One of my favorite blogs is written by Seth Godin. Today, there is a really interesting short video on curiosity. I really connected with this video, and I think it fits in well with all of our 101 goals projects. The point of the 101 goals in 1001 days project is to be curious and to get what we want out of life. I think this video effectively makes us think about why it’s important to be curious and the consequences of what happens if we choose to not be curious.
I read a second blog article yesterday from Zen Habits on defeating resistance. I think this ties in well with Seth Godin’s video. Both have made me question WHY I haven’t moved forward on some of my goals. Today, I’m doing my best to keep these in mind, and just do things. I followed Leo’s advice from Zen Habits, and printed out a paper for my desk that says “Defeat Resistance.” I hope this provides the constant reminder I need to move forward with a few things I have been afraid to move forward with. I think I’ve realized that a few of my goals I haven’t completed yet because I’m afraid of what will happen if I do. I might actually be successful, I might have more things to do, and I might have more responsibilities. I need to move ahead and discover in myself how to defeat these resistances in order to fulfill things I want in my own life.
One of my favorite blogs, Cash Money Life, has put out a challenge to make a 2008 financial resolution. I think this is a great idea to keep people motivated about their financial goals. As part of my overall 101 goals project, I’d like to highlight two things I’d like to accomplish for 2008 – and they won’t be put off until later in my 101 goals project!
1. Pay down my undergraduate student debt by $250/month. I just got a letter from my loan company a few weeks ago letting me know that my loans are now in deferment because I’m enrolled in a master’s program. The government is now paying my interest (for the next two years), so it’s the perfect time to pay my debt down – every contribution I make will go 100% towards the principle balance. I’m going to make my resolution a monthly payment of $250/month because that will be manageable (but still a challenge), but I’m hoping I can stretch that to $500/month some months.
2 . Some may think this is a silly goal, but it’s a money sink for me. For 2008, I’d like to resolve to not purchase a lunch (or dinner on the nights I have class) from the food court at work. I’m decent about packing my lunch, but there are some days when I just don’t feel like eating it and end up buying an overpriced (and not as tasty) lunch from the court. This needs to stop, and I’d like to make myself think twice about doing it – and then sticking the cash I would I have spent into a jar to put back towards my student loan.