And here comes a young man filled with stupid promise . . .
Many years ago, I was young. I walked into a financial planning office without an appointment. I wanted to invest 20% of my income. That was my goal. At 16, living at home with a part-time job, it was feasible.
“You keep this up,” said the woman at the desk. “And you are going to become a very rich man.”
The woman was so happy for me. She watched me walk out the door into the bright street. I could feel her hope.
I did become rich. I had 3K in investments by 18, which I spent in one drunken college summer, with the vague plans of returning to my goal of 20% after I started making 100K with my university degree.
That was a dumb goal.
Since then, I’ve become better at setting goals and actually reaching them.
The key to getting what you want is really accepting tradeoffs.
You see, last year I was trying to write a novel and write music and practice singing and write new songs and also write non-fiction.
I had zero outcomes.
A bunch of half finished ideas. A shitty singing voice. A Google Drive full of new non-fiction book ideas.
I wasn’t being creatively satisfied as my writing was crap. I also had all these good songs unrecorded that are very important to me, things I want to say, and they were just sitting there unrealized. That makes you unhappy.
So, I finally took a step in my goal planning and have tweaked my process for this year.
Now, I have 4 categories. And I can only pick one yearly outcome for each.
In this post, I’m going to share my personal system and some advice that I’ve picked up from reading a lot on the subject.
Because in 365 days from now, I’m going to achieve everything I list in this post.
I’ve done it before.
And I’m going to do it again, goddamn it.
The question is—you gonna come with me?
The three things you need to remember
- You’ll achieve more, if you stop trying to do everything.
- You have to make tradeoffs.
- Focus on tangible outcomes, not desire.
All will become clear. Let’s set some goals!