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

Ben Kissam’s May 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 and life goals by reading these reports.

Goals Reports In 2018

As I’ve mentioned, I’m taking a more in-depth approach to Monthly Goals Reports in 2018.

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

5 months in, I’ll admit it’s hard work. But tracking my life has also taught me a lot about my habits and helped me make positive change. I’m committed to doing it through at least the remainder of 2018.

The 12 metrics I tracked during May 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. Total Hours Worked

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

Articles Published Word Count Writing ($) Odd Jobs ($) Classes Coached Cups of Coffee
Total 8 13,199 $257.68 $2,130.00 86 84
Daily Average .26 425 $8.31 $68.71 2.77 2.7
Last Month’s Total 14 20,224 $221.67 $590.00 90 88
Plus/Minus -6 -7,025 +$36.01 +$1,540 -4 -4


Calories Burned Weight (+94.4) Pages Read Meditation (Min) Journal (words) Hours Worked
Total 9,889 1,420 36 2,949 155
Daily Average 329.6 45.8 1.16 95.1 5.0
Last Month’s Total 11,290 92.0kg (-2.4kg) 686 48 1,373 210.5
Plus/Minus -1,401 +734 -12 +1,576 -55.5


Biggest Wins/Losses


  1. Concluded two sports seasons and finished my final year of teaching.
  2. Made $2,387.68 in extra income working odd jobs and writing.
  3. Read 1,420 book pages and finished 6 books.


  1. A busy schedule and being pulled in different directions left me with only about 8 mornings to work and write.

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.

I am hoping that I’ll be able to share good news on this front in June’s Goals Report.

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

In May 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. Coaching youth sports
  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 $2,386.68 simply working odd jobs and freelance writing.

May 2018’s sum is the second most I’ve ever made outside of my salary/business, just under the $2,800 I made in June 2017 when I was broke after backpacking through Europe.

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 May 2018, I made $257.68, slightly edging out last month’s total.

This brings my year-to-date writing income total to $1,927.91 with an average of $385.59/month.

Reflecting back to the beginning of the year, I thought that most of my income would come from writing this year. Fortunately, I’ve had a lot more success making money doing work that takes less time. It’s always been tough for me to pair creative writing for my blog or books back-to-back with client work anyway. Such is life.

So far this year, I’ve published or sold 99,176 words. This puts me on pace for 238,022 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.

May 1: 1,075

May 31: 1,076

Monthly Total: 1 like

I’ve got to laugh at this one. Shows you what happens when you stop focusing on something- it falls apart. This lackluster number is due to not running any Facebook ads and not spending much time sharing. 

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.

May 2018 Total: 99 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 after a 2kg loss in February.

In May, I burned 9,889 calories and exercised 16 times according to the MyZone fitness app/belt.

#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.

In April 2018, I began using MisFit Athletics programming. Training was sporadic in May due to coaching commitments, but I’m still enjoying it.

#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.

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.

My credit card is halfway paid off, which is a win from the beginning of the year. Slow and steady wins the race.

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.

After devising the Sunday Morning Meeting in March, I have not stuck to it as well as I’d like to have.

My budget with the impending move is down to essentials only.

#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.

In May 2018, I set up the bank account for this and have deposited just under $2,000 into it so far.

Personal Development

#13. Read 30 or more books.

I read 1,420 book pages in May 2018 and finished 6 books. This is an all-time best for me. With all the commitments I had, reading quietly was my preferred downtime activity throughout the month.

I started and finished Endurance by Alfred Lansing (highly recommend), The Score Takes Care Of Itself by Bill Walsh, High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, and Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis,

I also listened to The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau and The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.

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:


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).

Looking into Toastmasters in Germany. They only do half their sessions in English, so we’ll see what happens there.

Foreign Language

#16. Become conversational in German.

In May, I had my first real conversation in German. It was slow, but I’m able to understand so much better than even 4-5 weeks ago.

The big difference has been waking up and practicing German right away. Each morning, I try to read, write and listen for at least 10 minutes each.

Some German resources I’ve used include:

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

Thank you for reading my May 2018 Goals Report!

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

In May 2017, I didn’t publish a Monthly Goals Report. I road tripped across the country and moved back to Denver. Next month, we get back on track with archived reports.

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