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My Goals for 2014

My Goals for 2014

Up until this point in my life I’ve not really been an effective goal setter. Don’t get me wrong, I have had ambitions, dreams, wants, desires and wishes…just not a lot of goals. When I say goals – I really mean SMART goals (Specific, measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound). I mean the sort of goals that you can evaluate and to which you can hold yourself accountable. I’ve just not been a goal setter. That needs to change.

While I’ve been moderately successful in my life, the vision I’ve laid out before myself demands that I must to better. The dream of retiring by 45 and being totally free demands nothing but my best effort. Thomas Jefferson said “If you want what you’ve never had, you must be willing to do what you’ve never done”. Regardless of how afraid I am about committing my goals to paper and potentially failing in front of all of you – It must be done. Here we go.

By December 31, 2014 I will have:


  • Increased my net worth by $50,000 though debt repayment and investing)
  • Achieved a monthly dividend & interest income of $500


  • Finished our house by completing the basement, install the front step rails, and put the finishing touches on the upstairs flooring
  • Renovated rental A by installing new windows, new siding, re-painting interior and stalling new flooring

  • Written one full post and one update/bulletin style post per week
  • Achieved 20,000 page views a month
  • Attracted 1,200 Twitter followers (you can help by following me @SeeJackSave)
  • Attracted 200 subscribers


  • Had my contract renewed (second job)
  • Convinced the team to launch my large pet project (second job)
  • Pass all my Masters courses with A’s


  • Read 10 non-school related books (one will be fiction)
  • Learnt to Kayak
  • Raised $20,000 for my favorite charity
  • Gotten back into shape and dropped my weight back to 200 lbs
  • Renewed my meditation practice

My plan is to revisit my goals each month and provide a report on my progress. We’ll begin in February!

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  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Wow – you’ve got some great goals here, Jack! We are a bit less aggressive in our goals this year – we have one: reduce spending and get out of debt! :-)

    • Jack

      Thanks Laurie. I’m pretty confident I can achieve most of these goals with hard work…except for the site goals. Those scare the heck out of me because I don’t really have experience to judge whether the are realistic. Nothing to do but keep claim and blog on. :)

  • Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter

    Wow, what a great bunch of goals. I love that you made a goal to raise $20K for your charity. I wish you the best in meeting your goals!

    • Jack

      Hey thanks Daisy! I’m excited to actually put them on paper and share them with folks. Hopefully knowing that I have to account for them at the end of the year keeps me on track! Yeah – the charity goal is really important to me. Likely something I’ll cover in a future post…if I can work up the nerve.
      Thanks for stopping by! Watch for my monthly progess reports!

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  • DEBt DEBs

    Good luck to you! Very lofty goals and I hope you are successful!

    • Jack

      Thank you! It’s important to set goals that are attainable – but make you work. That much more exciting when you achieve them!

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