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Set and Achieve your 2019 Goals with 1 simple step

2019 is upon us! That said, if there was just 1 step to follow in order to crush your goals, it would be to TRACK them.

For the longest time, I never had set goals for myself. Sure, I had a general idea of what I needed to do in life, but I didn’t really think about the future or what I wanted.

This was basically my plan, and I did a pretty good job of checking things off the list:

  • Graduate from high school: check.
  • Graduate from college and get a degree: check.
  • Land a “good” job with an “above average” starting salary: check.

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That was basically it. I just showed up to work every day, did a few things here and there, and came home. I made dinner, went to the gym, then I would repeat.

THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY LIFE FOREVER. 3 and a half years in, I began to realize that I hated coming in to work. I would wake up and literally not want to get out of bed.

I was not motivated or excited to go to pointless meetings and talk to people about their stupid custom report they made in Excel.

For those who follow my story, I quit that job shortly after and began to pursue a life on my own terms, doing things that interest me.

While it has not been easy, the journey has been so worth it. I’m not where I want to be but I’m figuring out how to get there and getting in the same room as people who are in places I want to be.

So that’s where I’m at now… I’ve got huge goals that I have set for myself. I have taken the time to define 5 year goals, my 2019 goals, and even my monthly goals. I have a few free tracking files you can access here if you want to see if they work for you.

My 5 year goals (target completion date: November 8, 2023)

  • $10,000,000 net worth
  • $1,000,000 annual income
  • 500,000 units of my invention sold
  • 100,000 podcast downloads / month
  • $10,000 passive income / month
  • 500 skydives completed
  • 200 tunnel hours completed
  • 50 unit apartment complex
  • 10 rental homes
  • 5 published / self-published books
  • 4 domestic trips / year
  • 4 house flips / year
  • 2 international trips / year

I have “micro” goals as well that get more granular for 2019, but ultimately those “5 year goals” are the huge ones that will help in several areas.

For example, building passive income to $10K / month will make potentially expensive hobbies like skydiving and traveling a lot no big deal.

Here are a few of my 2019 goals, which I’m tracking with those files I mentioned earlier (I have goals I want to hit on average per month):

  • Complete a morning routine (goal: 20 times / month)
  • Exercise (goal: 20 times / month)
  • Reading (goal: 10,000 pages / year)
  • Real estate deals (goal: 4 deals / month)
  • Charity of time or money (goal: 20 times / month)
  • Dinner dates with my girlfriend (goal: 2 times / month)
  • Grow my podcast (goal: 3000 new subscribers / month)
  • Units of my product sold (goal: 2000 units / month)
  • Travel (goal: 4 domestic trips / year and 2 international trips / year)

Notice how my 2019 goals align with my 5 year plan. I am doing things to move the needle on all fronts, plus some.

I have a few extra goals that are not listed above, but these are some of the main ones I wanted to share.

What are your goals? Really take time to define them. After all, without a road map, how will you know where to go?

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Why You Shouldn’t Set 2018 New Year Resolutions

Are you setting New Year Resolutions? Don’t.

“But Chris, it’s important to set goals! You always say so yourself!” Yes, goals are critical to translating dreams to reality. But if you are waiting for the New Year to set goals, you’ll see them fall through like most do year after year.

When you set goals for an entire year, you end up setting unrealistic goals without specific deadlines. That is simply a recipe for failure.

You should constantly have goals that you’re conquering and replacing with new ones. It’s good to set deadlines of when you’d like to achieve certain goals and then break your goals into steps to really get into specifics.

If you want to lose 10 pounds, don’t say “I’m going to lose 10 pounds in 2018.” That’s too generic. Say “I’m going to lose 10 pounds in the next 5 months.” That’s only 2 pounds you need to lose a month, which seems more realistic, right? Now that you’ve reframed the daunting task of losing 10 WHOLE POUNDS into losing 2 pounds a month, it doesn’t seem that hard.

Take it a step further.

To continue with the weight loss example, come up with a meal plan or find one online to hold yourself to. Meal prep on the weekend to make sure you always have a fridge full of healthy meals and don’t get tempted to order pizza twice a week.

I personally use a white board to keep track of everything I’m working on as well as the steps I need to accomplish to push each thing forward. I recommend getting one like this on Amazon or checking sales locally through platforms like Facebook Marketplace or Letgo to snag for a good deal.

I got the below whiteboard with markers and all for just $10! It was brand new and only had a slight ding on it, hence the great price. I plan on setting up an office in my house with this board on the wall so I can constantly see my goals, cross them off the list once complete, and add new ones as needed.

My Constant Goals

A good planner can also be helpful in keeping tabs on all your to-do’s on a certain day. There’s just nothing quite like physically crossing things off a list. I have used apps such as Wunderlist which can work great, but as you know, a message pops up at the top of your screen and quickly distracts you. Then you forget what you were on your phone to do to begin with. For this reason I think a separate, pen and paper method can be useful. Here’s a 2018 planner to consider getting.


What’s the point of my post?

So the point of this post is to tell you that you shouldn’t set New Year Resolutions. You should constantly set goals and update your list as you crush them. Like Matthew McConaughey says in his Best Actor speech, “My hero is me in 10 years.” Always strive to be better. Push yourself every day to be a better you. Now go out there, and start crushing your goals. Don’t wait “until the New Year.” Start TODAY.

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