This is the third part of a three-part series on setting goals.
Forbes magazine said a few years ago that only 3% of people make a written list of their personal goals, but over 70% of the top 500 corporate CEOs do.
I know which statistic I want to be a part of, don’t you?
On the first day of this three-part series, I wrote about “why” we should set our goals and write them down.
On the second day of this series, I wrote about a simple system I use to organize my personal goals.
And today, on the third and final day of the series, I will actually show you my own personal goals for 2014. This is something I’ve never done before, and it might generate some criticism because it could be seen as self-focused. However, that is not my motive.
My only purpose for sharing my goals is to help you see a real-life example of how you could accomplish the same thing. You’ll be able to see how I intertwine business and personal goals. You’ll read some of the areas where I need personal development and improvement, as well as some of my shortcomings and failures.
All I ask is that you try not to focus on the specifics of what I’ve written and compare them to your own values and ambitions. Instead, simply use the list as an overview example that you can use to guide you along the path as you assemble your own set of personal goals.
Just so you know, I would estimate that it has taken me about 7-8 hours in total to contemplate, brainstorm, write, and organize my goals for the new year. That’s not much time really — just one single day at work — to create a vision and direction for my entire year.
I may not actually reach all of these goals, but when I consider the fact that by accomplishing just a majority of them, I will be healthier, better connected to my family, and more financially secure, the return on my small investment of time is astronomical!
The same would be true for you.
Here are my top 50 goals for 2014
- Open a new business.
- Take a family vacation to Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg.
- Redecorate the cabin before the 4th of July.
- Move the girls’ mattresses.
- Hire a fitness trainer to teach me the Wolverine workout.
- Increase my income by $5,000 per month by the end of the year.
- Inventory all bullion accurately.
- Create a plan to give girls $50 monthly for their clothes budget.
- Establish regular bedtimes, minimum sleep times (7 hours), and waking times.
- My weight goal is 189 pounds.
- My body fat % goal is 15%.
- Increase family cash savings by 10%.
- Attend the NPOA printers convention in Florida.
- Take a weekend family trip to Bismarck.
- Spend the 4th of July in Michigan.
- Buy 2015 tickets to Norway.
- Begin the three-month, once-a-week, Marriage Builders DVD course.
- Make Saturday evening a date night for Jenny and me.
- Take Paige or Sunday out for breakfast every Saturday morning.
- Have Kroshus Nursery install the privacy tree mound in our backyard.
- Pursue the beer and restaurant possibility near Osgood.
- Improve household inventory mgmt. plan for (all) household supplies.
- Get my prostate checked again.
- Begin a daily reading time — 30 minutes — books only.
- Buy a new bike.
- Get mom’s tombstone engraved.
- Improve my dress code. Dress nicer.
- Phase-out virtually all computer surfing on sports and news sites.
- Eliminate all swear words from my vocabulary.
- Study cell phones again. Am I still too busy for a cell phone?
- Plant a successful marigold garden.
- Visit Mackinac Island and try to stay one week on the island.
- Overcome my Diet Pepsi addiction once and for all.
- Resume Grandpa’s 10 pennies a day plan.
- Train our dogs to not go insane when the doorbell rings.
- Buy a new pair of Frye boots.
- Seriously de-clutter all of my old memorabilia, even if it means giving it away.
- Call one extended family member each week.
- Read the Ethel Cotton homeschool conversation course.
- Fit into jeans with a 34-inch waist.
- Get rid of all the clothes in my closet that I haven’t worn in 18 months.
- Create a long-term income opportunity for both girls.
- Begin to write a book. Finish four chapters.
- Walk 10,000 steps a day, six days a week.
- Keep driving the Ford Focus.
- Write down my daily cash expenditures regularly.
- Buy three monster boxes of Silver Eagles.
- Go to church at least 3 times a month.
- Clean out the garage so it looks like it should.
- Do one thing that seems totally impossible and unattainable.
So there you have it. At this time, you should be able to use my three blog posts to help you get started yourself. As you begin, may I respectfully add that setting goals reminds you to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
My name is Mike Stevens, and I am a printer.