“The average man reaches the period of his greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty. The years between forty and fifty are as a rule the most fruitful. Man should approach this age, not with fear and trembling, but with hope and eager anticipation.” Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich
For as long as I can remember I’ve always written down my goals for the coming year on my birthday. I review them every once in a while during the year to make sure I’m on track and sometimes I update them on New Year’s day. Back in 2005 leading up to my birthday I decided I needed to changes things in my life. I really needed to but together a plan for my future. Who did I want to be? I needed to come up with a long-term plan and a vision for the lifestyle that I wanted to live… the person I wanted to be. I called it the “Experience”. It began with the first impression that I wanted to leave with people who I met. But really become the overall vision of me. That project began 6 years ago and looking back at my goals then I’ve been successful at meeting them. As I approach my 40’s I’m now going through the same process. I feel my 20’s were about discovering myself. My 30’s have been about establishing myself … and I want my 40’s to be about achieving great success in all aspects of my life.
My goals for the next decade are to:
- Pay attention to my health – have regular check ups, watch my weight and give up unhealthy habits
- Maintain clear goals – review my progress monthly and revisit my goals twice a year.
- Spend time with my family – family is the foundation on which I’ll build an empire. Take care of home first and you’ll have the confidence required to face the world.
- Get involved in the community – broaden your circle, build your network and enrich your life and the lives of others.
You are responsible for your life. You are not predestined to be rich or poor. Either is a choice that only you can choose for yourself. With the right attitude your 40’s can be an enriching and invigorating time.