College probably isn’t right for you. It wasn’t right for me in a lot of ways. My reasons for joining college were very similar to the rest of the Millennial generation. I grew up with parents who were very supportive and they really pushed me to understand that after high school, then getting high ACT or SAT scores.
The next segment of life to become “successful” required going to college. There were a couple of problems. Firstly, I didn’t know what I wanted to major in once I was in college. Secondly, I didn’t understand why would spend 10, 20, $30,000 getting an education that I was certain about. I had no idea what direction I wanted to take my life. I did know that I wanted to better the world.
But that’s like the majority of us Millennials. We want to better the world but how are you supposed to conquer Mount Everest when you can’t really do that in 1-year. Right? You have to look decades out into your future.
So, where it started for me was learning the importance of goal setting. Goal setting is breaking down the neccisities and what you need to be doing on a daily basis, monthly basis, and how that takes you then to your future success. For today, we are going to break it down and only look ahead 10-years. Step #1 when evaluating and creating your own goals, is to take 10-15 minutes and brainstorm. Turn of all technology and just sit. Often I like to close my eyes and envision where you want to be and what your life looks like in 10-years.
Again, because for right now it only makes sense to look forward 10-years. To start you need to figure out what is the lifestyle you want to be living, what does it look like, what does it feel like, how will you spend money, how will you make money, what will you care about? I encourage you to then break it down for these 10-year goals in your own life. For me, being 23 years old right now. When I look ahead, I’m trying to put it into as much context as possible. I’ll be 33-years old, where do I want to be living?
What type of job do I want to be working in? What type of income do I want? And EVERYTHING in between. So, the big 4 factors to evaluate. Firstly, health and fitness.
Maybe your goal might be something along the lines of in 10-years having a certain body fat percentage or competing in a national body building competition. Whatever that might be for you personally. Secondly, is education. Not just the type of degree you want to have by this time but what is your own personal mindset in regards to how much you’re learning and consuming each and every day. Outside of school, maybe you want to learn how to code and that means in 10-years from now you want to be spending 2 hours a day on Lynda.com learning how you can code in Ruby Rails or C+.
Whatever it may be! Thirdly, is your relationships. These are relationships not only with family. Maybe your loved one, boyfriend or girlfriend.
Or maybe the relationships you have with your team for a business or nonprofit. Fourthly, is you business goals. If it applies to you, what are your business goals? Where do you want to be?
What does it look like 10-years out from now? Are you making $100,000 per month or 95% of your sales coming from passive income streams online? Like Amazon or real estate endeavors. Break those down in the next 10-15 minutes. I promise it will make the rest of your goal setting a hell of a lot easier!
I want to encourage you to not only do this but to understand that this is the most challenging aspect of defining your personal goals. Step #2 you’ve already taken the time and brainstormed life you want to be living. Step #2 is the structure of your goal setting.