Thanks for checking out my goals for 2018.
Right below are my insights and learnings from each month. Further down is the full list of my goals with monthly progress.
Hope it will inspire you. Feel free to leave a comment.
I returned from amazing three-and-half week holidays in the Philippines and had a bit of a late start. But, now I’m fully recharged and already going full speed ahead! I’ll be honest with you: I’ve missed working when I was on holidays. I love what I do. Not just coaching, but everything it takes to build a business. It’s frustrating at times and the lows can be low and dark, but the highs are above clouds!
Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Due to a popular demand, and let’s be honest, the fact that I like to share my goals with you as it gives me a push and social accountability, I’ll continue sharing my monthly updates this year as well. It was really nice to get a bunch of emails and messages from you guys asking me about my 2018 goals and sharing how it inspired you to do something similar.
I’ve had several people asking me why I say: I will EASILY complete XYZ.
The reason for this is quite simple. It frames and conditions my goal pursuit with certain emotion I want to experience during it. This year I will be focusing on enjoying the process of achieving my goals. I want to have more fun and joy making this all happen.
It is now a default condition for me to find a way to enjoy the process as much as possible.
Because, at the end of the day, that’s what life is all about, isn’t it?
Not necessarily just because of my own growth, but because of the people I’ve met, amazing new clients who started working with me, and the results my clients have had. All these inspiring people had one thing in common (which is really what inspires me the most).
Consistency, consistency, consistency.
You may think it’s an old song, but it’s the most important factor in achieving something remarkable.
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I have not met one accomplished person who would not be consistent in their efforts for a long time, often for years. It doesn’t matter if you want a great body, career success, build a business, amazing relationship, achieve mastery in arts, music, or science if you are not consistent in your efforts, you won’t get there.
I know how hard it can sometimes be (quite often frankly). It’s Sunday 10 pm and I’m writing this post because I want to be consistent with it. There are dozens of other things I could and perhaps want to be doing. Yet I’m choosing to do this because I know how important it is.
I’ve started working with several new amazing clients where I almost reached my full capacity. I’ve also leaned fully into the writing of my book where I got over the initial hump and now the content is just pouring out. I’m really enjoying it and although I’m just about half-way through I’m very excited for it to be published in a few months time. All this has been possible only by prioritising it which led to a slower progress on some other goals. But that’s how it is. We only have so many hours in the day so something has to give in order to accommodate something more important.
This, as well as very impressive results my clients achieved, have reminded me how important is to fully commit to our goals.
Your results are directly proportional to your commitment to them.
There is a massive difference between wanting something and getting it no matter what.
The first level of commitment will get you the results as longs as nothing major stands in the way.
The second level of commitment will keep you working on it until you get it.
Stop messing around, and give it what it deserves.
Every time I think my previous month was eventful and couldn’t be busier, the next month proves me wrong and puts it into perspective. April has certainly been such month.
One of the key highlights of April I want to share was reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s book; Crushing it!
I don’t think I’ve read 200 pages this quick before. It’s about entrepreneurship and building your career around your passion. More importantly, on top of basic principles of building a business, there are dozens and dozens of case studies and interviews with people who have gone enormous lengths to follow their passion. I’m not an emotional person, but one kind of thing that always puts a lump in my throat is when I see or read about people who sacrificed more than anyone ever would for what they believe in.
I’ve recommended the book to pretty much everyone I spoke to this week (you’re welcome Gary). I want people to get a real idea of what it takes to make something worthwhile happen, to see what it means to be serious about your goals, that the struggle is part of the journey, and importantly, that it’s possible to make it happen.
“You’re going to go through a time where you’re not going to make any money. It’s not going to be a week, it’s not going to be a month, it’s not going to be one year. It’s going to be years. And during that time, if you don’t love what you do, it’s going to be very hard to stick it out. That is something that people don’t understand when they hear, “Follow your passion.” They hear rainbows, unicorns, bullshit. But thea truth of it is that it’s important, because if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re going to be that much more likely to quit when shit’s hard.”
― Gary Vaynerchuk,
The book helped me to reflect on my own journey, what I’ve been through, and what it took to get where I am today. Coincidentally, April has been an important month for me as I reached a significant financial milestone.
I’ve also completed the Key Person of Influence 9-month business training by Dent and received a fancy certificate which I’m adding to my collection! (Yes, I’m one of those).
Pursue your passion in life. Amazing things are possible if you devote yourself to it.
Where I had to slap myself was after deciding to hire a web developer to fix a few issues on my website (which I take pride in). I love doing these things myself, but it usually takes quite a bit of time. My new developer did excellent work, and at the cost of $50, he did work which I’d probably spend good 10 hours on! The best spent $50 in a while.
Have you thought about outsourcing some of your admin, chores or other tasks? Think about what’s your time worth and what activities you spend your time on. Then ask yourself, would you pay someone your worth to do this? If your answer is not, then it may be a good indicator outsource it for less. Surely not everything can be outsourced or delegated effectively but if there is something that is just not worth your time, at least try hiring someone to do it for you.
I’m looking forward to June as I have loads of exciting things lined up.
The highlight of June was my trip back home, after six years (I KNOW!). For those who don’t know, I’m from a little village up the hills in the north of the Czech Republic. Nothing much changes there, not even in 6 years. But it was a great opportunity to unplug for a few days, spend time with my family and in nature.
If you’re a very driven person, it’s easy to forget how important it is to take a step back, recharge, and miss for a few days what you love doing. You’ll get a new perspective and ideas, and when you’re back, you’ll appreciate even more what you love putting your time and energy into.
I’m not a sentimental person, and I hate clutter. But I found myself going through some old boxes in the attic of our family house and finding some toys and books from my childhood, my fishing rods, my first guitar, as well as my big bulky winter boots I hated so much…. oh how much I hated these winter boots! However, it made me think of how fast time goes, how much I’ve changed and how much I stayed the same (check out that poetic sprinkle right there).
Back then I thought I’d get a job, hopefully decently paid and something I’d be able to tolerate. I’d never have thought I’d be running my own business, doing something I love, something that helps other people, and having the lifestyle I have.
Research shows that people overestimate what they can accomplish in the short-term and underestimate what they can achieve in the long-term. I think this month’s update only adds to the evidence.
I’m ready for July!
The sooner you’ll let go of the idea that there is a quick fix, the sooner you will stop wasting time looking for it, get on with the work and start making progress. Of course, hard work is not a solutio to everything. But hard work is certainly an ingredient in the solution mix. There are smart and sophisticated ways to go about solving problems, but they all still require focus, work, time, patience, and often financial resources (if you want to automate or outsource it). If you don’t have the money, then you have to invest the time.
Rant over. 😊
I also reflected on how did this all happen. I believe it was a 3-year journey for me to get this gig.
Starting by working hard when I was going through the workshop, keeping my head down and doing what was required. This led me to get great results and ultimately winning the award for The Best Threshold Business Of The Year in 2016. But I didn’t stop there. I offered to come to the workshops for new groups and help out during exercise and support new “Thresholders”.
Over the two years, I’ve been building better and better relationships with the right people in the company and was showing up in the right way.
Consistency and hard work pay off.
The challenge of most people is that they want too much too quickly and if it doesn’t come, they quit and run after the next shiny thing.
That’s not how things are achieved.
I’ve committed much more time to my fitness, but also to more leisure activities. It so happened that two of my favourite metal bands played concerts in London. One on Thursday and another on Friday. I have not been to a concert for a few years and then I went to two in two days.
Firstly it was amazing to see my favourite bands live. But as I was standing in the audience of devoted headbangers, a thought crossed my mind: This is how life is as well. A few are on the stage, doing what they love, influencing, inspiring, and being successful in the way they dreamed of, while others are down here, looking up to them, most of them secretly wishing they were on the stage instead.
I realised I have this strong repulsive drive to never be in the “audience of life” only watching others do well wishing I did too.
Being in a metal band is just a metaphor, and every one has their own definition of success. Still, very few are actually living it.
I’ve been beating this horse to death, but it all comes down to focus, discipline, sacrifice, love for the craft, connections and years and years of hard work. The great news is, all these are in your control.
You know you’ve found your passion or calling when you’d be willing to do it for free without the prospect of even making it big.
That’s when you know you love the process because, at the end of the day, it’s all there is.
As the end of 2018 approaches, I’m getting more and more excited about 2019 and all the goals I want to set for myself.
While I will achieve most of my 2018 goals, It’s clear that I won’t achieve all of them.
Why? Some of the goals were too ambitious, a couple of them became less urgent, others turned out to be focused on the wrong target.
But I’m committed to still give it my absolute best.
So here is my final push plan for the goals that are still achievable but not quite likely!
I will easily create a follow up for my Lifestyle Scorecard Assessment by December 31st
- CURRENTLY: Nothing
- I’m working on this with a copywriter but because he had serious personal challenges the whole project was put on hold.
- If we cannot create what we have planned before the end of the year, I’ll create more basic version myself for the time being.
I will easily publish 24 articles by December 31st
- CURRENTLY: 17
- It will be quite challenging to publish 7 new articles or videos before the end of the year but if I write a couple of them a week, it should be ok. So you may hear much more from me. 😊 What would you like me to write about? Leave me a comment OR drop me an email at email@example.com with your request or suggestion.
I will easily grow my website traffic to 3000 visitors per month by December the 31st
- CURRENTLY: Highest 2326
- This is probably quite possible and largely dependent on the amount and quality of the content I’ll publish and promote.
- I’ll need to publish the 7 or more new articles I mentioned above.
I will easily complete at least 25 1-day-fasts or “Green Days” (eating only raw fruit or vegetable) before December 31st
- CURRENT: 18
- 7 fasting days will be a real stretch before Christmas, but I think it will create a buffer for the holiday season feasting. Bye bye, six pack…. what six pack?
I will easily run 5km under 20 minutes by December 31st
- CURRENT: 20:05
- It’s really hard to push the final seconds.
- I’m running 3-4 times per week typically around 40km per week.
- I will maintain a mixture or speed work, intervals, recovery and endurance runs. I’m confident I’ll get there.
I will be able to complete 20 pull-ups by December 31st
- CURRENT: 18
- I will do pull-ups and back exercises 3x per week as it clearly works.
I will easily complete 100 push-ups by December 31st
- CURRENT: 52
- I’m afraid this is a big stretch considering how much time I have.
- I’m committing to doing 100 pushups every day until the end of the year and let’s see what improvement it makes.
I will easily complete at least 300 meditation sessions by December 31st
- CURRENT: 258
- To complete this goal I’ll need to do more than one meditation a day.
- I’m including mindfulness exercises such as being 100% present during various activities like eating, running, listening to music, walking, and so on. The key is to fully immerse me in it with curiosity and without expectation and judgement. It’s amazing how much there is to experience in such seemingly uneventful activities.
Let’s do this!
🔆 I’m on track
🆘 Not completed
⚠️ On Hold
ℹ️ Additional info
✅ I will easily complete Dent – Key Person of Influence program (completed in March)
✅ I will easily complete Dent – Influence & Assets workshop in March
✅ I will easily complete Dent – LinkedIn Influence Workshop in April
🔆 I will easily create a follow up for my Lifestyle Scorecard Assessment by December 31st
✅ I will easily hire a Virtual Assistant by December 31st
I’ve hired not one, but two. A virtual assistant and a great web developer.
✅ I will easily complete GetResponse 10K Mailing List Challenge (164 videos) by December 31st
August: 164 All done
🔆 I will easily grow my mailing list to 3000 by December 31st
November: 1200 (Building mailing lists has become significantly slower after GDPR changes).
🔆 I will easily publish 24 articles by December 31st
⚠️ I will easily write and publish my book by July 1st
September: 31,929 words written
October: Re-planning the new version.
November: On hold.
ℹ️ My book has taken a slightly new direction and there will be a good deal of rewriting, however, I’m super excited about it.
🔆 I will easily grow my website traffic to 3000 visitors per month by December the 31st
November: 2326 (Publishing articles significantly increases traffic to my website)
🔆 I will easily reach 20,000 connections on my LinkedIn by December the 31st
✅ I will easily reach 6000 followers on my Instagram by December the 31st
ℹ️ I’ve started putting a lot of effort into my Instagram, posting inspirational quotes and short video tips (follow me HERE) and I’m committed to breaking the 10,000 followers barrier this year!
✅ I will easily be featured on at least 3 podcasts or interviews by December 31st
September: 9 in total
October: No change – 9 in total
November: No change – 9 in total
ℹ️ I was featured in Healthy magazine in September which was very exciting.
✅ I will easily run 500 coaching sessions (including the initial consultations) December 31st
November: 533 in total
🔆 I will easily run 150 initial consultations December 31st
November: 149 in total
🔆 I will easily enrol at least 40 new inspiring clients by December 31st
November: 39 in total
🔆 I will easily create and launch more accessible group coaching program before December 31s
ℹ️ NEWS: I’m working hard on creating a group coaching program that will help people develop UNSHAKABLE SELF-DISCIPLINE. In there I’ll share all the tools, methods, and systems that helped me to grow my self-discipline from ‘struggling to stick to anything’ to being super productive and accomplishing a long list of goals.
🔆 I will easily connect with each member of my family at least once a month
🔆 I will easily have a date night with my girlfriend at least twice a month
🔆 I will easily connect with at least one old friend each month
HEALTH & FITNESS
🔆 I will easily work out at least 3x per week
ℹ️ I’ve decided to share more details about my workouts and fitness; time spent working out (time), and calories burned. Both figures are for each month specifically.
January: ✅ (time 2:01h, Calories burned: 913)
February: ✅ (time 5:26h, Calories burned: 3,009)
March: ✅ (workouts: 16, time 13:21h, Calories burned: 8,220)
April: ✅ (workouts: 42, time: 16:41h, Calories burned: 9,282)
May: ✅ (workouts: 36, time: 20:57h, Calories burned: 12,418)
June: ✅ (workouts: 22, time: 19:18h, Calories burned: 10,753)
July: ✅ (workouts: 22, time: 16:13h, Calories burned: 8,187)
August: ✅ (workouts: 12,time: 6:41h, Calories burned: 5,132)
September: ✅ (workouts: 25, time: 16:46h, Calories burned: 10,006)
October: ✅ (workouts: 36, time: 21:21h, Calories burned: 12,151)
November: ✅ (workouts: 36, time: 24:18h, Calories burned: 16,494)
🔆 I will easily dedicate at least 1 hour every Sunday for myself
(Wouldn’t miss this for the world)
🔆 I will easily complete at least 25 1-day-fasts or “Green Days” (eating only raw fruit or vegetable) before December 31st
November: 18 in total
ℹ️ I’m eating overall much healthier as part of working with Serena and Eugene from Whole Shift Wellness.
✅ I will easily sign up for martial art classes by December 31st
Completed in February. I now work with a kickboxing trainer 1-on-1. Love it.
🔆 I will easily reach the weight of 80kg by December 31st
ℹ️ As I started to do a lot of strength workouts (bodyweight mostly) and while I’m losing body fat, consequently I’m also putting on muscle mass which is heavier.
🔆 I will easily run 5km under 20 minutes by December 31st
🔆 I will be able to complete 20 pull-ups by December 31st
🔆 I will easily complete 100 push-ups by December 31st
November: 52 (not sure why the number is dropping)
MIND & EMOTIONS
🔆 I will easily complete at least 300 meditation sessions by December 31st
ℹ️ On top of regular meditations I’ve started practising mindfulness during activities like eating, stretching, or walking. Purely being present in the moment and fully embracing the experience, with curiosity and without judgement or expectation.
✅ I will easily read 20 books by December 31st
Below is a list of books I want to read, I’m reading, or I’ve already completed reading and the ones with the ✅ are recently finished.
- ✅ Tribes (link)
- ✅ Sapiens (link)
- ✅ This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor – The Sunday Times Bestseller (link)
- ✅ Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team (link)
- ✅ Alien: Sea of Sorrow (link)
- ✅ How To Be F*cking Awesome (link)
- ✅ The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months (link)
- ✅ Ask Gary Vee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness (link)
- ✅ Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too (link)
- ✅ What Does This Button Do?: The No.1 Sunday Times Bestselling Autobiography (link)
- ✅ Get Your Sh*t Together: The New York Times Bestseller (A No F*cks Given Guide) (link)
- ✅ The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win (link)
- ✅ Karlology by Pilkington (link)
- ✅ How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease (link)
- ✅ Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One (link)
- ✅ The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (link)
- ✅ Self-Discipline – Jeniffer Alison
- ✅ Finding Ultra (link)
- ✅ Happyslepped By a Jellyfish (link)
- ✅ Welcome to the Universe (link)
- ✅ Loyalty to Your Soul (link)
- ✅ I know What to do, So Why Don’t I do it? (link)
- ✅ When: The Scientific Secret of Perfect Timing (link)
- 🔆 NOW READING: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World (link)
- 🔆 NOW READING: The Moaning of Life: The Worldly Wisdom of Karl Pilkington (link)
- 🔆 NOW READING: PMA: Science of Success (link)
- Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives (link)
- Homodeus (link)
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions (link)
- Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics (link)
✅ I will easily practice daily gratitude ritual
✅ I will easily practice visualisation every day
✅ I will easily reward myself with a Montblanc pen (condition: make £10K+ month)
UPDATED: So I decided to take it up a notch and transfer to digital note taking, so I got iPad Pro and Apple Pen instead. Loving it and saving trees.
Completed for January
✅ I will easily reward myself with Ibanez electric guitar (condition: make £10K+ month)
Completed for February
✅ I will easily reward myself with Omega Planet Ocean watch (condition: make £100K in 12 consecutive months)
ℹ️ Although I reached the goal in March 2018, at the moment I’m much happier to put the money back into my business.
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