Have you ever set out to save money…just for the sake of saving money?
The modern era’s obsession with goal-setting, productivity, and efficiency teaches us that the best way to save is to set our sights on something.
Once we have a concrete image of what we want—a house, a car, a boat, a long vacation—saving is supposed become increasingly easy.
And most often it does—validating this approach. But from personal experience, I can tell you that it’s not always clear what we want (or if it is, what we want first).
This is a dangerous place to be in because not having a clear goal might actually stop you from saving. After all, why save if there’s no reason to?
These days, I make sure there’s at least a portion of my stash dedicated to saving for saving’s sake. We call it “Future Savings Goals,” but any name will do, really.
Because new and exciting savings goals do come up. And when they do, it’s incredibly motivating to start them off with a healthy influx of cash. (It might also turn out that you’ll need it right away!)
If you lack savings goals and it’s holding you back, break the fast and start saving again. Sooner or later, you’re bound to find something worthy of saving for!
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