I recently wrote a post about the most important lessons I took away from 2016. It’s now time for me to share my goals for the new year.
The key takeaway for me was to keep on working my way up to a state of “flow”, where I would build enough momentum. Which in turn would naturally help me gain the consistency I would need to start seeing results.
It’s much harder to motivate yourself when you’re not fully confident about your aspirations. It feels like swimming against the current.
So, all the goals I will soon list will be predicated on implementing habits and actions that will require consistency and repetition. Because, if I can’t bring myself to a state of flow mentally, I will let my actions do the work.
Why am I doing this?
There are 2 reasons why I’m doing this.
1. By announcing my goals and plans publicly, I want to create a powerful internal pressure that will serve as a strong reminder and catalyzer for taking action.
Accountability is what I believe will be the most important factor in me following through my plans.
Plans and strategies can change over time but I sure don’t want to look back at this post, not having achieved any of my goals.
2. I want to document every bit of my journey. Sometimes it feels like everyone around you, has got it all figured out. Yet this can’t be any further from the truth.
The way is paved with doubt and uncertainty. It’s no different for me.
I’m not pretending by any means that I’ve got it all sorted out, or that the lifestyle I chose for myself is the one way to success and financial freedom.
It’s just the one I’m experimenting with. And I’m here to share the journey.
The journey of the climb.
List of goals for 2017
I’m breaking down my goals in various areas, to ensure I’m progressing in different areas of my life.
The goals listed below are in tune with my current vision. As I go along, I might add or change certain goals if I decide to take a different route.
A crucial lesson I’m taking away from 2016, is that I will hardly see any return if I take on an endeavor half-heartedly. Instead of “trying” new things out, I’m going to go all-in.
I feel like the route to success is binary. Either you give it your all, or you don’t do it at all. This is why I’m calling 2017, the year I’m turning pro.
Personal Branding & Reach
Last year I started experimenting with documenting my journey through Instagram, Snapchat and by launching my website.
I had a lot of fun doing it. I’ve had great feedback from people all around the world, but I wasn’t consistent at it.
Much to my displeasure, I spent most of my time strategizing and pondering about the best course of action instead of simply documenting and creating.
I kept on asking myself whether I was hunting field mice or antelope.
I just wasn’t sure if the effort I would put into it would have a genuine return that would be worth my time.
To be honest, instead of looking at it as an experiment where I could learn from, I was rationalizing my efforts purely by seeking monetary returns.
Publishing new content regularly is very challenging. And now, I know I won’t be able to pursue it if all I’m looking for is a way to make more money.
This year, I’m taking an entirely different approach.
Assuming I’m doing this as an experiment, and a way for me to learn more and acquire new skills, I ask myself: How can I win even if I fail?
Or, How will this experiment help me even I fail?
You will see my goals are all phrased in the same way. They start with “I will easily”. Not I want to or I’d like to, but I will.
It presupposes that it has already happened.
Attaching the word “easily” helps me believe that the learning process will be smooth and that I will enjoy every bit of the journey.
Without further ado, here we go;
Setting up a regular content schedule
1. I will easily publish 2 articles every week (or 104+ posts in a year) on either my website or as guest posts on related authoritative websites.
The intention here is to keep on publishing new and valuable content on a regular basis. Content that will help me become an authority in my field, and that will help me get in front of people.
2. I will easily create and share 2 videos/week (or 104+ videos in a year) that depict my journey as a location independent entrepreneur.
The goal here is to supplement the posts with videos and to grow a YouTube channel that displays my journey in the most authentic and raw fashion.
3. I will easily launch a podcast by the 31st of December 2017.
My intention is to launch an interview-style podcast that will let me and everyone listening learn from others who’ve overcome obstacles and have achieved greatness in their given field.
4. I will easily automate my social media channels by being regularly active.
Written, video, and audio content are longer form content that can build great loyalty, but short and regular social media updates is what helps build rapport with your audience, promotes your content and reminds everyone else that you exist.
Here’s what would happen if I’d achieve each of these goals but would still fail to turn it into some sort of financial gain:
104 articles translate to over 210,000 words, or the equivalent of 3 novels – written in a year time.
This exercise would certainly help me express myself better. It would also have a meditative outcome.
I’d be putting down both wins and failures on paper – meaning going through them, one by one, analyzing them and finally drawing a definite conclusion.
When I was running my startup in Istanbul, I was once asked to be interviewed by a TV reporter. I was so self-conscious and anxious, that our PR agent just told the reporter to pack up his gear and leave. I had to beg him to stay.
I filmed myself on Snapchat for over a year, and have started breaking away from my old habits.
Yet, I want to be able to show as much as I can tell.
Video content and storytelling is very powerful. It simply grabs you. It builds loyalty, trust and a feeling of familiarity.
Filming over 104 videos this year will teach me about what captures an audience’s attention. It’ll improve my confidence and will help me increase my reach.
I’m only planning on pursuing this goal during the last quarter of the year, once I’ve managed to automate all other parts.
I take immense pleasure in learning from others’ experiences. One way I do it is by reading. Another way to do it, is by interviewing people.
At worst, this experiment will help me hone my networking skills as I’ll be reaching out to tens of individuals who are ahead of me in many ways.
Also, it will raise the quality of the questions I ask, which in turn will determine the quality of the advice and mentorship I’ll be getting.
Growing my reach
This one is a little delicate. You’ll see plenty of so-called ‘influencers’ with hundreds of thousands of followers.
Some of them have a genuine following base gathered through organic efforts. But you’ll also see many others who’ve used shady tactics to collect followers to which they don’t have any impact on.
I’d much rather have a small audience that cares and listens to everything I have to say than having a large audience that does not engage – and eventually, that does not convert.
Although some of my goals listed below are bold, I’ll be ready to trade them for lower numbers if it means higher engagement and conversations down the road.
Having said that my goals for building an audience are as follows:
5. I will easily have at least 15,000 unique visitors per month on eotfly.com by December 31st, 2017 (currently at 320).
6. I will easily grow my email list to over 5,000 subscribers (currently at 23) by December 31st, 2017.
7. I will easily have at least 5,000 subscribers on my Entrepreneur On The Fly YouTube Channel by December 31st, 2017 (currently at 8).
8. I will easily reach at least 50,000 followers on my Instagram account (currently at 14.4K).
9. I will easily reach at least 20,000 followers on my Twitter account (currently at 5.9K)
10. I will easily impact the lives of at least 200 people (through personal contact) through my outreach efforts.
An important goal for the year is to keep doing what I’ve been doing well in 2016.
One of them is providing business consultancy.
11. I will easily generate over 55,000 USD in 2017 providing consultancy services.
Another crucial goal for me this year is to add at least one new sustainable and scalable income stream that will let me work and live remotely.
Eventually, I want to be able to diversify my risk and lower my fragility to external factors by adding many more sources of income.
12. I will easily establish at least one new source of income that will generate 5,000$/month in recurring income by December 31, 2017.
Personal development and health
This is an area I’m putting a lot focus on. Your mindset just as your body is a muscle. The more you train it, to more ready you feel to take on your goals.
13. I will easily read 2 books a month (or 24 books in a year) to enhance my mindset and knowledge by December 31, 2017.
14. I will easily complete the online courses I’ve begun by December 31st, 2017.
15. I will easily write down 10 ideas a day to train my mind to come up with better ideas and solutions.
16. I will easily stick to a daily morning routine to practice mindfulness and gratitude.
17. I will easily reach out to 30+ influencers in my field to connect, learn and collaborate by December 31st, 2017.
18. I will easily workout 5 times a week and will have a lean and defined body by December 31st, 2017.
19. I will easily learn a new sport and will enjoy the process to the fullest by December 31st, 2017. In 2015 I learned horseback riding. Last year, I learned to kitesurf. This year, I am taking on bouldering.
Travel and Leisure
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
My intuition says that making time to “play” will be very important in keeping an agile mind. A mind that will let me stay in a creative flow.
This year, I will make time to try new experiences. Time to explore new tastes and build new friendships.
20. I will easily travel to at least 12 countries – 5 of them being new destinations by December 31st, 2017.
21. I will easily enjoy a fun family vacation for my mother’s 60th birthday in June 2017.
22. I will easily enjoy a fun and unforgettable vacation for my 30th birthday in November 2017.
Have you set your goals for 2017?
The most important reason why people are reluctant on coming up with resolutions every year is because, everytime time they do, it reminds them of the goals they haven’t achieved.
This said, writing down goals for the sake of doing it will not cut it.
Unless you are ultra-disciplined, having an accountability partner that will remind you of your commitment and that will check up on your progress is key.
So, what are your goals for 2017? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
– Crafted in Bangkok, Thailand