So we officially have two months left in 2010. What have you done this year?
When the year started if you were like most people you had some sort of grandiose plans for the coming 12 months that could have ranged from “exercise at least one time” to “achieve world domination”.
For most, your plans were somewhere in between.
The disappointing thing is that after around January 10th, most people forget all about their goals and go about living the same lives they lived the prior year.
For me personally, there has definitely been some good and bad, but overall I’ve probably accomplished more in 2010 than any year that came before it.
This year I’ve traveled all over Southeast Asia and the United States, continued to successfully be location independent, and met hundreds of awesome people in the process. But how does that compare to the goals I actually set for myself? All that stuff is great, but oftentimes many of the cool things that happen in a year weren’t planned for – they just happened because of circumstance.
In order to really see how much I’ve accomplished, I took a look back at my goals for the year and there are a few things that really stood out. Some of my goals were bucket list items that I’ll talk more about below. However others were much more targeted and had to do less with stuff I need to “do” and are more about who I want to “be” and ways to make that happen.
- Avoid going back to a real job for all of 2010. Check. This is something that will be on every annual goals list I ever write (adjusted for the year of course). It seems like a no-brainer now, but at the beginning of the year I honestly had no idea what would happen in my life. I figured that after my stint with the Tropical MBA I could very well be back and applying for finance jobs by August. Luckily this wasn’t the case.
- Bucket list item #66: Make $10/day via the internet. I can now safely say I’m averaging over $10/day in passive income from the internet. When I first wrote this goal, it was actually for the end of last year – and I didn’t come close to getting there. So this year I worked hard to ensure that I didn’t have to put it off for 2011, and by April my goal had been hit.
- Create at least 6 income streams. While they may not all be passive, I’ve reached this goal and am steadily climbing. I always hated the concept of the paycheck. It just didn’t make a whole lot of sense that all of my income was in the power of one persons hands (that weren’t my own). I want to know that if one income stream goes dry, I won’t be stuck out in the cold. Not only does this provide security, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun too!
- Repay the people who have supported me along the way. This is difficult because it is hard to quantify and is pretty vague – yet its one of the most important items on the list. Whether it was my parents, girlfriend, or best friends, a lot of people have been put through a lot in my quest to be unconventional. I can’t say that I’ve repaid them yet, but I’m working on it. This will be a prominent goal for next year.
Along with some of the major goals I had for myself, there were a variety of smaller goals and my bucket list items as well. I went back and did a quick bucket list review this week and was pretty surprised to see just how much I’d accomplished!
- #37 Visit New York City. After nearly 4 years of trying to plan a trip to the big apple, I finally took the trip in September. It was great to see some old friends and experience a city that is unlike any place I’d ever experienced. Definitely looking forward to a repeat visit!
- #44 Travel for more than three months straight. This was accomplished a day after my birthday on April 5th after having been in Asia for a total of three months. It’s amazing to think that for the vast majority of this year I was out of the country. I feel really lucky to have had the experience, and I learned a ton about myself in the process.
- #72 Live on a tropical island for a month. I spent around three weeks in the Thai islands in January, and an additional three weeks throughout the rest of my stay in Thailand. Either way it was definitely enough to get a taste of the island life.
- #74 Take a trip with no preconceived ideas of where I’m going. While I wish this one was under better circumstances, on May 19th at around 4pm I realized I needed to get out of Bangkok. I knew that if the molotov cocktails didn’t kill me, my mom would. So I hopped on Kayak and started figuring out where the next destination would be! Hong Kong? Singapore? Phnom Penh? Nope in the end Manila won out, and I ended up spending close to a month there regardless of the fact that I was completely under packed for the trip.
- #10 Start a Successful Blog. The initial metric that I was going by was 1,000 subscribers. While that doesn’t have nearly the impact that number used to have thats where the goal was initially set, so I’m sticking with it! Now the goals are much higher, but I still think 1,000 is a good metric for “successful”. Keep in mind I didn’t say “A-List” or “good”, I just said successful
- #11 Make a Living off My own Business. Over the past few months I’ve reached this through affiliate marketing, consulting and numerous other random projects. When I set the goal I think I initially had a more “brick and mortar” business in mind, but as time has evolved, I realized that wasn’t what I wanted anyway.
- #31 Make at least one terrifying decision that will get my closer to my goals. This was an early one that I crossed off in January when I took off to meet Dan in Thailand. Glad to see he wasn’t a crazy ax murderer…
- #61 Compose atleast one spectacular HDR image. Photography and HDR in particular is something I’ve gotten really into this year. So much that I created an entire website devoted to it which I’m excited to be contributing to again after a bit of a hiatus. While I’ve created a lot of bad HDR, I’m pretty sure if you go through the site, you’ll find some good stuff mixed in as well.
- #66 Average at least $10/day from the internet. As mentioned earlier, this one is crossed off!
Goals I made progress on:
- #67 Stop at a guitar store and write a song. I was hoping to do this more, but definitely was a little bit more shy than I expected to be at times. I did accomplish this in Krabitown, Thailand, but of the 3 or 4 guitar stores I visited around the world, that was the only time I sat down and wrote a song…
- #86 Reach 10,000 Twitter Followers. I may not be at 10,000 yet, or anywhere close to it, but I did hit the milestones of 500 and 1,000. If I can get to the end of 5,000 by the end of next year, I’ll be pretty happy with the progress!
I’ll post more about my goals for 2011 closer to the end of the year, but I just wanted to get you thinking about your goals for the year. What are the biggest goals you’ve accomplished? What do you still need to do? Let us know in the comments, and take comfort in the fact that you still have two more months to go