Ben Kissam’s January 2018 Goals Report (w/ data)
Welcome to my January 2018 Goals Report!
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
I’m taking a more thorough approach with my Goals Reports in 2018. Throughout the year, I’ll be tracking 10-15 different metrics daily and sharing that data with you at the conclusion of each month.
The 11 metrics I tracked during January 2018 were:
- Articles published
- Word count (article must be published or sent to client for WC to be logged)
- Writing income
- Odd job income
- Calories burned during training (using the MyZone MZ-3 belt and app to track this)
- Bodyweight (+/- 94.4kg)
- Pages read
- 1-hour classes coached
- Cups of coffee consumed
- Minutes of meditation
- Number of words journaled
January 2018 Totals and Averages
|Articles Published/Sold||Word Count||Writing ($)||Odd Jobs ($)||Classes Coached||Cups of Coffee|
|Calories Burned||Weight (+94.4)||Pages Read||Meditation (Min)||Journal (words)||Facebook Followers|
|Daily Average||508 cal||22.2||3.1||330||0.93|
- Featured in Business Insider as 1 of 100 of America’s “Most Eligible Singles”.
- Made $884 working odd jobs and $489.42 freelance writing.
- Launched my first youth sports fitness clinic on January 8. 26 kids signed up.
- 3 sales from affiliate marketing on the blog after launch (it’s a good start).
- Releasing new content format: Book Dives, Self-Made Case Studies, and Work/Sport/Life.
- Getting rejected from my #1 option for grad school.
#1. Accept a conditional offer from 1 of 3 school options and begin taking coursework toward a Ph.D. in sport psychology.
On January 16, I was rejected from my #1 choice for grad school. I’ll find out specifically why in a few weeks, but it wasn’t fun getting rejected. The silver lining in the rejection is I will most likely be moving overseas to continue my education this fall.
#2. Accept a TA or other funding opportunity that covers 100% of tuition.
This won’t happen, so it won’t be on next month’s goals list. This goal was contingent on getting into my #1 choice, which did not happen.
#2a. Get a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2018 semester of school.
This won’t be applicable until Q4. Grad school will be my #1 priority once classes start.
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. Trust me, I am not “diversifying”. Few, if any, of the ways I make money could be considered passive. I didn’t even realize how many there were until I listed them out.
In January 2018, I made money:
- Teaching part-time (fixed salary)
- Youth sports coaching
- Personal coaching/consulting
- Freelance writing
- Coaching CrossFit
- Sponsorship for The Coach K Show (first one!)
- Working odd jobs
- Affiliate marketing
- 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 $1,378.42 simply working odd jobs and freelance writing. This is a good chunk of change to throw on the top of the pile, and it’s why I recommend you start a side-business working odd jobs.
January was a good month as I cashed out on my first youth sports clinic. 23 athletes signed up.
#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 in January at $489.42, but it was still an encouraging month. I parted ways with a few clients and replaced them with higher paying gigs.
#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.
Jan 1: 882
Jan 31: 914
January 2018 Total: 32 Likes
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#6. Add 2,500 more people to my email list.
To achieve this goal, I’ll need to average 208 email subscribers/month.
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January 2018 Total: 68 Subscribers
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#7. Weigh 189lbs or less.
I weighed in at 94.4kg (207.6lbs) to start the year. On January 29, I weighed in at 92.0kg, which is 2.4kg (5.3lbs) lighter.
I burned 14,225 calories, according to the MyZone fitness app/belt. Adding light cardio to my morning routine 3-4 days a week has been beneficial to weight loss and feeling better throughout the day while I’m coaching.
#8. Bench press 315lbs.
2018 is the first year I’ve ever 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.
It’s less about a shift in lifestyle than consciously deciding to put less mental energy into training outside of the gym.
I figured hitting a 315lb bench press this year would be a good goal, because realizing it would suggest that I have a) been training regularly and getting stronger, b) added muscle, and c) worked hard to achieve the goal.
#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 this goal every year since 2013 and have only ever missed the attempt 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.
To make up for this, I’ll attempt to run it under 6 minutes twice this year: once sometime in Q1 and again at the end of the year.
In December 2016, I posted a 5:57 mile on my Instagram.
2016 goal: run 1 mile in under 6 minutes ✔. My training consisted of bench pressing, bicep curls, and late night Nutella binges, but still managed to come in at 5:57 for the first time since 2010- with some beautiful (😝) images of me from the #GoPro time lapse to boot. #Ouch. — #goals #fitness #mindset #running #fitnessgoals #podcast #podcasting #thecoachkshow #2016goals #reachyourgoals #bethatperson #coachk #track #fortcollins #poudre #sprints #7habits #benkissam #yeargoals #achieve #crossfit
#10. Pay off all extraneous debts by the beginning of Q2, including credit cards.
Not a big fan of debt. During my “year off” to travel, I accumulated some debt that needs to disappear. I’m on pace to have it gone by April 1.
#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 this year.
#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.
#13. Read 30 or more books.
I read 519 book pages in January 2018.
Here are the books I finished this month:
I’m currently reading:
And although I’ve already read it, 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 is to put insights into action with these 5-10 minute strategic reader’s digests.
Check out Book Dive #1. I hope it’s useful to you.
Public speaking- either:
#14. Perform a 3 minute bit of stand up comedy at an open mic night.
I think of the annual 6-minute mile goal as my one “still got it” goal. Every year, I must prove that I, indeed, still have it.
I think it’s equally valuable to set one “prove it” goal- AKA, something you’ve talked about doing forever but have never actually done. I’ve kept a log in my phone’s notepad for over 4 years with stand-up bits, but haven’t had the guts to get on stage… yet. Thanks for the growth mindset, Carol Dweck.
#15. Speak in front of 50 or more people (school does not count).
#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. My top choice is in Germany.
I was taking German lessons, but fell off with the teacher and need to get back into a weekly routine now that the USA school choice didn’t work out. Even if I don’t end up in Germany, I enjoy the challenge of learning a new language. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Let’s hang out.
Thank you for reading my January 2018 Goals Report!
Want to see where I was at this time last year? Check out my January 2017 Goals Report. (In this case, I was traveling and didn’t publish one, but you can check out my post on budget backpacking through Europe for 2 months on $5k or less)
- One year ago: In Prague with my friend Melissa.
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Until next month!