On 05/04/18, I wrote a blog titled Defining your perfect life and described what I envision as a perfect life for me. I split my life up into three different categories. There is my career, which includes anything associated with my career path at work. There is my business, which includes anything associated with my personal business. There is my personal life, which includes anything associated with my personal life. At one point, I had a fourth category called school, but since I completed my masters I decided to remove this bucket (at least for now). I focus on long term goals (>5 years) and short term goals (<5 years) for each focus category. When I have identified my long term goals and short terms goals, I build a plan in each area to achieve those goals. These goals must support my idea of my idea of a perfect life.
My focus category goals should work together to build out a path to my perfect life. If the goals are not supportive of my perfect life, then I really need to question why those goals are there to begin with. As an example, in my career I set salary and bonus goals for each year. These goals help support my efforts to pay off debts and build financial security in my personal life bucket. Similarly, I set target sales goals and growth goals in my business bucket and this will help support my financial security goals in my personal life bucket. My masters degree in my school bucket would help support my career growth and ultimately higher pay. Each of these goals are supportive of my ideal life. My ideal life would include being financially stable to support my family. It would also include running my personal business full time without the need of working for another employer.
It is also important for me to constantly talk about these goals to make sure I am constantly pushing to achieve my goals. As mentioned in my previous blog titled The tortoise and the hare, it is those small changes in short periods of times that add up to significant changes over longer periods of time. For example, I did not see much of a change between one year, but after five years the salary change at my job was significant. This was achieved by constantly pushing for more and more. Occasionally, I needed to jump to another role or department to get better raises because 3-4% per year just wasn’t going to help me meet my goals. All of these things must be analyzed before, during, and after each situation you are going through.