One of my goals was to have 1 million dollars in the bank by the time I was 30.
At 34, I can now say…that didn’t exactly happen.
I’ve created goals in my life, in my business and now I’m beginning to realize and re-evaluate the purpose and real meaning behind these goals.
My real journey with what I’m doing now, didn’t even start until I was 28. Leading up to that point I was working my tail off for somebody else and wasn’t exactly enjoying what I was doing. At that point it was more about survival than anything else. But when I started my business, my game plan had just been put in place and I was just beginning to enjoy the direction my life was taking.
Then when I turned 30 and came face to face with the fact that I didn’t hit that goal – I really beat myself up about it. Even though this was simply an arbitrary goal I had set, I was incredibly hard on myself for not achieving it. The reality was since I started working on my own business at 28, that only gave me a two year window to reach this goal and that simply wasn’t going to happen.
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Then I came to the realization – why does it even matter that I didn’t hit that one million dollar goal? So I didn’t have one million dollars by the time I was 30, so what? Why does it even matter, what difference does it really make? My problem was I treating it as a sprint, when it’s actually a marathon. The business I run now is a marathon, to the full extent of the word. I have been running our business for 7 years now and we make a profit every year. With the goal being to continue to scale the business, reach more people and generally, grow. Now I know the income will grow and the bank account will grow but the question is – what if I never hit one million dollars in the bank? What then?
Gaining this new and different perspective about the reality of life and business, has created a beneficial mindset shift. I get to see my daughter and wife every day, choose my own hours, and live life on my own terms. Of course I have other goals that require extra capital but it’s honestly not the end of the world if those never happen either.
Have you had a dream that you’ve beat yourself up about not achieving? Let me know in the comments!