What’s Your Biggest Milestone, and What Are You Going To Do When You Achieve It?
After spending way too long being overweight, I decided last year that I was going to lose fifty pounds. I had set that goal many times before, and always failed after losing around ten pounds, gaining it back. But this time I was resolute; I would lose the weight and I would keep it off, living a healthier lifestyle. All it would take was dedication and hard work.
Starting out with baby steps, I eventually managed to overhaul my eating and activity habits. The pounds began to melt away, and as of January I finished the milestone. It has been one of the proudest moments of my life, and I could not be happier. There is nothing more satisfying than achieving a goal you have set for yourself, especially one that has improved you life.
But when 2013 began, I started to ask myself what I would do for my next milestone. We all set New Years resolutions, many of which are abandoned by February. I didn’t want it to be that kind of a year, and after seeing what I could accomplish I have now set a new milestone I fully intend to reach before 2014.
This has made me curious: what milestones have other people reached, or do they plan to reach? What will they do once they have gotten there?
Asking around, I found some great examples from others. One of my favorites came from my own aunt, who at the age of almost fifty went back to school to finish a degree she had started in her twenties before dropping out. Since setting that milestone, she had completed her degree program and now has a masters in psychology. Her goal now? To find a new job in her chosen career path.
Two friends, a couple, were trying to become pregnant and have been for the last five years. But their health was being hampered by their weight, mainly the woman who was having difficulty conceiving. They decided that together, they were going to drop weight and get fit. They started this two years ago and are both now in average weight ranges. She just discovered she is pregnant with their first child, and everything is going great.
My husband’s coworker has been saving up for almost a decade to buy a house. His milestone was to get enough to buy one in cash, not trusting mortgages after the housing crisis and the high interest rates on such loans. While he is not there yet, based on his calculations he will have enough for his home in 2015. It will be the end of a very long process. But what he is most proud of is the fact that it taught him wise spending habits, as he has saved all but the most bare necessities in order to reach his goal.
Another friend of mine wanted to go to Europe and travel for at least six months. But he felt he would never get there, and the depression caused by feeling hopeless to do what he had always wanted touched ever facet of his life. Until he decided that he had to take matters into his own hands and began to save every bit of cash he could. He researched how to travel light, how to find good deals while abroad, the cheapest countries to spend a holiday (and save) and free things to do while there. He even found a way to work while he traveled, so he could stretch out his time as far as possible without debt. Last year, he spent eight months traveling from one end of Europe to another. Asia is next on his list.
What is your biggest milestone? Do you have a goal you have yet to reach, and what will you do once you achieve it? Let us know in the comments!