“Put Verbs In Your Sentences”
I have heard Dr. Phil say this phrase many times on his popular daytime television show.
I look forward to this point in the show because the viewer can finally hear what his “prescription” is for the guest that day.
These statements generally contain actionable verbs that the guest can start accomplishing immediately. Yeah!
Action verbs by definition are “expressions of physical or mental action“.
Doesn’t this sound about right?
You need both physical and mental action when it comes down to setting those goals AND eventually conquering them.
Today, I am going to give you some ideas on how you can start using actionable verbs to start making action plans.
I will finish up the discussion by providing two ways to keep you on track while you work towards the goals that you set for yourself.
Turn Action Verbs Into An Action Plan
What changes do you wish to see in your life?
“I want more cash in savings.”
“I want to lose weight.”
“I want a higher paying job.”
Deciding what you want is merely a starting point, though it is important.
Unfortunately, this is where many people stop planning.
The only thing more important than “what” is “how”.
Decide what is needed in order to succeed with that goal that you have set for yourself.
Put action verbs in your sentences.
Once you have a logical sequence of “action sentences”, put them together to make an “action plan”.
This invaluable tool will make a huge difference when the time comes to start toward your ultimate goal.
It proves to you that the goal is attainable because you can see the progression from concept to completion.
At this point, all that is left for you to do is the act – following your plan one step at a time!
You can apply that same mindset to whatever you are seeking to accomplish by finding a way for it to be productive.
Here are a few actionable sentences from various situations:
- I am going to work out 3 days a week in 30-minute intervals.
- I will go to the library 3 times this week to study for a minimum of 20 hours.
- I am going to deposit 20% of my next 3 paychecks into savings.
Do you notice how specific these statements are? It’s as though you are leaving no wiggle room. That’s what you want!
Let’s move on and look at a plan in action…
Applying An Action Plan To Your Goals
Let’s take a look at planning from a financial perspective. Of course, you can apply these tactics to any goal that you hope to accomplish in life.
Let’s say you jotted down some of your saving goals.
“Save $10k this year for an emergency fund.”
“Max out my 401k at work for retirement.”
“Save a down payment for a new place.”
Ok, this is a good start!
Let’s turn them into actionable sentences.
“Save $10k by putting away $833.33/month in savings to be completed by 12/31/2018.”
“Max out my 401k for 2018 by increasing my contribution to 20% for the first 10 months and 30% for the last two months.”
“Save $30k by moving $1,250/month to a CD account for the next 24-month period.”
Now let’s create that action plan!
Here is what you can start with:
Here’s an example taking from one of the saving goals from earlier:
Along with setting an action plan, ensure success by continually checking in to keep yourself on track.
Furthermore, seeing progress and ticking off steps can provide significant motivation to continue.
Here is how I monitor my savings goal. My process includes documenting the progress each month and having a chart to showcase where I am in the grand scheme of meeting my goals. I can also make minor adjustments when I realize that I am over or under my target for the month.
This plays a huge factor in motivating me. In prior years, I have set sizeable goals because I know my short-term initiatives correlate to long-term successes.
Making use of a simple action plan can do wonders for setting, maintaining, and accomplishing your goals.
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Give Yourself Options
Let’s review two options you can use to keep yourself aligned with conquering your goal.
#1. Find An Accountability Partner
You decide who or what you would like to utilize to keep yourself accountable while you work on achieving your goals. Is it a friend, spouse, sister, journal, fitness tracker – you decide!
What keeps me accountable is my husband. He is the closest person to me and knows how I operate. He knows when I am unmotivated and can use some help. If I ask him to help me be accountable, I can rest assured that he will do that.
You may have a friend that helps you stay accountable for the food that you eat. I have seen plenty of bloggers that I follow literally have their friend smack a piece of bread out of their hand.
This is in an effort to cut down on the carbs! Too funny. Find something or someone who can be that for you, and you are well on your way.
#2. Implement Reward Systems
I’m all for providing a reward system to make it all the more enticing to continue working towards a goal.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it!
Believe me, that is the only way I was able to get through studying for a 4-part certification exam. I rewarded myself each time I passed each test AND even when I thought I failed.
I remember after taking my second to the last test, I walked right out of the testing center and rolled right over to the mall. I needed retail therapy that day. Btw – I did end up passing the test.
We’ve all been there. Maybe you can relate to eating within the calorie intake for the week, but being a bit more lax on the food choices during the weekends. It’s quite alright to “YOLO it up”, but the catch is that you have to realign yourself after making those choices.
That being said, be flexible in working towards the end goal and reward yourself along the way.
Remember, use action verbs in your sentences. Then utilize an action plan to give yourself specific, measurable, and time-based goals.
Don’t give up when the going gets tough. Buck up and find an accountability partner that will help motivate you and make sure to reward yourself along the way!
Suffice to say, because of mindful decisions throughout the year and an actionable plan, goals that you set for yourself can be met and even exceeded.
There are multiple ways you can be motivated to start adhering to a plan, but it’s up to you to take the first step.
These concepts may seem elementary, but sometimes writing and mapping it out makes it real. If you manage to reach your goal, do one thing first: celebrate!
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Have you had problems setting money goals because you are not putting action verbs in your sentences? If this post makes you want to start; please comment below. I would love to hear from you.