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