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  • Profile photo of AceyduceyAceyducey
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    Quick survey of forumites,

    Do you have goals – for wealth creation, what you intend to do with the wealth you create, things you plan to do, skills you intend to learn, and so on?

    If so, do you write them down & review them regularly?

    If not – do you find it hard to envision BIG goals for your life – beyond the next paycheck?

    Cheers,

    Aceyducey

    Profile photo of kay henrykay henry
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    Acey, my goals are more along the lines of “have fun” “love a lot” etc etc. I don’t write down goals because I don’t really have any :o) Call me unambitious but really, I’d rather just let life flow and whatever arises, arises.

    kay henry

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    Hi Aceyduecy,

    definetly, have goals written down, and time lines when i want to complete the goals… this way it helps me stay on track and remain focus, but not get side stepped…

    Cheers,
    sis

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    I have an excel spreadsheet with projections that I consider to be my written goals!

    wealth – well it’s just to buy nice things and allows you to free up your time, there’s only so much of it that you need. I want to be able to develop really cool housing solutions without being concerned about profitability i.e. help people get over the obsession of a 4×2 with a mock federation facade and compulsory fennial (spelling?) and try to come up with some innovative designs that really do compliment our lifestyle.

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    I do have goals, my major one is to be financially independant and retired from the general workforce at 55, (47 now so only 8 years to go, i have to work smarter ). I have a problem writing my goals down as i change them so often.
    Foston

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    Write ém down I say. To know where you are going you need a map. Review it regularly and it helps you stay focused.

    I need short-term and long-term goals or else I’d question why I’m getting out of bed in the morning.

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    Hi Guys

    i do have written goals and i regularily update them. Especially over the past 18 months. i found that my financial goals were way too conservative and i achieved things quicker than i expected. I think that is one of the real benifits of writting down goals it helps keep me focused and i act on my goals.

    to be honest right at this time i don’t have a written goals as i’ve achieved the ones set, perhaps time to get it happening again.

    regards westan

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    Welcome back Westan. Sounds like you need to stretch your next set of goals if you’re achieving them so easily.

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    Hi Acey,

    Had a go at writing down goals at one stage in my life and realised very quickly I didn’t need to write them down.

    Call me fortunate or committed (as one of my staff members told me I get what I want[biggrin]) but I have found that over the last 20 years I have managed to achieve most of my work, investment, sporting and life goals pretty well as planned.

    Now I know where I want to be in 10 years time and we (wife and I) sit down every 6 months in July (tax time) and January (new calendar year) and check to see what we achieved last 12 months and what we want to do in the next 12 towards our end goals. The odd little celebrations along the way are a hoot too.

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    well my goals came and went, as my changes in my life came and went, you start over again.
    I met my goals so I wrote new ones, but a hiccup happened again and it threw that out, so I started again, the thing is, I dont get caught up int he goals, they are there, if I dont reach them I dont panic.

    Goals need to be realisitc and attainable.
    Goals need to be flexible
    as we change so do our goals.

    I plateaued for a spell, and that was frustrating, but im ok now, on the move again. I can be impatient.

    elves

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    We watch the way our children live their lives and shake our head at times.They dont have any goals and blow all their money as soon as they get it.Then when they get in the poo they come running home .
    One day they will grow and realise that goals give them purpose in life.If you dont have goals you dont have direction.
    My youngest boy always used to ask when are we going to get there when we went for a drive.
    We used to tell him the journey is more important than the destination.
    If you think about our ultimate destination you wouldnt be in a hurry to get there.
    Ultimate destination:DEATH.
    We are born and we die but the important part is the journey between the two.
    Try to make the journey worthwhile,set some goals,achieve something and reach your ultimate destination knowing you have done something during the journey.
    Russ.

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    Why not just enjoy life and do whatever makes you happy? Far out, life isn’t a strategic plan. I would rather be on my deathbed and think “wow- that was interesting” than still be stressing out about whether I’ve checked everything off my list. Because, at the end of the day, a life is a life, it’s all good and bad, happy and sad, and we can write lists up the wazoo, but we still end up old, wrinkly, and all of us, at the end, will be laying down and look like this: [tired]

    So be zen, and enjoy life until you look like this: [tired]

    kay henry

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    Originally posted by Still in School:

    Hi Aceyduecy,

    definetly, have goals written down, and time lines when i want to complete the goals… this way it helps me stay on track and remain focus, but not get side stepped…

    Cheers,
    sis

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    Originally posted by kay henry:

    Why not just enjoy life and do whatever makes you happy? Far out, life isn’t a strategic plan. I would rather be on my deathbed and think “wow- that was interesting” than still be stressing out about whether I’ve checked everything off my list.

    Kay,

    I don’t think you understand the nature of goals. They are not things imposed by your boss, or by others from outside you. They are not chains binding you.

    They are the written representation of your personal passions. The signs that guide you to the places you’ve decided to go.

    You can redefine your passions as often as you choose. The goals serve only as a rudder to help you check that the day to day decisions you make are taking you in the directions you wish to travel.

    If you don’t have goals you can easily drift off course to undesired places.

    Cheers,

    Aceyducey

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    I have written goals and review then every month on a fixed day. I also to asset and liability statements on the same day every month.

    For a long time I thought I had goals, but didn’t actually write them down – or just did something on a excel spreadsheet. But I have found actually writitng them on paper helps more.

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    I don’t have a written goal but I have a very clear picture of my goal. I have a set time and specific target to achieve. Like most people, all I have is an excel spreadsheet!

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    Hi Acey,

    Well, I’ve been pretty big on goals lately…. I can especially recommend the Zig Ziglar tape set called “Goals”… it is very entertaining as well as explaining why you must have goals.

    Also I bought some Brian Tracy books… I can recommend “Eat that Frog”, which helps you get over procrastination. Currently I am using Brian Tracy’s “Maximum Achievement Goal Planner”, which basically helps you to identify what your goals might be (this was the hard part for me!)
    When you’ve worked out your three major goals, you then fill in a page each day, listing what you plan to do.

    One thing I can suggest, is to at least have a couple of things on your “list” to do every day. At least if you do SOMETHING toward your goals every day, you’ll feel great because you know you’re always heading in the right direction.

    One of my goals is to retire from work by the end of next year (I’m 35 now). Wish me luck!!

    Cheers,

    Lozza [biggrin]

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    Good luck Lozza.
    You definately have the right idea.I like to write a list each morning of the important things that I have got to do.I then do each thing and cross it off the list.Before I started with this strategy I used wander around do a bit here and there but never actually get anything finished.
    I find I am achieving more now by listing priorities and doing the important 15% rather than mucking around with the unimportant 85%.
    Russ[thumbsupanim]

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    oh ok :o) Now i see we’re talking about a “to do” list, like “pick blah up from train” “ring bank” etc. I guess that could be seen as daily goals. Some would see goal-setting as “at 35, I will be driving a red ferrari and living on the north shore with a yacht” type of thing :)

    I like my brother’s idseas on new year’s resolutions… he said he made a resolution last year never to make resolutions again, and he doesn’t want to break his resolution by making them ;O)) hehe. I have to admire that kind of absolute resolve!

    kay henry

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    I really believe in the power of goals. Having firm, specific, detailed goals doesn’t mean a stress filled, busy life. For me it means an extra level of happiness because I know why I do everything I do, where it’s taking me and every day feels like a success because it is one step in the direction of what I want to achieve. Aside from succeeding in whatever area, these are the real power of goals I believe.

    Regards,
    Si

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