I wrote this motivating post about achievements, and goals, almost a year ago. With 2017 quickly approaching, it’s time to look over my long term goals, and see how they are progressing. Am I on the right path? Enjoy the post! The updates of my longterm goals are written in red, directly after the goals.
Lately I’ve been thinking about who YOU are. I’m grateful that YOU found your way here, and I would love to get to know YOU. Who are YOU, amazing, awesome person that smile when you see my photos? And relate to my story? I believe you are a unique person that appreciate beauty, happiness, and the kind of ”not settling for the Joneses” kind of adventure. That’s why we connected? Right?
We’re more than half way through the first month of 2016. Everyone is starting out the new year with big, and bold new years resolutions. This year my only resolution is going to be; Say yes more, and be kinder. It may sound simple enough, but when you think about it, the two often contradict each other. Saying yes to others sometimes means that I am saying no to myself, and vice versa. My new years resolution is that I am going to try my best to find a balance. Saying yes to learning new things, and helping others, while staying true to the beliefs that I actually find worth fighting for. One of my tactics for knowing when it’s a good idea to say YES, is to make sure that I know where I’m coming from, and where I am going = my past achievements, and future goals.
Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design. – Jim Rohn
I’ve found that it is easier to stand straight, and look forward, when I’m clear about what I already achieved. Is it in line with what I want? Where I want to go?
If you try this method, be sure to turn the more challenging experiences of the past to your favor. (I’m certainly no saint, or perfect in any way.) The purpose of the exercise is to become happier, more focused, and motivated. A list of your ”failures” will not help you achieve that. Becoming a single mom was not in my plan, nether was a failed marriage, but by writing about what I actually overcame/learned from it, motivates me.
A year is a relatively short period of time, you can do this exercise on a yearly basis, but I found it more helpful to use it for a bigger picture. That’s why I am looking at the past five years, and the next five years to come. This is, even though they are personal, more general achievements and goals, that can be broken down in smaller pieces for shorter periods of time. I’m simply sharing them with you, because it’s part of a routine that helps me wake up happy every morning. That makes it possible for me to experience the”not settling for the Joneses” kind of adventures, and since you’re here I’m guessing that something that you have some kind of interest in, right?
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
My achievements the past five years:
Complete a University Education.
Get a well paid/fun job based on my education.
Quit the same job in pursuit of happiness.
Had the guts to change my universe by moving to another continent.
Learned to be more open to new things/possibilities.
Became fluid in written, and spoken English.
Overcame my strong dislike for weapons. (Something that have given me peace of mind, when I’ve spent time in wilderness areas. Even though I’ve only used it on rattle snakes a couple of times.)
Developed my skills as a photographer (camera use/editing/marketing/sales.)
Survived the first three years with a new baby, in a new culture, without a supportive network (doing so feeling good about my role as a mother.)
Learned more about living in the moment, and letting go of guilt, based on subconscious beliefs from my childhood.
Discovered what I need in a relationship, and what I don’t need. What I can contribute with, and what I am not willing to contribute with.
Gaining the trust of numerous rescue horses, and one wild horse.
Creating a system for passive income through my photography.
Goals for my next five (now four) years:
Becoming a master of marketing my products! I am working on this. I need to continue working on it!
Improve my English skills further; grammar, and becoming a better story teller. I’ll let you decide about this one!
Grow my blog. Yes, to some degree my blog is growing. Thank YOU! I could, and I am going to work more on this 2017.
Create a positive cash flow to my business. Learn more about building a sustainable business, in todays ever changing world. Working on this. You have seen my new wood prints, right? I love them, and I am excited about this new venue!
Grow as a photographer by only working with the best (most suitable for me) equipment, explore extraordinary nature with my camera, participate in photography workshops etc. I did purchase a new camera body, and one good lens during 2016. I have been practicing different kinds of photography. I completed a photography/business class during 2016, that helped me to further niche my business.
Live a full, satisfying life, with a positive partner, that I’m crazy in love with. A man that lifts me up, that I can respect, and support with all my heart. I know this is asking a lot…
Teach my daughter true values, and become an even better role model for her, by being happy, and living a full life. I can honestly say that I am working on this every day!
Become more fit and healthy every year. My daughter and I grew the majority of our food this summer. I’ve learned a lot about gardening this year. Fitness level is about the same as previous year..
Improve my communication skills. Oops, I need to work more on this!
Read more books. I’ve been committed to this during 2016. I plan on making time to continue expanding my references, and learning new things through books during 2017.
Publish and launch a best selling book. I am writing on my book! There’s a few more pages adding up every week!
Create an off grid homestead, in a place I love. Still in the planning stages of this one, BUT my plans are getting more specific by the week. I want to lay a solid foundation for success. That is what I am doing now. There’s so many variables to think of, and so many things to learn. Of course there’s also the financial side of it, to make the dream work longterm. I am getting closer to this goal!
Your turn! I strongly encourage you to try this method. It doesn’t have to be about winning the Nobel Peace Prize, or getting an Oscar’s. It’s OK if you don’t share it with anyone, I usually don’t. If you do feel like sharing your game plan, please do! Sharing goals is one way to kick your own a**. It’s very likely that you will work harder when you’ve made your goals more definite.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn
Do you already have a method that keeps you on the right track? Tell me about it in a comment!
Love & Light, Always, and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
PS. Having the last Jim Rohn quote in the back of my mind have helped me to stand up for myself more than once..