My original 100 goals

Round about 2007 I decided I had three goals I wanted to achieve before I was 40 but each seemed impossibly large and I was unsure I could achieve any, let alone all three in the five years remaining.

My original three goals were:
  1. Complete a degree qualification
  2. Be earning £40,000 a year (One thousand pounds for each year's life experience)
  3. Complete a novel
I was quite determined to achieve my goals and worked away at the first two, though did not apply any special methods or have any clear idea other than to keep working away.

Something changed for me in late 2008 and I began to learn how I could use goal setting and different methods to achieve my goals and a world of possibilities opened up to me.

I have been reading more and more about motivation and how to achieve ones goals and as I have applied what I have learned, I have been even more motivated!

One suggestion I found in Brian Tracy's book Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want - Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible - has been to write down 100 goals you want to achieve in your lifetime. He suggests that everyone he knows who has done this starts to see those goals achieved in a much shorter time than they thought possible.

Having started to see success with a few goals I have decided to give it a go. On the 28 October 2009 I sat for two hours and wrote down 100 goals I want to achieve. I called a friend while I was writing and as we joked about what I was doing the idea came to write a blog about how I get on. Strangely enough, my wife suggested the same thing when she came home later that evening and I read her my goal list.

So, I published my goals for the world to see, or at least a few friends and family :) Some are quite personal and some are cryptic. I did not expect to achieve them all and knew that some may change as time went by.

I am hoping that as I achieve my goals, my vision and expectation will grow.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and any offers of help to complete these goals!

Goal 1: To write an enjoyable, bestselling novel
Goal 2: To change and influence people through my writing
Goal 3: To save enough to be able to retire
Goal 4: To see the Grand Canyon
Goal 5: To learn to fly
Goal 6: To visit Australia
Goal 7: To write and sell a screenplay
Goal 8: To climb the (lead climbing) overhang in Glasgow Climbing Center
Goal 9: To get Oracle iBots/Scheduler working in live environment
Goal 10: To enable all managers to use the Act As Proxy functionality
Goal 11: To become skilled and experienced as a Data Base Administrator
Goal 12: To be a Systems Analyst
Goal 13: To own an orchard
Goal 14: To visit Rome
Goal 15: To take my wife to Beijing and stay in a 5 star hotel
Goal 16: To be a millionaire
Goal 17: To drive a porsche
Goal 18: To be a dan rated Go player
Goal 19: To be a good father for my eldest daughter
Goal 20: To be a good example for my eldest daughter
Goal 21: To be a loving father
Goal 22: To be a good father for my son
Goal 23: To be a good father for my youngest daughter
Goal 24: To be a good example for my son
Goal 25: To be a good example for my youngest daughter
Goal 26: To be a loving and faithful husband to my wife
Goal 27: To learn Spanish and speak it
Goal 28: To play spanish guitar
Goal 29: To play lead guitar
Goal 30: To be able to play the saxaphone
Goal 31: To be and do all that God wants of me
Goal 32: To be able to speak German
Goal 33: To be able to speak Italian
Goal 34: To finish and complete my degree
Goal 35: To run in and finish a 10 Kilometre race
Goal 36: To have written 50,000 words for my novel by 31st December 2009
Goal 37: To write characters that people can identify with
Goal 38: To create emotional connections with readers
Goal 39: To finish the little DIY jobs in the kitchen
Goal 40: To decorate the bathroom
Goal 41: To install a shower downstairs and decorate room
Goal 42: To own a JoLoMo painting
Goal 43: To visit Skye, Lewis and Harris
Goal 44: To visit Iona and Mull
Goal 45: To get a Kyu grade in Judo
Goal 46: To take my son camping every year
Goal 47: To teach my son how to defend himself
Goal 48: To learn how to defend myself
Goal 49: To have earned £40,000 by the end of this year
Goal 50: To be able to swim 10 lengths of a normal sized pool
Goal 51: To be able to dive
Goal 52: To visit New Zealand
Goal 53: To build or buy somewhere to store our bikes
Goal 54: To double my lung capacity
Goal 55: To get the highest grade pass for the next Open University course I am taking
Goal 56: To implement Tony Buzan's techniques in Use your Head
Goal 57: To write my own Go client and Server
Goal 58: To do ten fun things with my family
Goal 59: To give £200,000 to charitable causes
Goal 60: To heal someone
Goal 61: To be able to support all my kids through university
Goal 62: To play Go in Japan
Goal 63: To play a gig in a rock band
Goal 64: To be the change I want to see happen
Goal 65: To read the classics
Goal 66: To be a confident and well received public speaker
Goal 67: To sell these goals! To the Times newspaper for £500
Goal 68: To have my neighbours round for a meal
Goal 69: To tidy the garden and grow vegetables in it in 2010
Goal 70: To finish reading the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and apply it
Goal 71: To finish reading Goals! And apply it
Goal 72: To speak at my old school
Goal 73: To master flying my remote control helicopter
Goal 74: Teach my son to be a better Go player than me
Goal 75: Successfully and Safely parachute jump (thinking I may leave this goal till last:)
Goal 76: Stand on a new planet
Goal 77: Win a fight
Goal 78: Be earning £100,000 a year within 5 years
Goal 79: Own 100 acres of land
Goal 80: Study and emulate my heroes
Goal 81: To direct a movie
Goal 82: To meet the monarch
Goal 83: To own the screenplay rights to successful novels
Goal 84: To earn a living as a writer
Goal 85: To pay off all my debts
Goal 86: To invent something useful or successful
Goal 87: To paint a painting that I would want to hang on my wall
Goal 88: To lead climb outdoors
Goal 89: To change laws for the better
Goal 90: To be a successful manager
Goal 91: To learn the salsa
Goal 92: To sail around Shetland
Goal 93: To visit the temples in Peru (Machu Pichu?)
Goal 94: To see the Northern Lights with my family
Goal 95: To solve/complete a rubix cube puzzle
Goal 96: To stand on top of Ben Nevis
Goal 97: To finish writing these goals! Tonight!
Goal 98: To weigh 10 stone – mostly muscle
Goal 99: To teach
Goal 100: To publish Fallen Warriors

These were my original 100 goals. Some of them I have already achieved but I'm not replacing any - at least just yet ;) 100 is enough to be going on with!

What are your goals?

How many do you have?

Let me know how you are getting on with them.