Put Action Verbs In Your Sentences

“Put Verbs In Your Sentences”

Dr. Phil says this phrase many times on his popular daytime television show.

These statements contain actionable verbs that the guest can start accomplishing immediately.

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 to setting AND conquering goals.

Today, get ideas on how you can start using actionable verbs to start making action plans.

To wrap up, I’ll give you two ways to stay on track while working towards your goals.

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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.

The only thing more important than “what” is “how”.

Decide the steps needed in order to succeed with your goal.

Be specific.

Put action verbs in your sentences. 

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Once you have a logical sequence of “action sentences”, put them together to make an “action plan”.

This invaluable tool will help you see the progression from concept to completion.

At this point, all that is left to do is ACT – follow your plan one step at a time!

You can apply that same mindset to whatever you are seek to accomplish.

Here are a few actionable sentences from various situations:

  • I’m going to work out 3 days a week in 30-minute intervals.
  • I’ll go to the library 3 times this week to study for a minimum of 20 total hours.
  • I’m 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.

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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 12/31/2020.”

“Max out my 401k for 2020 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:

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Here’s an example taking from one of the saving goals from earlier:

  1. My goal is to save $10,000.
  2. I plan to attain this goal by adding $833.33 to savings by the end of each month.
  3. This goal will commence on 1/1/2020 and conclude on 12/31/2020.

Along with setting an action plan, ensure success by continually checking in to keep yourself on track.

Visualizing progress and ticking off steps can provide significant motivation to continue.

Try a simple action plan 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

Decide who/what will keep you accountable.

Is it a friend, spouse, sister, journal, fitness tracker – you decide!

You may have a friend that helps you stay accountable with your food intake.

I have seen plenty of bloggers 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’re well on your way.

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#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!

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 and reward yourself along the way.

Related article: Money Mindset: Conquer Your Financial Goals

Let’s Review


  • Use action verbs in your sentences.
  • Utilize an action plan to create specific, measurable, and time-based goals.
  • Find an accountability partner that will help motivate you.
  • 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.

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.


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2 Comments

  • Callen

    I know many people (especially those from office environments) are going to roll their eyes when I say this, but what you just outlined is how to make a SMART goal! SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

    Within the world of personal finance, this SMART goal is exactly the mindset one needs to have to make headway in savings. How many times have we all told ourselves “I’m going to save more”? That is as good as useless. Save more than what? How much more should it be? How quickly do I expect to achieve this? Most importantly, how will I do it? When you mentioned action verbs, you hit the nail on the head! This is exactly what people need to see.

    • Full-time Dollars

      Hey Callen,

      I know exactly what you are referring to in terms of SMART goals. If you break it down it can be a difficult process depending on what you’re actually doing. When it comes to managing money, it varies on your situation, but utilizing the SMART goal mindset will benefit you regardless.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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