“Tell me what you want, what you really, really want.” The Spice Girls
Here's where you dip into your bucket list and head for Alaska, or make your plan for something equally important, such as a wedding or your daughter's education. Have fun and take your time.
Take it step by step
People sometimes overlook how the small things add up to a big plan. Instead of being overwhelmed by the castle in front of you, see how it's made up of individual bricks. Mountaineers don't make bigger strides as they conquer Everest, they just make more of them. Slow and easy can still convert big goals into reality.
You can clear the way first by simplifying your finances, to prepare for the next step. Creating an effective budget, consolidating your debts and tax effective salary packaging are other ways you can get a handle on what you can achieve, and make your goal real. Even the simplest things can make a difference. Try putting every $5 bill you come across in a jar and see how quickly relatively small amounts can add up.
Give your big plan a name
Things often feel more real when we name them, such as our pets, and even our cars. Giving your plans and goals a name helps to bring them to life. It's easy to stick an Alaska Fund label on your $5 jar or savings account. You can also use My AMP to manage and track your goals as you go. It's also an idea to have an end date in mind, so you can keep to – or adapt – your plan.
Don't be shy, tell the world
One way to help realise a goal is to tell people about your plan. As well as reinforcing your commitment, you might unearth advice from someone you trust who has done something similar and help you on your way. Nothing beats the voice of experience.
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