Looking to the future

So what does my future look like?  Most of the time I try to focus on being in the present.  Now I want to think about my future.  This is a difficult task.  I think about the future in big grand terms or general terms.  The focus on details is crucial and important.

Just like a business you can’t grow unless you have goals.  A business will have short and long-term goals.  Like a business you need personal short and long-term goals.  You need be forward-looking in life with direction to set these goals.  I saw this phrase on Facebook recently and it really resonated with me.

The most dangerous phrase in the language is “we’ve always done it this way.”

This is something I’ve heard many times in life.  I’ve heard various people say this and I’ve seen the results of it time after time.  The thing that it indicates normally is that the person/group/company doesn’t think outside the box.  They don’t thinking in what I would call solution based.  I’ve always been a big picture kind of guy myself.  Why or how did I get this way?  It sure wasn’t taught at home during my childhood.  Unless you count the times where as a family we had to make ends meet when we didn’t have much.  I guess that’s one way I learned it.

So what are some of the things I want?

Well there are the basics that everyone wants.

  1. Love
  2. Respect
  3. Money
  4. Home
  5. Retirement (sooner please rather than later)

I need to focus on how I get there.  Each person has a different idea of what this looks like. Now I’m trying to define this for myself.  The question is what do these things mean to me?  Respect is really vague.  So what does it mean?  That’s more about how you’re treated.  You have to ask for and demand it at times.  You don’t have to be rich, glamorous, tall, thin, have great hair or the whitest teeth to be respected.

I’m going to build a page to start putting down what I want.  I think this will help me quantifying or qualify what I want in the future.  I’ll be able to start with something generic and through refinement get to a more specific detail.  I can also use of some images to define what I want in life.

I keep telling myself it shouldn’t be that difficult. I feel like some of my items are superficial but I imagine if I had it then there would be something else.  Does that mean there are stages of desire?  I imagine that concept is pretty true.  There’s always stages in your life, right?

Leave a suggestion in the comments below.  What kind of tools do you think will help? How can I figure out what I truly want in the future?  Tell me about my bad grammar or just leave a polite supporting message.  It’s all good in the grand scheme of life.

I’m grateful for …

  1. I’m grateful for Susan letting me use her car so I can get to work and then later get to Orchestra rehearsal.
  2. I’m grateful that I got to go on a whale watching cruise this past weekend.
  3. I’m grateful that the weather is warming up.

I’m curious about …

  1. I’m curious about how to create passive income for future success.
  2. I’m curious about the effects of the drought here in California.
  3. I’m curious about what my future holds.

I’m surprised by …

  1. I’m surprised by how much I really want a car.
  2. I’m surprised by how close whales will get to the shore
  3. I’m surprised by how much my mind wonders.

What do I want in life?

So one of the things I’m trying to sort out now is what’s next?  Sometimes in life that’s not a difficult question.  A lot of the time you’re either happy or unhappy and that drives the choice.  At this point in life I’m kind of complacent and that’s not a happy feeling for me.  I like a forward motion in my life.

Currently I have a contract job till October.  That’s good because I have time to search for my next job.  I need A job so that’s not really a question.  So I’m asking myself do I search exclusively for another contract job or a full-time position that will have benefits and a stable paycheck.  There’s part of me that is a realist and says I may not have this luxury.  I may need to take what I can get.  The nice thing is, knowing when the end is coming I am able to start looking now.

So, I don’t think that really answers the bigger question.  What do I want in life.  It’s a question that puzzles me in some regards.  I am normally trying to advance in some way.  At this point I don’t feel that I need to advance.  It also feels like there are some smaller more attainable goals that need to put in place.  These goals are potentially what is missing from my life.  The problem I am now faced with is are these goals what I want?  Wait, we’re right back to the question “what do I want in life?”

So that’s where I stand today.  I need to start a running list of goals or maybe I should call them desires. Oh lord maybe I just came up with another list that I need to start with first.  Then, from that list write a list of goals.  What else goes with goals but priorities. So desires, goals and then priorities.  Well that sounds like a good place to start.

Oh so my first goal is to write a post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I’ll try to collect my accomplishments and add them into my post.   Some of my updates will get posted on Facebook.  So check back and see where I am with my list and goals.  Please leave your comments or questions.  I want to hear from you.  I don’t believe I know everything and I may need help staying focused.  So a little helpful advice from time to time is great.

What am I grateful for today?

  1. I’m grateful for great friends (Scott, Susan and Sarah to name a few) that make me smile at the mere mention of their name.
  2. I’m grateful to know my friend Kimberly who’s worlds different but could be a better friend.
  3. I’m grateful for eye sight because there are so many beautiful things to see in the world not the least of which is a blue sky.
  4. I’m grateful that I get to meet amazing people (Beth) at work and weave them into the fabric of my daily activities.
  5. I’m grateful for the ability to write this and know that my friends and other will support me.