Friday, October 13, 2017


One of my daily reads, Dividend Diplomats, Lanny and Bert, recently posted their updates for their 2017 goals.  Their posts and blog in general are always inspiring and their goals are the same.  Their goals don’t only focus on finance, financial independence and purchasing dividend producing stock.  They also have some really great life goals, like house de-cluttering, learning a new language, travel, take a significant other out on a date, and even something so simple as drinking more water daily.  Well, I commented on Lanny’s post about picking up the pace on his learning goal and let him know he still had time to accomplish the task, while in the next line stating that I have a Goals tab on my page that has NO goals listed.

Having specific goals laid out, and also posted publicly, gives you a path to follow, like writing and following a budget.  It is your desired path.  I have been focused on removing my debt for the past couple years and it has been my main goal, but I’d also like to set some other goals, life goals, to keep my brain active in other paths.

So, here they are, my 2017 goals, starting today:

  1. Increase my Savings Rate by a minimum of .1% per month.
  2. Increase my Emergency Fund by $1125
  3. Increase my TD Ameritrade contributions by $1125
  4. Pay off my personal loan ($1186 remaining)
  5. Finish at least 1 book per month
  6. Write at least 3 blog posts per month
  7. Add these goals to my Goals tab 
Do you think my 2017 goals are reasonable and achievable?  How are you doing on completing you set goals?


  1. SDM,

    Ready to sit on the goal rocketship and fuel up? Ready to accomplish things never been done before?! Let's go!!!!


  2. Good on you for setting written goals Brian. Now, all that's left to do is follow through. Plus, the great thing about blogging is that it helps you keep accountable because now we're looking forward to your end of year report on how well you met your 2017 goals. Awesome!

    1. Glen,

      Yes, it is nice having this community to keep an eye on what I'm doing, and helping me follow and achieve my goals. Thanks for being part of it.



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