Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 24, 2010
I think just about anyone who works on an early retirement dream at some point thinks: why am I doing this? It’s taking forever. Am I EVER going to retire? I’ve know been down that line of thought enough times that I’ve learned a few things about myself and where that idea comes from.
You see I typically start to get impatient when I’m stressed out at work, busy at home and often close to some kind of interim goal sort of like right now. Both jobs have been very busy lately and as a result I’ve been often pushing off things at home so that is starting to build up. Then I’ll be checking the numbers at the end of this month to see if I hit one of my sub cross over points.
In reality I’m not impatient at my long term goal but rather impatient on my sub goal which is just being transferred to my long term goal by association. I think what is driving my nuts on this sub-goal is I know for sure I’ll hit it by the end of April, but I might hit it by the end of March. So the waiting is killing me as we are only a week from the end of the month.
Of course I find this vaguely amusing due to irony of me planning a goal that will take over a decade to reach and I get impatient over something that will occur in a week. I’m almost as bad as my kids at Christmas, but I suppose that we all need our little interim goals to keep going. No person can really handle a decade or two wait without something to keep us motivated along the way.
So what are you impatient for today? Did you have a goal that you are close to or perhaps just made?