I’m not sure if I have incredibly low standards for myself, or if I am just freakin’ awesome. It’s quite possible, it’s a little bit of both. On January 1st each year, I make predictions as to what I think my financial progress will be over the calendar year. I also like to check in on that progress and blog about it (you can see last years goals here).
Below is a screenshot of my 2010 goals:
I don’t need to run through each of my accounts and tell you where they currently stand because I already do that in my monthly Net Worth Updates. And if you saw the most recent update you would know I just broke the $49,000 barrier. This means I met my 2010 goal three months earlier than anticipated. Last year, I met my goal by July.
I don’t know if I should pat myself on the back for a job well done, or kick myself in the face for setting the bar low. This is not a good habit to get in to. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited about breaking my goal, but I need to figure out how to make next years loftier, but realistic.
And this leads to me begging you readers for advice/recommendations. How the heck do you make goals, so that they are attainable AND ambitious. I think at this point I want to fail in meeting 2011’s goals (but still be close enough I can be happy with my progress). I never thought I’d be upset about reaching a goal early, but if it becomes a reoccurring theme, then that means I am aiming low. And the only time I like to “aim low” is when I’m peeing while standing. Hook a Ninja up, and give me some words of wisdom 🙂
On a side note, to make sure I do not reach all of my goals in 2011, I am adding a few more to the list…
Steal a car and drive it off a cliff, but jump out at the last minute
Put my Personal Finance rap on iTunes.
Buy a dog
Give said dog laser eyes and name him Xenon Warrior Princess
Tell a judge “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”
Arrest the moon