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Now I think its time for a little confession.

I went through a similar process earlier this year, focused on making a plan to get what I wanted.

I took three days and buried myself in visions of the future. I plotted out my execution plan for ending goINVADE and starting to think through where I saw myself 5 years from now.

While I didn’t have a specific career goal in mind, there were a few truths that stood out.

1. I finally admitted to myself that I wanted to be a teacher.

2. I decided that I wanted to present at conferences.

3. I wanted to leave the country at least once in 2016.

I wrote it all down on big giant pieces of paper among other loosely fragmented ideas and placed them so every day I saw my big picture goals.

A few weeks later, I got a phone call from the dean of the Communications School at Loyola University. She needed an adjunct professor for Intro to Advertising.

I accepted the position.

One week after that, I got an email from a friend recommending me to speak at a national graphic design conference.

I did not throw up when I spoke to the audience of 2000 people, so I consider it a massive success.

And less than a month after that email, I got an invitation to attend Web Summit, an international conference in Dublin.

I’m leaving for Dublin this Sunday.

If you’ve been following along since week one, I’d love for you to take a picture of the goals you’ve written down and tweet me @justinmadethat.

Even if you don’t believe in magic, ideas become things when you write them down.