Goal for 2017
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“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
The movie Tracks, is a true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman from the city, who decides to walk ~2000 miles across the Australian desert with four camels and her dog. She has no money, no camels, and no resources to pursue the journey.
What she has – a burning desire!
She is passionate and madly dedicated to her pursuit. People think she is out of her mind.
When people ask, “Why? Why would you want to do such a thing? You could die and it is risky!”, Robyn’s response is something along the lines of “Why not? I just want to prove that an ordinary person can do extraordinary things.”
She has no knowledge of camels and has no money. What she has – a burning desire, willingness to learn, and a relentless dedication to her dream! You can’t get her to give up.
She is disciplined, she is honest, she is madly passionate, and she just won’t quit!
Did she actually walk the distance? Did she survive? Watch the movie. The movie is available of Netflix. It is terrific, very inspirational, and I strongly recommend it.
A Thing About Dreams
If you have a dream, and if you already know how to accomplish it, it is no dream at all.
It ain’t big enough.
Your dream must make people think you are crazy!
For example, I have a real crazy dream. If I told you, you would laugh about it.
I took that dream, made it my goal, put some ~40 baby steps (mini goals to reach the final goal) along the way to get there.
All I know is I am taking one step at a time towards it. I just keep focusing on the immediate mini goal and keep going.
I am on my fifth year (~aka 5th step) in pursuit of my dream.
Always remember – Your greatest weakness almost always works against your greatest dream – What is your Delilah?
Goals for 2017
While it is great to have one life size dream that you are passionate about, it is also good to have tangible goals in every area of your life.
Every year, I would write my goals in a rush and pretty much focus on just two or three of them and ignore the rest. This year I took a long time to ponder and write the goals down and I was very intentional about it.
I am sharing some of them here.
Some of these goals are easy for me to achieve while some of them I stumble on every year. This year, I am going to auto-pilot things that I have already mastered. I am going to focus and micro-manage things that I stumble on.
For example, attending church would be an “auto-pilot” activity and I am going to be micro managing myself reading through the new testament.
- Attend church every Sunday, unless I am travelling or on a vacation.
- Read the new testament
Sarah and I both love what we do for a living. With our busy work schedules, taking kids for activities, we often don’t get enough time to spend with each other.
This year we both wrote down the same goal that we should go out on planned dates. It is working out thus far. The parent-daughter dates is something new that we are going to be working on this year as well.
- Dates with Sarah
- Dad-Daughter & Mom-Daughter Dates
- Family Vacation (1 week)
We are planning to go an a nice family vacation this summer. The vacation destination is still to be determined. Your suggestions are welcome 🙂
I recently watched a documentary – Fork Over Knives. It is a documentary on how our diet affects our health.
It was very eye opening for me. I recommend you to watch it and form your own opinion.
In my case, I am slowly making lifestyle and dietary changes.
I am introducing changes slowly, so that they become a habit and last.
- Reach normal cholesterol levels
- Lose ~12 pounds and reach ~190 lbs.
I an a tall dude. So, I would be a happy camper when I reach my target weight goal. This is another area where I need to micro mange progress, adjust my diet and exercise along the away.
CAREER / PERSONAL FINANCE
I am thankful for where I am in my career. My goal is to continue to be an excellent employee and reach my annual targeted savings goal for the year. This will be mostly in auto-pilot mode.
- Reach targeted annual savings
- Investment Project
For lack of better terms, I am working on an investment project. This is something where I have been micro managing my work and will write more about it when the right time comes.
I believe in becoming a better version of me today than I was yesterday. I love to learn, it invigorates me. This is an area where I get scatter brained very easily. When I start something, I am going to micro manage and hold myself accountable and ensure that I complete what I started.
- Complete two courses on Coursera (my choice)
- Read 6 books (my choice – fiction / non-fiction)
- Complete reading / working Word Power Made Easy and improve my vocabulary.
I have started reading a murder investigation novel by John Sandford – Eyes of Prey.
It takes time, thought, and effort to maintain any meaningful relationship.
I am making it is my goal to
- Stay engaged with my current circle of friends (meet at least once a month)
- Connect with 5 personal finance bloggers and get to know them.
I put down all my goals in an Excel spreadsheet to track overall progress. I am using Evernote to write down my daily to do lists that are in alignment with my goals – this help me stay on course through the day.
I will continue to keep you posted as I make progress towards my goals through the year.
Your time is precious! Don’t let 2017 pass by. Make the best of it. Set your goals and be passionate and intentional about them.
Carpe Diem! Seize the day. What are you waiting for? Have you set your goals for 2017? Are you pursuing a crazy big dream?