Planning for Your Future #WomenInspired

One of my favorite things I took part in this month was The Great Girlfriends x DiMe Takeover. If you don’t already know, The Great Girlfriends are two fabulous ladies whose weekly podcasts dive into issues that women face throughout their lives — whether they’re relationship, financial or career-oriented, they cover it all. The takeover consisted of Prudential’s goal to empower women to take control of their financial, personal and professional well-being.

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Aside from the podcast hosts, Sybil Amuti and Brandi Daniel, the takeover consisted of a slew of educated and powerful women whose experiences in the professional world go beyond what many of us would consider average. From Sheri Riley’s tale of how she overcame her obstacles and wrote her book (“Stop spending 100% of your time on 10% of who you are,” was my favorite takeaway from her animated lecture) to Christina Schelling’s incredible stories of finding yourself, while still remaining yourself (“Being a boss does not mean being bossy”), there was something for everyone.

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The lecture inspired me (the hashtag was #WomenInspired after all) to think about how I’m planning for my own future. Being a first-generation American, I grew up knowing that investing in my future was the most important and helpful thing I could do for myself. Whether it’s about setting spending goals, or creating a delayed gratification relationship with how I invest in say, a pair of shoes, its important to have a conversation with yourself and see where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years and so on, and how you’re preparing for it.

Christina  said it best: Be bold, take risks. But be smart about it. Use the things that make you stand out and make you unique to your advantage.

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For me, setting goals is what keeps me focused. Having a plan for where I want to be keeps me leveled and stops me from making bad decisions or investments. My steps consist of:

  • Naming the goal.
  • Working toward the goal.
  • Refraining from rewarding myself before the goal is reached.
  • Once the goal is reached, evaluate my actions to see how I can improve next time around.

 

How do you work toward your goals? What has consistently worked in the past in keeping you focused?

 

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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