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The Mastermind Within Goals Check-in – March 2017

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At the start of the New Year, the writers at The Mastermind Within, Erik and Henry, outlined goals they wanted to pursue in 2017. 2017 has started off great and will continue to be fantastic. This post is the March 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 Posts

In March, Henry and Erik posted 17 times.

Henry and Erik had a few posts on the blog and brand redesign, the February Traffic Report, and their goals update:

In addition to these posts, we were busy making a handful of pages for book recommendations, personal finance consulting, and our new products. These pages are not counted as posts.

Henry had a few posts on working out and his money story. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Henry wrote in March:

Erik had posts on scratching his entrepreneurial itch, homemade sushi, his February update on his book reading, and becoming a model. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Erik wrote in March:

With 17 posts in March, that makes 64 for the year. We are on pace for 256 posts in 2017; we just need to stay consistent and we will hit this goal.

Blog Goal #1.5 – Write 100 Book Reviews

A subset of posts were book reviews. Erik posted 5 book reviews in March. Henry didn’t have any book reviews.

Erik posted the following book reviews:

the end of jobs

Buy this Book!

6 Months to 6 Figures

Buy this Book!

Book ReviewBook Review
With Winning in Mind

Buy this Book!

The Richest Man in Babylon

Buy this Book!

Book ReviewBook Review
the 5 love languages

Buy this Book!

Book Review

With 5 book reviews in March, and 19 in January and February, we are on pace for 96 book reviews in 2017. We need to pick it up!

Blog Goal #2 – Get 15,000 page views in a single month by the end of 2017

In March, we received 3,157 page views. In February, we received 2,989 page views: our viewership increased 6% month over month. To reach 15,000 page views in a single month, we will have to grow the blog’s viewership by 18.91% on a month over month basis. This is certainly achievable.

This will be accomplished through a combination of SEO, social media, and a continued focus on providing value to our readers.

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

Erik and Henry did not make any appearances on other websites/podcasts/etc. in March. In April, there are a few guest posts in the making!

See the full March blog traffic and income report here.

Now on to personal goals:

The Update on Erik’s Personal Goals:

Personal Goal for Erik #1 –  Read 75 books

Erik read 5 books in March. He has finished 19 books so far in 2017; this puts him on pace for 76 books in 2017. Check out Erik’s full summary of his goal to read 75 books in 2017 here.

Personal Goal for Erik #2 – Buy another property (either primary residence or investment property)

Erik did not buy a property in March 2017. As he discussed in his 2017 financial plan post, he plans to invest in his IRA and get rid of PMI. There is an outside chance he purchases another property, but at this point, he doesn’t think this goal will be fulfilled.

Personal Goal for Erik #3 – Grab the rim in basketball

Erik was able to grab rim in mid-February. Erik has continued to work out to maintain a healthy physique and is looking to get stronger by working out 3 days a week. By performing compound exercises, Erik will keep building muscle and getting stronger.

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

March was a solid month. Erik had a reduction in cash by $352, increased his 401(k) balance by $232, increased his HSA balance by $262, and increased equity in his house by $4,532 for a total increase of $4,673.

For the first three months of 2017, Erik has built his cash, 401(k), and investment positions by $14,761.

Erik is not worried about hitting this goal. There is a promotion in the works at his day job and he recently came across a new opportunity which should bring in $10k-$15k this year. That being said, if Erik scratches the entrepreneurial itch, this goal may have to be put on hold!

The update for Henry’s personal goals:

Personal Goal for Henry #1 – Pay off all personal debt ($15,000 for house projects/remodels) and save 20,000$ in cash by the end of 2017.

In March, Henry paid off $3,245 of personal debt this March leaving around $7,800 remaining.  He has added an additional $1,800 on 0% interest cards for Vocal Empowerment lessons and Emotional Intelligence classes.  This brings his debt total to around $9,600.

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

The next month will be huge for paying down debt: his duplex has renters, and Henry is receiving two years worth of homestead property tax refunds of approximately $4400.  Henry is looking to pay off another $5,000 dollars by the end of April.  In addition to debt pay-down, Henry was able to build his 401(k) by $252.34 (contributions and paying back his 401k loan), his HSA by $313 , and build equity in his house by $503.16.

Personal Goal for Henry #2 – Dunk a men’s basketball on a 10 foot rim during a league basketball game before our 16 week season is over.

Henry failed this goal as he was unable to dunk in during his basketball season.  He is able to alley-oop dunk and grab the rim strongly with two hands.  He has yet to dunk in a game and plans on working on overall explosiveness in the 2nd 3 month Mindpump workout program – MAPS Performance.  This along with MAPS Prime, Yoga, and running will allow him to dunk this spring.

Overall, 2017 has been going great these first three months. How are you doing on your 2017 goals?

Erik and Henry



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Comments 18

  1. It’s great to review your goals from time to time to ensure that you guys are making yourselves accountable to achieve those goals. I find that by documenting your goals and conducting interval checks keeps your motivation up and increase your drive to achieve. Keep up the good work. You guys will get to 15k page view per month.

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  2. How do you plan on using social media? Are you thinking of growing your accounts organically, or are you thinking of using e.g. FB and Twitter ads?

    The problem I have with ads is that I’m not sure if they’re worth it. If it costs e.g. 50 cents per click and you have a conversion rate of 20%, you’re still spending $2.5 per new follower on social.

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      Great question Troy. At this point, we have no plans to do ads on Social Media, but once we have our products and services good to go, it might make sense.

      If you can charge $100 for an hour, $2.50 a customer isn’t much

  3. You guys are kicking on your goals; both of you! I’m still totally impressed with your book reading goal, Erik. I love reading non-fiction but just can’t seem to find the time for it. I’m going to have to make it more of a priority once the school year ends.

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      I don’t know Max – both of us are single and motivated. I, in particular, do a lot of reading on blogs at work if I have down time! Thanks for the comment.

  4. I love the basketball dunking/grabbing the rim goals!!! When I was younger I played a ton of basketball through college and after. I remember how much adrenaline would run through my body when I could put one down. It’s definitely an awesome feeling. Can’t wait to hear when you hit your goals!!!

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      Wow MSM – you were quite the baller growing up! Neither of us can throw down yet, but we are getting there! 🙂

  5. Wow, you guys are putting in work and kicking butt on all fronts! Thanks for sharing your progress. I agree with Max, above, on finding time to read all those books and blogs, plus comment on them all. Quite impressive, indeed. Keep up the great work, Fellas!

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      Yeah, again, we are both single and it is a testament to my time management… I don’t know – when you want something so bad, the whole Universe conspires to help you.

      Thanks Cody – really appreciate the comment.

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