Money Motivation

Finding Motivation for your Money Goals

Today is #MondayMotivation in the world of hashtags.  For this reason, I was looking on Pinterest this morning for a motivational quote to share. Notably, as I was looking at the categories under motivational quotes it struck me – there isn’t a money category. There are motivational quotes for Mondays, health, relationships, career, school and every other area of life. But not money.  Perhaps the negative connotation of being motivated by money is the reason it’s not there. However, when it comes to budgeting, savings, investing, or getting out of debt, I can’t think of a category that needs motivation more than money! Indeed, to progress towards our goals, we need motivation.

Motivational quotes that apply to money

However, I did find motivational goals applicable to personal finances.

One day or day one. You decide. tweet

Don’t stop until your proud. tweet

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. tweet

A little progress each day adds up to big results. tweet

It takes more than a good quote to get motivated

Yes, there are dozens of motivational quotes that apply to money. However, motivation takes more than a good quote. And lasting motivation comes from within (internally) not without (externally). Sure we may be motivated to buy the next shiny thing available, but after awhile we recognize that doesn’t motivate us any longer. The thought of happiness is why we chased after them, but over time we realize they don’t make us happy. The internal things that motivate us are things like peace, joy, love for ourselves and those important in our lives, generosity and the opportunity to enjoy positive experiences and create positive memories.

Given that we spend so much time making S.M.A.R.T. goals, shouldn’t we spend equal time reflecting on why they are meaningful (aka our motivation)? After all S.M.A.R.T goals ensure that our goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive but leave out the most important thing – motivation!

Grab your journal; it’s your turn to grow

Take a few moments and reflect on your financial goals. Spend some time pondering and journaling the answers to the following questions.

  1. How would (insert financial goal) increase the peace in my life? How would more peace impact my health, my relationships, my work?
  2. How would (insert financial goal) increase the joy I experience in my life? How would more joy impact my health, my relationships, my work?
  3. Why is (insert financial goal) meaningful to me? How would that improve my health, my relationships, my work?

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