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The Mastermind Within 2017 Goals Recap

Erik Entrepreneurship, Thoughts of a Mastermind 17 Comments

At the start of the New Year, I outlined goals I wanted to pursue in 2017. 2017 was a wild, productive, and overall, great year for me. This post is a recap of the goals I set at the beginning of the year, and my thoughts on my progress.

“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

First, I’d like to talk about my goals for The Mastermind Within.

1 year ago, I came up with a mission statement to help focus my thoughts and actions while blogging. My vision for The Mastermind Within is to set up a platform for like-minded individuals to share their ideas, build knowledge, and experience amazing personal growth over time.

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, I wrote out a number of blog goals at the beginning of 2017.the mastermind within

The Mastermind Within Blog Goals:

The blog goals were mainly focused on creating content for The Mastermind Within, getting page views, and growing the audience through guest posts.

Blog Goal #1 – Write 250 175 Posts

At the beginning of year, I had a friend who was blogging with me. We started out crushing our posts with 24 posts in January. This pace would have been good for nearly 300 posts on the year, but priorities changed. My friend loves yoga, basketball, and traveling – while he really enjoys helping people and writing, a strict posting schedule wasn’t for him.

I can’t fault him either and now, he is someone I look up to as a teacher and mentor spiritually.

In the middle of the year, my priorities started to shift as well as I started a business with another friend.

In August, I ended up revising this goal to 175 posts, since I knew that I could crank out 10-12 a month. With a long vacation in October to FinCon and California, I fell behind the pace, but still was able to get close to this ambitious goal.

This 2017 Goals Recap post is #168 on the year. The addition of 168 posts to The Mastermind Within in 2017 is a fantastic feat. I’m very happy to say I got to this point, and am looking forward to seeing how many posts are added in 2018.

Blog Goal #1.5 – Write 100 80 Book Reviews

Similar to the goal above, I really was ambitious and hopeful.

In 2017, there were 40 book reviews posted to The Mastermind Within – half of the stated goal. While still a great feat, chalk it up to changing priorities, a slightly different focus on the topics of the blog.

Reading and learning is great, but as I’ve mentioned before, ideas and knowledge are worthless unless put in to application. My mindset mid-year started to change from learning to doing, and I’ve not gotten back to full-fledged learning again. I still have a stack of 30+ books on my end table… I’ll get around to them and share with you my findings!

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

November was The Mastermind Within’s best month at just over 7,000 page views. December is going to come in at a little over 4,500 page views.

Blogging is hard. Getting solid page views consistently is difficult. 15,000 page views in a month would require roughly 500 page views a day for a whole month. Right now, at 4,500 page views in a month, I’m averaging between 150-200 page views a day. An increase of 300 page views a day would be tough!

I’m going to hit this goal in early 2018 through increased and consistent efforts on Pinterest, Quora, and continuing to grow my presence in the world of Google. In addition, I have some ideas for the design of my site to further improve the user experience which will be rolled out shortly. I’m excited to see where I end up in 2018.

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

I was able to make over 10 appearances on other websites and podcasts in 2017. I believe I was able to secure 15 total guest appearances, and this has certainly helped traffic and my message spread.

Guest posting is a great way as a blogger to get more exposure and spread your story and message. I’m definitely glad I was able to complete this goal.

Personal Goals:

There were 4 personal goals I looked to achieve in 2017.

Personal Goal #1 –  Read 75 books

As mentioned above, priorities change. I finished 35 books in 2017, and started between 5-10 more. I learned a lot from those 40+ books, but at the end of the day, it’s the application of the knowledge gained that counts.

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

I almost bought a property in May, but ended up backing out of my offer after I saw the crawl space.

floor beams shimmed up on woodWith the market as hot as it was, and with the realization that my current residence is pretty awesome, I put this goal on the back burner.

I think real estate is amazing as an investment class, but if I’m not actively looking for good deals, then it’s not something I can just get into easily. In the future, I will be looking at rentals, but first want to build up some more cash reserves to ensure my purchase makes the numbers work, and won’t introduce any short term financial stress.

Personal Goal #3 – Grab the rim in basketball

Success! I was able to grab rim in February, but have since regressed a little bit. Over the summer, I stopped working out as diligently and consistently as before.

That being said, I’m back at it, going 3-4 times a week, playing basketball, and looking forward to January when I’m going to give more yoga a try.

I’m able to barely touch rim, and hopefully, I’ll be back to where I was earlier in 2017.

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

I smashed this goal out of the park. I don’t have final numbers as there are still a few days left in 2017 for some minor expenses to come through, but I was able to increase my net worth, through cash savings, investments, and debt paydown, by nearly $50,000.

Cash was more or less even on the year, I was able to pay down nearly $18,000 on my mortgage, put $11,000 to work in my Roth IRA (2016 and 2017 contribution), contributed nearly $10,000 to my HSA and 401k, and put some additional money towards my business and taxable accounts.

Overall, I’d call this a successful year financially, and I’m going to look to build on this in 2018.

Thoughts as I Ponder on My Goals for 2018

scratch the entrepreneurial itchWhen I entered 2017, I wanted to learn, grow, and experience a variety of new ideas, meet new people, and gain exposure to many new and different situations. I wanted to start building a strong base for my presence online, with The Mastermind Within, and start to build wealth and passive income outside of my 9 to 5.

I accomplished these overarching thoughts and more in 2017, and am really excited to build on my foundation in 2018.

I haven’t yet come up with goals for 2018 – I’ll be thinking about it over the weekend. Really, for me, I’ve realized goals are very important, but what is most important, is the actions I take each and every day. I have a bunch of goals, tasks, and a vision for 2018 that I’ve been crafting for the past 3 months.

Do I really need to solidify these visions and current goals with new goals to start off 2018?

If I have specific goals for each month, which are leading up to an overall bigger vision, then it might not be worth having specific goals because a lot can happen in 12 months.

I wanted to get to 15,000 page views in a month. I didn’t even reach half that. But what I completely underestimated was the great email following I created with over 360 followers. For me, whatever I call them, goals, expectations, visions, etc. will be grounded in the daily, weekly, and monthly actions required to reach those.

At the end of 2018, I know I’ll be pleased with my progress if I’m doing what’s necessary each day.

Thank you for stopping by, thank you for reading, and I wish you all the best in 2018. Happy New Year!

Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.

Erik

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  1. Sounds great! Its awesome that you set goals and stick to them.

    I won’t save we float through life, but for the blog we definitely do.

    Its quite ambitious and good that you have such high goals. Because even if you miss them, you do great things. Its all about perspective.

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  2. Congratulations on an awesome 2017, Erik! You really crushed it with your net worth growth this year. I’m looking forward to seeing all you accomplish this coming year. Happy New Year! May 2018 be your most successful and prosperous yet!

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  3. Great accomplishments this year! I like setting lofty goals. Even if a person falls a bit short, good progress is still usually made. And it provides extra motivation to hit the next goal. Good luck in ’18!

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  4. Congrats on the goals for 2018. I also just read your other post about earning over $105,000 by 25, but didn’t find it on the site to comment. Make sure you’re seeking out the right mentors/sponsors at work. You’re in a lucrative profession but its going to require people to say behind the scenes “I trust Erik” with this massive project. That will continue to help you make exponential increases in income!

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      Thanks Mr. Shirt. I appreciate your support.

      Thank you for the advice, I’m looking out for these people so I can make sure to keep working my way up the ladder!

  5. Don’t worry, you’ll know when those leaders show up. Ask people who have a lot of exposure “If you could work for anyone up and coming in this company, who would it be”? Think of it like the military, befriend and offer to help the seargents that work closely to the general.

    1st good leader I went to work for at 25, then the best showed up two levels up from me at 30, I moved for him (along with a bunch of others) to fix a problem, now he’s in executive management. Think of your time around them as ways to develop your professional and leadership skills, everything else takes care of itself.

    Congrats on all your progress, I barely had a positive net worth a try 25!

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      Thanks for clarifying Mr. Shirts.

      I think I know what you mean – I’m in a pretty good spot now, with my manager’s manager in a great spot and highly visible. . I’m going to keep working on making strides and contributing to the team as I build my leadership and management skills.

      Have a good one! 🙂

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