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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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Introducing GoalTracker 1.0: Track and Crush Your Goals (Free Download)

GoalTracker 2.0 is now available! Click here to access the latest file. 

Introducing GoalTracker 1.0

Last weekend, I created this GoalTracker template for my new friend Samir and I to track our goals and hold each other accountable. As you might recall in my last post, I met Samir at a Secret Entourage meetup in Houston, Texas. We then met up in Dallas when I was at a conference a few days later for dinner. I joked about it being like a great first date – we were on the same page in so many areas and found that we share many similar interests.

One thing we had in common was that we tend to get distracted by a million things and ideas daily. So we decided to be “Accountability Buddies” and hold each other accountable to some major goals we have on our own projects. For that reason, I created this file so that my goals as well as Samir’s are visible on the same page. This allows us to have some friendly competition in addition to competing with ourselves in general.

You can download the template for yourself here to track your own goals. I recommend saving a copy to your own Google Drive or even just downloading to desktop if you always work from there. The benefit of Google Drive is being able to access and edit the sheet from various platforms. If you think it will help, I highly recommend finding an Accountability Buddy as well.


To give credit where credit is due, I adopted and slightly modified an idea I heard off Andy Frisella’s podcast, The MFCEO Project. Andy talked about The Power List, where you basically write down 5 tasks you need to get done in a day. If you get them all done, you get a “W” or a Win for the day. If not, you get an “L” or a Loss for the day. You don’t have to necessarily buy his actual planner, and he states that in his podcast. You can simply write it down on paper if you like. Like I mentioned before, I just took it a step further just by making it digital so that I can work on it from my laptop, iPad, or phone.

The way my formula is set up right now, you’re defaulted to a “Loss” until you get at least 4 days of “Wins.” I think this triggers the competitive side further since nobody likes to lose. The thinking is that to avoid a loss, you’ll do what you have to in order to get that win.

How to Use GoalTracker 1.0

Using the GoalTracker template is rather self-explanatory, but since I do have a few formulas in there, I wanted to specify exactly how I recommend using it.

1. Enter in your larger, weekly goals (cells C6:C8).

2. Enter in your smaller, daily goals to hit the weekly goals (cells C12 and down).

3. At the end of each day, select “Win” or “Loss” from the dropdowns in Column D accordingly. Be honest! You either did it, or you didn’t.

4. Add any comments in Column F next to daily or weekly goals.


GoalTracker Formula Explanation

  • If you select “Win” next to a daily goal, you will see a “1” appear to the right. If you get 3 “Wins” in a day (and basically accomplish your daily goals), you get 1 point for the day (cells E11, E15, etc.).
  • If you get 4 or more days that are complete “Wins,” you win the week (cell D3 shows a “Win” in the below example).

So… what do you think?

I hope you like the GoalTracker and find it useful in managing your daily and weekly tasks. I personally have used whiteboards, sticky notes, and reminders on my phone to jot down all sorts of thoughts. However, I’m constantly distracted and find that I still take on too many tasks at once. Simplicity is key. For this reason, I’m sticking to 3’s: 3 major weekly goals, and 3 daily goals. Not 5, not 10, but 3.

Please comment below or send me a message letting me know what you think. I’d love to know any suggestions for improvement you may have or how this is helping you get organized to crush your goals.


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