There is nothing more constant than change! Along the path of success there are certain steps that must be taken if we wish to achieve that success. A goal must be established and articulated, reduced to writing, then incremental goals and procedures established to move us toward that ultimate goal. One critical element in the whole process is constant evaluation to determine whether or not our plan is working, and if not, then what needs to be corrected to get us back on track.
I will have to admit that while I know what the steps are, I am somewhat weak in the implementation of the process. For me, that has primarily been that my goals are often a little vague. I know the general direction and destination of what I want to achieve, but a clear definition is missing. Do you have a similar problem?
When I retired from my position as IT Director for a relatively small city a couple years ago I knew that there was enough pension income to pay my basic necessities. If all my wife and I wanted to do was sit in our lovely home and not work I could do that. Well, that is not what I have in mind for my retirement. I want to travel to visit friends and family. I want to see some sights. I have had a client for the past ten years that provides me with a small boost to my income, but still not enough. No, I am not going to be a Walmart greeter or work at a home improvement store for a few hundred dollars a month, not unless I become desperate, and I don’t see that happening.
This brings me to the present time. I need, or at least want, a source of income that will afford me the opportunity to earn additional money without sacrificing my ability to travel, serve as a volunteer as I desire, and spend time with family and friends. Based upon my skills and desires I determined that I would have to have the ability to work from my laptop over the Internet. It needs to be something that after the initial surge of time and expense of setting it up would require no more that 15 or so hours per week, and I must be able to work those hours on my own schedule. Is that possible? Absolutely! I have already started to put the plan in motion. More details coming soon…
What are your thoughts? Have you thought about having more money and more freedom? Most people have, so you are not alone. Watch for my next blog post for more details.