Mentally I’m already on next year, that’s some 20–20 clear vision — Drake
Have you been thinking about how you’re going to end this year? Maybe it’s been a great year and you’re looking to end on a high note.
Or perhaps it was filled with trials, misfortune, and disappointment and you just want it to be over.
However your view, I’m sure you’ve been encouraged to grind out this last quarter of 2019.
But I want to take your view up to 10,000 feet.
How are you going to close out this decade?
9.83 years and counting. Two months are all that’s left between 2010 and 2019. A lot has happened around the world over the last 10 years. More importantly, you’ve got this far. Regardless of what you think, you are wiser, stronger, and better than you were last decade. And you still have a lot to give to the world.
We’re in an advantageous position right now. We have the tools to get what we want, and the resources to get us closer to our dreams. We just need what a friend of mine often says; the willingness to go forth. The end of the year — and the decade — should spur you into action. Here are some thoughts you should be executing on to close out this decade and take you into 2020 and beyond.
Take a big risk
Did you have some goals mapped out for this year? At the start of the decade even? All monster goals come with a degree of risk. Chances are you haven’t taken the risk you need to make true progress. We tend to wait for that mental reset of January 1st. In 2019, while you still can, take a risk and go hard.
- Make that big financial ask.
- Invest in the business you’ve been wanting to start.
- Quit your soul-sucking job and go all in.
It’s better to do the hard things now and have some momentum heading into January than to start next year and lose momentum by the end of the month.
Work out all the kinks now, and get the ball already rolling into the next decade than just starting. Entrepreneur Peter Thiel often asks how someone can achieve their 10-year goal in 6 months.
I wonder, can you do it in 2?
Have a 10-year vision
Just because you’re going to try it in 2 months, does not mean you do not need a plan for the next decade. I once read that rich people plan for a generation while poor people plan for the weekend. With the 2010s out the way, you should be thinking about the 2020s.
Where would you like to be 10 years from now? What would your life look like? Outline the health, wealth, and contributions you would love to make. Then reverse engineer the steps to get there. Finish the decade by making goals that both scare and excite you at the same time.
Get deeper into your motivations
We often know what we want but from a base level. We know we want a better body so we can look good and feel good. More money to buy the things we’ve had our eye on. But is that all? Have you explored why you do the things you do and want the thing you want?
If you’ve got your mind on some new goals or outlined a 10-year plan, sit with yourself and ask why you really want the things that you want.
You will realize most of your goals are connected to your childhood or your biggest fears. Explore each goal, find the onest that truly speaks to you and follow through consistently.
Prepare for the lean times
This decade may arguably be the most economically prosperous and stable it’s been for some time. Persons are becoming financially free more than ever and technology had birthed new, in-demand skills and jobs. Yet, all this prosperity won’t last forever. The financial crisis last decade caught many of us with our pants down. A correction may not come in 2020 or 2021. But something’s coming. Close this decade by deciding how you will prepare for the next one; good and bad. Start building the right habits now, including:
- Improving your spending and saving habits.
- Starting a new skill to keep you valuable in the workplace.
- Diversify your income.
- Start a side hustle.
Close this year out by starting to get financially literate so you can be “fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful” in the words of Warren Buffett.
Are you ready for the 2020s?
The next ten years could be the start of an amazing life. Spend the next two months taking risks, taking stock, learning more, and getting prepped.
2010–2019 is all but done, but you’re just getting started.