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Ben Kissam’s April 2018 Goals Report (w/ Data)

Ben Kissam’s April 2018 Goals Report (w/ data)

Each month, I post a detailed goals report of the progress I have made that particular month towards my 2018 goals. These posts are intended to provide insight on what I do to achieve my personal goals. My hope is that you are inspired to take action towards your college goals by reading these reports.

Goals Reports In 2018

I’m taking a more in-depth approach to Monthly Goals Reports in 2018 by tracking 10-15 metrics daily throughout the year and sharing those data points with you at the end of each month.

The 13 metrics I tracked during April 2018 were:

  1. Articles published
  2. Word count (article must be published or sent to a client for WC to be logged)
  3. Writing income
  4. Odd job income
  5. Calories burned during training (using the MyZone MZ-3 belt and app to track this)
  6. Bodyweight (+/- 94.4kg)
  7. 1-hour classes coached
  8. Minutes of meditation
  9. Number of words journaled
  10. Pages read
  11. Cups of coffee consumed
  12. New Facebook Followers
  13. Total Hours Worked

April 2018 By The Numbers: Totals, Averages & Last Month Comparison

Articles Published Word Count Writing ($) Odd Jobs ($) Classes Coached Cups of Coffee
Total 14 20,224 $221.67 $590.00 90 88
Daily Average .46 674 $7.39 $17.00 3.1 2.9
Last Month’s Total 20 19,321 $626.77 $1,225 92 91
Plus/Minus -6 +903 $-405.10 +$-635.00 -2 -2


Calories Burned Weight (+94.4) Pages Read Meditation (Min) Journal (words) FB Followers
Total 11,290 N/A 686 48 1,373 0
Daily Average 389 23.64 .1.7 47.3 0
Last Month’s Total 7,897 92.0kg (-2.4kg) 56 31 304 33
Plus/Minus -2,680 -587 -204 -2,711 -33


Hours Worked
Total 210.5
Daily Average 7.01
Last Month’s Total 219.5
Plus/Minus -9

Biggest Wins/Losses


  1. Finished business plan from March 2018.
  2. Made $811.67 in extra income working odd jobs and writing.
  3. Reading 686 book pages and finishing 2 books.
  4. Receiving my second grad school offer.


  1. None, but this month was very focused on coaching, so business and other goals were sparsely worked on.

2018 Goals

College Goals

#1. Accept a conditional offer from 1 of 3 school options and begin taking coursework toward a Ph.D. in sport psychology.

Up to two offers for grad school next year. Waiting on 1 more.

I received an offer for grad school in February 2018.

#2. Accept a TA or other funding opportunity that covers 100% of tuition.

See #1. Stay tuned!

#2a. Get a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2018 semester of school.

Not applicable until Q4.

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Coach K LLC

#3. Support myself financially through revenue generated by The Coach K Show blog (coaching, writing, affiliate marketing, book sales).

On average, my income each month comes from 6+ sources.

In April 2018, I made money 6 different ways:

  1. Teaching part-time (fixed salary)
  2. Coaching youth sports
  3. Freelance writing
  4. Coaching CrossFit
  5. Working odd jobs
  6. Affiliate marketing through Amazon Associates

This wasn’t a particularly great month, but each spring is always jam-packed with coaching. One season ended at the end of April, and the other will be done in May (as well as teaching).

I won’t share the full breakdown of my teacher’s salary, personal coaching, and youth sports income on here. I will say that I made an extra $811.67 simply working odd jobs and freelance writing.

This is why I recommend you start a side-business working odd jobs.

#4. Make $15,000 in freelance writing income.

To achieve this goal, I need to make about $1,250/month from writing. In April 2018, I made $221.67

This brings my year-to-date writing income total to $1,670.23 with an average of $417.56/month.

April 2018 was not a standout month for income. Most of my time went to the two teams I’m coaching as we’ve wrapped up our seasons.

So far this year, I’ve published or sold 85,977 words. This puts me on pace for 257,931 words in 2018.


#5. 2,500 or more likes on The Coach K Show Facebook page.

To achieve this goal, I’ll need to average 135 likes/month.

April 1: 1,062

April 30: 1,075

January 2018 Total: 13 likes

Since you’re reading this, perhaps you’ll help me out?

#6. Add 2,500 more people to my email list.

To achieve this goal, I’ll need to average 208 email subscribers/month.

April 2018 Total: 98 Subscribers

Again, perhaps you’ll consider helping me here?

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#7. Weigh 189lbs or less.

I weighed in at 94.4kg (207.6lbs) to start the year.

I gained a bit of weight back from the initial 2kg loss in February during the month of April. On April 16, I weighed in back at 94kg (206.8lbs).

In April, I burned 11,290 calories and exercised 14 times according to the MyZone fitness app/belt.

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#8. Bench press 315lbs.

I’ve talked in past Goals Reports about how the bug to train hard never goes away. Trying to rationalize less time in the gym to give myself more time for other things, it’s a difficult adjustment that I have yet to fully make.

Though bench pressing 315lbs is not necessarily my goal going forward, this is where I’ll detail my current training and how it’s going.

In April, I began using MisFit Athletics programming. So far, it’s been awesome. I am in and out of the gym in 75 minutes and usually spent from the session.

#9. Run 1 mile in under 6 minutes.

If you look at my legacy goals, one of them is to be able to run a sub 6-minute mile when I’m 50. I’ve set the goal of running a sub 6-minute mile every year since 2013 and have only missed it once.

I need to get this done soon. No more excuses.

In December 2016, I posted a 5:57 mile on my Instagram.

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#10. Pay off all extraneous debts by the beginning of Q2, including credit cards.

Getting a decent tax return helped me cut a huge chunk of debt out completely. I’ve got one credit card left to go, but we’re getting there. I will have it paid off sometime in Q2, so I’m a bit behind.

As I’ve mentioned before, I took on more debt than I am accustomed to during my “year off” to travel.

#11. Follows 2018 budget plan with 100% accuracy.

The Sunday Morning Meeting has been a nice addition to my routine, as it helps me clarify what I actually achieved the previous week and decide where I’ll go in the coming week.

My business budget will be very lean all the way until September. I need to save, save, save in order to move successfully.

#12.Bank $11k for graduate school expenses before the end of Q3.

I’ve changed this goal from $7k to $11k because this is the amount needed to get a visa.

May-September is going to be a lot of work, but emerging on the other side, things will work out.

Personal Development

#13. Read 30 or more books.

I read 686 book pages in April 2018. I started and finished Scar Tissue (biography of Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

This is a good jump from the measly 56 pages I managed in March 2018.

Here are the books I’ve finished this year:


I’m currently reading:

Do you use Goodreads? Follow me.

#13a. “Book Dive” any books that are relevant to coaching, leadership, psychology or effectiveness.

The goal of a Book Dive is to put one big idea into action with 5-10 minute strategic reader’s digests from books on coaching, leadership, and psychology.

To help college students and student-athletes, I try to make these as actionable as possible. Hopefully, you enjoy them and they help you achieve your college goals.


Here are the book dives I’ve published in 2018:


Public speaking- either:

#14. Perform a 3 minute bit of stand up comedy at an open mic night.

Nothing to update here right now.

#15. Speak in front of 50 or more people (school does not count).

I wasn’t selected to speak at TedX Mile High in February, but I didn’t really try that hard either.

Foreign Language

#16. Become conversational in German.

1-on-1 lessons have been very helpful for expediting learning the language. I’m motivated to pick up as much as possible before the fall.

Some German resources I’ve used include:

My goal is 30 or more minutes of practice per day with at least 10-15 minutes of listening to the language.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Let’s be friends. Email me at

Thank you for reading my April 2018 Goals Report!

Want to see where I was at this time last year?

In April 2017, I didn’t publish a Monthly Goals Report. I was a few weeks away from moving back to Denver after taking some time to budget backpack through Europe for 2 months.

Want to check out all of my monthly Goals Reports? Click here.

Want to get in touch? Learn more about coaching options, inquire about writing services, or get in touch with me here.

Until next month!

-Coach K