• Michael McGowan

A Year of Foresight 2020 - Personal

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Every year in early December I review my goals I've made for myself and judge my success. Towards the end of December I make new goals based off of the previous years successes. I separate my goals into seven categories: mind, body, emotions, career, relationships, financial, and fun. Since this year has seen an expansion of career I will now refer to it as professionalism.

This isn't some New Year's Resolution. I don't say I want to lose 20 lbs and leave it at that and quit sometime in January. I actually make a plan and review quarterly. Sometimes I don't succeed. Sometimes it is mixed success. Sometimes it's a complete success. All of these goals should balance into a well-rounded adjustment to my life.

Mind: 2019 I read 11 "books". Nine were actually books and 3 were extended pamphlets. This year I want to read 6 books. Yes, I'm retracting rather than expanding. However, I want to gain information on things that will have an impact on this world. For example, I really enjoy Classics and history genres. I want to get into some in-depth human impact information: such as social justice and environmental impact.

Body: I've let myself go this year. I'd like to lose 30 pounds this year and start some light exercise. In the past I've ran...a lot. Now I want to walk, jog, light weights and even wrestle with my son.

Emotional well-being: This year brought some good emotional well-being. I'd like 2020 to reflect the same. I have a shed with other people's belongings. I'd like to have that empty by the Summer. Additionally, I'm considering journalling. Some years ago I kept a journal and I recently picked it up and read through so many things that I have forgotten about. That would be a great legacy to leave.

Professionalism: I want to enjoy my w2 life more. I've got a plan in place to at least be there more often. I have a new tax preparing business. I've done taxes professionally in the past and will be doing this with a limited clientele once again. I'd like to expand this professionalism into more avenues. Also I consider this blog to be a part of my professionalism. I'd like to write on more diverse subjects and with a greater consistency.

Relationships: As with the previous year my family life is doing well and I'd like to continue that. My family life is the primary motivator for all I do. If my mind, body and emotions are not well then my family will suffer. I'm going to start planning a vacation for both Spring Break and Summer vacation. At least once every two months I'd like to have a gathering with my friends and perhaps a short trip. I've talked about returning to Church with my wife. Even though I might not agree with everything the Church teaches, the personal connections I have made there are important. Another relationship lacking in my life is that with my mother. She lives very close and I see her too little.

Financial: My discipline from 2019 has created an environment where I believe 2020 will be stable and predictable.

Relaxation (changed from fun because fun can be relaxing): I'd like to expand into more hobbies. I've considered hiking and that would link well with both my bodily and emotional health. I'm not sure of this, but I'm thinking about getting back to 101 goals in 1,001 days. That's not a concrete thought because I know important goals might be missed to achieve goals that have no impact on the quality of life. However, a decade ago, using this website I was inspired to quit drinking soda for a month as well as make origami cranes. What fun!


“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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