I don’t know about you but the first half of my 2017 has been a blur!
Now that we’re half way through the year I figured it was time for an accountability check to review where I stand with the personal goals I laid out in my personal master plan for 2017.
You’ll recall that that plan included a broad objective and high level goal for each pillar in my Place to Stand as well as my efforts to further develop skills that I believe will be an important part of my personal Lever.
I’ll acknowledge again that I know my personal goals aren’t particularly important to anyone but me.
But I hope you took me up on the challenge to create your own vision and master plan for 2017.
If you did then hopefully this public inventory of my own progress will spark you to take stock of where you are in achieving your vision for the year.
If you haven’t yet created a vision and master plan for the year then I’d highly encourage you to do so. As you’ll see below, 6 months is plenty of time to move the needle; and you still have 6 whole months left in 2017.
Don’t waste this year, make it a year of meaningful change.
Ok, pep talk over; let’s dive right into it…
Taking Myself to Task
Objective: I have maintained the body weight I achieved in 2016, become stronger and have a clear, active mind
1 Year Goal: Shrink my mid section by 2 inches through a combination of good nutrition, adequate sleep and an increased focus on strength building
Status: Total Slacker
Let’s start with a big, fat, embarrassing admission of laziness.
While I’ve done a pretty good job of maintaining my 2016 weight I’ve pretty much failed at the other aspects of this objective.
I got out of the habit of exercising in the mornings after a family reunion in March and have also slipped back into my bad habit of going to bed late.
Turns out feeling tired and weak makes it easier to give into my genetic predisposition to eat ice cream frequently. That’s a thing, right?!
No good excuses here. I’ve just been lazy.
Thankfully it doesn’t take long for a regular 5 minute workout each morning to start making a dramatic difference in how I feel so I can still salvage this aspect of my vision.
Objective: I clearly understand my personal strengths and how to leverage them to add value to my employer and readers. Have a clear idea of the next step I need to take at work.
1 Year Goal: Talk to at least 25 people (inside and outside my company) about their career paths to explore options for my own. Talk to friends, family, associates for help in identifying my strengths
Status: Wildly Successful
Of all the goals I set in January, the goal of talking to 25 people was the one my introverted personality put up the most resistance to.
Well, I’m happy to report that not only am I on track to achieve my goal (16 conversations with 13 individuals so far) I have already started to get a lot of clarity on my path forward.
Some of the key details are still hazy but I have had two critical breakthroughs in determining at a high level what I need to do and where I need to do it.
With that broad understanding I can turn my attention in the second half of the year to turning that high-level what and where into a more detailed action plan.
Objective: I have increased my family’s independence by developing an additional source of regular income, diversifying into non-paper assets and reducing reliance on banks.
1 Year Goal: Buy at least two cash-flow positive rental properties and expand our family banking system
Status: Right on Track
For starters we created and funded a second family banking policy in May.
Then, after having talked about buying rental property for the last 3 years, we finally pulled the trigger a couple of weeks ago.
This required wading through a whole mess of unknowns. There are still a lot of them ahead and the months ahead will prove out how closely reality matches my spreadsheets. Real estate is a bigger commitment than any of our previous investments and we admittedly only sort of know what we’re doing.
There will undoubtedly be mistakes made, money lost, and painful lessons learned in the years ahead. But through it all we will learn, we will get better, and we’ll move closer to our goals.
But none of that would have happened if we hadn’t taken this first step.
Building a Lever
Objective: I understand how to grow an online audience and write compelling content that motivates people to take positive action to improve their lives.
1 Year Goal: Grow Lever Builders to 100 subscribers and write at least 1 e-book
Status: EPIC FAIL!!!
Finally there is my lever building goal, my effort to acquire skills to expand my circle of influence and do something positive for the world.
I would have to summarize my progress towards this goal so far this year as a spectacular failure!
To be fair, I had intended for this goal to take a back burner the first half of the year.
Still, I had anticipated continuing to publish at least a couple of times a month and hoped to have at least an idea and mental outline for an e-book by this point.
But if I was going to fail at least I failed big!
I didn’t post on the blog for 5 straight months and the e-book is still nothing more than mental ether.
But, as I announced a few weeks ago I’m pushing ahead with the blog and my efforts to turn it into something more.
I am considering replacing my e-book goal with one to take a writing course or some other activity to improve my writing. I suspect that activity will make any e-books I write in the future far more valuable to anybody that might read them so it’s probably a worthwhile investment.
Either way, I’ll have to hustle to make this happen by the end of the year.
Mid-Year Wrap Up
So there you have it.
That’s the good, the bad and the ugly of my progress so far.
There have been more than a few moments this year where I felt like I was standing still and not making progress in anything.
But when I step back and look at where I am compared to where I was on January 1st. I’m honestly amazed at how much real progress has been made despite all the time wading through the murky swamps of the unknown and the uncomfortable.
It is simply amazing how much progress can be made towards one’s goals through consistent, deliberate action taken over a period of time.
How Are You Doing So Far?
Now it’s your turn, leave a comment below and let everybody know how you’re doing with your plans so far this year.
Have you made progress toward an important goal? Have you had any spectacular failures that have made you wiser than you were 6 months ago? What goal will you be pursuing the next 6 months?