Month 1: Ready, set, goal!

A few weeks ago, I was watching Tony Robbins on how to set goals and achieve them, and one of the key takeaways I got was, to become successful you have to make goals, especially if you have ADHD; you have to know what you love, what you want out of it, and base your life around that.  

Every morning, I wake up at six and pour myself a cup of coffee, spend five minutes scribbling notes on a pad of paper, then flip over my laptop and type away till eight. Even when I don’t feel like it, I write, even if it’s just one sentence a day. I do my best to come up with at least two blog posts a week, and enrolled myself in an SEO class. One of my goals is to become a successful writer. My daily routine is directed towards achieving that goal.

Before goal-setting, I felt directionless. I just quit the company I started after spending three years there, and moved to an advertising job, but I still felt lost. Even in my new job, I would still look at online job portals for openings, and my days felt scrambled. Grinding out the nine to seven, skipping gym days, and feeling unfulfilled, I was felt tired, and stuck in a monotonous routine.

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Colorized footage of me at work

One lazy afternoon at work, I was going through some rank and file tasks; and when I do those kinds of tasks, I listen to videos or podcasts for a daily dose of inspiration. I stumbled upon Tony Robbins talk about the importance of goal-setting, and when I got home, I pulled out my notebook and started planning for the life I want to live.

I made a three-year, five-year, and ten-year goal, for the life that I want. Breaking them down gives me a clearer understanding of key milestones. For now, I’m sharing my three year goal.

Now, about those goals…

I made goals I want to accomplish 3 years from now. There are:

  • To be writing professionally for the self-help and travel industry
  • Become an SEO expert
  • Start my masters programme
  • Become fluent in stocks trading
  • Become active in the special learning needs advocacy

For the past three weeks, I’ve been waking up at six in the morning to write. I make sure to write everyday. I started The Outsider’s Catalog as a personal blog for my writing, and I’m looking to make something out of it. Just recently, I enrolled in a basic SEO class, and set up a mutual funds account to get oriented on stocks. My dad recommended me to start with mutual funds, to get a better understanding on the stock market. I’m hoping to get the opportunity to speak in a special learning needs talk again. I was invited last month to speak at my old college about ADHD, unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right.

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How you feel after you realise you’re working towards your goals

When you do goal-setting, you’re given this sense of accountability to fulfil them. So I’ll be updating this blog every month, so we can see where I am on the progress. And so I can be crucified if I end up doing nothing.

I’ll be migrating this to a permanent host by next month, and I’m really excited to move on this next step of the blog. I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of this blog, and will be announcing the next phase of this very soon.

Note: I’ve hosted the blog on the permanent www.outsiderscatalog.com

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