It’s the beginning of the year, the time to set goals. My attitude toward goals is ambiguous at best.
Yet, I still set them year after year, so I set goals for 2018 too. I recognized that they are useful tools for focus in the long haul. Pondering them is a useful exercise on its own. I definitely consider the previous year to be the best in my life and not a small part of the reason was that I seriously pondered my goals for 2017. I drew conclusions from my past failures and prepared a better battle plan. If not that reflection, if not the change of the course, I might have gone insane already.
Hopefully, it will work the same way in 2018 (not going insane; having the best year of my life, that is). Like in 2017, my goals for 2018 are set by priority. Thus, the priority number one is:
It’s the beginning of the New Year, a time for revisiting my goals for 2017. Let’s dive straight into it.
I wanted to put prayer first in my life. I almost succeeded. I prayed more consistently. I even added one more prayer into my daily schedule.
I see the clear connection between my renewed focus on prayer and how many good things happened in 2017. For some of them, I’ve been praying for 15 years.
Verily, put God in first place and everything will fall into the right place. Continue reading
Goals. 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.
There is only an 8% chance you will succeed with your New Year’s resolution. Well, that’s the average of course. If you are an expert in habit building and know what you are doing—and most importantly have succeeded in the past—your chances are much higher.
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.
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).
But I quit my job… Continue reading
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.
- 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.”
- 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.
A year ago, I mentioned my love-hate relationship with goals. I had set three for 2014. Let’s see how it went.
- 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.
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.