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!