In this article, I am going to be providing an update on the progress I’ve made on my 2017 goals during March. In my last monthly goals report, I talked about the progress I’ve made with my goals and some shortcomings as well, focusing on 7 core life areas. These areas are outlined in Project Life Mastery’s Life Mastery Pyramid, originally adapted from Tony Robbins. They are Physical Body: Health & Fitness, Emotions & Meaning, Social & Relationships, Time and Productivity, Career & Mission, Finances, and Spirituality. My monthly goals reports are meant to inspire you on your goal setting journey, and encourage you to come up with your own SMART goals! Whatever area of life that you want to improve in, the best way to approach it is with a clear and specific action plan.
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PHYSICAL BODY: HEALTH & FITNESS
1. I WILL EASILY CONSUME A GREEN SUPPLEMENT (WHEATGRASS, GREEN JUICE, ETC.) EVERY MORNING WHILE I AM NOT TRAVELING
Status: Have been consistent with it
Every morning, I drink a large glass of water mixed with wheatgrass powder. It is alkalizing and helps energize me during my long days at work, as well as start my day off right on weekends when I want to be productive with my online business. I used to be a large coffee drinker and I relied on caffeine to get me through my mornings, but switching to wheatgrass has given me more long-term sustainable energy.
2. I WILL EASILY DO 20 MINS. OF INTENTIONAL EXERCISE 6 DAYS A WEEK (EITHER IN MORNING RITUAL OR LATER IN THE DAY)
Status: Have been somewhat consistent, there’s room to improve
For the first half of March, I was exercising 4-5 days a week (I actually wanted to improve to 6 days a week, which I mentioned in my previous monthly goals report). Unfortunately, as a result of some poor time management and late nights working on my business, I missed my morning ritual a lot in the last half of March (exercising 2-3 times a week). However, I did do some dance classes in March. If I can do physical activity, in addition to my 20 mins. on the elliptical 5 days a week, that would meet my criteria. I exercise for 20 mins. every morning on an elliptical machine as part of my morning ritual, which has given me the aerobic exercise I need to feel energized in the morning.
3. I WILL EASILY IMPLEMENT A MORNING RITUAL USING MORNING RITUAL MASTERY BY JAN 9, 2017, AND DO IT AT LEAST 5 DAYS PER WEEK WHILE I AM AT HOME
Status: First part of goal completed, could be more consistent with my morning ritual
During March, I faced some challenges with my morning ritual. As stated above, my time management was poor and I had late nights working on my business, so I often couldn’t get myself to do my ritual. I also realized that I was losing enjoyment for my ritual, complaining about having to yell my incantations in the cold storage room. I will modify my ritual in April to make it something I look forward to and get back to doing it regularly.
4. I WILL EASILY EAT AT 5 NEW VEGAN RESTAURANTS
Status: 3/5 complete
As I commit to improving my health, I have started to explore Veganism a bit (although I am not currently Vegan) as I learn about ways to consume more raw and energizing foods. In March, I was able to knock off yet another restaurant! I went to Fresh, a vegetarian restaurant here in Toronto, Canada. I ordered the Jerusalem bowl which contains: tomato, parsley, cucumber, sunflower sprouts, red onion, flax hummus, grilled spinach, tamari, olive oil, lemon, chili powder, and mixed herbs.
My meal at Fresh
5. I WILL EASILY EAT A HEALTHY SNACK EVERY DAY BEFORE BED WHILE AT HOME
Status: Have been consistent with it (although not perfect)
I try to eat a healthy snack every day before bed. I believe that it can help you sleep and also give you the energy to start the next day. Some of the snacks I eat include dates, yogurt, bananas, trail mix (goji berry mix or soybean mix), and granola bars. I have missed the odd day here and there but consistency is what is important to me.
6. I WILL EASILY READ 1 BOOK ON RAW FOOD ENERGY
Status: Not read yet
I plan to read 1 book later this year on the energy benefits of raw foods as a part of my goal setting, to learn more about how to eat healthier. Stefan Pylarinos from Project Life Mastery recommended Eating for Energy by Yuri Elkaim so that is likely the one I will read.
7. I WILL EASILY JOIN A SOFTBALL/BASEBALL LEAGUE IN THE SUMMER
Status: Not yet joined
To help me get exercise and simply enjoy the awesome sport of baseball, I plan to join a softball or baseball league this summer. I and my friend actually have discussed joining his softball league, and my workplace also has a softball league. I do miss the competitive side of baseball (as opposed to softball) and the years I spent playing it, but either sport will do.
EMOTIONS AND MEANING
1. I WILL EASILY RESERVE AT LEAST 5 MINS. TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE AT LEAST 5 DAYS A WEEK WHILE AT HOME
Status: Have been consistent with it 5 days a week
As part of my evening ritual, I pray to God, and in that prayer, I include gratitude statements. I give thanks for things that went well over the past day and also for less noticeable things such as oxygen or cars to help people get places fast. The purpose is to help me become more humble and appreciate life no matter what the circumstances are. In March, I was able to do this consistently 5 days a week. I could do a bit better at focusing on my blessings properly instead of rushing them, so I will look into that.
2. I WILL EASILY UNFOLLOW EVERYONE ON MY FACEBOOK NEWSFEED BY JAN. 5, 2017 AND MAINTAIN IT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR
Status: Achieved, just need to maintain it
To help reduce the time I spend in a reactive state and increase my productivity, I decided to unfollow everyone on my Facebook news feed. You have to do this individually for every person you are friends with, so I could not unfollow everyone at once. However, whenever I see someone come up on my news feed, I unfollow them at that point. I only use Facebook now for the Groups and Chats that I am in and running the Fearless Progression Facebook page. I will also look into unfollowing some Groups since I am a member of many groups related to my business niche, and it can be a distraction.
3. I WILL EASILY ONLY USE TWITTER FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES (EXCEPTION: WHEN I AM REDIRECTED TO A TWEET FROM ANOTHER SOURCE)
Status: Have been consistent with it
I also stopped going on my personal Twitter account for the same purposes as Facebook. I only go on my Fearless Progression Twitter account, @fearlessprog.
SOCIAL AND RELATIONSHIPS
1. I WILL EASILY RECONNECT WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MEET UP AT LEAST ONCE
Status: Have not done yet
Like many friends do, I and my good friend from elementary school drifted apart due to our life situations. However, we attend the same school campus which makes it practical to reconnect and try and rekindle the friendship. I ran into him in January but still plan to formally reach out to him in the coming months.
2. I WILL EASILY GO ON 5 DATES THAT DO NOT COME FROM ONLINE DATING
Status: Have not started
Since I have been out of the dating scene lately and want to work on my social anxieties as well, I have made it a part of my goal setting to go on more dates. In the past, I have not had success with online dating and would like to get more experience meeting women in real life, as it is more natural and less forced. This goal is in progress.
3. I WILL EASILY GO ON A BASEBALL TRIP WITH MY TWO GOOD FRIENDS
Status: Trip destination is set (San Francisco), currently discussing the details
I am a HUGE baseball fan and so are my two friends. Every year since 2013, we have gone on a trip to see baseball games in other MLB (Major League Baseball) ballparks (I have now visited 14/30 active ballparks). We have decided to go to San Francisco, California this year to see the Giants and Athletics. More details to come on trip details.
4. I WILL EASILY ATTEND EVERY FRATERNITY PARTY AND BROTHERHOOD EVENT THAT I AM CAPABLE OF GOING TO (NO CONFLICTS WITH HIGHER PRIORITY ITEMS – INCLUDES IMPORTANT STUDIES, BUSINESS DEADLINES, LATE NIGHT ON A WORK NIGHT)
Status: Have focused on it less lately
I am a member of a fraternity at my school campus, and I think it can be a great place to have strong male influences in your life. However, I am an inactive member this year, so I have not been going to house events that often. To develop a stronger connection with the guys, I have made it a part of my goal setting to go to more events (whenever there is one). Due to other social priorities (business goals, practicing goal #5), I have intentionally placed this goal on hold.
5. I WILL EASILY FIND A PERSON THAT I CAN GO OUT AND PRACTICE TALKING TO PEOPLE (INCLUDING GIRLS) WITH AT LEAST 2 DAYS A WEEK
Status: Found someone, didn’t go out often in March due to his schedule. Found a second guy that I plan to go out with as well
To work on my social anxieties and fear of rejection, I have started talking to strangers. To help hold myself accountable and scale my growth faster, I have searched for someone to do it with. In January, I met an awesome guy that I have been working with on this goal. He had other important obligations in March so we didn’t go out much, but we plan to resume in April. I am also talking to a second guy who I might start going out with to get more frequency.
6. I WILL EASILY DEVELOP 1 NEW CLOSE FRIENDSHIP (HANGING OUT AT LEAST ONCE EVERY MONTH VOLUNTARILY)
Status: Have newer friendships that could become close
I have become focused on connecting more with people as I have found that a lot of my past friendships have been more surface level. Through practicing my social skills, I intend to become close to 1 new person, and right now, I have a few newer friendships that have the potential to grow closer. This goal is in progress.
7. I WILL EASILY DEVELOP A STRONG CONNECTION WITH AT LEAST 1 GUY FROM THE FRATERNITY (HAVE A CONVERSATION AT LEAST 5 MINUTES LONG 75% OF THE TIME I SEE THEM)
Status: Have not been going to the house, more progress needed
My goal setting for goal #7 goes hand in hand with goals #4 and #6. I hope to grow closer to the guys at the fraternity house and make a new strong connection with at least one of the guys. As I said in goal #4, I have placed less focus on going to the fraternity, so this goal is also in a holding pattern.
8. I WILL EASILY GET A 2ND DATE FROM AT LEAST 1 GIRL
Status: Have not achieved
This goal builds off goal #2. From the dates I do go on, I want to improve the first impression I make, which includes having stronger social skills. This will allow me to have more success on first dates and lead towards a 2nd.
9. I WILL EASILY JOIN TOASTMASTERS
I am a member of Toastmasters which is a public speaking club. I used to enjoy public speaking and be decently good at it, but I stopped for a while and now it has become a fear of mine that I want to overcome. In March, I completed my first speech and my next one is in 2 weeks!
10. I WILL EASILY JOIN AN IMPROV CLASS
Status: Have a class in mind but have not joined yet
This will also help me to overcome my fear of public speaking and social anxieties, and it has been awhile since I have done anything acting related (since Grade 6 of elementary school). I have a class in mind that costs some money, so I will set it aside for now and return to it in the coming months. I am already doing Toastmasters and don’t want to overload my time right now.
11. I WILL EASILY HOST A BACKYARD GET TOGETHER IN THE SUMMER (AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE) – PARENTS APPROVAL PERMITTING
Status: Not yet planned
I have wanted to do this in the past (ever since an outdoor party I threw in high school completely fell flat), and this year I intend to try. I live with my parents so this is ultimately contingent on their approval, but I do want to experience hosting an event and bringing some awesome people together.
12. I WILL EASILY PRACTICE TALKING TO STRANGERS ON MY WAY HOME FROM WORK 5 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL SEPT. 2017
Status: Stopped for now
As mentioned in goal #5, I want to practice talking to strangers. September is when I return to school so my schedule will change. Until then, I want to practice every workday during my commute. I have stopped this goal intentionally because I realized that practicing in this way is too brief and rushed to support my goal setting. It is better to go out to the mall or bars on the weekend, which I continue to do.
13. I WILL EASILY PRACTICE TALKING TO STRANGERS DOWNTOWN AT LEAST 4 DAYS A WEEK STARTING IN SEPT. 2017
Status: Will start in September
When I return to school in September, my schedule will change and I will have different opportunities to talk to strangers. I will think about this goal more when the time comes.
TIME AND PRODUCTIVITY
1. I WILL EASILY READ 12 BOOKS (THE ONES I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS IN 2016 ARE MANDATORY)
Status: 2/12 complete (well…kind of)
I got two books for Christmas: The Social Skills Guidebook by Chris Macleod and How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie. I am currently reading the latter, as well as Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Also, I try not to read more than one book at once, but it is easier to read an e-book off my phone (Rich Dad Poor Dad) while commuting to and from work. The goal is to finish both books in April. The reason I say that I have completed 2 books is that there was a book that I finished a week after the start of January. Thus, I may end up counting it towards my 12 books if I finish the year with 11 books read. But if I have only read 10, then no excuses!
2. I WILL EASILY SHORTEN THE TIME SPAN BETWEEN BREAKS TO 1 HOUR DURING 6 DAYS A WEEK THAT I AM STUDYING OR WORKING ON MY BUSINESS
Status: Have not tracked this, productivity has struggled a bit
I have not tracked the metrics behind this, but I do need to improve my productivity. When I come home from work, I try to get things done even before dinner. This includes doing marketing for my business, watching a video from the Affiliate Marketing Mastery program (an online business course I am working through) or reading a bit. However, due to my poor sleeping patterns in March, I found myself napping after work at times or watching YouTube videos. I realized that tracking the actual time of my breaks is difficult (although I can guestimate 1 hour) but I will try to minimize unproductive activities (baseball in back on TV so I have a challenge on my hands).
3. I WILL EASILY LENGTHEN THE TIME I AM UNDER THE COLD SHOWER IN THE MORNING TO 5 MINS. FOR A FULL WEEK BY DEC 31, 2017
Status: Currently at 1 min. 30 seconds every day
As part of my morning ritual, I finish my morning shower by running cold water. This helps stimulate my nervous system which wakes me up. At the end of February, I was at 50 seconds, and have now taken it 1 min. and 30 seconds. I have actually started to dread the cold less and even enjoy it sometimes. I will continue working towards the 5-minute mark.
CAREER AND MISSION
1. I WILL EASILY CREATE AN AFFILIATE MARKETING MASTERY MASTERMIND GROUP FOR TORONTO MEMBERS AND HAVE OUR FIRST MEETING FOR IT
Status: Have yet to organize
As I make progress on my online business, I want to be around people that also have the Growth Mindset. This will help me move along with my business goal setting and make great friendships in the process. Right now, I am still going through the program so it is a bit early but I intend to get all Toronto area members of the course together to work on our business goals. As Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.
2. I WILL EASILY RECEIVE A MARK OF 75 OR ABOVE IN ALL FALL SEMESTER COURSES
Status: School year has not started yet
As always, my academics are important to my goal setting, and when school starts in September, I would like to get a mark of 75 or above in all my courses. This would be sufficient given the other life goals I plan to be working on at the same time.
3. I WILL EASILY ENROLL ONLY IN COURSES THAT INTEREST ME
Status: Official course enrollment hasn’t started, but I selected courses that interest me in pre-enrollment
Since it will be the final year of my program at school, I will have more freedom to take courses that I want to take. I would like to find courses that are related to self-development. Psychology courses would peak my interest, as well as courses on spirituality (mindfulness, etc.). A course on entrepreneurship would also offer me value and support my goal setting. During pre-enrollment in February, I selected 2 electives related to entrepreneurship and small business management, which I hope I get enrolled in successfully. No new progress is expected until course enrollment in July.
4. I WILL EASILY PARTAKE IN 5 PHILANTHROPY OPPORTUNITIES
Status: 1/5 complete
Philanthropy (volunteering) isn’t something I focused on in the past but I want to start giving back more. In March, I volunteered at Brewfest, a craft beer festival in Toronto. This was hardly a volunteer opportunity as I was given free admission and $40 in beer credit on one of the days! I worked my shift the other day, and overall had an awesome time! I will definitely consider doing it again next year.
5. I WILL EASILY COMPLETE AND APPLY FULLY MODULES 1-5 OF AFFILIATE MARKETING MASTERY BY FEB 1, 2017
Status: Failed, but Modules 1-5 now completed (excluding videos on email/Kindle marketing)
Due to higher priority goals, I have slightly underachieved with my business goal setting. I was able to complete the first four modules of the program by Feb. 1 but not the fifth. However, I have gone as far as I can go right now with the program, completing Module 5 (excluding email/Kindle marketing which I am not planning to implement until I get more traffic to my blog).
6. I WILL EASILY COMPLETE AND APPLY FULLY ALL OF AFFILIATE MARKETING MASTERY WITHIN EXACTLY 3 MONTHS OF EARNING MY FIRST DOLLAR ONLINE
Status: Modules 1-5 completed (excluding videos on email/Kindle marketing), the rest depends on when I earn my first dollar
Since Fearless Progression is in its early stages, I have yet to monetize my business. I plan to when I meet my goal setting for attracting blog traffic, and my completion of the course will depend on when this happens.
7. I WILL EASILY BE GETTING 100 UNIQUE VISITORS PER DAY TO MY BLOG BY MAR 1, 2017
Status: Failed, currently getting about 2/day
I am new to goal setting, and I have mistakenly overestimated the growth for my business. Growth is slowest at the beginning, so I imagine it will pick up in the coming months.
8. I WILL EASILY HAVE MY BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS SET UP FULLY AND READY FOR CONTENT PRODUCTION BY JAN 15, 2017
Status: Achieved, but a week or so late
I was also a bit late here with my goal setting, but the important thing is that everything is now operational, and I am producing content.
9. I WILL EASILY BE GETTING 1000 UNIQUE VISITORS/DAY TO MY BLOG BY MAY 1, 2017
Status: About 2 unique visitors/day
Again, I must hit 100 unique visitors/day before I consider 1000. My goal setting has made this challenging. More updates to come.
10. I WILL EASILY HAVE 100 SUBSCRIBERS ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY APR 1, 2017
Status: Failed, 11 subscribers
Another metric that I greatly overestimated, but again, slow and steady wins the race. This metric that should improve drastically. I recently started YouTube marketing and my following is slowly increasing.
I was at 13 subscribers at the time of this blog post being written
11. I WILL EASILY SPEND AT LEAST 1 HOUR/DAY ON WEEKDAYS AND 3 HOURS/DAY ON WEEKENDS BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR AND 1 HOUR/DAY 3 TIMES A WEEK DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR ON MY ONLINE BUSINESS
Status: Have been consistent with it (but not perfect)
Right now, I am spending about 3 hours/day on weekends working on my business since I am at home and have consistent free time. On weekdays, I aim for 1 hour/day, and even if I don’t hit that mark, I am still doing something related to my business every day (ex. posting on Instagram) to support my goal setting.
1. I WILL EASILY EARN MY FIRST DOLLAR ONLINE BY APR 1, 2017
Status: Failed, have not monetized my business yet
I have not monetized my business yet so I came up short here. When I monetize my business will depend on how quickly I attract an audience to my blog and social media but I intend to start monetizing as soon as possible.
2. I WILL EASILY BE EARNING $500/MONTH PASSIVE INCOME BY SEPT 1, 2017
Status: Have not monetized my business yet
In September, I will return to school and ideally, I don’t want to get a part time job. I recently quit a minimum wage job and instead of forcing myself through that again, I would like to put in the hard work and self-love to make my own income, which are important parts of my goal setting in general.
1. I WILL EASILY MEDITATE BEFORE BED AND AS PART OF MY MORNING RITUAL AT LEAST 5 DAYS/WEEK WHILE AT HOME
Status: Could be more consistent with it, did it in the morning 2-3 days/week
Previously, I meditated before bed. However, I have stopped due to the small amount of time I have on weekday evenings to get things done. However, I do a meditation during my morning ritual, which gives me the regular practice that I need. Like with my morning ritual goals, I will have to increase this back to 5 days/week by managing my time better.
2. I WILL EASILY ATTEND CHURCH AT LEAST ONCE PER MONTH
Status: Have been consistent with it
Being Christian, going to church is an important part of my spirituality. I intend to go more often this year. I went in March so I remain on track with this goal.
As you can see, I have been making some awesome progress with my goal setting so far. I have also had some barriers and challenges along the way. As author Stephen Covey says,
“Where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re going”
I take my goals seriously but I understand that I am new to goal setting and that I am not perfect. I am looking to get better each month and consciously try and improve where I come up short. The next monthly goals report will come at the end of April.
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