By Melissa Tosetti
A few days ago I wrote the article Old Year’s Celebration
, introducing the idea of acknowledging and celebrating 2013’s accomplishments before focusing on goals for the coming year.
I asked Savvy Life readers to share their success stories.
I received an email from Michele H. of Redwood City, CA whose list of accomplishments for 2013 is... well, if there was a stronger word for "impressive", that is the word I'd use to describe what she managed to achieve.
Knowing just how motivational success stories can be, I asked her if I could share her accomplishments. She was kind enough to give me permission.
Michele's List of 2013 Successes
Goal #1- Get out of debt.
We paid off close to $60,000 in credit card debt.
Goal #2- Wanted to finally stop working two jobs, so I set a goal of doubling my income in real estate.
I ended up tripling my income in real estate.
Goal #3 - Another sign for me to quit my IT job was if I could make the same salary in real estate as in IT.
I ended up exceeding my IT salary in real estate.
Goal #4 - We had a goal to get the backyard to a place where the children can play in. It used to be full of cement, rose bushes and bricks.
Not only did we get turf put in we:
1. Put in a putting green
2. Set up a play structure
3. Converted our shed into an outdoor office for me
Goal #5 - Participate more in my children's classes.
I’m happy to say that I've attended 4 field trips for my daughters class and also attended a math program every Friday morning. I participated in my son's field trips as well as became Grandparent Day chairman for the parents club at my daughter’s school.
Goal #6. - Wanted to take the family to Disneyland.
We did it!
Michele’s goals were incredibly ambitious and yet, because she was willing to literally put in the work, she was able to take care of the debt, triple her real estate income, re-do her backyard and take her family to the Happiest Place on Earth. Just as importantly, she was able to spend time volunteering at her children's school.
Michele's successes illustrate that your goals are achievable. It's a matter of defining them, creating a plan and then getting to work!
Congratulations Michele and thank you again for allowing me to share your story!