Lifetime Goals

Well, it’s 2018.

‘Tis the time of year many people set those “life-altering resolutions” that often fail. Really, it’s been proven that only 8% of people actually achieve their new year resolutions (80% fail by February). The most common failed resolutions include losing weight/getting fit, stop smoking/drinking, save money, and volunteer.

My advice: Make a list of goals you’d like to achieve in your lifetime, and either check them off or add more as the new year rolls over. It can be 2 things or 2000, and can include crazy things (eg, try sky diving) or simple things (eg, try that new restaurant down the street).

To give you an idea for things to put on your list, here’s mine:

  1. Graduate high school (completed with honors in 2004)
  2. Go to college (did for a little while, but forced to drop out due to not enough money)
  3. Join the National Guard (impossible due to health problems)
  4. Dig up a dinosaur in the Badlands of Montana
  5. Ride in a limo (done 4 times)
  6. Start an IRA (completed in 2004)
  7. Finish writing Dragon Quest (completed in high school then modified)
    1. Write Dragon Diaries: Ascension (finished 2010)
    2. Write Dragon Diaries: Culmination (finished 2012)
    3. Write Dragon Diaries: Memorandum (started)
    4. Write Dragon Diaries: Reminiscence
    5. Write Dragon Diaries: Affliction
    6. Write Dragon Diaries: Damnation
    7. Write Dragon Diaries: Salvation
    8. Write Dragon Diaries: Calamity
  8. Write The AEON Files
    1. The Demon Within (finished 2013)
      • Rewrite per request as The Glass Shadow (finished in 2017)
    2. The Lycan Pharaoh (finished 2014)
    3. The Lullaby Shriek (finished 2015)
    4. The Bone Prophet (finished 2016)
    5. The Sovereign Flame
    6. The Grimm Kin
    7. Books 7-24
  9. Write The Tainted Soul
  10. Write Mars Chronicles
  11. Write Tomes of Rishai
  12. Get a literary agent
  13. Get a book publishing deal from a traditional publisher
  14. Become a National Bestselling Author
  15. Become a New York Times Bestselling Author
  16. Become an International Bestselling Author
  17. Build my dream house (the one with the hidden doors) someplace warm all year
  18. Help my parents fix their house
  19. Travel the world to see:
    1. Wudang Mountain, Hubei, China
    2. Forbidden City, Beijing, China
    3. Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, Japan
    4. Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
    5. Osaka Castle Park, Osaka, Japan
    6. Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan
    7. Buckingham Palace, London, England
    8. Stonehenge, Amesbury, England
    9. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
    10. Pyramid of Giza, Giza, Egypt
    11. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
    12. Parthenon, Athens, Greece
    13. The Coliseum, Rome, Italy
    14. Carnival, Rio de Janerio, Brazil
    15. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    16. Hawaii, USA
    17. The Bahamas
  20. Learn to speak fluent Japanese
  21. Learn to speak fluent Tsalagi
  22. Complete all 3 National Novel Writing Month events in the same year
    1. Camp NaNo – April
    2. Camp NaNo – July
    3. NaNoWriMo – November
  23. Meet in person:
    1. Anne McCaffrey (can’t due to her passing 11/21/11)
    2. J.K. Rowling
    3. Christopher Paolini
    4. James Patterson
    5. Rick Riordan
    6. Jim Butcher
  24. Have my dream wedding (Halloween night pot-luck costume party)
  25. Be someone’s inspiration
  26. Be in a movie
  27. Be in the news (done several times over many years)
  28. Be on a talk show
    1. Ellen
    2. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (ended in 2015)
    3. The Colbert Report (ended in 2014)
    4. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (ended in 2014)
    5. The Today Show
    6. Good Morning America
  29. Make $100,000 in a year
  30. Reach 5000 fans (currently over 3200)
  31. Own my dream car
    1. Ford Model T (finished building the first one in 1999)
    2. 1968 Mustang Shelby GT 500 (I have a 1:18 scale model of it)
    3. 2017 (or newer) Rolls Royce Phantom
    4. 2006 Subaru Baja
    5. 1957 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse
    6. 1955 Chevrolet Nomad
  32. Go on a Disney cruise with my family
  33. Improve my Photoshopping skills
  34. Redo the covers of first three The AEON Files (completed 2017)
  35. Be a featured vendor/special guest at
    1. Dragon*con
    2. FaerieCon
    3. ParaCon
    4. Comic-Con
    5. Book Expo of America
    6. The ND State Fair
  36. Get The AEON Files turned into an anime series
    • with Eric Vale (Future Trunks) as the voice of either Sin or Omen
  37. Get Dragon Diaries turned into an MMORPG-like game
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