). Over the years, I had fallen into some bad habits while letting go of the good ones; so I am making a conscientious effort to change things one month at a time.

Lot of these challenges are focused on health. Something that I haven’t shared before on this blog is my interest in health. After finances, health is my biggest passion. As I get older (in late 30s now), I am reminded that I need to clean up my act and lead a healthier lifestyle if I want to enjoy the later years of my life.

I like to set myself monthly challenges because I figure whatever new things I want to try, I can work & struggle through them for one month. After the month is over, I can look back & re-evaluate on whether I want to keep the new habit going or discard it. This feedback step is crucial in habit formation. I used to follow this model years ago, but had stopped over the past 3-4 years. Continue reading

Goals for 2018

A new year and new set of goals/target to set. A new year is a good time to dwell on goals to set — not just financial but also personal and professional goals. To make steady progress on a regular basis requires determination, patience and of course a target in mind. Setting and writing down goals and working towards them are one of the best ways to make progress. As far as financial goals go, the long term goal still remains the same — achieve financial independence that will provide us with more freedom to do what we want out of life. Following are the goals that I am setting for 2018.

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Goals for 2017

A new year and new set of goals/target to set. Lately, I’ve been dwelling on goals to set — not just financial but also personal and professional goals. To make steady progress on a regular basis requires determination, patience and of course a target in mind. Setting and writing down goals and working towards them are one of the best ways to make progress. As far as financial goals go, the long term goal still remains the same — achieve financial independence that will provide us with more freedom to do what we want out of life. Following are the goals that I am setting for 2017.

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Goals for 2016

The year 2015 is almost over and as we wrap up and look back at the year that was, a question always emerges on the horizon – What Next? As investors, we all want to achieve financial independence and build our income stream so that we may have the freedom of choice to do what we want. To make steady progress on a regular basis requires determination, patience and of course a target in mind. This is where goals come in. Setting and writing down goals and working towards them are one of the best ways to make progress. Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking about setting financial goals and setting targets. Following are the goals that I am setting for 2016.

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Setting Financial Goals

As the year wraps up and the new one approaches, it is common to see everyone setting their annual goals. While there are always some goals that each one of us wants to achieve – for e.g., financial goals may include earn more, save more, invest and grow nest egg more etc, I want to take this time to reflect on some things to keep in mind when setting financial goals.

Goal setting can be a great way to achieve success in life. Of course there are exceptions to the rule – and depends on each individual’s commitment, personality, ability and other uncontrollable circumstances. But something that is highlighted a lot in media is to set SMART goals. SMART is a mnemonic acronym standing for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-related. A lot has been written about SMART goals and I will not try to repeat things here – but I encourage you to read up and think about this as a goal setting measure.

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