My Ten-Year Time Capsule – or, I Actually Met Long-Term Goals!
Posted June 13, 2010on:
Yesterday, my husband was sorting through boxes of old stuff. He found a print-out of an email I’d sent to him when I was feeling directionally stuck. It was 2000, I’d just left a bad internet startup, I was lost in life and didn’t know where to go next. So, out of frustration, I decided to write a list of long-term goals for myself.
When I read this list last night, much to my shock… I’ve accomplished almost everything on the list! The two things that I haven’t done are things that I’ve tried, and since decided they weren’t right for me.
Interestingly, even though I regularly worked out at the time, none of my goals were fitness-related. And all of my goals related to me and to my husband – I had no lofty ambitions to save the world. I guess I wanted to make sure I was happy with myself, first.
Among my July 2000 goals:
- Try and teach a few college classes. Starting in 2001, that was my main career for a while – I’ve taught at six different schools!
- Get paid for a few freelance writing articles, which is something I’m doing regularly, right now.
- Drive cross-country with my husband – we’ve done Chicago to Seattle, not quite the whole way, but a lot!
- Buy and learn a few more musical instruments and improve my sax skills. I’ve played my alto and tenor sax with a few bands here, and I regularly play my harp.
- Live overseas to learn the language and culture. Heh, thought it would never happen, but tagged along with hubby on his biz school quarter abroad 2 years ago! Unfortunately the Danes just spoke English when I tried to practice my smattering of Danish…
- I also had a goal of moving away from my family, which was a big deal. But I did end up moving out of state, after thirty years in California.
A week after I wrote this “goals” list, I totally forgot about it. I think this proves that I really do have a core set of values that make me happy! Whether or not I’m reading a list of goals, I orient my life toward these values.
I recently started writing another goals list, and since my career now involves fitness, so do my goals. This time, my goals are more far-reaching, including things such as helping a third-world entrepreneur get started, and starting my own 5K charity race. Not something I’ll accomplish tomorrow, but hopefully within the next 5 years. Hold me to it! On the other hand, ten years ago, I never thought I’d own a fitness business (happy first birthday today, Port-A-Pilates!). I’d love to hire more help and make my role location-independent (yes, I’ve read too much Tim Ferriss!). And one of these days, I’ll do a perfect yoga handstand.
What are your goals for the next month, or year, or next five years? Write them down, fitness-related or otherwise. Tell others about your goals. They will ask you how you’re doing and keep you on task! Making progress keeps us happy!