Back on New Years Eve 2010, I was feeling particularly motivated. I must have recently read something on the value of goal setting, and as such I sat down and typed out a seven page document outlining my goals for the upcoming year, as well as two year goals, five year goals and lifetime goals. I rarely looked at this document after creating it, but recently ran across it. As I read my five year goals, I was flat out stunned. New Years Eve this year will mark the end of those five years, and seven of those ten goals have clearly been achieved, with one more still possible.
Here are those five year goals I laid out way back in 2010 (seriously, how was 2010 five years ago?!). I cringe looking at some of these goals. I would never make vague ones like “have a job I enjoy” knowing what I know now. But it just goes to show even if you don’t do these things perfectly, it’s still incredibly powerful.
Five Year Goals (12/31/2010)
- Have two kids.
- Be in a financial position for Courtney to be able to stay home with the kids if she chooses to.
- Have a $20,000 emergency fund.
- Be making at least $75,000 a year.
- Obtain my Masters of Taxation from University of Denver.
- Have a job I truly enjoy.
- Use my tax and personal finance skills to help others less fortunate.
- Be a leader in the church.
- Average an 80 or less in golf.
- Start a side real estate investment business.
Going through the list one by one, we now have exactly two kids, Courtney does stay at home with the kids, we have well over $20,000 in savings, I make well over $75,000, I did not get my masters in tax and no longer have a desire to, I do truly enjoy my work, I do help people less fortunate with my tax and finance skills (though would like to find a way to have a bigger impact with this), I was recently nominated as a Deacon for my church, I definitely did not hit my 80 or less average in golf goal and I did start a side real estate business.
I’m not a big believer in things like “The Secret”, but there does seem to be serious power in writing out your goals. If you have never done this, give it a try this year.
Can’t wait to write out new five year goals this year!