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Goals

My April 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year.

The objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my April 2017 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals & ambitions.

General Monthly Overview:

April has been a very satisfying month for me. I’ve never felt as productive or focused as I did this past month. I definitely worked the hardest I have in recent memory.

However, the month wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, to-date April was my lowest performing sales month of the year, but as you’ll read in this review, you’ll see why I’m not too concerned.

As I usher in May I’m excited for the warmer months ahead. I’m a summer baby and I feed off the energy, longer days and vitamin D all provided by the sun. Also, I’m now posted in Downtown Vancouver—not quite in a loft yet but inching towards that goal day-by-day 🙂

Have an amazing month and I hope you get some benefit out of my review below.

Lots of love—Sunny.

Business Goals:

1. I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
As mentioned in the overview above, April was my slowest sales month of the year so far. But despite this, I’ve had a huge mental breakthrough for how I view and operate my business. The truth I’ve come to learn is that in order to make money, you have to spend money. And generally, I’ve been quite stingy with my spending. This likely comes from growing up in an immigrant household where I witnessed my parents work hard, and spend sparingly, saving so that we can enjoy many of the privileges we have today. But when it comes to business, you want your money to work for you, and I’ve now started to invest into my business more by hiring rockstar talent instead of doing as much of the work as possible by myself, or worse—hiring sub-par talent. Delegating tasks to capable people free’s up time and expands my capabilities. I’ll elaborate on this in goal #6.

2. I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
After canning my Toiletries Subscription Service idea earlier this year, I’ve put all my time & effort solely on my main eCommerce venture. This has allowed me to be much more focused & productive. I will still execute on a Bushido Academy Monthly Masterclass subscription service later this year, but not before I have grown and fully automated my eCommerce business.

3. I will easily host my first Retreat by December 31st 2017:
Beyond the progress we’ve made in past months on this task, no additional progress was made on this goal for April.

4. I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
Due to a conflict in schedule, I have changed the date for this certification training to the Fall of 2017 instead of Summer 2017.

5. I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st 2017:
The Bushido Body course is roughly 70% complete, but due to travel amongst multiple team members, filming has been postponed until the end of May and I aim to launch shortly after.

6. I will easily hire a team by December 31st 2017:
This goal was where the bulk of my efforts lay in April. After my original team (assembled in February) started to fall apart, I had to figure out what I was doing wrong and how to improve it. A big part of the problem was a limited budget. We’ve all heard the saying, “you get what you pay for” and as I’ve come to find out, this is also true in business. As a result I’ve increased the budget for my team and since then the quality of our work has improved dramatically. Much work still remains as I create efficient processes and continue to add members to our team, including a full-time eCommerce Manager. Additionally, I have learned it helps to hire people who specialize in what you’re looking for. For example, I spent a lot of time sourcing an eCommerce Manager on my own, but recently I’ve teamed up with a Virtual Staffing agency who will help find me my ideal Manager and will also help me scale my business when needed. This resource should help me find a better candidate for me while also removing much of the headache associated with sourcing multiple team members and scaling operations.

7. I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet. But in my Q1 review, my accountability partner and I came up with a strategy to get this task done in 2017. I’ve refocused on how I’m going to be making these videos and I’m opting for quick 1-min style videos which will be sharable on Instagram as well as YouTube.

8. I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
This past month I recommitted to writing again after taking roughly 6 months off. I felt a little rusty getting started again and I can truthfully say I still haven’t found my groove yet. Some days, dispute my efforts I haven’t been able to put out worthwhile content and I’m not about to release mediocre work—this is my craft and I honor it as such. I still have lots of time to reach my goal of writing 5 days a week and I feel like I’m on the right track again as I ease back into writing, finding joy in writing a solid piece which inspires, motivates and uplifts.

9. I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
 No progress on this goal yet. My goal is to rewatch my Social Media courses & implement their strategies full force once my eCommerce work is automated.

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. I will easily be in the best shape of my life by December 31st 2017
I mentioned last month that I was very happy with my progress on this goal to date. I’m on target to hitting my bulking goals but after my report last month it seems I got a little over-confident and started bulking a little recklessly, adding more fat to my frame than wanted or necessary. I’m making the necessary revisions to my diet and cardio regiment to remedy this and see these changes as necessary course corrections to hit my goals in the months to come.

  • March 1 – June – 14 BULK
  • June 15 – July 15 CUT

11. I will easily do the Splits by December 31st 2017:
The splits are coming along nicely. I’m feeling quite confident in this goal, though I’ve had some strange issues in my pelvis with pops and cracks I never noticed before (yikes!). I’ll have to get this checked out, but overall very happy with my progress here. Will post a progress picture on Instagram soon :).

12. I will easily hire a personal Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
This goal is planned for Q3.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017
In April I booked trips to both New York and Montreal. Later this year I’m contemplating doing a Hawaii trip with family and also something international, maybe Columbia as discussed in earlier reviews, or maybe Philippinesines where my virtual staff HQ is. Only time will tell which destination will come to fruition, but either way, I’m envisioning some great travels this year!

14. I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st 2017:
Currently, I am subletting a Condo by Sunset Beach in DT Vancouver for 6-8 weeks. During this time I will be I sourcing accommodations which are more in line with my Loft/Creative Space goal. I’m excited to be living back in Vancouver and will be making the most of it!

15. I will easily record a Song by December 31st 2017:
In April I submitted an audition for a solo performance in my choir—fingers crossed! Additionally, choir rehearsals have been going great and I am getting more and more confident in my voice. I also won free a free Vocal training session with my amazing Choir director and vocal coach Rebecca Lam and I’m super excited about this. Rebecca is an angel and I’m so grateful to have her as a director and vocal coach! Check her out here!

Personal Development Goals:

16. I will follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
Last month, after having difficulty with my morning routine, I revised my routine and even posted it on my bathroom mirror as a reminder to follow through with my commitment. This seemed to work for a short while but as the month progressed I noticed myself falling asleep later and later at night and I became flexible on the time I would wake up each morning, which derailed my routine alltogether. Now, having just moved I am recommitting once again, this time I am unwilling to to revise my morning alarm for the sake of comfort and being more strict with the time I sleep. Discipline 101.

17. I will easily Meditate every day by December 31st 2017:
Whenever I have a weak morning routine, my meditation (which is part of my morning routine ) seems to fall apart too (duh). Though these last few days I’ve been having great success with both, I hope to keep this momentum up with my chance of address. New space, new routines, new me 😉

18. I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st:
Again, I didn’t read anything in April. I have a shelf of books which I’ve ordered but not yet committed to reading. I’m hoping my new daily routine will give me more space to enjoy books more regularly.

19. I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet.

Selfless Service

20. I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
No progress has been made on this goal yet. Goal is to donate during the winter of Q4.

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My March 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year.

The objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my March 2017 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals & ambitions.

General Monthly Overview:

As March wound to a close, I felt empowered, focused and excited again after a short spell of the opposite.

April brings with it the start of a new Quarter, Q2 and for that reason I did a review of Q1 this weekend. After reviewing Q1 of 2017, I can honestly say I’m so glad I began to document my goals this year. Reviewing my progress has shown me my strengths and exposed my weaknesses. It’s allowed me to celebrate my victories and analyze my shortcomings.

Too often in my life I’ve set goals, always starting strong but losing steam while in the trenches.  This process of documenting my goals and especially documenting them publically holds me accountable to my intentions for 2017 and allows me to course-correct as I go—something which is paramount to success in any endeavor.

I’m excited for Q2 and can’t wait to start the first Monday of the month tomorrow. Hope you’re feeling just as empowered as I am.

Lots of love—Sunny.

Business Goals:

1. I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
I didn’t experience much growth in March in comparison to February, but overall I’m happy with the numbers in Q1 because we’ve matched or exceeded our Christmas season numbers every month this year. I’m very optimistic about this goal and I’m really excited to try some new marketing techniques to increase sales.

2. I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
I spent a good chunk of time in Q1 sourcing suppliers and fulfillment options for my Toiletries Subscription Service brand. But after some time crunching numbers, talking with suppliers and fulfillment operations, the idea just didn’t work—it was going to be very difficult to make it profitable given our current resources and reach. I’m so glad I put in the work to validate this idea before launching it blindly like I have so many other initiatives before (thank you life-experience!). I’ll continue brainstorming other subscription service ideas with the intent to launch at least 1 subscription service this year. Alternatively, I still want to execute on a Bushido Academy Monthly Masterclass subscription service, but not before I have automated the bulk of my eCommerce business—one thing at a time.

3. I will easily host my first Retreat by December 31st 2017:
This month my team and I came together to design a series of live talks in Vancouver which are designed to promote our retreat later this year. We’ve found places to host our talks and started some very preliminary branding exercises with considerations for potential names and target audiences.

4. I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
No progress made on this goal yet. Training starts in June 2017, or alternatively, training also starts in the Fall of 2017.

5. I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st 2017:
This month we finished filming roughly 70% of the Bushido Body course, our goal was to finish filming in March, but due to an unforeseen injury, we had to postpone our filming. I hope to wrap up filming this month given the schedules of all those involved match-up and launch shortly after.

6. I will easily hire a team by December 31st 2017:
In March, the first ever team I assembled in February started falling apart. My lack of experiencing managing a team is to blame for this. I have learned that a team is organic in nature and must be nurtured and tended to. For reasons of laziness, lack of excitement and poor of awareness, I neglected to nurture my team and things began to fall apart as a result. So in April, it is my goal to take what I learned from Version 1.0 of my team and put the effort into greatly improving my team to Version 2.0. For this, I have multiple strategies, one of which is to hire a manager who is my go-to when assigning tasks and reviewing progress. At the moment, I am interacting with multiple team members which isn’t time-efficient and can be energetically draining.  Instead, I will restructure my team with a manager role making it easier for me to spend time nurturing the team and keeping them occupied with work & challenges which will keep them excited, focused and engaged.

7. I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet. But in my Q1 review, my accountability partner and I came up with a strategy to get this task done in 2017. I’ve refocused on how I’m going to be making these videos and I’m opting for quick 1-min style videos which will be sharable on Instagram as well as YouTube.

8. I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
I lost touch with writing in Q1, focusing almost exclusively on eCommerce. I am reminded that writing is very therapeutic and for me it can be very inspiring to translate complicated ideas into simplified ideas for easy absorption. This is also a skill set I will be using for the rest of my life, so I want to train it. For these reasons, I am recommitting to this task—writing and posting 1 Bushido Code a day. I have scheduled this in my calendar so it actually happens.

9. I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
 No progress on this goal yet. My goal is to rewatch my Social Media courses & implement their strategies full force once my eCommerce work is automated.

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. I will easily be in the best shape of my life by December 31st 2017
I’m very happy with my fitness results in Q1. I look & feel great. I surpassed my goal of 185lbs and weighed in at 185.5 @ 10% BF (rough guide measured with a cheap electronic scale) which is bigger and leaner that I had expected. I am now coming down to the last portion of my bulking phase and am excited to see what I can achieve with the time allotted. My Bulk cycle ends ~June 14th, but I may shorten this to June 1st depending on my results.

  • March 1 – June – 14 BULK
  • June 15 – July 15 CUT

11. I will easily do the Splits by December 31st 2017:
This month I took my first pictures of me doing the splits (as low as I could go). Since then I’ve really put more focus and energy into doing the splits. Again, I feel it’s the act of making my goals public (this time in the form of pictures on my Instagram) which really motivate and drive me. I also have new workout warm-up routine which I believe will help me get to my goal faster.

12. I will easily hire a personal Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
This goal is planned for Q3.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017
This Quarter I set the intention for a trip to New York and also a trip to Columbia too. With Columbia, I’ll be able to cross off my “Visit South American” off my Life List too. Plans for these trips begin this week. Stay tuned!

14. I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st 2017:
May 1st I will be subletting a Condo in Yaletown for 6-8 weeks. During this time I will be I sourcing accommodations which are more in line with my Loft/Creative Space goal. I’m excited to be living back in Vancouver and plan on using the Month of April to work extra hard so I can really enjoy my summer in Vancouver.

15. I will easily record a Song by December 31st 2017:
Today I performed with the YVR Choir at our first ever SOLD OUT show & charity event. The show was a massive success and I feel like I’m one step closer to achieving my goal of recording a track in 2017. I’m rejoining the choir in Q2 for additional practice and accountability and I hope to secure some 1-on-1 training soon too.

Personal Development Goals:

16. I will easily Meditate every day by December 31st 2017:
This month my meditation routine was the worst of month of any month so far. This is due to my weak morning routine ritual. As you’ll read below, I’ve recommitted to my morning ritual and with it, my meditation routine. I might also revise this goal to meditate for 100 days in a row, which would still be an accomplishment I would be proud of.

17. I will follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
As mentioned above, my morning routine wasn’t very well kept in March with the exception of the last 1/3rd of the month where I began to refocus on the core pillars of my routine which brought more clarity and energy to my days. This quarter I’m 100% recommitting to my morning routine. I’ve revised it slightly and posted it on my bathroom mirror so I’m able to follow it even if I’m still half asleep =P

18. I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st:
I didn’t read anything in March. I have a shelf of books which I’ve ordered but not yet committed to reading. I’m hoping my new daily routine will give me more space to enjoy books more regularly.

19. I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet.

Selfless Service

20. I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
No progress has been made on this goal yet. Goal is to donate during the winter of Q4.

2017 Goals Calendar

The Goals Calendar serves as a mechanism to spread your goals and goal progressions evenly throughout the year. It prevents overload and forces you to create a plan which increases your chances for success.

Quarter 1: April 1st – June 30th—COMING SOON

  • 190lbs
    • Refine Meal Plan
    • Commit 100% to revised workout plan w/ mobility routine
  • Join Choir
  • 3x Monthly Income from Dec 2016
    • Launch Bushido Body Course
    • Launch Monthly Subscription Service
    • Hire Designer & 2nd VA
    • Redo Instagram Domination Course
    • Build a team for the Smile Club Project
    • Schedule Posts
  • Record 8 videos
  • Taxes
  • Read & summerize 3 books
    • Secret of the Ages
  • Meditate 15min Daily
  • Write for 45min Daily
    • 8 Blog Posts
  • Hold weekly Sunday reviews x4

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  • WRITE a Bushido Code a day (use more of your own personality) Schedule into morning routine [DONE]
  • Listen to Tim Ferris – Mr Money Moustache DONE
  • Have a CODES wisdom Notepad and jot down notes for each video or Code [DONE]
  • Film a video from old content [IN CALENDAR – MAY]
  • Create Bushido Code YouTube Page by April 7th [DONE]
  • Vancouver Loft Sublet [searched – didn’t find anything I liked]
  • Follow morning routine strictly (simplify on paper) and add meditation. [DONE]
  • Put all action items into calendar & text Kirk when done.  [DOING RIGHT NOW]
  • Create a Q2 plan [IN CALENDAR – SUNDAY]
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My February 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my February 2017 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals & ambitions.

General Overview:

February was an intense and emotionally draining month for me. I didn’t feel focused and my rituals and routines seemed to fall apart. The weather was gloomy and this reflected in my mood this month.

During months like these, theirs always things to learn from your experience. My biggest learning in February was not to think with my head so much and to lead my heart instead. I was sweating the small details and often small details only represent the fringe of the bush stroke, it is more important to take notice of the bigger picture that is being painted instead of being blinded by the details. Sometimes excessive attention to details cause overthinking and over-thinking is the art of creating problems that don’t exist.

Lastly, another important reminder I was given this month was a man without a plan for his future will always tend to return to his past. This year I am so grateful for having a plan to step into my best year yet and build a life I don’t need a vacation from. Wishing you a blessed month ahead!

Lots of love—Sunny.

Business Goals:

1. I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
Despite the week-long Chinese New Year Holiday which halts all manufacturing and shipping in China, we’ve had a great month in sales. Our facebook ads are performing well and we generated our single biggest orders to date in February.

2. I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
This month I did a lot of research to see what it would take to start a toiletries subscription box service. We sourced suppliers, fulfillment centers and even received a pitch from our videographer on how to market the brand. At the moment, the biggest part of the puzzle is figuring out our reach & profit margins to know if this idea is viable. Secondly, I had plan to make progress on my monthly Bushido Masterclass subscription service, but progress on this has been slow because of my focus on eCommerce.

3. I will easily host my first Retreat by December 31st 2017:
In February we held a small 5 member inner-circle trial retreat in Whistler. The experience was nothing short of amazing and gave us great confidence in holding a retreat here in Whistler, BC where we have world-class amenities such as Whistlers amazing scenery, the Scandinavian Spa and luxury lodges

4. I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
No progress made on this goal yet. Training starts in June 2017.

5. I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st 2017:
In February the Bushido Body team got together over a meal and recommitted to this project after a 6+ month hiatus. The plan is to review old footage to see if our current location is fit for the project. We have made a commitment to filming in March.

6. I will easily hire a team by December 31st 2017:
February was the first month I put our team into action. Though the team is maturing, the processes I’ve set are clunky and not performing as smoothly or efficiently as they should. The next goal is to create and refine processes so processes can be repeated and scaled.

7. I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet.

8. I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
I have lost touch with writing this month, focusing almost exclusively on eCommerce. After I automate more of the eCommerce work in March I will return to my writing in Q2.

9. I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
 No progress on this goal yet. My goal is to rewatch my Social Media courses & implement their strategies full force once my meditation webinar is launched.

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. I will easily be in the best shape of my life by December 31st 2017
I’m very happy with my overall fitness and aesthetic is early in the year. However, I am still behind on my goal of reaching 185 lbs by March 31st and need to make some adjustments in my diet to compensate for this plateau.

11. I will easily do the Splits by December 31st 2017:
This goal has stagnated somewhat in February with only a handful of stretching sessions. I am working with my friend Slava again and we are creating a routine on how to perform the splits, I will use this process to refine my own routine and rekindle my practice.

12. I will easily hire a personal Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
This goal is planned for Q3.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017
This goal is ideally for Q3-Q4. Currently, Hawaii is on the list for a possible family trip at the end of the year. Other potential locations include New York & Montreal for a trip with a dear friend and perhaps even New Orleans for one of my best friends stag!

14. I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st 2017:
This month I received blessings from my parents to reach this goal and I’m excited about this next chapter in my life. I’ve even found a potential spot! Goal planned for Q2.

15. I will easily record a Song by December 31st 2017:
My Choir classes have been going great! I’m getting more confident in my voice and remember most of my parts by heart. These next few weeks I will dedicate to remembering all my parts by heart and continue to improve my performance. Choir is giving me the regular practice and motivation to record a song by the end of the year.

Personal Development Goals:

16. I will easily Meditate every day by December 31st 2017:
This month my routine was throw off a little by my retreat, but I still managed to meditate most days with the exception of missing 4 days in February. So far to date I have missed 5 meditation days out of the 59 days to date. Not bad, not great.

17. I will follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
My morning routine was very sporadic this month—a chain reaction caused by the retreat I went on earlier this month where I didn’t follow any routine and came back feeling free spirited and unwilling to be more ridgid or disciplined. Tomorrow is a fresh week and I will start my routine from scratch gain and bring it back into full momentum in March.  

18. I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st:
This month I listened to the book, “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, and it’s brilliant! Lots of life lessons on the hustle, how to deal with adversity, and even how to raise a child. This is a book about LIFE, and it’s an epic piece of work. Inspiring, motivating and beautifully performed by Trevor Noha himself. One of my new favourite personalities.

19. I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet.

Selfless Service

20. I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
No progress has been made on this goal yet. Goal is to donate during the winter of Q4.

2017 Goals Calendar

The Goals Calendar serves as a mechanism to spread your goals and goal progressions evenly throughout the year. It prevents overload and forces you to create a plan which increases your chances for success.

Quarter 1: Jan 1st-March 31st

  • 185lbs
    • Create Meal Plan
    • Commit 100% to workout plan
  • Join Choir
  • 2x Monthly Income from Dec 2016
    • Launch Bushido Body Course
    • Launch Monthly Subscription Service
    • Hire Designer & 2nd VA
    • Redo Instagram Domination Course
    • Build a team for the Smile Club Project
    • Schedule Posts
  • Record 8 videos
  • Taxes
  • Read & summerize 3 books
    • Secret of the Ages
  • Meditate 15min Daily
  • Write for 45min Daily
    • 8 Blog Posts
  • Hold weekly Sunday reviews x4
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My January 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my January 2017 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals.

Business Goals:

1. I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
In eCommerce, January is historically a slow month in comparison to December, but due to our growth this month we managed to gross more sales this month than we did in December. This month was our first month crossing into 6 figures revenue territory. However, overall profits were down slightly in comparison to December, but this is expected.

2. I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
Currently, I have 2 subscription model services in the works. 1) A monthly Masterclass for the Bushido Code and 2) A subscription toiletries brand.  This month I designed a webinar to generate leads for The Bushido Academy Masterclass Series and met with a producer to discuss timeline & cost to create a marketing video for our toiletries brand. My goal for February is to add value to The Bushido Academy, improve the conversion rate of the webinar and schedule the production of our toiletries brand marketing video.

3. I will easily host my first Retreat by Dec 31st 2017:
Key members are onboard for a retreat in 2017.  This month my team and I planned a small “inner-circle” retreat for early February, we will use this rereat to model our outer circle retreat later in 2017.

4. I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
Training begins on June 26th. Application & Payment due end of February 2017.

5. I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st 2017:
Reconnected with the team to commit to filming the Bushido Body course in mid-February. I will use the first week of February to refine the Master Bushido Body document so we have clear objectives for this project.

6. I will easily hire a team by December 31st 2017:
This month I hired 10 potential candidates to expand our team, after a few rounds of vetting, 4 remain. My goal is to build a strong team which can streamline our eCommerce business. My next task for this project is to create a workflow which will allow the team to work synergistically.

7. I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
I haven’t made any progress on this goal yet. I will get into a regular rhythm of producing content once the Bushido Code Academy webinar is live & optimized this month.

8. I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
I only wrote for a total of 9 days this month. Far below my goal of 5 days a week. This is a task which I need to schedule time for. I also believe this is a goal which will bring itself to fruition once the Bushido Code Academy webinar is live & optimized this month.

9. I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
 No progress on this goal yet. The plan is to rewatch my Social Media courses & implement their strategies full force when my webinar is optimized this month.

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. I will easily be in the best shape of my life by December 31st 2017
Overall I satisfied with my progress with this goal. I feel healthy & look fit. My diet has been good with the occasion binge-junk food session.  I will be refining my training routine this month to include more & faster workouts throughout my week. Weight gain has stagnated at about 182 so I have asked my friend and personal trainer Ryan Lindsey aka The Fitness Hippie to outline a meal plan in line with my goals. In February I will implment this new diet plan & workout plan and report back on my progress.

11. I will easily do the Splits by December 31st 2017:
I have been performing less stretching routines during my workout sessions lately. But in February i’ll be changing to a 5-day workout routine which should help with my consistency. I have seen progress in my splits but could use a proper progression program. I will reach out to my friend Slava for this.

12. I will easily hire a Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
This goal is planned for Q3, no progress yet.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017

This goal is ideally for Q3-Q4. Currently Hawaii is on the list for a possible family trip. Other potential locations inlcude New York or Montreal and SE Asia.

14. I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st 2017:
This goal is set for Q2. All my energy is going to into reaching my income milestones for Q1 and Q2 to make this goal a reality. So far, so good!

15. I will easily record a Song by December 31st 2017:
This month I joined a choir and had my first few practice sessions, the whole experience has been so good! Our lead, Rebecca is amazing and I’m really grateful to be under her instruction. This month I commit to practicing more regularly.

Personal Development Goals:

16. I will easily Meditate every day by December 31st 2017:
This month has been my best month for meditation. I meditated every day except for 1 missed day. Sometimes I would shorten my meditation times from 20min to 15min or 10min., but I meditated every day except for 1.

17. I will follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
My morning routine this month was and improvement over December, but still bumpy. I had good success waking up at my designated time, though when I would falter, I would falter 2-3 days in a row. But even when I would wake up at the correct time, I would not put 100% effort into my morning routine, often looking for shortcuts or making excuses.

When I perform my routine in its entirety, I notice a big different in my energy, happiness and focus throughout the day. I recommitment to this goal by heading to bed by my set bedtime so I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start my day with enthusiasm and a morning routine designed for success!

18. I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st:
No progress has been made on this task yet. But I have thought about the format for the book reviews—ideally I would just record the biggest idea of each section/chapter and provide 3 supporting points for each idea, instead of alternatively dissecting each section and following the information architecture of the author, which in a condensed format may not be the best approach.

19. I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st 2017:
I am very interested in attending the High-Performance Academy in San Diego in March, but I still have time to decide if this is the right event for me.

Selfless Service

20. I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
No progress has been made on this goal yet. Goal is to donate during the winter of Q4.

2017 Goals Calendar

The Goals Calendar serves as a mechanism to spread your goals and goal progressions evenly throughout the year. It prevents overload and forces you to create a plan which increases your chances for success.

Quarter 1: Jan 1st-March 31st

  • 185lbs
    • Create Meal Plan
    • Commit 100% to workout plan
  • Join Choir DONE
  • 2x Monthly Income from Dec 2016
    • Launch Bushido Body Course FEB
    • Launch Monthly Subscription Service FEB
    • Hire Designer & 2nd VA JAN
    • Redo Instagram Domination Course MARCH
    • Build a team for the Smile Club Project FEB
    • Schedule Posts MARCH
  • Record 8 videos
  • Taxes
  • Read & summerize 3 books
    • Secret of the Ages
  • Meditate 15min Daily
  • Write for 45min Daily
    • 8 Blog Posts
  • Hold weekly Sunday reviews x4
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Goals

Goal Plan for 2017

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin

Objective:

Too often we start our year with good intentions only to lose steam months, weeks and sometimes only days into the year (I speak from experience).

This year, I am holding myself publicly accountable to my goals both through this blog & with accountability partners in my mastermind groups. The purpose of writing my goals in the format below is to clearly plan and organize my commitments. In addition to my Yearly Goal Plan, I will be writing Monthly Updates, which will serve as a mechanism to course correct as the year progresses. Throughout this process, I will be 100% truthful with myself and learn from both my wins and blunders.

Theme for 2017:

Paint a beautiful picture:
The world has nothing for us, instead, it is a canvas on which we as conscious creators express our infinite creativity. In 2017, I will paint a beautiful picture. Remember, everything that is generated comes from within. So pay close attention to your emotions, catch when you are sour and adjust your attitude with gratitude. Keep your eye on the prize (your goals) and remember, happiness is a state, not a destination.

Business Goals:

1. I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
2016 was the first year I became a full-time entrepreneur. In 2017, I will take the sum of my income from December 2016 and grow it by 5x by December 2017. I will use the quarterly schedule below to track the progress of this goal. Many of the my goals under “Business” will assist me in accomplishing this overarching goal.

2. I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
In 2016, I learned a lot about Business, especially eCommerce and in 2017 I will take all that knowledge and apply it into creating a subscription service.

3. I will easily host my first Retreat by Dec 31st 2017:
I’ve experienced first-hand the transformational shift which occurs during retreats and personal growth conferences. I work with an exceptionally talented roster of experts who I’m lucky enough to call friends and have wanted to hold a Bushido Retreat in 2016 but it wasn’t possible. This retreat will be a place for those interested to push their limits, to test the limits of their minds, shed old skins and are willing to ask more from life.

4. I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
In order to take my coaching practice to the next level, I want to be trained by one of the best and I’ve found the right coach and framework for me, so 2017 I will be investing in myself by completing the CHPC Certification.

5. I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st 2017:
In 2017, I will be launching The Bushido Body a collaboration with movement specialist, Slava Goloubov and videographer Nate Slaco.  I’ve also wanted to take the Bushido Code and develop it into a video course too. The Bushido Body is my priority, but a Bushido Code Video Course is inevitable.

6. I will easily hire a team by December 31st 2017:
In 2016, my brother and I hired our first long-term employee. We’re blessed to have him working on our team. In 2017 I want to expand our eCommerce team to be able to service multiple stores and campaigns. This would give me the freedom to work on refining the vision of the company and remove me from day-to-day tasks.

7. I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
Video is the medium of the future, articles and images are secondary on the new web and I because I live in the new web and beyond, I need to learn how to talk to the world through a camera.

8. I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
In 2015 I was writing daily and put out a large body of work. In 2016, I barely wrote. For me, writing is therapeutic and helps with thinking, reduces anxiety and keeps me focused and inspired. I think the pressure of my old work and standard of writing affected my output in 2016. In 2017, I will be getting back to the joy of writing, and write for myself, just like I did when I first started.

9. I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
To date, I have just over 60,000 followers on Social Media. The majority of that being on Instagram. In 2017, I will continue to grow the Bushido Code through Facebook & YouTube to surpass 200,000 followers.

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. I will easily be in the best shape of my life by December 31st 2017

No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates

In 2016 joined a new gym and began tracking my training more strictly. In 2017, I want to surpass any other time which I considered myself to be “at my best” (circa 2010). The bulk and cut phases for this have been put into the quarterly calendar below. My ideal shape is ~190lbs @ < 10% BodyFat.

11. I will easily do the Splits by December 31st 2017:
In 2017 I will do the splits. Any questions? 🙂

12. I will easily hire a Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
I want to refine my technique and train the ability to hit a moving target with full raw intensity. This is best achieved with a talented pad trainer who can spot holes in my game and improve my use of range.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017

In my LIFE LIST I have a growing list of places I want to visit and by the end of the year I will have to crossed 2 of those destinations off the list! Possible locations: New York or Montreal & 1 New Country (maybe somewhere in SE Asia).

14. I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st 2017:

I want to live in a Creative Space / Loft this summer. Something bright in a handy location where I can bike around to get places and really immerse myself in the beauty of the city. Living close by the water in a city like Vancouver during the Summer is an uplifting experience you must experience for yourself.

15. I will easily record a Song by December 31st 2017:
Something in me wants to sing more. Singing is therapeutic and extremely good for you. Fresh-air rushed through your lungs through the process of singing releases endorphins which reduce stress and elevate the mood. Plus, it’s just damn fun! This year I’m breaking this goal down into A) Joining the Choir and B) Recording a Song.

Personal Development Goals:

16. I will easily Meditate every day by December 31st 2017:
By conquering your mind, you can conquer the world – Guru Nanak
Though I’ve meditated for years, I’ve never dedicated myself to meditation as I will for the next 365 days. The importance of meditation is understated in our modern society, and the more I learn of ancient wisdom, the more I’m convinced that meditation the single most potent discipline to radically change your life.

17. I will follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
My AM/PM Golden Rituals set the base for my day, and ultimately my life. Within my Golden Rituals I take time to stretch, meditate, fuel my body and reconnect with my life vision amongst other things. When I fall short of my morning routine, I notice the effects throughout my day, so this year I have set the intention to perform my Moring Ritual a minimum of 5 days a week. 

18. I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st:
They say you haven’t understood something unless you can teach it to a child. In these 12 book reports I will learn and condense knowledge from 12 of the highest rated books on high-performance, mindset and personal development and condense them into easy to digest, bite-size summaries which can be skimmed over to enhance my life and yours.

19. I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st 2017:
A good seminar or event can radically shift the way you see the world—it can impregnate you with an idea or introduce you to someone amazing who you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Selfless Service

20. I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
One of my youngest memories is of my parents asking me to give a bag of chips and a drink to a homeless person in need. I’ve been raised by my parents and my religion to give back selflessly, though I haven’t been doing this to the extent I should or could. In honoring this value, I will donate 1000 articles of clothing to the homeless in 2017.

 

2017 Goals Calendar

The Goals Calendar serves as a mechanism to spread your goals and goal progressions evenly throughout the year. It prevents overload and forces you to create a plan which increases your chances for success.

Quarter 1: Jan 1st-March 31st

  • 185lbs
    • Create Meal Plan
    • Commit 100% to workout plan
  • Join Choir
  • 2x Monthly Income from Dec 2016
    • Launch Bushido Body Course
    • Launch Monthly Subscription Service
    • Hire Designer & 2nd VA
    • Redo Instagram Domination Course
    • Build a team for the Smile Club Project
    • Schedule Posts
  • Record 8 videos
  • Taxes
  • Read & summerize 3 books
    • Secret of the Ages
  • Meditate 15min Daily
  • Write for 45min Daily
    • 8 Blog Posts
  • Hold weekly Sunday reviews

Quarter 2: April 1st-June 30st

  • 190lbs
  • Downtown Loft / Creative Space (in Q2)
  • Take Piano Lessons
  • Certified High-Performance Training, June 26-30th
  • 3x Monthly Income from Dec 2016

Quarter 3: July 1st-Sept 31st

  • 190lbs < 10% BF
  • Yin Yoga
  • 4x Monthly Income from Dec 2016

Quarter 4: Oct 1st-Dec 31st

  • Avoid Winter months (travel/work from abroad)
  • 5x Monthly Income from Dec 2016
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