Each month, I post a detailed review of the progress I have made in that particular month towards my 2016 goals.
For a quick recap and easy navigation of my March 2016 Goals Report, see the Wins/Losses/Fixes “cheat sheet” below. The italicized letter/number code next to each item is the 2016 goal that this action is most closely aligned to. (example: (ob5) = Goal #5 in the “Online Business” section of my goals)
- 3x’ing the number of podcast downloads from February. (ob5)
- Completed 4 of the 5 CrossFit Open workouts (p1-p6)
- Concluded my 30-Day Caffeine Free Action Experiment (coming next week) (p8)
- Booked a one-way ticket to London, England in November. (pd1)
- Vacationed in Fort Myers, FL, seeing my childhood team, The Boston Red Sox in spring training and got in some deep sea fishing to boot! 🙂 (pd1)
- Lack of overall consistency with getting up early for morning routine time (pd4)
- Lack of food preparation and portion sizes resulted in me gaining at least 2lbs this month. (p7)
- Not spending as much time reading or listening to new material as I would’ve liked. (p2)
Fixes For Next Month:
- Created a Content Schedule Release for Three Six Thrive. With the new blog, this will help me keep track of the deadlines and timelines I have to get certain pieces of work done. I will do a write-up on how this is going in the future. (ob 1-6)
- Counting macros as part of 90 day body composition change. (p7)
- Creating an accountability system to log morning routines during the month of April. (pd4)
- Building more time into my evening ritual to read. (p2)
OVERALL RATING FOR MARCH 2016: 8
Physical goals include measurements of fitness, body composition, and various physical performances.
By December 31, 2016….
1.I will achieve a raw powerlifting total (bench/squat/deadlift) of 1300 or more.
I currently sit at a raw powerlifting total of 1225- 525lb deadlift, 435lb back squat, and 265lb bench press. These numbers have not jumped a lot in the last year, mostly because I’ve chosen to focus on CrossFit training instead of lifting weights full-time. I’m currently using the Conjugate system for my training and am seeing AMAZING results. I lift for 30-35 minutes 3-4 times per week and am getting stronger. I expect to hit 1300 pretty easily this year.
2. I will snatch 215lbs+, and clean and jerk 285+.
My Olympic lifts have been always been a struggle, though I do believe that these numbers are obtainable. My snatch is inconsistent, though I’ve hit 195 several times, and I have clean and jerked 265 once. I simply need to dedicate a little more time to hitting these lifts with heavy weights each month and I think I’ll be okay.
3. I will do a set of 20 or more strict pull-ups.
This has alluded me for 3-4 years now. I’ve reached a plateau with my max set of chin ups at 16, a number I’ve hit on several occasions. To increase this number, I am attempting to hit 2-3 extra sets of strict chin-ups at the end of each work out session.
4. I will run a mile in under 6 minutes.
Okay, full disclosure- I ran this just a few weeks ago and hit a 6:10 mile, so I’m not far off. The sole reason that this is a goal is that I enjoy feeling like I still “got it”. I’ve been a decent runner for years, so I like using this as a benchmark for my cardiovascular fitness. To achieve this goal, I’m simply going to need to run more- yuck.
5. I will complete a set of 4 unbroken muscle-ups
Muscle-ups are my bugaboo. I hit a set of 3 muscle-ups in the fall and have not been able to string together more than 2 since. Most days, I can only hit 1. When muscle-ups come up in my programming, I need to ensure I practice them as much as possible.
6. I will complete a set of 10 unbroken strict handstand push-ups.
The CrossFit Open was humbling this year. I got stuck after 3 HSPUs, barely able to get 1 rep at a time for the remaining 4 reps in the 4th workout of the Open. Like muscle-ups, this is a skill I need to ensure I’m practicing on a regular basis.
7. I will have achieved a body fat percentage of 10% or less and weigh between 190-200lbs.
This is my big goal for 2016. I’ve been “fit” for the last 6 years, but have always laid just on the upper side of being overweight- right around 12-14% body-fat. Beginning in the month of April, I will be starting a 90-day training program to help jump start the loss of body-fat. If we’re being real, this is going to make or break my Q2 for 2016. I’m very excited to get started with this journey even if it’s going to be a challenge for me.
8. Run at least 3 “Action Experiments” that cause me to adjust current habits that contribute to my physical health.
This is a fun goal for me. Next week, you’ll be able to read the first ever Action Experiment post. I’m committed to running three of these in the next 8 months, so if these are of interest to you, be sure to tune in again and check out the results.
Online business goals include anything related to the products and services I offer at Three Six Thrive.
By December 31, 2016….
1.I will be financially supporting myself on my business products and personal coaching clients.
This is going to take some time, but if I stay committed, it should end up happening in the next 4-5 months. At the moment, I still have a full-time job as a teacher, and so I don’t have the time to devote to making this a reality. Without being too invasive, about 10% of my monthly income is coming in via coaching and my online business. I am committed to raising this number to rise to 50-70% by August 2016. One of my current Action Experiments is part of how I plan to achieve this goal.
2. I will release my first online business product.
By April 26, 2016, I will have released my first product- the 21-Day Goal Sabbatical. I will update this post in the future with links, but it’s a testament to the fact that I’m so far off releasing the product that the link is not yet ready. I have 1 full month to finish a product I’ve spent 3 months fine-tuning and building up, which will be enough time assuming that I am diligent with my work.
3. I will have sold over 1,000 copies of “Confined To A Cave”, either in Kindle or paperback format.
I’ve sold 673 copies of Confined To A Cave, in paperback and on Kindle- not bad for a nobody who self-published a book on Amazon only 11 months ago. Through a series of promotions, the book has even sat on the Bestsellers list a few times. I hope that with steady advertisements and a commitment to increasing the traffic to my website that this number will reach 1,000 in the next few months.
4. I will have an e-mail subscriber list of 500 or more people.
E-mail lists have been a real struggle of mine. I’ve listened to tons of podcasts where they make it seem like growing your list is as easy as 1-2-3, but to date, this has been something I’m working on improving. My numbers are currently low, but with the action plan I have in place at the moment, I expect to see it start growing organically.
5. I will have released 30 or more MSGA podcast episodes and have 10,000 or more podcast downloads.
Through the month of March, I’ve released 7 episodes. In the month of April, I will release an additional 4 episodes, as the show is published each Wednesday. My most recent episode, EP007: Telling The World What You Intend To Do, surpassed the number of downloads from the first 3 episodes in less than 8 hours after it’s release. During the month of March, I 3x’d the number of podcast downloads from the first month of the show being live.
6. I will have launched a YouTube series with 10 or more episodes.
As part of my new three-headed approach to blogging, there will be more YouTube videos/lessons available to help people who don’t particularly enjoy reading blog posts. Expect to see the first YouTube video on my channel as part of these series in the next few weeks- and, if you’re into it, please subscribe to my channel. Thanks! 🙂
By December 31, 2016….
- I will have traveled to at least 5 new places- countries, states, areas of the world- that I’ve never been to.
In the month of March, I checked off 1 of 5 when I visited Fort Myers, FL to be a part of Red Sox Spring Training (bucket list!) and to get some deep sea fishing in. Because of some recent action on my part, this goal of 5 places will be easily surpassed. In November of 2016, I will be leaving to backpack Europe for 2-3 months (ticket to London already booked), and I am in the process of planning some traveling around the U.S. in the mean time.
On a side note, if you’re stateside and want to do some traveling at the end of summer, email me!
2. I will have read 10 personal development books.
To date, I’ve only finished 2 books in 2016:
The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield has been one of the most profound books I’ve ever read, while How To Win Friends and Influence People is a timeless classic that I’ve committed to reading at least 1 time each year.
I’ve been working through The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People since February. It’s a thick book in the sense that you could read it through and learn a ton, but not make any real progress if you don’t commit to implementing things. That, and a busy schedule, have kept me going through it at a slow pace.
Once I’m done with 7 Habits, this book is next:
Emotional intelligence is a subject that fascinates me because of it’s simple, yet powerful nature. I see developing my own level of emotional intelligence as a long-term investment for the growth of my business, especially as a solopreneur.
** Please note that if you click any of these links to purchase any of these books that I’ll receive a small affiliate commission (with no additional charge to you, of course). If you think these books might benefit you, and you make the decision to purchase one, thank you!
3. I will have volunteered at least 3 times in various capacities.
I don’t know what this looks like yet. Once I’m relieved from the duties of my full-time job, I’ll be able to spend a little bit more time planning this out. Whatever I choose to do, I want it to be meaningful.
4. I will have completed my morning routine 250 or more times, or an average of 5x per week.
One reason that I’m far off this number at the moment is my lack of tracking in this area. For me, if it’s not a list I can check off almost instantly, it’s not going to work for the long-term. I’m using some free time with the remainder of my spring break to come up with a quick system I can use to log my morning routines.
To date, I’ve completed 48 documented morning routines in 2016. Looks like I may have to pull some weekends in order to get this number caught up.
Outside of my actual business, my financial goals measure my savings, planned purchases, and financial investments.
- I will save up enough money to backpack Europe in the fall of 2016.
As of today, 3/30/2016, I have $780.64 specifically allotted to my travels. My target amount is $4,000 by September of 2016. During the summer months, I will use additional resources that I’m not receiving now to fund this trip. In that sense, my saving plan is a little more “back loaded” than I would like it to be, but as long as I’m diligent now, it should work out just fine.
2. I will have followed my wealth strategy plan (details to come in a later post) with 100% commitment.
This was one of my biggest wins to come from Q1 of 2016. I sat down and hammered out the exact plan for how I’m going to build wealth up over a lifetime. Thus far, I’ve stuck to my plan 100% and will continue doing this.
3. I will invest 10% of my 2016 income into an IRA fund.
This is a part of my wealth strategy plan. I already have a Roth IRA account, and will start updating this number later on in the year.
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