Goals for 2017

Goals 2017Goals. Once again. *sigh*
Check out my first goal-post from 2014 to see what I feel about goal setting. Ambivalence is a mild word.

In the last post, I revealed how well—or not, I achieved my goals in 2016. As usual, when it comes to me and my goals, it wasn’t a pretty picture.

My goals for 2017 are almost a direct response to what happened in 2016.
This time I won’t make a difference between personal and business goals. As my coach likes to say, it’s never “just a business”. But this time I’ll do something different: I’ll prioritize my goals. This time numbers are not just for order, they mean what they mean. First thing first, so the first goal is…

1. Prayer.

“When God is at first place, everything falls into right place”. I want to put God first in my life, because I really want everything right. In the last few years I pursued personal development and success a lot and came dangerously close to a place where I would have breached my values. This is not the way I want to live my life. I don’t want to notice in ten years form now that I put my ladder against the wrong wall.

So, this year my #1 goal is prayer.
I won’t brag how much I pray on a daily basis. It’s enough that I know my prayers. Many would say I pray too much, but I know it’s doable with my lifestyle.

My measurable goal for prayer this year is to say them all every single day. I’m writing this post in the morning of the 10th of January, but I didn’t need this post to start me off. I’ve already begun. For the first nine days of 2017, I’ve put prayer first. This action has reminded me that it’s not so hard, I just need to prioritize this goal.

2. Quality time with my family.

I go directly back to my resolution from the last year. My wife may be wary of the word ‘date’, but I don’t need to call our time together a date. I just need to ensure I prioritize it.

I need also to communicate to my children that I want to spend time with them, maybe even reserve time for that in their calendars.

And, whatever happens, I need to track this goal. Quitting my tracking was my biggest pitfall in 2016.
My measurable goal is to spend at least an hour of quality time with each of them every week.

3. Growing my email list.

I still need those 10,000 folks opening and reading my emails. I have about 400 of them now.

Last year, I figured out how to rapidly grow my email list. Now I need to implement that knowledge. The basic idea is to feature one of my books on InstaFreebie at least once a month. If necessary, I’ll organize relevant book events. I know how much hard work that is as I’ve done it in the past, but it’s worth it.

I will also look for more similar platforms, where I could upload my books and get subscribers in exchange. One new platform a month is a good idea as well.

A contributing effort to growing my list will be to keep publishing answers on Quora. Quora traffic is high quality. It was my 2nd source of subscribers in 2016 after InstaFreebie giveaways. And I like writing for that crowd. I put this only as a reminder, because I publish on Quora fairly consistently; this has become one of my daily habits.

4. Digital coaching.

I’m a coach on Coach.me and with zero effort on my own I have got several clients there. This is more a reliable source of income than a way to increase book sales. However, one client is roughly 1% of my day job’s salary. So I need only 100 of them. 😉

I have taken the necessary steps to be certified as a digital coach and I’ll be keeping on it till I obtain the certificate. The qualification should elevate my profile on the Coach.me platform enough to get a steady trickle of new clients.

Otherwise, I will have to figure out how to get new clients. If I bring my own clients to the platform, it’s more profitable as well.

5. Contributing.

I have already published my writing in many magazines, and on blogs and platforms. I’ve also given more than a dozen podcast interviews. I need to make this activity more consistent. I’ve already promised one magazine that I will contribute a new article every month.

Quora also opened my eyes to repurposing my content. I started to republish my answers on Medium and after almost half a year of publishing an article a day, I’m finally gaining some traction there.

I also became a contributor to a new platform -XGen- and I can repurpose my content there as well.

Plus, I made a deal with my sons and they are doing some paid work for me. For example, transferring Quora answers to Medium is my eldest son’s job. Thanks to their help I have more flexibility in sharing my content.
I only need to figure out once how to publish on a new platform and train them.

6. Publishing.

This last is more a philosophical viewpoint than a goal. However, if all goes well, I will have more things to tick in the ‘achieved’ column come year end, so I am recording my thoughts on Publishing in this goals statement.

I have two books all-but finished, that have been in the almost-ready state for over a year.
Last year, I put publishing on hold, because it was costing me too much emotionally, in time and money. Well, money started flowing, so I am reconsidering that decision.

If I find the time and if this goal will not endanger in any way goals #1 and #2, I would like to publish those books.
If Amazon ads continue to bear fruit like they are now, I can stop worrying about whether my books will sell. Directed by Purpose, my latest book, published in September 2016, had a very meager launch, but it’s one of my top sellers at the moment, despite that.

There you are: my goals for 2017. I still feel I have too many. But I have renewed purpose and direction, derived from the lessons of 2016. I fully expect to do better this year.
I hope you have a great 2017 too.
What are your goals for this year? How can I help you to achieve them?

Goals for 2016

Goals 2016
My goals for 2016 will be a bit different than for a couple of years back. On 7th of December, I’ve got a coaching call with Scott Beebe, who usually coaches millionaires how to scale their businesses from 1-5 $m to 20-50 $m.

He gave me homework to set a deadline on my dream and outline a roadmap to get there.

Much of what you will read below is the effect of that call and the result of my homework.

1. Email list.

In the past years, I wanted a specific number of people on my email list. I won’t get into details of my failure to reach those numbers (you can check them here and here), but overall my approach didn’t work very well.
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Goals 2015 Revisited

Goals 2015
Everything affects each other. I will slightly alter the order of goals for the purpose of this analysis, so it will be presented in more coherent way.
Let’s start from the goal #2, because its execution affected others.

#2 Quit my job.

To quit my job I need to increase my income from online ventures. First and foremost: sell more books. I decided that I need a subgoal for that – publishing a dozen books in 2015. It didn’t work out as planned…
Heck, I published only seven books, including one very short (and free, so it doesn’t bring income directly) and one co-authored (so it required less workload).
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Goal Setting 2015

Goal Setting 2015
Goals, yikes!

A year ago, I posted on this blog my goals for 2014 and as usual, I miserably failed to accomplish them. But I am stubborn. I’ll keep trying to reach them in 2015.

My set of goals basically haven’t changed.

  1. The unity of my marriage.

This is first and foremost. My business goals eluded me in 2014. I don’t mind this very much because, in December, my wife told me: “It doesn’t matter. Don’t stress yourself. It will come. I support you.”

  1. Quit my 9 to 5 job.

My job still slaves me for 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. I still want my life back; I want to see my kids grow up!

And I want to get more meaning from my life. I know, I experienced in 2014 that my writing made a difference in people’s lives. My job provides food and shelter. But my life means more than that.

To replace my salary, I need to sell about 72 books a day (for three dollars, or six times more for $1). The calculation in 2014 was based solely on $1 books. Now, when I’m back in power over my whole catalogue, I’ll lower the price of most of my old books back to $1.

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2014 Goals Revisited

Goals 2014 Again
A year ago, I mentioned my love-hate relationship with goals. I had set three for 2014. Let’s see how it went.

  1. Unity of my marriage.

When you have been married for 13 years, you can be deluded into thinking that you know everything about the other person and you are the “master” of marriage. Luckily, I wasn’t so blind to think that a year ago and the past year proved me right.

I still don’t think I put enough energy and attention into our relationship. However, there were a few events that transformed our marriage a bit.

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To set or not to set? A goal is the question.

Goals and I don’t get in sync. Too many times in the past I have set a goal and failed to reach it, way too many.

Goal setting connotes to me with frustration and failure.

It seems like the magic of goal setting, of writing them down eludes me.

I hardly remember the last time I met a deadline. Oh, yes, I met it with my first book. It was at the end of May 2013. In September 2013 I wrote a short philosophy work—a week before the deadline.

Falling short of…

My list of unaccomplished or delayed goals is long and miserable.
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