Having a lot of goals can sometimes feel overwhelming. But, if planned out realistically and strategically, all of your wellness goals can be worked toward and achieved together. It’s totally possible to pursue financial and physical wellness together.
When your energy is being spread in a few different directions (financial and physical wellness together), your goal completion timeframe may need to be adjusted. It’s totally realistic to lose 40 pounds in 10 months when that is the only goal you’re focused on.
But, if you want to lose 40 pounds AND save 3 months’ salary to your emergency fund, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment by keeping tight deadlines for both.
Determine how quickly you could reach each of these goals individually, then expand that timeframe by 25% to allow for hiccups along the way.
Find Common Habits
Constantly be on the lookout for new habits to develop that support both financial and physical wellness together. For example, canceling a weekly girls’ night out happy hour and instead trying out new hiking trails with your best friends.
You’ll save money by hiking on free trails; and replacing a heavy meal with some outdoors exercise will help with the weight loss goal!
Take Baby Steps
Be sure to start small.
The key to meeting any goal is to slowly work your way to the finish line. Follow the Slight Edge principle and simply begin by doing one small thing each day in support of each goal. Then, build on that over time.
Pursuing Financial and Physical Wellness Together Shouldn’t Add to Your Stress
Trying to do too much too quickly can often lead to burnout and overwhelm, causing all work toward important goals to stop altogether. Of course, this can lead you to feel discouraged and less likely to try again in the future.
If you have a strong desire to meet huge goals for your financial and physical wellness together, remember first and foremost to be patient with yourself. Give yourself a realistic timeframe for goal completion, and find ways to hit two birds with one stone along the way.
It’s possible to work toward both of these goals at once, but it is so important to be sure you’re not sacrificing your emotional wellbeing in the process.
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