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

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

Each month, I post a detailed 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 own goals by reading these reports.

Goals Reports In 2018

As I mentioned last month, I’m taking a more in-depth approach to these reports in 2018. I’ve decided to track 10-15 metrics daily throughout the year and share those data points with you at the end of each month.

The 13 metrics I tracked during February 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

February 2018 Totals, Averages and Comparison To Last Month

Articles Published Word Count Writing ($) Odd Jobs ($) Classes Coached Cups of Coffee
Total 14 17,558 $323.37 $230.00 70 89
Daily Average 0.5 627 $11.55 $8.85 2.5 3.1
Last Month’s Total 20 28,874 $489.42 $884.00 65 101
Plus/Minus -6 -11,316 -$166.05 -$654 5 -12


Calories Burned Weight (+94.4) Pages Read Meditation (Min) Journal (words) FB Followers
Total 10,577 91.6 643 221 3780 115
Daily Average 508 22.9 7.9 135 3.4
Last Month’s Total 14,225 92.0kg (-2.4kg) 577 96 3629 32
Plus/Minus -3,648 -.4kg 66 125 151 83


  Hours Worked
Total 149
Daily Average 5.3
Last Month’s Total N/A

Biggest Wins/Losses


  1. Getting an offer to take graduate courses and coach at a college in Europe.
  2. Made $553.37 in extra income working odd jobs and writing.
  3. Finished 3 books and started 2 new ones.
  4. Lost .4kg and now weigh just over 201lbs.


  1. Dropoffs in income due to time spent revamping The Coach K Show brand.

2018 Goals


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

I received an offer this month! After getting rejected from my #1 choice in January, it felt good to get one under my belt.

I can’t officially cross this goal off until I’ve accepted anything. There are a few hoops I’ll need to jump through, but should be able to confirm my choice in April.

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

Barring something unforeseen, I won’t need a TA position. Stay tuned. 🙂

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

Not applicable until Q4.


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 total income each month comes from 6+ sources.

In February 2018, I made money:

  1. Teaching part-time (fixed salary)
  2. Youth sports coaching
  3. Coaching/consulting
  4. Freelance writing
  5. Coaching CrossFit
  6. Working odd jobs
  7. Affiliate marketing through Amazon Associates
  8. Book sales

I won’t share the full breakdown of my teacher’s salary and youth sports income on here. I will say that I made an extra $553.37 simply working odd jobs and freelance writing. This is a good chunk of change to throw on the top of my pile, and it’s why I recommend you start a side-business working odd jobs.

February was a leaner month in terms of business income. I’m changing much of what I do with The Coach K Show to align with the career path I’ll be on after grad school. A lot of time and brainpower was put towards this new direction in February 2018.

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

To achieve this goal, I need to make about $1,250/month from writing. I fell well short of this number once again this month, making $332.37.

This brings my year-to-date writing income total to $821.79 with an average of $410.89/month.

The reason this number has been lower than anticipated in 2018 is that I’ve found more efficient ways of making money. Writing is fun, but it’s slow. So far this year, I’ve published or sold 46,432 words. This puts me on pace for 278,592 words in 2018. I’ll probably try to break the 300k mark.


#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.

Feb 1: 914

Feb 28: 1,029

January 2018 Total: 115 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.

February 2018 Total: 82 Subscribers

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#7. Weigh 189lbs or less.

I weighed in at 94.4kg (207.6lbs) to start the year. On February 26, I weighed in at 91.6kg, which was .4kg lighter than last month. This means my curren weight is about 201.5lbs.

In February, I burned 10,557 calories, according to the MyZone fitness app/belt. I kept up the light cardio from January, but spontaneously signed up for the CrossFit Open and dropped off a bit towards the end of the month.

#8. Bench press 315lbs.

2018 is the first year I’ve accepted that fitness would not be 1 of my top 2 priorities. Last year marked by 10 year anniversary of lifting weights. I exercise about 8 hours per week and meal prep every weekend but have stopped pursuing high-level athletic endeavors.

As I mentioned, my decision to do the CrossFit Open runs in contrast to that. For now, the goal of bench pressing 315lbs will take a back seat as I work through the next 5 weeks.

#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.

Typically, I wait until the last few weeks of the year (mostly because running a 1-mile time trial sucks). In December 2017, I got the flu and never got a chance to do it.

I’m going to run the first of 2 attempts sometime in March.

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



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

Right now, my disposable income is being funneled into Facebook ads and debt. I’m living a pretty thrill-free life because of it, but it’s important to me that I start grad school with a blank slate.

During my “year off” to travel, I accumulated some debt. It’s slow, but it’ll be gone soon.

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

Without going into too much detail, this basically means every Wednesday I transfer money to my bank accounts and do a “Sunday meeting” with myself to go over finances for the week. 100% so far through 2 months.

#12.Bank $7k for graduate school expenses before the end of Q3.

Paying off debt is priority #1. I’ll start saving money after I’ve sliced my credit card in half. This goal won’t take too long once that happens.

Personal Development

#13. Read 30 or more books.

I read 643 book pages in February 2018.

Here are the books I finished this month:


It was also cool getting to meet Daniel Pink at Denver University and get a signed copy of his new book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing“.

I’m currently reading:

And although I’ve read it before, I take notes from Mastery by Robert Greene most nights before bed.

#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 these 5-10 minute strategic reader’s digests from books on coaching, leadership, and psychology.


Here are the book dives I published in February 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, but I didn’t really try that hard either.

Foreign Language

#16. Become conversational in German.

If you can read between the lines (and didn’t skim the article), you know why this is a goal of mine. I am likely moving overseas for grad school in the fall. The school I received an offer from is in Germany.

I started taking my practice more seriously in February using Duolingo and listening to Learn German By Podcast.

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

Thank you for reading my February 2018 Goals Report!

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

In February 2017, I didn’t publish a Goals Report. I was transitioning between a European backpacking trip and living at home for a few months before going back to Denver.

2 months of backpacking Europe without shaving

You can check out my post on budget backpacking through Europe for 2 months on $5k or less

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