Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
I've had many hopes and dreams that never came to fruition. This is a good thing, as life itself gave me experiences more amazing than I could have imagined.
But if I were to look into my heart and project 10 years into the future, here's where I'd be:
1. Living with the love of my life
I've been married and divorced. Relationships are difficult, but I've learned much more about life and I value true commitment.
2. Raising a son and/or daughter
I've experienced most everything I wish to experience in life. Having a child would be the most profound experience I can imagine.
3. Having traveled to Japan
I've traveled to 30 countries, but never Japan. I find myself pulled towards it, and I don't know why. If I died tomorrow, it's the one country I'd be upset that I never got to see.
4. Successful independent career
This could take many forms. I'm currently an emotional coach with a focus on anxiety reduction.
While I value the intimacy of one-on-one connection, I recognize it's scalable. In ten years, I'd like to have more free time to spend with my family.
The world gets crazy. Often. Above all else, I want to keep my piece of mind.
I'm 38, and I'm healthier than I was ten years ago. Yes, the body gets older, but I can still be living a healthier lifestyle at 48 than I am now.
I'm joyful now. Wherever the future goes, I don't want to lose that.
8. Have my own private house
I'm currently renting. The house is unbelievable. I'm truly living in luxury.
But I desire my own private home to raise a family.
9. Sell a million books
It doesn't have to be the same book, although that would expedite things quite nicely.
I already wrote a book that I love. It's beautiful, and if I marketed it well, it might catch on.
But I also have many books in me. How many books can I write in 10 years? How many has @JamesAltucher written? A lot! He's like the non-fiction Stephen King.
I might not have that level of output, but with proper focus, I could aim for one a year.
10. Be a source of inspiration
Some children grow up in environments that have no positive role models. It's heartbreaking.
I want to be a positive role model and inspire others to make life beautiful.