An Exercise for every Financial Professional
Take a Pen and Pad. I am waiting. Now sit down and write down the following questions.
- What are the Top 3 reasons you wake up every morning? Yes, you can call this your goals. One of the reasons can also be your PURPOSE (why were you born?). You do not need to deep dive into Purpose if you are not clear about it but at least write down your 3 goals or reasons you wake up every morning.
I am waiting. Take your time.
- Now, write down the Top 3 distractions preventing you from achieving these goals.
The beauty of the above 2 questions is that you can do this for any goal or set of goals.
Let us say one of your goals is to Sleep for 8 hours so that you are fresh and energetic in the morning. What are the Top 3 distractions that are preventing you from achieving this TODAY? Let us say one of them is TV at night, you can now make a conscious decision to switch off the TV 1 hour early and go to bed. This is not Sacrificing but taking a Conscious Decision. When we feel we have sacrificed, we tend to go back to the older habits because sacrificing all the time is difficult. However, if you have taken a conscious decision, you now do not view this as a sacrifice but something that is a necessary ingredient to fulfil your goals.
Try this exercise. I would love to hear your experiences.