My question of the day is: Are you working toward your goals or someone else’s goals? And a very strong question it is.
In attempt to figure this out, you first need to identify what your goals are. Here are mine:
My Goals: 101
I should really have these down on paper and in front of my face when I get up every morning, but I don’t. Perhaps I’ll get motivated to do that here soon. My best attempt at listing them for now is to be done here:
I Want No More Anxiety, Ever – This is first and foremost because I’m an anxious person, and frankly, I’m real sick of being anxious. As a Christian, all I have to do is look right there in the Gospel in Matthew 6:25, which says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” It gets me fired up and I don’t want to worry anymore. I’m sick of it.
I Want to Have a Family – It’s not in my control as it takes two to start a family, but I can get myself ready for it, and that’s what I’m doing.
I Want Financial Security & Eventually Financial Independence – First off, I want to achieve financial security in which, I don’t have to be worried (see above) to lose my job or lose income. I want to be calm and comfortable knowing I will be provided for (or be able to provide for myself) always. Fifteen or twenty years down the road, my goal is to be financially independent in that, I won’t have to ever worry about money again. I don’t want this so I can buy fancy things, but so that I can enjoy life without stress or anxiety, knowing that I’ll be able to have shelter over my head and food in my stomach no matter the circumstances.
I Want To Do What I Love – This one’s huge. I want to do what’s important to me. I want to travel. I want to capture a whole bunch of this world’s breathtaking scenery, nature and wonders of the world with my camera and maybe even write about it. I want to blog (that’s something I’ve never said before until now), I want to share my experiences (good and bad) with people, I want to be in business for myself, I want to learn, help people accomplish their goals and make the world a better place.
So Am I Working Toward My Goals?
Well.. kind of. I’ve been doing a lot to move myself forward on many of these fronts. I started this blog last December (which gets me somewhere on the Do What I Love List), I got my broke butt out of debt and stopped spending like a maniac. I also have worked hard to learn about business and the world of online marketing, which should help me have better chances of success as an entrepreneur when I decide to finally make the jump. I have also stopped many of my unhealthy habits and replaced them with better ones, which are a good thing for my anxiety levels and for stress. Preparing for a family? Well, I’m doing my best in a lot of ways. Financially would be one of them. Getting my act together would be another one. Setting goals and working toward a successful professional future is another, I would say.
So am I working toward MY goals, or someone else’s? I’d have to say, I’m preparing myself to be completely on board with my goals, but for now I am still laying the foundation for it to happen in the future. I have high hopes that I can make it happen.