When we first get fired up about doing well with our finances or our marriage or any other area of our life we are willing to do crazy stuff to make it happen. We are willing to really stretch our comfort zone. We will go to counseling, do crazy stuff to save or earn money, eat like a rabbit to lose weight and do crazy exercises to get fit.
The problem with comfort zones is they shrink back to the old ways if we don’t continue to set new goals and do the crazy stuff it takes to reach them. Before we know it we’re eating our savings again, we’re not communicating well in our marriage, and we’re not making it to the gym nearly as often. The habits have drifted back towards where we started.
Goals and accountability make the difference – written goals that are in front of us somewhere so we see them all the time, and someone to nudge us to say, “How are you doing reaching that goal?”. Sometimes the accountability is a spouse but sometimes it’s better for there to be some outside accountability as well.
I’m planning to start being more transparent with my goals on this site. I’ve seen how my friend Joe has done it with his house payoff goal, and how the guy at MyMoneyBlog has done it to build net worth. There are some things that are not even financial that I have ways to track and measure that maybe I should be more transparent about and that stuff will start showing up on here.
What are some things you could start doing and tracking to get out of your comfort zone and work harder towards your goals?