At the start of the New Year, I outlined goals I wanted to pursue in 2017. 2017 has started off great and will continue to be fantastic. This post is the July goals check-in.
“To have more, you simply have to become more. Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better!” – Jim Rohn
By focusing on our mission statement and purpose, we are setting up a platform for other like-minded individuals to share their ideas, build knowledge, and experience amazing personal growth.
The Mastermind Within Mission Statement:
The Mastermind Within hopes to build a collaborative community where ideas can flow openly, and readers can build knowledge and experience amazing personal growth.
To build a collaborative community, we have some blog goals which we want to check in and see our progress. Checking in keeps us accountable and responsible for the goals. In addition, if one goal is lacking, we can adjust our plans and focus in on our weaknesses.
The Mastermind Within Blog Goals:
Blog Goal #1 – Write 250 175 Posts
In July, I posted 9 times. In the first 6 months, there were posted 105 posts. With 9 posts in July, that makes 114 for the year. I don’t think 250 is a reasonable goal given all the things going on in life, especially since I thought I’d have help with the goal. I think 175 is a more reasonable goal 🙂
Here’s a listing of the non-book review posts:
I had a few posts on the general blog topics: the June Traffic Report, and my goals update for June.
I had 6 posts in July. Here is a list of the non-book review posts I wrote in July:
- My Goal to Read 75 Books – June 2017 Check-in
- Erik’s Income Statement and Balance Sheet – 1st Half 2017
- Influencing Generation Z to Leverage the Internet and Capitalize on Technological Progress
- 6 Improvements from Reading 29 Books in 6 Months
- My Personal Development Bucket List – Lots of Ideas, Little Time
- How House Hacking Gets You on the Fast Track to Financial Freedom
With 9 posts in July, that makes 114 for the year. We are on pace for 195 posts in 2017; I’m doing well with the goal update 🙂 12 posts a month will result in 175!
Blog Goal #1.5 – Write 100 80 Book Reviews
A subset of posts were book reviews. I’m revising this goal to 80 book reviews. I posted 1 book review.
With 1 book review in July, and 38 in first 6 months, I’m on pace for 66 book reviews in 2017. I need to pick it up!
Blog Goal #2 – Get 15,000 page views in a single month by the end of 2017
In July, the blog had 3,126 page views. In June, the blog had 2,427 page views; our viewership decreased 29% month over month. To reach 15,000 page views in a single month, we will have to grow the blog’s viewership by nearly double each month on a month over month basis. This is certainly achievable but we need to start expanding into different social media channels. I’ve found some decent success in Twitter, so I’m going to keep on that path.
This goal will be accomplished through a combination of SEO, social media, and a continued focus on providing value through freebies to our readers.
Blog Goal #3 – Make 10 appearances on other websites/podcasts/etc.
In July, there were 0 guest posts or appearances on other websites/podcasts/etc. I have done 4 of these so far in 2017.
In August, we will continue to look to gain exposure through guest posting. We are 40% of the way to achieving this goal.
See the full July blog traffic and income report here.
Now on to personal goals:
The Update on Personal Goals:
I read 1 books in July. I have finished 30 books so far in 2017; this puts him on pace for 52 books in 2017. Check out my full summary of his goal to read 75 books in 2017 here.
Personal Goal #2 – Buy another property (either primary residence or investment property)
I almost bought a property in April 2017 and it was a a wild 2 week period. As I touched on in his 2017 financial plan post, I plan to max out my IRA and get rid of PMI. Buying property is not a main focus for me in 2017 as the housing market is super hot.
Personal Goal #3 – Grab the rim in basketball
I was able to grab rim in mid-February. I can still touch rim, but has fallen off a little bit in terms of explosiveness. It’s on my list to get back in the gym in August. My health is my true wealth!
Personal Goal #4 – Build Cash, 401k and investments by $35k.
July was a solid month. I had an decrease in cash by $2,809, increased his 401(k) balance by $349, increased his HSA balance by $262, and increased equity in his house by $5,160 (getting rid of PMI baby!!) for a total increase of $2,964.
For the first seven months of 2017, Erik has built his cash, 401(k), and investment positions by $30,220. Almost there!
I’m not worried about hitting this goal.
Overall, 2017 has been going great these first seven months. How are you doing on your 2017 goals?