If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin
2018 is the second 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, understand my motives and learn about myself from the entire experience. 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 2018:
Maximize by Minimizing: Perhaps you’ve heard the term “less is more”. This is a theory I learned in Design School. Too often newer students (myself included) would add too many elements to a logo trying to distinguish it or make it unique. But this would have the opposite effect—often the simplest logos stood out the most and created the strongest brands. The nosiest logos were too busy and failed to catch the attention of the masses.
This was me last year; I tried to make my year extra fancy. I had 20 goals in all different areas of my life. But by doing regular reviews, I came to realize that this was way too many goals for me—I was overwhelmed, and nearly suffocated by my commitments in Q4 of 2017.
This year, with the encouragement of my friend Boris Kerjner, I spent some time reflecting on my values before committing to my goals. I used the DiMartini Value Determination exercise to help me with this. I spent time really thinking about the things I value the most and did my best to align my goals with those things, such as financial freedom, creative expression, adventure & fitness.
In the process, I’ve cut the number of my goals in less than half – opting for a range of 6-8 goals. Here they are.
Goals for 2018:
1. I will break 7 figures in 2018
I believe we’re living in the golden age of the internet marketing – that time before everyone and their grandma is saturating the online space (though that’s already starting to happen!). Because this is the “Gold Rush” ere, I believe it’s time to take advantage of this Gold Rush and set yourself up for financial freedom NOW. I plan to do this in a few ways. Which are outlined in my goals list below. But again, like last year, my #1 goal is a financial goal and this goal sets the tone for goals 2, 3 and 4.
2. I will make an App by April 31st 2018
In 2012 I made my first app. 6 years later I’m back at it again. This time around I’m focused on improving my focus(and yours!) My goal is to create an app which helps train you to focus using a dynamic meditation technique. This practice should give you more in control of your habits and productivity.
3. Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by Dec 2018
The world is changing. Technology is evolving rapidly, and I want to not only understand it but to invest in it. I believe Cryptocurrencies will change the way we exchange value and the blockchain is the internet 3.0—these are technologies of the future. My goal is to invest my time and money into this exciting new sector and become an expert in this space.
4. Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018
In 2016 I created a digital “PDF” Journal called Plan & Conquer which I gave away with my eBook “The Bushido Code”. The feedback I received for this was overwhelmingly positive, though one question I frequently received was, “can you make this into an actual book or an app?!”. This year I’m finally doing exactly that—creating a Hardcover Journal which I can sell as a stand-alone product. But to provide extra value, I’m also going to be creating a complimentary Journaling course to go with it. Journaling has been one of the biggest game changers in my life. I believe in it strongly and want to help others by creating the best journal in the world.
5. Hit 200lbs in bodyweight by June 2018
I remember in 2009, new years eve—I stepped on the scale and I was 199.9lbs. Heavy and unhealthy, my goal was to slim down to my normal weight of 175 lbs. Fast forward 9 years and I’m looking to get back up to 200lbs, only this time bigger, faster and stronger than ever before.
6. Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein Indian dishes by Oct 2018
Both my parents are amazing cooks. My dad is even a chef. Growing up I was fed healthy, delicious food. It’s fair to say I took it for granted until I got older when I really began to appreciate what a blessing it was. If I had to say 1 thing my parents were best at, it would be their cooking. My goal is to begin to learn the art of Indian cooking, with the eventual goal to share this art with the world through a book or app.
But for now, my goal for 2018 is to just get started. I am a novice in the kitchen. I want to learn 5 basic dishes but healthy dishes.
7. I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018
Music and creative expression are important values to me. In the past year, I have been singing with the YVR Pop Choir and I look forward to continuing singing with them, but also pursuing my own independent music, both in singing and songwriting. Years ago I would write lyrics and produce music, I want to get back into that. without feeling obligated to create. I just want to write, sing and create.
8. Do an epic travel/hike in the Fall of 2018
I crave adventure. I like the idea of being in a brand new location, not knowing anyone or even the language. Culture shock excites me. The challenge of it all, the unknown. This year I will travel to an epic destination which involves a climb of some sort. Be it Mount Fuji or Kilimanjaro, I’m not sure yet, but I know I want to be on the top of the world.