Archive for December 2008

Marching To Financial Freedom

I have noticed several bloggers have been writing about their journeys toward financial freedom, and it FIRES ME UP!

You should read some of them (but only if you want to get really fired up about taking your next steps toward financial freedom).

  • Lori writes about the financial struggles she and her husband have shared (and defeated).  Reading her post about it messed me up!  You can read it HERE.
  • Michael has started his journey and is pumped.  You can read several of his posts about it HERE.  I met Michael at Catalyst 08, and I will be speaking at his church in April.  Love what is going on up in Virginia.
  • I read THIS POST by Dan back in July, and it also messed me up!  He has written several posts about his family's journey since.  You can read many of them by clicking HERE.

How is the story of YOUR journey to financial freedom being written?

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NewSpring Financial Counselor Pays Off House

I recently received the following e-mail from two of our 21 outstanding volunteer financial counselors at NewSpring Church.   They are a married couple who counsel as a team (which happens to make the counseling even more effective).  With their permission, I am sharing their news!

Joe,

I just wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that my wife and I paid our house off this month.  We are completely debt FREE!

We attended your FLE on the 20th of May, 2008 at NewSpring and got "Fired Up" about paying our house off.  Since May we paid off over 12,000 dollars of principal!

The online account statement says "PAID IN FULL!"  Principal balance $0.00

Thanks for getting us fired up!

I have several things to say:

  • Congratulations!
  • I am so glad you are giving of your time and talents at NewSpring Church to help others win with their finances.
  • This is what happens when vision intersects with life.  It creates passion and a drive to accomplish something huge.
  • If you want to receive FREE financial counseling at NewSpring Church, click HERE to fill out the request form.
  • You guys rock!

What are your goals for 2009?

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SERIES: Setting Goals – Part Five

Welcome to another series on JosephSangl.com – Setting Goals

I am passionate about helping others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.  I know that the number one way that folks will win with their personal finances is to have a well-written plan and clearly defined goals.

Part Five  Compare ACTUAL performance against the goals on a consistent basis throughout the year.

You have taken the time to prepare your vision, mission, and plan each goal.  Now go after it, and be sure to track your performance through the year.  Set monthly or quarterly review sessions with your team.

Be sure that the entire team KNOWS what the goals are and how their efforts funnel into the overall organization's objectives.

I have weekly meetings with my team, and update our key goals on a monthly basis.  Guess what?  The items that are measured are what is getting done!

I hope that this series has been helpful and that it leads to a prosperous year. 

Read the entire series 

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SERIES: Setting Goals – Part Four

Welcome to another series on JosephSangl.com – Setting Goals

I am passionate about helping others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.  I know that the number one way that folks will win with their personal finances is to have a well-written plan and clearly defined goals.

Part Four  Narrow down the list to eight or less goals.

I remember my days of being in manufacturing.  As an engineer and business manager, I visited a lot of manufacturing facilities.  Sometimes I would see a production board covered with charts of thirty different measurements.  Guess what?  Nearly every production employee had no clue of 95% of the goals.  The goals were not relevant to then.  Even worse, the important goals were lost in the sea of less important goals.

What gets measured, gets done.  If everything is measured, nothing will get done.  Narrow down your list to the top eight.  It will be difficult, but it is very important!

Go ahead and narrow down your list and then go read Part Five.

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SERIES: Setting Goals – Part Three

Welcome to another series on JosephSangl.com – Setting Goals

I am passionate about helping others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.  I know that the number one way that folks will win with their personal finances is to have a well-written plan and clearly defined goals.

Part Three  Establish SMART Goals

I do not know who invented the acrostic SMART for goal setting, but I have found it invaluable for setting my own goals.

Specific

If your goals are not specific, they are worthless.  "Teach people" is not specific enough! 

Measurable

What gets measured gets done.  If you can not measure it, how on earth can you know whether or not you are accomplishing the goal.  "Make the presentation pretty" will not work.  I can not measure pretty.

Attainable

Teach 5.1 billion about personal finances by October 2011 is certainly possible, but it is not probable. 

Relevant

Teaching people about hairstyles is not relevant to the crusade!

Timebound

"Teach 100,000 people" is not timebound.  It needs to have a specific goal date in which it will be accomplished.

It needs to be SMART.  "Teach 100,000 people by October 2011." is SMART.  It is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timebound.  Perfect.

Go brainstorm several goals for the next year.  Then go read Part Four.

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