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

Ben Kissam’s June 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 into what I do to achieve my personal goals. My hope is that you are inspired to take action towards your college and life goals by reading these reports.

Goals Reports In 2018

I’ve taken a more in-depth approach to Monthly Goals Reports in 2018.

One way I’m doing that is by tracking 10-15 different metrics each month and logging that data to see how I’m spending my time.

The 12 metrics I tracked during June 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. Podcasts Listened To

June 2018 Goals Report

By The Numbers: Totals, Averages & Last Month Comparison

Articles Published Word Count Writing ($) Odd Jobs ($) Classes Coached Cups of Coffee
Total 12 13,254 $342.41 $875.50 29 39
Daily Average N/A N/A N/A  N/A N/A N/A
Last Month’s Total 8 13,199 $257.68 $2,130.00 86 84
Plus/Minus +4 +55 +$84.73 -$1,254.50 -57 -45


Calories Burned Weight (+94.4) Pages Read Meditation (Min) Journal (words) Podcasts
Total 4,520 466 167 951 11
Daily Average N/A N/A  N/A N/A N/A N/A
Last Month’s Total 9,889 92.0kg (-2.4kg) 1,420 36 2,949
Plus/Minus -6,290 -954 +131 -1,998  —


Special Update-

June 2018 Goals Report

Instead of a Win/Loss section this month, I have some exciting news.

I’m moving to Germany!

Well, that’s the plan at least. I was offered work in Geneva, which is where I’ll be until July 25. It took 16 days to sell all my stuff and leave Denver. I’ll miss living in Colorado, but am excited for what’s ahead.

In fact, due to the rapid change of circumstance, this Goals Report is lacking in data. I only have data from the first 15 days of the month.

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.

No letter yet. Their school year runs differently than in the U.S., so there’s still time.

To date, I’ve received 2 offers and 1 rejection back 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).

In June 2018, I made money 6 different ways:

  1. Teaching part-time (fixed salary- fortunately I get paid through August even though the school year ended)
  2. College Savings Newsletter sales
  3. Freelance writing
  4. Coaching CrossFit
  5. Working odd jobs
  6. Affiliate marketing through Amazon Associates

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 $1,217.91 simply working odd jobs and freelance writing. This is why I recommend you start a side-business working odd jobs.

June 2018 will likely be the end of my reign as an odd job entrepreneur. In one year, I made just under $20k doing things like house sitting, mowing lawns, and other general labor jobs.

Now that I’m living in Europe and about to be a student again, I’m back to living off remote income.

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

To achieve this goal, I need to make about $1,250/month from writing. In June 2018, I made $342.41, slightly edging out last month’s total.

This brings my year-to-date writing income total to $2,270.12 with an average of $378.35/month.

In 2018, I’ve published or sold 112,430 words. Halfway through the year, this puts me on pace for 224,860 words in 2018.

Expect my word count to be much higher in July and August, bringing those totals/averages up.


#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.

June 1: 1,075

June 31: 1,074

Monthly Total: -1 like

I haven’t been paying for advertising and apparently, someone hates me.

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.

June 2018 Total: 101 Subscribers

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#7. Weigh 189lbs or less.

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

I’ve hovered around 203 for the past 4 months. It hasn’t been much of a priority.

In May, I burned 4,520and exercised 8 times according to the MyZone fitness app/belt.

#8. Bench press 315lbs.

With the move to Europe, it’s unlikely that I’ll have a lot of time this summer to lift. The first thing I did in Geneva was get a gym membership, but training at a commercial fitness facility is never very appealing to me.

I’ll keep lifting and we’ll see where I’m at by the end of the year. I did hit a lifetime best of 260 on the bench this year, so that’s at least something.

#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 done this every year since 2013.

In June, I ran 2 1-mile time trials, but not at full speed. I was able to eek out a 6:40/mile during one of them, which gives me hope for going sub-6 soon.

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

Almost there with the credit card. Saving more and paying off less debt the next 2 months.

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.

Big adjustments through this out the window. I made about $1,200 selling all my stuff when I moved out of Denver.

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

About halfway.

Personal Development

#13. Read 30 or more books.

I read 466 book pages in June 2018 and finished 2 books.

I bought and read chunks of Will It Fly, Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income‘s book about testing business products. It’s helped me fine tune the College Savings Newsletter significantly.

I started and finished He: Understanding Masculine Psychology.

Here are the books I’ve finished this year:


I’m currently reading:

I track all my books on the GoodReads app, so if you use it, 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:

There are about 5 books I’ve read this year that need to be “Dive’d”.


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’ve scheduled my first Toastmasters session in Germany into my calendar.

Foreign Language

#16. Become conversational in German.

I’ve been in Europe for almost 2 weeks now. Being in a French-speaking country (Switzerland) has resulted in less German practice than before, but I’ll be in the country immersed soon enough.

Some German resources I’ve used include:

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

Thank you for reading my June 2018 Goals Report!

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

In June 2017, I drove my car across America, signed a lease, and settled into my year in Denver.

In the last week of that month, I flew into New York City for my cousin’s wedding and started my odd jobs business through local Facebook groups while flying home.

Like my June 2018 Goals Report? Check out all of my monthly Goals Reports by clicking 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