Let’s talk ultimate goals, m’kay? I’m a big believer in the power of segmenting overwhelming, extended tasks into smaller chunks. This approach has served me well and is probably my greatest professional strength.

Sometimes, though, carefully breaking down challenges into little steps is, well, flat-out boring.

Sometimes it’s good to think big. Right?

While my original plan for this blog was to set about conquering basic, essential goals like eating better and saving wisely, I thought I’d spend some time drafting a ULTIMATE GOAL list, partly inspired by two bloggers I really admire – Joel Runyon and Steve Kamb.

To be clear, I don’t think I could ever truly work my way through all the things below, mostly because some are just plainly mutually exclusive.

But I’m hoping that in my lifetime, I’ll find ways to do as many as possible. And that’s become the thrust of this blog – working through my goals in a way that hopefully informs, inspires, entertains and challenges.

If I complete an ultimate goal, though, I’ll cross it off the list below (a tiny number are already complete) and let you know.

Anyway, enough dilly-dallying. Here’s my list of ultimate goals. If you have BIG TICKET items of your own that you’re working towards, I’d love to hear about them and how you are progressing – leave me a reply below.

Ultimate Goals – Professional

  • Earn a fellowship or scholarship in an area that excites me
  • Work for myself or with my partner
  • Complete a post-graduate degree
  • Serve on a non-profit organisation board

Ultimate Goals – Home-life

  • Live in another state of Australia [Completed,  having moved from Tasmania to Victoria in July 2013]
  • Buy a home  [Completed,  having purchased our first home in June 2014]
  • Buy a second home [Nope. Well, maybe. The real goal is to be financially secure later in life, not specifically to accumulate “stuff”]
  • Rescue and love a kitty to pieces
  • Adopt a greyhound
  • Raise a Corgi

Ultimate Goals – Fitness

  • Run a 5km race [completed 06/02/2011] and again 18/03/2018
  • Complete a 10km race [completed 18/10/2011 and again 12/02/2012 and 21/10/2012]
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Climb a mountain
  • Learn to (actually) swim
  • Run the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Ultimate Goals – Travel

  • Visit the Northern Territory [The only Australian state/territory I haven’t reached yet]
  • Reach Antarctica
  • Visit Africa
  • Tour Asia
  • Visit Europe [Completed once,  July 2017]
  • Holiday in North America [Completed once,  August 2008]
  • Visit South America
  • Fly business class, once
  • Travel first class, once
  • Stay in a five-star hotel suite once
  • Rent an apartment in Paris for a month
  • Rent an apartment in New York for a month
  • Eat at the original Fat Duck
  • Attend SXSW
  • Tour the White House
  • Attend an Olympic event
  • Explore a major international toy fair
  • Attend San Diego Comic-Con

Ultimate Goals – LEGO

  • Work with the LEGO company
  • Visit LEGOLand
  • Reach the LEGO Ideas 10K Club [Completed December 2017]
  • Tour the LEGO Factory
  • Visit LEGO House
  • Design a LEGO set

Ultimate Goals – Disney

  • Disneyland (Anaheim) [Visited August 2008]
  • Disneyworld
  • Disneyland Paris [Visited July 2017]
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Shanghai Disneyland
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • Sail with the Disney Cruise Line
  • Run the Disneyland Half Marathon

Phew. This should keep me busy…

What’s your ultimate goal?

While we’re sharing, have you got a bucket list? I’d love to hear about it and any ultimate goals you have on the boil in the comments sections below.

Useful stuff

There are some online services that let you set up and share your own bucket list. If you want to jot down your own ultimate life goal list, you could try:

You should check out the ultimate lists of the two bloggers I mentioned inspired this post: