The problem with life long dreams is just that; they’re lifelong with no end in sight. To many people have convinced themselves that their dreams will happen “someday.”And when does “someday” happen? It doesn’t! So sadly they live their whole life hoping with no defined work path or defined goal that their dreams will come true. They get frustrated because “someday” didn’t happen soon enough and they quit. I’ve done this many times, have you?
Do you know the reason? It’s because we describe our goal in generalities like, “I want to be rich” or “I want to help the _____ people” and what about “I want to open up my own business.” They’re not specific and they’re not definitive. Do you think it’s a good idea for banks to speak of your money in generalities? Instead of ATMs reading $20s, $50s, and $100s it gives you the option of “small,” “medium” and “large” bills. If money in denominations are important why shouldn’t your life goals be too?
The First step in creating the life you’ve always wanted is to write down specific goals and the specific path it’ll take to accomplish that goal. Let’s take the first general, “I want to be rich” goal and make it specific.
I want to make $1,000,000 a year by the time I’m 35. Since I’m 30 and making $35,000 a year the age goal is unrealistic without winning the lottery. I want to make 1,000,000 a year by the time I’m 65 years old. That means my salary needs to increase about $34,000 per year for the next thirty years. I will do “this,that and the other” which will increase my income $34,000 per year.
This goal is specific in the amount of money and the time it will take to reach the goal. In addition, the are time frames that keep you on track. If you’re not making track to make an extra $34,000 for the year you know you need to make changes. To use a nautical example, It’s a whole lot easier to correct course hour by hour rather than once when the sun comes up and another when it goes down.
What thoughts do you have on creating goals and life dreams? Please comment.