How to align your goals with your sources of income?


Finding passion in what you do makes you more productive, creative and successful. It’s proven that those who enjoy what they do and do what they like maximize their practical, creative, and analytical intelligence. Did you know that we spend on average one-third of our lives at work (roughly 150,000 hours)? successful people pursue their passions and goals as part of their everyday working life.

Here are some ideas on how to align your goals with your sources of income:

  1. Find a good reason for waking up every day

Japanese philosophers use the term “ikigai” – a term that translates to “why you wake up each morning.” Achieving the ideal ikigai is about aligning your values, beliefs, and how you spend your days with your interests in life therefore to have a good reason to wake up every day you have to find what are your priority goals. What you want to achieve in the long and short term. Goals need to be specific enough, full of details, just as you imagine to become clear visions of our future.  Once goals are specific enough you can determine how long you need to realize each goal and how much money you will need to put aside to reach each goal.

An effective way to make goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic: S is for Specific; M for Measurable; A for Attainable; R for Relevant; and, T for Time-bound. Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, your ideal career and for motivating yourself. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

2. Find careers that match your goals and interests:

Once you’ve got a good handle on what your goals and interests are, a wise next step is to find out what occupations can offer you the opportunity to earn a living doing what you’re interested in doing. When you’re clear about the things that make you feel passionate, you can focus on building skills centered around those passions and network with people who practice the same interests. Learning, developing, or expanding skills in those areas will put you in an increasingly better position to land your career dream.   Adopting a philosophy of lifelong learning and investing time into your ongoing education and network will give you a competitive edge.

3. Set up a financial plan that supports you.

When you have a clear goal in mind you need a roadmap to achieve that goal. This is a financial plan, a strategic plan. A set of steps that will guide you, helping you quantify how much your goals will cost and the best way to achieve them. Canadians who have a financial plan reach their milestones and achieve their ambition. Did you know that 35 % of Canadians don’t have a Financial Plan?

How we can help?

If you don’t have a financial plan we can help you set up one for free.

We empower Canadians to manage debt wisely with a Financial Plan/ We believe that everyone deserves an unbiased financial plan to be able to achieve their goals. Since 2010 our Mission has been to promote financial literacy among Canadians through the reinforcement of saving for a purpose, self budgeting and conscious spending.