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As the first quarter of 2018 ends, I thought it would be wise to check on the progress of my yearly goals. Unfortunately, lots of “fails”. Take a read, and help keep me accountable!
GROW NET-WORTH (EXCLUDING MY HOME AND 529 PLANS) BY 25%.
Through the first three months, I have increased my net worth by 1.7%. By this time of the year, I was hoping that I would have increased my net worth by at least 6% in order to stay on track. But alas, that hasn’t happened.
Now I realize that a lot of that has to do with the stock market being down 2% year-to-date. However, I was hoping that some of my side hustles, like my Reaching FIRE course, would offset some of the volatility of the stock market. The class is doing well, but definitely has not offset the difference thus far.
Hopefully, the rest of the year shakes out a little bit better than the first quarter.
SAVE 70% OF OUR TAKE-HOME PAY.
I have been stuck at the 65% mark for a couple of years now. It probably doesn’t help that I really haven’t made any changes to my budget, even though I am hopeful for changes. Silly, I know.
As most of you know, hope isn’t a plan.
I know that if I stopped eating lunch out during the work week that I could get over the 65% hump. I just love to unplug from the office. My lunch break out serves as my mental break from work.
INCREASE PARTICIPANTS OF THE COURSE.
As many of you know, I created a course last year called Reaching FIRE. I put in a large amount of time to create this course from scratch. I piloted the class this past fall and received some great feedback.
People seem to really enjoy the course so far. It’s nice to hear that the course is making a difference in people’s lives.
I am going to teach the course again live at my church. I already have about a dozen signed up so far. If you’re interested in going through the course online, don’t hesitate to click on over.
MAINTAIN VIEWERSHIP OF 100,000 PAGE VIEWS.
I have only achieved 100,000 page views once in three months. However, I am hovering around the 80,000 page view mark so far this year. First, I want to thank all of those who read and comment on the blog regularly. I love reading your comments and appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts. 80,000 page views is really amazing, but I am hoping to utilize some more social media platforms in order to drive more readers to the site. We’ll see how it goes.
MAKE $1,000 A MONTH THROUGH THE WEBSITE.
I’m making about $500 a month through the website at this point. Admittedly, $1,000 was a huge stretch goal to begin with, so being halfway there already in the first quarter is pretty exciting to me.
I’m hoping that my Reaching FIRE course becomes more popular and generates more income. I also hope to do more one-on-one coaching sessions.
WORK OUT 4X A WEEK AND GET A SIX-PACK.
It’s been months since I have gone to my bootcamp. I am rarely able to go to the gym during the work week. When my bootcamp class stopped their 8pm class, I quit, since I wanted to spend time with my family in the evenings. The 8pm class was the only one that worked because it was after the kids went to sleep. After I stopped working out there, I attempted to work out at home. But unfortunately, I lack motivation. When I’m at home, I’d rather wrestle with my kiddos or catch up with my wife.
On top of that, my work office is moving locations. That a major reason why I haven’t joined a new workout class. I can see you all rolling your eyes and saying, “Excuses, excuses.” I know. I need to get better. Hopefully I’ll have something new to report in July.
TRY TO OBTAIN AN OVERSEAS POSITION.
I recently went on a work trip down in Australia and really enjoyed the overseas environment. I could see my family and me living down there. I’m sure many people in my office would say the same thing though about themselves. The competition will be tough, so we shall see what happens.
I’m going to go to a couple of other locations over the next few months. I plan to see if any other place feels “right”. While I don’t have something lined up just yet, I have a feeling that things will become clearer by September.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 12 LIVES.
I don’t think I have made the difference in anyone’s life yet this year. At least, I haven’t heard from anyone that I have. Hopefully, when I teach my Reaching FIRE course live this month, that will change. However, through the first three months of the year, I have utterly failed.
PRAY WITH MY FAMILY EVERYDAY.
It’s really bad that I haven’t prayed with my wife in awhile. I don’t know what I have been thinking. On the plus side, we pray with our 2-year-old each night. But, there is definitely room for improvement in this area.
Through the first few months of the year, I am failing on basically every goal. I am actually excited about that in one regard, as I have a lot of time to improve over the rest of the year. On top of that, it means I didn’t make goals that were too easily attainable.