Previous posts about Goals

You can follow all my posts related to my Goals here.

Goals List 2018

This year I decided to simplify the goals I set in an attempt to make my focus more concentrated on the things that matter most to me. Here are the 4 goals I set:

1. Grow my new book publishing and digital marketing business to achieve £4,000 in profit this year

  • To be achieved through a combination of activitites such as publishing, blogging, podcasting or any other income generating activities which present themselves throughout the year

2. Focus on my well being to achieve optimal health this year

  • I will know I have achieved this goal when I am happy with the diet I am following and with my fitness and relaxation levels. I am eating an organic diet and taking quality supplements. I am regularly having treatments such as chiropractor, massage, acupuncture and reiki. I am using mediation and yoga to keep me relaxed and in touch with my spirituality

3. Continue my learning

  • I will know I have achieved this goal when I have read or listened to at least 6 further books
  • I will also have participated in any courses or events that offer learning opportunities, which present themselves throughout the year
  • I will have watched TED talks, educational films, youtube and podcasts to learn new things

4. Create a philanthropic strategy for this year and implement it

  • I will know I have achieved this goal when I have decided upon my charity giving strategy for 2018 and beyond. I will have a charitable target to save toward which could be something like funding a new school or providing sanitation/toilet blocks or helping a homeless person get off the streets

Goals List 2017

My 3 key areas to focus on for the year:
1. Personal Nurturing
Anything falls under here which I want to improve in terms of my health, fitness, relationships, wellbeing and personal development

2. Giving Back
This covers things such as donations and help for charities, fundraising efforts and any help or support I can offer to family, friends, acquaintances and people seeking my help

3. Achieving Freedom
This is all about my entrepreneurial and FIRE related endeavours - my ultimate goal is to achieve freedom from working for someone else - so whether I achieve that through early retirement, funding myself through my own money making endeavours, or a combination of these two it goes under this category!

And here are my ten 2017 goals:
Personal Nurturing
Goal 1:  I will easily have read 6 new books by the end of 2017
I will know I have achieved this goal when I can list the 6 new books which I have read

Goal 2: I will easily attend and eagerly learn from the Tony Robbins Unleash The Power Within event
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have attended the UPW event and have made a list of notes from it

Giving Back
Goal 3: I will easily maintain a monthly presence in the personal finance/FIRE online community
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have either posted a blog update, or commented on a personal finance/FIRE update from a member of the online community, at least 12 times

Goal 4: I will easily hold 3 free coaching sessions in personal development or personal finance to get experience at how to coach
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have provided 3 free coaching sessions

Goal 5: I will easily donate £400 to charitable causes this year
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have donated at least £400 to charity this year

Achieving Freedom
Goal 6: I will easily have 4 published and promoted books on Amazon by the end of the year
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have at least 4 books published in KDP and Createspace

Goal 7: I will easily attend and learn new tips from FinCon in Dallas
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have attended and made notes at Fincon 2017

Goal 8: I will easily attend and learn new tips from the UK Money Bloggers conference
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have attended the UK Money Bloggers conference (SHOMO awards 2017)

Goal 9: I will easily follow my 2017 Freedom Plan so that I achieve freedom from working the 9-5 by the end of 2017
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have finished my last freelance contract onsite

Goal 10: I will easily follow my FIRE by 50 plan so that I remain on target to retire by age 50
I will know I have achieved this goal when I have achieved the targets for 2017 on my revised FIRE by 50 plan

Goals List 2016

The "complete by" date for all goals was December 31st 2016 unless otherwise stated.

1. Experience the joy, satisfaction and contentment of living with my partner (TheBF) for the first time
ROLES: Home Builder, Relationship Builder
I will seek to do this by:
  • Accepting suitable offers for the sale of my house and TheBF's house, with both proceeding to sale completion {DONE}
  • Finding a new house to buy with TheBF which meets all our purchase criteria
    • Agree a suitable purchase price {DONE}
    • Complete the purchase {DONE}
    • Move in [by December 31st 2016] {DONE}
RESULT: PASS (May 2016)

2. Gain the freedom to choose what I use my time for, removing the necessity of doing work that does not inspire me simply because it pays the bills
ROLES: Money Manager, Entrepreneurial Endeavours
I will seek to do this by:
  • Pursuing financial independence
    • Create a 2016 financial plan/budget [by February 29th 2016]  {DONE}
    • Create a "FI before 50 Roadmap" containing steps I need to take to become Financially Independent before the age of 50 [by March 31st 2016]  {DONE}
    • Follow the 2016 financial plan/budget {DONE}
  • Researching alternative options for spending my time which could eventually help to replace my current mode of work
    • Create and maintain a blog site to track my goals and interact with the online community
      • Research a suitable blog site and how to use it, and set-up blog [by February 2016]   {DONE}
      • Deliver at least 1 post per week on average* {NOT ACHIEVED}
RESULT: FAIL (half achieved)
  • Research new alternative sources of repeat income
    • Generate at least £1 this year from a new source** of regular income {DONE}

*   From the start date of the blog (Feb 12th 2016)
** Existing sources of income include: salary, dividends, interest, cashback, eBay sales, recommendation referrals for products and services I already own/use

3. Become a better person by the end of the year, than I was at the start of it. Can be measured in terms of knowledge & skills gained, health & fitness improved, relationships circle expanded & strengthened, internal beliefs challenged & reviewed, positive habits created
ROLES: Self Improvement, Relationship Builder, Traveller
I will seek to do this by:
  • Completing a personal development challenge with my sister (100 day challenge or something similar) {DONE}
  • Reading at least 6 new books {5.5 ACHIEVED}
  • Losing 10lbs in weight by the end of July and maintaining the weight loss through till the end of the year through good diet and exercise {NOT ACHIEVED}
  • Going on at least 12 planned "date nights" with TheBF in 2016 {DONE}
  • Going on a family holiday to France where I can spend quality time with TheBF, my parents, my sister, brother-in-law and niece {DONE}
  • Researching and booking a mini-cruise with family {PARKED}
  • Introducing a routine of regular meditation
    • By the end of the year, I will be meditating a minimum of 3 times per week {DONE}

4: Use my unique personal skills and abilities to help others achieve happiness. This may include offering tips & insights, friendship, encouragement and support 
ROLES: Philanthropist, Relationship Builder, Self Improvement
I will seek to do this by:
  • Offering tips, support and conversation online through:
    • My blog
    • Social media accounts (Twitter in the first instance)
    • Getting involved in the FI and Personal Development communities by commenting on and sharing other people's blogs/sites
  • Offering tips, support and help offline through any face-to-face opportunities should they arise, such as:
    • Meet-ups
    • Coaching
    • Training
    • Speaking engagements
  • Supporting my chosen charities through a spread of donations totalling £350 this year

1 comment:

  1. That's some serious saving going on there... good luck! :)