Welcome to the 2018 annual goal setting blog post where I share my biggest goals for the coming year! This annual review process is inspired by author Chris Guillebeau who has been publishing his annual reviews for several years. This year I am also using Orian Marx’ Lifecrafting Annual Review.
Previous Post: 2017 Year In Review
I love planning and dreaming about the future. It’s fun to think of the cool things you can accomplish. It’s great to set these goals and put strong efforts toward achieving them. On the other hand, the most important parts of my past year were completely unpredictable when planning. It’s a goal in and of itself to maintain the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.
I like to give a general theme to each year, something I learned from Ramit Sethi. I’m calling 2018 The Year Of Stoke. This is the year I want to swing for the fences and set a few lead dominos in motion.
This is the fourth year I have published my annual review and goals for the upcoming year. If you are curious about how I have honed the process, here are the yearly reviews for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and the goals setting posts for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
I try to find goals in all different areas of life and not just focus on the work or financial goals. I’ve stolen some designations from Tony Robbins: physical, emotional, relationships, time, financial, work, and spirituality; and added a couple more of my own: adventure and education.
There are different types of goals and new years resolutions. One is the project goal or finite achievement goal compared to habit goals. There are short, medium, and long term goals. Your yearly goals should fit in to your five year, ten year, and life goals. Some goals are easily measurable, and other are more subjective. All of the goals I am including are directly measurable or have measurable components (and may result in other unmeasurable benefits).
This year I will be incorporating a few specific values, as well as the standardized, measurable goals. The values are: Community, Storytelling, Big Wins, Quests, Routines, Energy, and Masculinity.
It might be risky to share goals publicly. Some folks say that if you share your goals publicly then you risk humiliation when you do not achieve them, thereby forcing you to complete them. On the other hand, in his TED talk, Derek Sivers says you are more likely to achieve your goals if you keep them to yourself! So because I am sharing these with you, I need you to get on my case if I am not working my butt off towards these!
What makes a good goal? The S.M.A.R.T. acronym is a great way to assess your quality of your goals:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Timely, tangible, trackable
My friend Nik Wood always says” How will you know when you have won?” Nobody but you is giving you the finish lines in your life – figure them out before you start.
- Hit NYT bestseller list with SuperConductors
- Create eight video courses to supplement SuperConductors
- Host three successful live AdventureQuest events: Bali, Ozarks, Morocco
- Publish 100 Coaches’ book of Exercises as a bestseller
- Get Paid $5000+ to give a speech or workshop
- Grow email list to 7,000+
- Start herbal supplement business for endurance athletes
- Increase AirBnb occupancy to 50% and generate $30K income
- Pick date, location, and organize framework for first Global Goals Genius Gathering in 2019
- Grow podcast listenership to 2000+ downloads/episode
- Race 30 cycling race days
- Visit specialists like chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, herbalist, weekly
- 10 Day Vipasana Retreat
- Work with relationship coach
- Connect with 100 thought leaders for global goals genius conference, have 50 confirmed attendees
- Get key advisors and mentors in place for global goals conference
- Read 52+ books
- Participate in year long business mastermind for coaches
- NLP training
- Draw a weekly cartoon
- Create a garden at our new house
- Improve business systems and team to reduce working hours from 60 to 40/week
- $333,333+ Net Income
- Donate 10% of profits
- Spend a month in an RV exploring mountain towns to live in
- Visit three new countries
- Go camping with my family 4+ times
Long Term Goals:
- Host an annual conference to solve global problems like Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative, TED, and Singularity University
- Start a team building marketplace to help entrepreneurs connect with ideas and collaborators effectively
- Trek through the Sahara and recreate Paolo Coelho’s Alchemist and make a documentary
- Own a professional cycling team
- Bridge the gap between science and spirituality