It’s 6 a.m. on Christmas morning, and I’m the first one up, as usual… And despite being Thursday, it feels ominously like a Sunday morning; especially since my family are all tucked away in bed sleeping without alarm clocks set, since – being Christmas – no one has a timeline to follow this morning. So with it all being quiet around here, this seems as good a time as any for me to begin planning my goals for 2015. And so – with coffee in hand – that’s exactly what I think I’ll do.*
Last week when I did a review of the past year, it became painfully obvious to me that in a few areas where I fell horrifically short from my intended targets. Looking back now, I see this was mostly because they were a bit unrealistic in the first place; and so in a sense, I’d actually set myself up for failure from the get-go. This year, I’d like to focus on completing some of the more important of those “not-yet-completed” goals, so I’ll re-include them in my 2015 crop of goals.
Actually, this year I’m going to take a different approach to “Goal Setting” all together: Rather than the “Throw enough shit on the
wall goals board and see what sticks” method, this year I’m going to break goals down to 5 categories, and set specific targets in each one. My purpose for this change is to become more “well-rounded” in all areas of my life, and working towards individual goals in each one only makes sense, right? So without blabbering on, let’s get started with my work goals… “Work” being identified as anything I do that has immediate or future potential to earn money.
Blog: I think the most important thing I’ve learned this year is that I should write my blog for the sake of writing, and improving my skills as a writer, rather than to try and hit certain numbers that I really have no control over. By “numbers” I mean Facebook “Likes”, comments, subscribers, etc. – I now believe I should just “do what I do, as best as I can do it” and let the blog grow as organically as possible.
Having said that, I do plan to continue to post twice a week, and make sure the content is as quality as possible, whilst maintaining a certain bit of Fish “je ne sais quoi”… in addition, with the update of my website I want to make sure I include the three “freebies” I’d talked about before: #1) Success Blueprint. #2) Inspirational Wallpapers. #3) Some planning tools.
Create an Actual Business: This is the year that I turn my speaking/training/coaching into a viable, income earning, P.S.T. paying business. I won’t put an exact date on it, but it had better be before June 30th; this will give me time to build the framework, and get the needed website up and running.
Speeches/Workshops: I’m committed to giving 12 speeches and/or workshops this year, and expect 5 of them to be paying gigs. This will mean going out and doing a lot of cold calling to get the gigs; it also means having WORTHWHILE speeches and workshops to give. So defining and creating that content is at the front of my tasks, and so far I figure I’m about 40% there.
Part Time Employment: I’m thinking about getting a part time job to help bring in a bit of extra cash… we’ll see how this works out. I’m really not sure what that even looks like at this point, but need to identify it as a possible goal.
Write/Create Outside of the Home Once Per Week: After treating myself to a gorgeous $1,700+ MacBook Pro, it seems that I’ve yet to take it out to Starbucks for a “spin”… so making that a habit is definitely a goal, and once a week is a great way to to commit to getting me out of the house.
TRAVEL GOALS: We’ve got plans for 3 trips this year:
Mexico: We’ve planned a week in Mexico in June, for our annual “R & R Getaway” at the Royal Decameron Resort in Bucerias. We’ve been going down for years now (this will be my 25th trip to Mexico, and 16th or 17th to Vallarta) and really appreciate this week away from home.
Portland, Oregon: In July, we’ve got tickets for the 4 day “World Domination Summit”. This should be extra exciting as we’ll be driving down there, so all in all that should be a bit of an adventure in itself. The summit itself promises to be a “game-changer”, and one I’m very much looking forward to attending. I want to prepare to meet a ton of amazing people, so many of the things on this list need to be completed if I’m to make the impression and connections I want to. This trip is a major motivator for that.
Australia: Then, if all goes according to plan, we’ll be off to Australia in September to visit Paula’s stepmother. It will have been a year since her last trip down when she sat with her dad in his final days, so the idea is that we can be down there for the anniversary of his death. If we can, we hope to include a “stopover” somewhere exotic; this will depend on flights, etc. so we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: I’d like to say that I’m going to read more this year, but the truth of the matter is that finding time to read is hard, mostly since I’m usually writing. I will try to get to a few more books, especially ones that are written by the people whom I’ve been following online.
Create New Friendships: As eluded to in my review of 2014 post, this is an area that’s always been a bit tricky for us since we have so little free time, in turn making it difficult to meet people who share similar interests as us. But the key word here is “difficult”, and not “impossible”; so I’ll have to start applying myself by going to more social events and making more of an effort; maybe I’ll even join a club or two.
Toastmasters: I joined Toastmasters in December, and plan to work through the program to help develop both my speaking skills, as well as develop more business relationships. I think it’s a great way to (a) get me out of the house each week, and (b) surround myself with some motivated people who want to grow themselves as well.
Alcohol: We’ve decided to cut back on our alcohol consumption this year, beginning with taking off the month of January to see how it feels. The goal is to “detox” ourselves a bit, and then reduce our “drinking” days to just one or two a week, probably the weekends. We did this for 8 months once, and it felt great; so it just feels right that we give it another go. I’ve noticed that since I quit my job, my desire to drink has gone waaaaaay down. Coincidence? I think not! Either way, limiting alcohol is definitely on the agenda in 2015.
Eat Better: This basically means more vegetables and less fast food; something I don’t think will be too hard since I’m not out on the road doing sales calls. Having said that, I do enjoy the odd Quarter Pounder with Cheese, so as long as it’s not every week, I should be okay.
Paula’s Liver Cleanse: I’ve agreed to give this vile ritual a go in January, and see how it works out. If it’s good, we’ll go a couple more times. I’ve seen the photos and must say it’s pretty amazing what the body omits if put through the right ritual. It actually kind of freaks me out that these things are in there in the first place, but that’s the idea, right? I think given our abstinence of booze Jan would be a perfect time to do this.
Gym: I’m committed to going to the gym a minimum of 5 days a week, and sticking to the routines I’ve been using, a combination of muscle growth and cardio. Other than just “doing it”, there’s not much more to add to this. I usually weigh in at about 215 lbs. and would love to shrink that number down, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. The real goal is to stick to my 5 days a week.
FAMILY GOALS: This category is personal, but I know I have some areas of improvement I need to work on to be the best member I can be to help my wife and son out. It’s mostly about being kind and considerate as much as possible, and taking all opportunities to show them how much they mean to me.
Tristan’s Future: I want to begin the process of helping Tristan plan his career, and a place to live. There is a lot of ground to cover for this, but it’s important we get started and get the ball rolling. Once we’ve got the new funding scenario underway, it will give me a place to start.
FINANCIAL GOALS: I’d like to grow our net worth by an additional $50,000 this year by investing more; I’m not sure how this will happen with my current “retired” status, but we’ll figure it out one way or another. It will also help if the stock market behaves; fingers crossed for that!
Money Magnet: I want to save up all “found money” – what we lovingly refer to as “Money Magnet” in our house – for the full year, to see how much enters my life. This will be way easier said than done, as traditionally I’ve used this cash for milk, a bottle of wine or to supplement other household expenses. This is money that mostly comes from recycling bottles, but can also be simply just “found”… I tried to do this last year and didn’t make it past Jan 15th, since once I saved up $80 I bought myself “Ivee” the supposed “smart clock” I’d been salivating over at Staples. What a disaster!~ It turned out to be a total waste of money! Here’s hoping that my willpower is better this year, and there are no stupid gadgets around to distract me~!
Well that’s all for now; looking at this list I’ve got a lot of work to do, so I’d better get on it. Thanks again for reading, and please wish me luck as I go forth and tackle my “overly ambitious” goals of 2015 – from the sounds of it, I’m going to need it!
* Okay, to be honest, this was a much bigger project than I thought it would be and actually took me 4 days to complete!