Throughout the year, I perform regular goal reviews where I measure the progress of my 2018 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 October, November & December 2018 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.
As I review the last quarter of 2018, I can say I’ve learned some huge lessons in goal setting. My theme for the year, “less is more” has proven to be successful. I worked on far fewer projects/goals this year, instead narrowing my focus to 8 goals, down from 20 the year before.
I did, however, still work on things that weren’t on my goal list – and naturally this bogged down my energy, focus, and success. Interestingly, I wasn’t aware of that as I was taking on the additional workload, failing to see the loss of focus and instead focusing on the potential “opportunity” or the fear of missing out. I plan on taking action to prevent this from happening again in 2019 by placing a stronger emphasis on project planning and utilizing a new theme in 2019 which I hope will help prevent me from making this same mistake again.
Thanks for your support this year.
Nothing but love,
Goals for 2018:
1. INCOMPLETE – I will make 7 figures in 2018
Business this year was a rollercoaster. The start of the year saw abysmal numbers until August. However, the end of Summer and all of Fall was really good for us. Cryptocurrency took a huge hit this year and continues to be extremely volatile. And my plan to sell my E-commerce store didn’t pan out so I didn’t even come close to hitting this lofty goal.
This is my second year in a row that I’ve set a monetary goal and missed my target. This year, I missed it drastically lol. I’m trying to decipher if that means anything. I think next year I’m not going to focus on a monetary number, and instead focus on scaling my impact and contribution to the world instead of scaling my income because I believe both are strongly connected.
2. SUCCESS – I will make an App by April 2018
My app Primr (name may change) is out in the Apple app store. Though it still has a long way to go, I’m very happy with its current state. We’re in a good place to get people into the app and see how/why they’re using it so we can continue to iterate on it and improve it based on user feedback. This project has been a fun, carefree venture with my good friend and mastermind partner Ryan Lindsey. In 2018 the goal is to continue to iterate on it and grow it into a revenue stream. I’m really excited about the foundation we’ve built for this project. We’re still working on a better On-Boardingg” process and adding multiple “User Journey’s” to the app—right now we only have one User Journey for relaxation, but the plan is to expand that two 4 and then 9. Here are a few screenshots the app:
3. INCOMPLETE – Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by December 2018
The Crypto world fell flat this year. Like, really flat. You’d be hard pressed to find a “winning portfolio” in the span of 2017-2018 the drop was that bad. I quit learning about Crypto around Q2 it because it was depressing watching the numbers drop…lol. Instead, I focused my time and energy only on things I could control. Though, as I said in my last post I did attend a really amazing 3-day Investing Conference in the Fall called “Rule 1” presented by Phil Town which detailed the Stock Market and NOT Cryptocurrency but was very informative and gave me useful tools, strategies, and theories which I can apply to both markets.
4. IN PROGRESS – Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018
This journal has been a big part of my life for the last 2 months. I procrastinated on this goal a lot and I think part of it had to do with how large this project really was 1) Designing & Printing the Journal 2) Creating & recording a free course on how to use it 3) Marketing the journal and 4) Creating & recording the upsell premium course. I think because of the complexity of this project, I failed to act on it – paralyzed by the sheer size of it. Since this project is incomplete and still in progress in 2019 I will be spending more time planning and creating a schedule so I knew when each component has to be complete and how much time I have to do it. I will take this learning into my goals for 2019 being sure to create a plan for any larger goal here on out.
5. SUCCESS: Bulk to 200lbs in body weight in 2018
I did it, I hit this goal after about 3 years of trying and failing each time. I just measured myself today and I’m 201lbs. I’m not a lean 201, but I’ve set myself up with a decent foundation for cutting down to a big, lean 185 which is probably my ideal weight. In the past when I’ve leaned out I’ve been a very lean but small 170. I’m so happy I finally hit this goal. It’s been a long time coming and it feels great.
6. SUCCESS: Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein dishes by October 2018
Of all the goals I set this year, I think this one was oddly the most satisfying. When I made food I seldom thought about it as a goal. Instead, I just had fun with it. I enjoyed the process of making good, healthy food. It was rewarding when I made something that tasted good and made me feel good. That was the reward, not the act of accomplishing this as a goal, though that feels good too, but only for a short time. The feeling is fleeting. I think it’s important to consider this when setting and working towards a goal. As cliche as it sounds, it is the journey that is the reward, not the destination. Focus on enjoying the journey.
- Thai Green Curry (veg & non-veg) (8/10) *
- Red Lentil & Meat Sauce Pasta (9/10) *
- Mango Sticky Rice (7/10)
- Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) (6/10)
- Banana Nut Muffins (5/10)
- Mushroom Proscottio Linguine (10/10)
- Jalapeno Beef Burgers w/ Yam Fries (10/10)
- Shrimp Pad Thai (5/10) – Either I made this dish very poorly, the shrimp was bad or I have some kind of shellfish allergy lol
- Sweet Ginger Beef Rice Bowl (6/10) *
- Avocado Linguine (4/10)
- Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake (10/10)
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (8/10)
- Banana Bread Ice Cream (7/10)
- Cod Fishcakes w/ Roasted Potatoes & Asparagus (6/10) – This dish was a nightmare to make and it stunk up the whole house for days lol.
- French Omelette (10/10) – This one was harder than it seemed! *
- Coconut Chocolate Macaroons – (9/10)
- Spicy Yakisoba (6/10)
- Thai Red Curry Pasta (8/10) *
- Turkey Dinner w/ Turkey, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Brocolinni (10/10) – Very happy with how this turned out. Especially fitting for an end of year meal. I’ve learned a lot about food this year and I can honestly say I now enjoy the process of cooking and look forward to making tasty healthy (sometimes lol) food for myself and the people I love.
Note from May 2018:
Overall, I’m really enjoying cooking for myself and others (other than the clean up – I hate that part!) but not many of the dishes I’ve made so far have been Indian dishes (as per the original goal). So I could go 2 ways with this.
- Learn and cook more Indian dishes (less interesting to me at the moment) OR
- Cook more of what I feel like (more interesting to me right now).
In the name of FUN, I’m just going to pick option (2) and continue to get more familiar with the kitchen with spices and flavors as I’ve already been doing. I feel if I corner myself into Indian food only, it might suck the fun out of it. That’s not to say I won’t learn more Indian dishes, it just might not be ALL Indian as I had originally thought.
7. PARTIALLY DONE: I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018
So this goal is partially complete. This year I performed a solo with the YVR Choir, Justin Timberlake’s Senorita. But I didn’t write or perform any of my own music as I had wished. I’m not too put off by that though. I love singing, I’m pretty happy how far I’ve come in the last few years since I started. I’m going to continue this goal into 2019, but with a twist which I’m really excited about. The idea is to find a way I can be musically creative without being rigid or learning to play the piano… and it involves a looping pedal. =D. Stay tuned!
8. SUCCESS: Do an epic trip in Fall of 2018
Written in May:
So I’ve been trying to plan this “epic travel” the last few months and then when I was in NYC, it HIT ME! I was already on that adventure. I was surrounded by 40+ friends from Choir and close friends who traveled from Vancouver, Calgary, and San Francisco to see me. Even having been to NYC only 8 months prior, this second NYC experience was one I won’t soon forget.
After 10 days in NYC, I then flew to Toronto where I got a sweet family hook-up on an amazing Airbnb (with its own rock climbing studio!) and a brand new 2018 Jeep to check out the city. Toronto was so good to me; the locals were ultra friendly, the food was amazing and my company was perfect.
Sometimes you have to take a step back to see just how good you’ve got it. So I asked myself about this “epic travel”. Was this experience the epic travel I was looking for? And the answer was a resounding, YES.
Do I feel the need for another multi-week trip right now? No.
Will I still seek out more adventures in 2018? Well, let’s say, I’d never say no to an adventure :)|
Hope you gained something from this review and wishing you an amazing 2019!