Where Are You Going to Be in Five Years?

It was Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog, who once said that: “Goals are the fire in the furnace of achievement.” And he couldn’t be more correct. If you have nothing to aim for then what’s the point of anything? Do not just get rich, stay rich. It’s what most people want from life. But the world doesn’t just stop when you become rich, it keeps moving, and you with it. Your goals need to be changing at all times to keep up with the fast moving world we live in today. If you can’t set your own goals where will you be five years from now?

Five Years Later

Now, imagine yourself 5 years into the future, what did you need to do in your life to get that kind of abundance?

You might be thinking you can’t imagine yourself with any abundance five years from now, but be truthful and you will realise that you can. Delve into your wildest dreams and look at the person you want to be. If you see somebody with a flash car, a large house, and a yacht bobbing up and down on the calming blue waters of Lake Balaton, then go and get it. You don’t have to be a slave to the corporate system to make those dreams a reality.

Next, take a look at a mnemonic you have most likely come across at least once during your life; SMART. Paul J. Meyer outlines exactly what each letter of this word means in his book Attitude is Everything. Take note that there are some variations, but they largely mean the same thing.

1. Specific

Tell yourself exactly what you want. Don’t dither, and don’t change your mind based on what other people think. Those who succeed outside the mould set up by modern society are breaking with tradition and belief. If you asked what a rich and successful person wanted five years ago then they will tell you people thought they were mad.

You are not mad for wanting more from life. You are just different. Society tells us to celebrate our differences, so why are you avoiding it?

Even if your goals sound like they entail a complete transformation of your life then don’t shy away from them. And don’t just think about them, write them down. For some added motivation, follow one of the common revision motivators that students are taught in school. Get a picture of your dream car or dream house and stick it on the wall where you can see it. Whenever you are feeling down or as if you can’t do it, you will always look towards your picture and realise exactly what you are working towards.