I say it every single year. Resolutions are like promises. They are meant to be broken…
Now goals on the other hand are more of a realistic type thing for me, but can be a pain in the ass at times.
I’m the first to admit, I suck at goals let alone reaching them. I really don’t like creating goals. I’m more of a mission guy. I create missions for myself and I try to reach them and get as much as I can done. When I set limits I tend to not reach them because I’m so focus on reaching that limit.
Last year I set some goals that had a set limit and I didn’t reach nearly none of them. What I should’ve done is to set a mission of what I wanted to do. For example, start a podcast, start a new YouTube channel, build my RSS subscribers, etc.
Now I’m not saying I didn’t try my hardest, I’m just saying that at some point or another the limit became the main focus and that’s not what I’m about.
I’ll list my top ten goals from 2012 and share how it turned out for me.
10 – Work Less and Make More Money
Check: I definitely achieved this one. I worked far less than I’ve ever had and still made money. Can’t complain here.
9 – Write and Publish a “REAL” Book
Nope: I started writing my book, then decided to go the Kindle route, and there it stood. I’m so procrastinating on this…
8 – Start a New Podcast Show
Super Check: I started my podcast show and it’s been the best thing ever. Enjoying every moment ;-)
7 – Get 10K RSS Subscribers
Almost: Got just over 6K. This is one that became a main focus for me and I really didn’t like it.
6 – Get 10K FB Fans
Nope: Not even close. I got just over 1K fans, or likes. Again, one that became a main focus for me.
5 – Get 1K Subscribers and 100K views on My YouTube Channel
Nope: 214 Subs and 46K views. Another one that was a pain in the ass to reach.
4 – Break 10K on Alexa Ranking.
Nope: Not even close on this one. I made it to 80K at one point, but for some odd reason it dropped to 160K. Funny thing is that the traffic is more now than before.
3 – Speak Live at an Internet Marketing Event
Nope: Got offered a 2 gigs but they wanted me to sell something. I didn’t have anything to sell, plus I didn’t want to sell, I just wanted to give good content.
2 – Spend More Alone Time with My Kids
Super Duper Check: With my first born turning 18, my 2nd about to turn 13, and my son being only 2, I realized how fast time flies. I definitely knocked this one out of the park.
1- More Alone Time with My Wife ;-)
A DEFINITE CHECK: Yes, I definitely got this one down. In fact, so much so that I want more ;-)
As you can see, most of these goals weren’t met, and only a few were.
To me, the fact that I didn’t meet those goals weren’t as important and as much fun as the road I took in trying to reach them.
At the beginning it wasn’t much of a thing to reach those limits. I was having fun. Then towards the middle of the year I noticed I was behind. I started to do crazy stuff just to bump up those numbers. I started to worry more about the “numbers”.
It became the main focal point to hit those number rather than reaching the goals…
I hated it and hated myself for doing so.
Then one day I got this email from a special person who changed all that for me.
Here’s a snap shot of that email:
Here’s the link to the post she’s referring to in the email: Click here <==
Her name is Brenda Sue Wagner and I so appreciate her for being such a loyal subscriber, but more importantly, for not ever giving up.
You are AWESOME Brenda! Thank you so much. Keep up the hard work ;-)
That Email Changed Everything!
Reaching those “numbers” weren’t so important anymore. Trying to break some stupid alexa ranking was even more stupid. The whole idea of having XXX number of fans or RSS subscribers or YouTube Views was just plain RIDICULOUS!
I remembered what was important and who were important. The people that read my blog, watch my videos, listen to my podcast, and subscribe to my newsletter. The people that were already here.
Sure, new people is always good, but not always great. They are always welcome, absolutely, but they are not my main focal point anymore.
The people that are here now is what’s important.
Then I got this email in December from the Tapp Brothers that really made me think I’m doing something right.
Here’s the video they made for me:
Now that there, both those emails is what made last year and everything I did worthwhile.
Congrats to the Tapp Brothers and all their success. They totally deserve it. They’re doing great things for the community they so love ;-)
With that said, let’s get on with this years goals, or should I say …Mission.
This year I want to do things a little different. I’m actually going to write down some of things I would like to do and work on. Sort of like a mission, or several missions.
Here we go:
1 – Create a New Community Blog in a New Niche
I want to get into a totally new niche and create a blog just like this one here at Income Press. Since I proved it can be done, lets see if I can do it again, but this time in a totally new niche.
2 – Create a New Product Line in a New Niche
I’m going all out with this new niche. Blog, Products, Advertising, The Works, And yes, it will all be documented here.
3 – Create a New Podcast in a New Niche
Podcasting has done wonders for me here and I know it’ll be super hot in this new niche. I’ve already started one and have interviews lined up for it.
4 – New Design for the IP Blog
In October’s IPM Report I announced I’ll be redesigning the IP blog theme. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now and it’s finally coming true.
5 – Create More Case Studies
I definitely want to create more case studies for you. Especially now that I have more projects planned for the 2013 year, it’ll give me a chance to document it here and produce sort of a real life content type of feel. Very excited about that.
6 – Create a Kickstarter Campaign
I’ve been studying and researching a lot on Crowd Sourcing. It’s a great way to get people involved and even create a community out of it. And with my Case Study mission, you’ll see how I get it all done.
7 – Create More Reader Challenges
I totally dropped the ball on this last year. I did only 2 reader challenges, both successful. I should have done more. Reader Challenges are a great way to get people involved and to get them off their asses and get things done. It’s a great motivator. This year I’m definitely doing more of them.
8 – Create a Private Coaching Program
In years past I tried not to do this. But I realize that some people are ready to take their business to the next level but don’t quite know how. So for those that are ready, or believe they are, I want to be a part of that push.
9 – Get my first Kindle Book Published
Hey, just because it didn’t happen (I slacked off) last year on this, doesn’t mean I’m giving up. I AM going to publish a book on Kindle.
10 – Become an Authority Blogger
Since becoming a blogger and after going through the transition from Affiliate marketer and Product Creator to a Blogger, I realize now how really different the two worlds are.
It was a very difficult and hard transition, but I did it. I went from being well known in the IM Affiliate Marketing space to a nobody in the Blogger space.
Hell, some of these Blogging “A-Listers” didn’t even show respect or interest in what I had to say, let along bring to the table. But that’s all over now and I’m ready to be recognized and respected as an A-Lister in this game.
This may seem or sound selfish and even arrogant, but it’s really not and to tell ya the truth, who gives a shit. You have to believe that you are the best and that you are an A-Lister in what ever it is you’re doing.
It’s the ONLY way you’re going to get recognized, get respect, and make more money.
If you feel you’re not getting the respect, recognition, and money you deserve, then go out there and get it. No ones going to give it to you.
That’s all folks
Those are my Missions for 2013. Together we can accomplish great things. So let’s stay together, work together, and run this shit in 2013!
Peace and I love ya for free ;-)
What are your goals or Mission?
Don’t be shy. Let me know what they are. Like I always say. You put yourself out on front street and you force yourself to take action. Let’s do this!