Fall 2017 Goals

Importance of Goals

It’s been approximately one year since I started setting goals. After leaving the US Air Force Academy, I was in a low place. My previous goals I’d been working towards for the past 4 years suddenly required changing. It wasn’t until I read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiosaki that I realized the need to understand what it is you want on a deeper and more meaningful level than monetary success.

Goals have helped me understand and refine what it is I truly desire. They have also assisted me in benchmarking. In a world where we are always distracted and never truly happy, goals help me to find my signal through all of the noise.

My goals for Fall 2017 are:

  1. Get accepted into the Computer Science & Engineering major at the Ohio State University
  2. Make myself a more valuable software engineer
  3. Find companies to intern at for Summer 2018 where I can create exclusively win-win situations

Creating Goals

Start with why. My oldest sister is not a passionate person… yet. I am constantly asking her why she does things. “Why do you exercise with your best friend?”, “Why do you currently work at a coffee shop?”, “Why are you trying to install that .jar in your IDE?”, etc. Asking the question of ‘why’ helps me to not only have a better understanding of the problem, but shortens the time needed to generate an impactful solution.

When I create goals, I start by thinking of why. My goals are to extend human life and promote human travel of space. I approach this goal from a utilitarian philosophy, I work to make the greatest positive impact on the highest number of beings.

Finding your ‘why?’

In January 2017, I started meditating on a daily basis. My practice consisted of visualizations, trait development, and generating feelings of loving-kindness. I then stumbled on the 6 Phase Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani. This became my daily practice towards imagining myself in the perfect situation 2-3 years from  now. At first I visualized a typical life in Colorado with a dog in the mountains, but over time I realized my goal was too small. I realized how boring certain dreams I had would become after a period of time. That allowed me to pivot my goals to generate more long-term and sustainable happiness.

In finding your ‘why?’ there are two actions I find critical (supported by the 5 hour rule):

  1. Meditation – silence your mind from distraction
  2. Reading – learn continuously to prevent decay
  3. Reflection – review feedback from past actions to inform future decisions

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