A lot of us start the New Year by setting resolutions based on goals we’ve been meaning to get around to achieving. You know the goals I am talking about: “I will lose weight,” or “I will save more money.” Unfortunately, every year, many of us lose track of such goals quickly because something derails us from committing. We have to ask ourselves: is this a goal that we really value and want to attain, or is it a goal because it is something we have been told we “should” do? The “should” goals don’t work a lot of the time because we don’t have the personal “buy in” that is needed to commit to change and actually make the goal a reality.
Then there are the times when our good nature is exploited by people around us. Are you the “go to” person when another donation is needed or when an event needs a chairperson? Everyone knows you will say “yes,” so they continue to ask, and you continue to feel more and more stretched and taken advantage of.
If you recognize either of these scenarios, you are not alone. There are many reasons why things like this may happen, but there is one solution we’d like to propose: craft one for yourself.
At a recent Women’s Circle participants learned how to craft a personal financial policy to have an established framework to rely on when it comes time to make decisions when you’re stressed, conflicted, or tempted.