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The Mastermind Within Goals Check-in – August 2017

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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 August 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 August, I posted 10 times.

Here’s a listing of the non-book review posts:

I had a few posts on the general blog topics:  the July Traffic Report, and my goals update for July.

I had 6 posts in August.  Here is a list of the non-book review posts I wrote in August:

I had 1 person, Patty Moore, who blogs at WorkingMotherLife, contribute a guest post about work-life balance:

With 10 posts in August, that makes 124 for the year. I’m on pace for 186 posts in 2017. I’m doing well – 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 posted 2 book reviews.

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With 2 book review in August, and 39 in first 6 months, I’m on pace for 62 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 August, the blog had 2,962 page views. In July, the blog had 3,126 page views; my readership decreased 5% 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.

I was chatting with The Financial Panther at a local meet-up, and he said one of his strategies is to guest post on bigger sites to gain more traffic. With this in mind, I will be reaching out and securing some guest posts and podcast interviews in the near future.

Blog Goal #3 – Make 10 appearances on other websites/podcasts/etc.

In August, Lance, who blogs at My Strategic Dollar, featured me in his Dollars and Debts Series, where I shared I had paid off nearly $50k in debt in the past 2.5 years! Crazy!

In September, I have a few guest posts on the horizon that I working on. I’m 50% of the way to achieving this goal.

See the full August blog traffic and income report here.

Now on to personal goals:

The Update on Personal Goals:

Personal Goal #1 –  Read 75 books

I read 2 books in August. I have finished 32 books so far in 2017; this puts him on pace for 48 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 my 2017 financial plan post, I plan to max out my IRA and get rid of PMI…. but of course… the investing monster is back! I’m looking at a property this weekend… stay tuned!

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.  My health is my true wealth!

Personal Goal #4 – Build Cash, 401k and investments by $35k.

August was a solid month. I had an increase in cash by $3,415,  increased my 401(k) balance by $391, increased my HSA balance by $262, and increased equity in my house by $541 (getting rid of PMI baby!!) for a total increase of $4,609.

For the first eight months of 2017, Erik has built his cash, 401(k), and investment positions by $34,829. So close!!!

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?





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  1. Health is truly wealth; I’m realizing that more and more! I look forward to reading your progress here and in the investment property section. Hope you find an awesome deal that can be turned into a viable rental 🙂

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      Thanks Derek, I appreciate your comment 🙂

      I’m just trying to do the little things that are right day in and day out. Simple daily disciplines add up over time!

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