How To Master Your 5-Year Small Farm Goals?

It’s amazing how fast time flies by. It feels as if you just blink, and five years have passed. The problem is that most of us tend to overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do for the long term, such as in five years. 

The truth is most people don’t create plans efficiently. It all starts with your vision, and then it boils down to working backward. developing an implementation schedule and plan designed to meet the goals that will bring your vision to life.

Monthly planning page for small farm goals

You have to know what you want in order to know what your next step should be. Getting you just a liiiiiittle bit closer to that dream goal.  

However, I want you to go into this with the idea that your mind could change in the next 5 years this is just your starting point so you have something to work with. 

While this is like the yellow brick road to help you along the way it could still end up with some curves taking you in another direction because there will be factors that you don’t see coming to change your mind. 

Write down in detail how you want your life to look in the following categories in five years:

Country Lifestyle – Describe everything that you’d like to be true in five years about the lifestyle you live. Leave no detail out about the life you see living. For example, are you taking long vacations in the summer? Or do you save those for the winter when the work on the farm is slower? Are you raising other animals on your farm? Do you have a huge garden that supplies you with fresh produce? What does your dream life look like?

Personal & Relationships –  Think about what you want your family life to look like in the next 5 years.What about your relationships? Are you spending more time with your kids and spouse? Or maybe you are all working on the farm business together. 

One thing that people don’t think about it is if you don’t have other people helping you raise the beef, tend the garden, do the canning, and all the things that come with it. It’s all on you. That means there is less “us time” and that can be SEVERLY damaging to a relationship. Ask yourself, is it worth it? Or are we willing to find help and set up boundaries to protect our marriage? 

Farm Business – Get very specific about how you see your farm business and the money you earn and how much money your family business is making in the next five years. Not only that but what you will be doing in your business and how you will be making your money? Be very specific about the information. This will dictate what you work on today and how you are taking action to get closer to your dream goal in the next five years.

Home Environment – How do you want your home to look in terms of its organization? Are you paying a house cleaner to help you so you can spend more time with your kids or have more time for the projects you want to accomplish on the farm?

Don’t Think About the How Right Now 

As you write your vision for how you see yourself in five years, don’t worry about how you’re going to do it right now.

This is your vision, and you can adjust it for reality later. Right now, you just want to get it all written out the way you want it to be. The way that it can be if nothing else mattered or could possibly get in your way.

Because the truth is none of us know exactly how we are going to reach our goals when we are a few years before they become reality.

Start Behaving as the Person Who Has Reached Their Vision

This is something that can be hard for some people to do. But if you’re future self exercises every day to be healthy, then your present self needs to do that too. Maybe you want a well-manicured farm. Then you need to start with what you’ve got and make what you have look the best it possibly can. It doesn’t mean spending what you can’t afford. But it means taking care of it as if it was that beautiful farm you wish you had.

Fence with lights along a path

You wouldn’t treat a new chevy truck badly right? So start being more careful with the truck you do have. Clean it, don’t take it on the salty roads unless you absolutely need to.

Remove anything from your life, one thing at a time, that is contrary to or a roadblock to your vision coming true. 

Turn Your Five-Year Vision into Smaller One Year Sub Goals

Now that you know where you want to be in five years, it’s time to design your map. Work through one thing at a time. Focusing on your farm business, you’ll want to determine how far you can realistically get in your plan over the next year. 

Can you clean up the haphazard chicken flock you currently have by getting rid of the chickens that don’t serve a purpose?

Can you start selling a dozen eggs a week?  What about producing a product from the goat’s milk you are getting? Sure it may not be a thousand bucks but it’s a small amount of income you didn’t have before.

Maybe you are starting completely forms scratch.

Figure out what you need to do to get started. What’s your first project of choice? If you have one avenue of income that could cost you nothing but time to get started that should be your first choice. 

Whatever needs to be done. Set out a daily schedule to ensure you reach your one-year goals. 

Daily planning page for working towards your small farm goals

Implement Action 

Don’t think. DO!

I know far too many people who talk about starting their business or side hustle idea and that is as far as it gets. A good idea is just a wish. Building trust online takes time. You HAVE TO start building awareness before you will get customers. 

The only way to succeed in anything in life is to take the first step or action. What is first, what is next, and what is last? 

These are questions that are essential to answer so that you can take the action needed to reach your goal. Don’t stop taking steps until you reach your destination. You may have to adjust the direction but never stop. 

small farm desk with a calculator, pen, pad of paper and coffee

No vision will ever come true if you don’t put concrete steps in place that help you get closer to your goals. All the planning in the world will not pay off without the action. Implementation of the homestead plans you make is key to success. If you want to lose weight, you must eat less. It’s just a fact. If you want to succeed in business, you must do business things regularly that lead to earning income. 

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