What Are Your Financial Goals?

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In his book, The Wealthy Barber, David Chilton introduces us to the average Canadians goals.  I suspect those goals would not exclude most Americans.  Here is what Chilton says:

“ We all share pretty much the same goals – an annual vacation, a nice car, a comfortable home, a cottage, early retirement, the ability to give our children what they need and want … and baseball season’s tickets.  These are the average Canadian’s goals.”

We live in a goal oriented society and that is great.  But, just be sure you are working for your own goals, not someone else’s.

I have previously mentioned that Biblical finances do differ from personal finances.  In that post I mentioned Christian’s goals should differ.  Do your goals differ?  How?

Make sure your goals include spiritual statements, not just numbers:

  • Focus your goals on allowing God to best utilize your resources rather than just simply how much you can accumulate.
  • Consider making it a goal to increase your giving.  Pray about something like the graduated tithe.
  • Contrary to everything I have read on goal setting, make some general goals.  For example, I want to be content with my income.  I want to be at peace with my financial situation.  I want to accept the things I have as enough.

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain Kahlil Gibran. Quoted here.

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