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So today we are going to discuss the 5 Year plan and the importance of having a plan. My 5 Year plan has never failed me and I have always accomplished what I’ve set out to achieve.
When I was 16 I started my 5 Year Plan and was able to achieve every single goal throughout the years and when time seemed to be closing in on me, I attained my final goal days before my 22nd Birthday.
So let’s dive right in to it, what type of goals did I set and how did I go about achieving them?
I had my key goals and these were broken down with sub goals or you could almost call them sub tasks that would catapult me closer to the main goal.
- Buy a House 21
- Start dating and be engaged 21
- Pass my driving test 21
- Be in my career job 21
- Gain weight 21
- Overcome complexes and step out of my comfort zone
- Be mentally strong. If you stand for something, don’t let an institution, work or anyone shake/break that.
As you can see, my goals were pretty vague, however the older I got, the more padding I added to them and by the end of the 5 Year period, I was in a much better position than I thought possible.
Over time, my goals became SMART:
- I completed on the purchase of my house 14 days before my 22nd Birthday
- I started dating at 19 and got engaged at 21
- I passed my driving test at 21
- I started working in a huge Financial Institution at 20 and embarked on my Mortgage Career
- I went up a dress size
- I overcame all personal weight related insecurities and my dress sense affirmed this!
- I’ve always been head strong, but I started to become apologetic about it and almost lost my own opinion and stance on given situations hence the goal. By 21 I was definitely mentally stronger and began to challenge the status quo. I stopped saying “yes” and started asking “why”?
Once I had achieved all of my goals, I began thinking about my next 5 year plan. I looked back on all that I had achieved, was extremely proud of my 16 year old self and decided to up the ambition and set new goals a few days before I turned 22. These goals will expire when I turn 26 – I have already achieved a few and am deep in the process of attaining the others. Will I make it? Yes I will!
If you’re having difficulties making goals, use the SMART guide above and break your goals down in to 7 Key areas
- Relationships (Intimate, family, friends etc)
- Investment (Buying a house, shares, business plan?)
- Career (Where do you want to be in 5 years? Get your foot in the field, attain relevant qualifications)
- Personal Development & mentality
- Spirit, Character, Core (What do you stand for? Who are you? What are your beliefs?)
- Miscellaneous (Something you’ve always dreamed of)
I hope this has helped! I would love to hear your thoughts and goal attaining methods. Comment below or get in touch via my various platforms.
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