Before I get too deep into the post I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been writing for the Strong Professional for over 1 year now! I would sincerely like to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. Without it I’m confident that I would not be writing this post today. As we’ve just past the mid-way point of the year, I thought it would be a cool to write a post about where I’m at with my yearly goals and provide you with tips on how to re-evaluate your goals for the year. Below I’ve re-listed my 2017 goals:
1) I will run the Punta Cana Marathon on April 2, 2017. To accomplish this goal, I will run at least 5 miles 3 times a week. One month before competition I will increase my running length to 10 miles at least twice a week and between 5-7 miles 2 times a week. I will run a half marathon March 12, 2017 in Puerto Rico to prepare for my full marathon.
2) I will perform at least one paid speaking engagement by August 15th 2017. I will accomplish this by attending every Toastmasters meeting to refine my craft and send at least 2 emails per week to organizations looking for speakers.
3) I will be consistently making an extra $1,000 per month on the side by September 15th, 2017. I will do this by sending out at least 5 job requests per week on thumbtack, fiverr and/or upwork. I’ll also develop paid coursework that I’ll offer to my clients.
4) I will build an email list of at least 5,000 people by December 15th, 2017. I will do this by committing at least $25 per week to use google AdWords to drive traffic to my landing page. I’ll experiment with A/B testing so that I can increase my conversion rate to over 50%.
5) I will write my first book this year and have a Rough Draft by May 15th,2017. I will accomplish this by writing at least 500 words per weekday for 5 months (50,000 words). Once I have my rough draft complete, I will revise the draft and have a final draft ready for publishing by July 15th, 2017.
6) I will speak at least 6 times this year and have at least two of those speeches be completely in Spanish. I will accomplish this by attending every toastmaster’s event and volunteering at every opportunity to speak in front of the members. I’ll also email S.H.P.E, Engineers 4 Business, Entrepenurs@ASU and other organizations that I’ve been a part of to see if they need guest speakers. This will all be accomplished by November 15th 2017.
Run a Marathon
I completed my first marathon on April 2,2017 in Punta Cana. Leading up to the race I hurt my foot while finishing a 10 mile run. I was nervous the day of the race because I didn’t know if my foot would hold up. Luckily I was able to complete the race in 5:03 hours and now can cross this goal off my bucket list. It’s definitely a phenomenal experience and I encourage more people to try it out.
Writing a Book
The title of my book is “The Millennial Playbook: Proven Success Strategies for the Millennial Generation”. Although I came out the gate writing a substantial amount of content, my enthusiasm wavered and effort slowed around mid-March. By early May I only had 35000 words written! For the next month I dedicated myself to writing at a feverish pace and I eventually hit my desired 50000 words on June 1st. This week I finished my 3rd round of edits and will be sending the book to a professional editor this weekend. I contracted the cover design to a local artist here in Puerto Rico and have bought the ISBN number for the book. I’m well on pace to hit my July 31st due date and expect to release the final product later this year!
6 Speeches this year (2 in Spanish)
This is also a goal that I’m well on my way to completing. As part of Toastmasters international I’ve given 2 speeches this year (1 completely in Spanish) and have set up my next speech for the coming month which I hope to deliver in Spanish. I also had a Q&A presentation for a club that I started in college, a work presentation that I gave for a group of 25 developers and have been in communication with the head of the Professional Track for the SHPE national conference to host a workshop in November. I hope to have this goal squared away in the next few months.
Making an extra $1000 a month
This is one of the goals that I’ve stalled on. I’ve been focusing most of my attention on trying to finish my book and have not generated any income on the side. My hope is that with the book available, I’ll have more time to reach out to and engage more prospective clients. Not only that but the credibility and revenue that the book will bring will help make this goal easier to accomplish. My coach has challenged me to get 5 paying clients by the end of the year so I’m shooting to hit those numbers.
Get 1 paid speaking engagement
This is another one of my goals that I’ve yet to dedicate much time to accomplishing. Although I’ve had various speaking engagements throughout the year, none of them have been paid. My plan is to add a “Request a Speaking Engagement” section to my blog this month and begin advertising via google AdWords. I’ve also created a speaking bio (see picture above) to send out to prospective clients.By utilizing my social media forums over the next 5 months I hope to be able to attract at least one paying client for speaking engagements.
Acquire 5000 email subscribers
Over the course of the year, the Strong Professional has acquired a total of…….. (drum roll)…….. 10 email subscribers. Although this is a paltry number, I have been making steps towards increasing it. I’ve reached out to 4-5 different blogs with higher traffic to see if I could guest post for their blog. Although I have yet to receive responses back, I’m optimistic. I also set up a google AdWords account and went through the initial process of defining what keywords I should bid on for my marketing campaign. I’ll continue to reach out bloggers to provide guest posts and will dedicate $25 per week to advertising starting July 15th.
Sit down and evaluate
I know this step sounds very simple but it’s extremely important. Set aside some time today or sometime this week to evaluate where you stand with your yearly goals. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not as far along as you’d hoped you would be. I’ve yet to really start working towards 3 of my 6 yearly goals and during this exercise I realized that I needed to dedicate more time to make them a reality. When you determine where you stand, outline a plan of attack for you to make them a reality. As stated in the “S.M.A.R.T Goals” article (http://thestrongprofessional.com/s-m-a-r-t-goals/) I posted earlier this year, be sure to assign metrics to your new goals to make it easy for you to understand what it will take to reach each goal.
Elicit the help of a buddy
If you don’t already have one, eliciting the help of an accountability buddy could be just the thing you need to ensure that you stick to working on your goals. According to a study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University, people who write down their goals and send weekly updates of how their progress are 33% more likely to accomplish their goals than those who just formulate them! Increase your odds of success by finding someone today. I use a personal coach and have had great success with him so far.
So how are you doing on your yearly goals? Are you on track to hit all your metrics? If you want to share your success stories, have questions about how to best approach your goals or could provide recommendations for our readers I would love to hear from you.
My book recommendation for this article is “Elon Musk: Telsa, Space-X and the quest for a fantastic future” by Ashley Vance. This book gives you a peak into the life of the brilliant and eccentric Elon Musk and his journey to the helm of 3 wildly successful companies. I found this book fascinating and the way Musk fought through seemingly insurmountable adversity gave me inspiration to do achieve similar results in the future. I’ve provided the link below: