Why Would You Need 10 Year Goals??

Have you ever noticed that you, your close family members, and friends seem to accomplish certain goals in all of our lives, whether we realize it or not? For example in grade school, we had a goal to graduate 8th grade in order to get to high school. Or how about getting our driver’s licenses, to getting college degrees, to landing that first job? Maybe it was to achieve a certain level of success in our other activities and hobbies, or buying that first car or house. Whatever the case may be, we’ve always experienced accomplishments in our lives.

However it came to my attention that most of us only have short-term goals. That is, a goal that we are working to accomplish within the next 6 months to a few years from now. It’s a rarity to see a person with a clear set of long-term goals, such as 10 years.

“Wait……… did you say 10 YEARS?? From NOW?!?!”

Yes, that’s exactly what I said! I KNOW what you’re thinking. It’s probably along the lines of:

What’s the point of having 10 year goals anyways? That’s a LONG time from now!!”

Believe me I know how you feel. As a matter of fact, that’s EXACTLY how I felt when I was first presented with this concept! However, what I found was that sometimes as we progress through life, we tend to focus ONLY on what’s right in front of us. I know I’ve been guilty of that sin!

When a person takes their age and adds 10 years to it, what do you think happens? Naturally that person might picture themselves looking quite a bit older (or wiser?)-which is great for what we may LOOK like 10 years from now. But have we ever wondered what we would be DOING 10 years from now? Or even better, have we even considered the type of person we would BE 10 years from now?? Wife, Mother, Husband, Father, CEO, Wealthy, Retired, Soccer Coach, Manager, Athlete, Independent, etc. This simple concept is mind blowing because the possibilities are endless!

In addition to this mind blowing concept, I was taught to try and predict the type of person I would BE 10 years from now in the year 2016 by actually writing down some 10 year goals.

When a person looks back on their life, they may remember some of the great accomplishments they have achieved. However with all the success, a person may feel some regret as well. How many times have you thought about the person you were in the past compared to the person you are today, and you couldn’t help but think,

“Hmmmm…. If only I had: *saved more money *had more fun *strived harder in school/job *started that dream business/career, etc…..Things would be much better for me and my family now….oh well, it’s too late now…*sigh*.”

Some people tend to live in the past like this, and as a result they NEVER get what they want out of life. Doesn’t that stink? Sure it does! So what’s a possible solution?

Well how about this? Instead of looking at the past, and wishing that things were different-why not try and imagine your life 10 years IN THE FUTURE assuming you continued your current path, and simply attempt to predict what your regrets would be in the year 2016?

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