Using Visual Cues to Achieve Financial Goals

By | 2014-12-30T13:21:32+00:00 December 30th, 2014|Be Inspired, Learn|0 Comments

‘Tis the season for setting financial resolutions! Are you ready to make 2015 YOUR year of financial change?!? Are you feeling SUPER motivated right now? GREAT!!

Well, guess what? It’s likely a day will come in the next few weeks or months where you lose that superb motivation you’re currently feeling. One of the best ways to overcome this *hopefully* temporary setback is to create a series of visual cues that keep you on track.

Visual aids help to remind us how significant the cumulative effects of money are… how every $1 soon becomes $5 and how every $5 soon becomes $100. Maybe the mountain looks huge and terrifying right now but each step in the right direction gets us closer to conquering it! Here are just a few examples of visual aids that will help you to chip away at your financial goals this coming year. Which one will you create? Send me updated pics of your creations! Can’t wait to see them!

Cash is crucial to sticking to a daily or weekly spending budget for some. What does your cash envelope say or remind you of every time you use it?

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 1.13.44 PMI love this Disney savings jar idea from MommyofTwoLittleMonkeys.com – it could be used for any trip you’re trying to take. My nieces have an “Arizona Fund” so they can come visit from Michigan! 

disney jar

Great example of how LARGE a goal can feel (the size of an elephant) but it still needs be eaten one bite at a time!! This was shared with me by my good friend Gerald – he & his wife used this to get out of debt!! Go Gerald!

elephant

Sometimes saving toward one goal can make it so we easily forget just how far we’ve already come or how much we already have to be thankful for. This jar is a great example of reminding us each day to be thankful as we spread our wings. (If you know the source of this image, please share so I may give credit).

give thanks jar

Is your goal in 2015 to travel more or perhaps take one big trip? How about a GLOBE savings fund to keep you motivated?

globe jar

The thermometer concept is an effective and standard way to track your progress toward a financial goal- whether that’s paying off debt or hitting a savings target. YOU can do it! Keep it simple when creating it!

savings tracker

Talk about a big goal– $124K in debt to payoff!! If they can do it, you can do too! Remember- one step at a time!  (would love to credit this image as well so email me if you can help!)

thermometerFinally, another great tool is to create a vision board. The idea is simple – take a bunch of images that exemplify your future and what you see for yourself and put them all together on one board. Display it prominently in your office, bedroom, bathroom, etc. Just make sure you see it often as it helps you to focus on the “WHY” and the “FUTURE” aspect of your goals!

Cheers to the New Year and the New You!

~Kelsa

 

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