Last week I went over how my 2017 goals went and the exercise was really helpful. If you have not reflected on the past year yet, I suggest you do it before writing any new year resolutions.
My reflections helped me clear the clutter from my head and gave me a clearer vision of what I want in the future. It also helped me see what worked and what didn't work in 2017.
The biggest lesson I learned from my 2017 reflection is that the goals that I worked on with support had a much higher success rate! I also learned that working on too many goals (I had 10!) at once is a new year resolution fail waiting to happen.
We had a great year, but I am looking forward to taking all I learned in 2017 and making 2018 even better.
I broke my goals down into four categories: Income, training (my own), learning and saving.
My highest priority for 2018 is grow income streams from writing, blogging, coaching and personal training.
I've made a commitment to make more room for the things I love. I've given up something good to make room for something great. I've taken a big step in the direction of my dreams.
If you've been paying attention you know that I've been shouting it from the rooftops, I went part-time at my corporate marketing job to allow more time to pursue my training, writing and coaching goals. It's exciting and terrifying. I cut my paycheck almost in half, so if I don't hustle I'll just be home more often with less money. I am leaving money on the table by walking away from my regular paycheck for a few days a week and I'm using that to motivate myself to get proactive with my financial goals.
My goal for the first 90 days is $1000 a month in extra income. That's $250 a week or $35 a day. After 90 days I hope to be in a position to reevaluate this and increase it, but I wanted to start out with a realistic goal. In order to reach this goal, I'll need to be proactive with writing and blog projects, and marketing for training and nutrition clients. Last year, I just stated I wanted to earn more, I didn't identity how much and didn't take any consistent actions to get there.
I will apply for writing and blogging jobs on a weekly basis.
I will run ads and/or promotions for my nutrition and coaching programs monthly.
I will write a useful affiliate post at least once a month
I will get more involved in the local community to meet people (introvert nightmare, but not for me!)
I will proactively reach out to people locally to collaborate on business growth ideas.
I will actively search for people in my community with similar goals (remember what I said I learned about support?)
Strength and running are both important to me, so I will continue to pursue both throughout the year. I am running three half marathons in the first three months of the year, so running with be the priority with strength as a secondary focus in the first quarter. I will continue my half marathon training and be more consistent with my long runs (which historically, I've been terribly inconsistent). My half marathon PR was in 2012 and I want to prove to myself that my running glory days aren't behind me. Can I run another half marathon in under two hours? Only if I put in the work. My goal race is for the Fort Worth Cowtown or the Rock n Roll half.
After we run Disney in April (our fun anniversary race) I will shift to a strength-focused workout program with running becoming secondary. I learned last year that trying to do it all, didn't work out for me. It's all important, I will just shift my main focus throughout the year between running and strength training. 2018, the year of abs? Nah. Ha ha.
Russ wants to continue the run streak (at least one mile a day every day) through 2018 (we started on Thanksgiving). Can we do it? As long as my body hold up, we can. I'll listen to my body first, but we are going to attempt this, wish us luck.
There is so much I want to learn. I keep skimming the surface of things I want to learn more about, but never taking a deep dive (because I am too busy scrolling my Facebook feed). My top education priorities for 2018 are SEO (search engine optimization for my websites), copywriting, photography (my DSLR that I barely know how to use) and photoshop. My plan is to focus on one thing at a time, take a course online (or in person) and deep dive until I have a level of proficiency. With four topics on my list, I can devote at least 90 days to each one. Where shall I start?
Last year I finished up my Precision nutrition certification in the beginning of the year by focusing on studying in the evenings. It was a heck of a lot more productive than social media scrolling. I have books stacked up to the ceiling that I want to read. My focus this year will be on learning by replacing a bad habit (scrolling) with a good one (focused learning).
We have a goal to pay off the house this year. It will be tight with my reduced income but possible, especially if I meet my other income goals. As long as hubs and I both curb our spending, we can accomplish this goal. When we work on things together we are usually successful. How amazing would it be to start 2019 with no house payment?
I feel good about my goals for 2018. They are big goals that are achievable. They are focused. There are a few that will require I step outside my comfort zone, which almost always pushes me to the next level.
Will I look back on this post at the end of 2018 and be proud of what I achieved? Stay tuned...
Here's to a happy, healthy, successful and prosperous 2018! Happy new year friends!
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