Ten Years Out

May 21, 2019-

The title is one of the exercises that a person either starting out, or in mid-career, is often asked by Life Coaches and Mentors to undergo.  “Where will you be, ten years from now?”  The purpose, as I understand it, is to encourage long-term goal setting that is relatively specific, and demonstrates a knowledge of trends.

I have, after finishing reading of my brother, Dave’s, book, gone through a “Ten Years Out”, of sorts.  There will, no doubt, be a mix of adventure and normalcy, or maybe the two combined on a day-to-day basis.  Looking at my 78 1/2 year-old-self reminds me to keep up with my current health regimen, and in some respects I may need to double down on certain elements of said regimen.  I certainly hope to still be hiking then, and being able to exercise regularly.

I allow for the role of grandparent, for volunteering and/or part-time employment in whichever community I find myself.  I allow for service to my Faith and for travel, both nationally and internationally, though much of that will have been achieved (God-willing), by the time my Diamond Jubilee (75) rolls around.

I realize that, at this age, some may find a “Ten Years Out” a bit presumptuous.  All I can say to that is, while it’s true, to some extent, that “Man plans and God laughs”, it is useful to have a framework- and if that framework needs to be adjusted in the face of reality, then changes can be made as needed.

A lot of this may sound similar to previous posts that discuss plans.  I guess that makes me fairly consistent.  As long as I’m useful, though, it’s all good.

18 thoughts on “Ten Years Out

  1. A ten year plan is never a bad idea — as we age, though, there needs to be the understanding that the plan may need modification along the way. Your plan sounds like a good framework. Is your brother’s book available? If so, what is the title, author, and where can it be purchased?

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  2. I have no 5 years or 10 years plan. I just take life as it comes. The only time I had goals was just last year going through divorce.
    My goals are now pretty much all achieved. Except for 1..to be financially viable and to see Paris next year. Well that makes it 2.

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      • Yes we drive on the left.
        When we turn right we give way to the people turning left. In the olden days people turning left had to give way to the people turning right.
        At round-abouts we give way to the right.
        Awfully confusing.

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      • How does that work? We give way to people already in the round about and also coming in from our right.
        In saying that if it’s a big round about we can still get in if there’s room regardless of other cars already in it.

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      • Okay, if I am coming straight at the roundabout, from the south, and am going straight, I must give way to someone coming from the east or west. A person coming from the west would be turning left or going straight. Either way, he or she has the right of way.

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      • Slmret’s explanation ought to help. Here in Arizona, there are appropriate ‘Yield’ signs. I have, though, seen places where traffic is ridiculously fast for the situation, and people are literally forced to make a right turn, as their only safe option.

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      • Roundabouts are super confusing to Americans. When approaching a roundabout in the US, one goes to the right, and proceeds counterclockwise, along with all other traffic. With any luck, there will then be signs as to which lane to use to exit the roundabout and ind up going in the proper direction afterwards! Most of our roundabouts are poorly signed, and we have actually lost people who didn’t know how to navigate them!

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