At the end of each year I reflect on how far I have come, the goals I managed to achieve, goals that I didn’t achieve and the lessons that I can learn. I first came across this idea when I was listening to a Jim Rohn audiotape. The great Mr. Rohn believe that you should reflect on the previous year for 2 major reasons: Firstly, to notice and celebrate all of the successes of the year. By taking the time out to celebrate your achievements you are reinforcing your belief to go ahead and achieve more goals. I also believe that the feeling of gratitude and pride that this process will give you is absolutely priceless. Secondly, reviewing the goals that you didn’t quite achieve allows you to ask some powerful questions so that you can do even better next time. What did I learn? What’s the best thing that will happen as a result of not achieving the goal? By going through the process of finding the positive lessons in each ‘failure’ you are making sure that you don’t make the same mistakes again and refine your processes for the next year.
The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be of greater value than what you get. – Jim Rohn
2014 was the proverbial rollercoaster for me; there were holidays of a lifetime, family tragedies and illnesses, book releases, seminars, a pregnancy and more.
Goals Achieved and Accomplishments
Here the goals that I achieved and other accomplishments in 2014 that I am grateful to have created.
- Had a Green Juice at least 5 days per week
- Did a 60 Day, 0 Carb ‘Protein and Green’ Eating Plan
- The above allowed me to get down to 7% Bodyfat (Although this is technically a missed goal as my target was 6%. Still an accomplishment.
- Ate a spoonful of Coconut Oil every day
- Achieved my Goal of 10 ‘Muscle Ups’ in a Row
- Secured 4 Book Sponsors
- Released my 1st Book ‘The Rut Buster’
- Published 30 Blog Posts
- Published 22 Videos to Youtube with my channel growing to over 4,000 views
- Coached over 15 Clients One on One, helping to improve their lives
- Conducted my first personal Seminar
- Conducted my first 2 Day Long Seminar
- Spoke to Over 400 People in South Africa
- Launched a membership site
- I learned how to trade the Foreign Exchange
- I made 170% profit on my Foreign Exchange Account
- I successfully separated my money into different accounts to control spending
- Got a New Car (Goal Accelerated by the Pregnancy of my girlfriend, Katie. I needed a 4 Door Car for the Baby Seat!)
- Spent a week in Lanzarote, Canary Islands with Katie
- Spent 5 Days in Las Vegas with Katie
- Spent a week in Isla Mujeres, Cancun with Katie
- Had a Great week off with my Friend who visited from Australia
- Had a Great Long Weekend in Newcastle with my friends
- Supported my Nan through her near fatal heart attack and consequent recovery
- Supported my girlfriend through several family tragedies
- Visited my Grandfather in his Home regularly
- Spent time with family and friends every week
- Found out I am going to be a father
- Surprised Katie with a Trip to Lanzarote for her Birthday
- Had at least one Date Night/Date Day every week me and Katie were in the same country.
- Had a lot of progressive Conversations with my best friend Rhydian of Thought Support
- Dedicated more time to new relationships both social and business.
- Coordinated the Rental of my first House with Katie
- Dedicated myself with to the preparation and learning required to be a great dad
- Donated 3.33% of Book Profits to The British Heart Foundation
- Donated 3.33% of Book Profits to Dementia UK
- Donated 3.33% of Book Profits to Cancer Research UK
- Gave £100 worth of Food to the Homeless Shelter on Christmas Eve
- Gave Dog Food to the Dogs Home on Christmas Eve
- Gave a lot of time helping people through answering Facebook messages, emails etc.
- Helped all of the members of my membership site
- Reached Thousands of People with my positive messages on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram
- Allowed under 16’s to join my membership site for Free
Daily Habits & Self Improvement
- Read 41 Books
- Went through ‘Train the Trainer’ in South Africa
- Created several Pinterest Vision Boards
- Did my Morning Ritual consistently
- Did Deep Breathing twice a day
- Wrote a ‘Gratitude List’ every morning
- Recorded any inspired thoughts in my journal
My Key Lessons from 2014
- Going for too many goals at once can cause you to become confused and even stressed. Complete one goal at a time and then move on to the next one.
- It is something that I always knew intellectually and I really started to practice it in 2014 and that is: what you THINK from moment to moment really will be the major factor in your happiness. Train yourself to focus on what you’re grateful for and to see the beauty in each moment and happiness will follow.
- Remember to have fun with your friends. I know that people who write about personal development sometimes get caught up on working constantly and I used to be one of them. I realized in 2014 that you have to get out, socialize and enjoy the company of others to really nourish your spirit. Going back to working hard and achieving other goals will then be easier.
- Being Healthy is easier than you think. Although I have gone to what some people would perceive to be extremes in the past to create rapid results and cure my asthma I have gotten to a stage where health and energy is easy. I make sure that I manage my mind when it comes to craving ‘bad’ foods, have a green juice, a green smoothie, my supplements and lots of greens with every meal and the rest easy. I have also realized that your ‘treat meal’ should be simply enjoyed with no negative feelings afterwards.
- Nothing feels quite like giving to those with less than you.
- Helping kids is amazing and they are like sponges. Give them good information and they will act on it and create great results.
- Make sure that when you create an action plan (to do list) for the day, you mark the Top 3 items that you have to get done. These are the items that will contribute the most to your goals when compared to the rest.
- The Foreign Exchange is a vehicle for long term wealth.
- Separate yourself from that automatic ‘Little Voice’ and your true core. That ‘Little Voice’ is lying to you and holding you back by creating fears and excuses. Tell it to shut up and move forward!
- It is important to keep improving no matter what. There is no destination only continual progress.
Even though 2014 came with it’s challenges, it was an amazing year and 2015 is going to be even better. For the first time I am going to publicly share my yearly goals to create a high level of accountability. Please keep up to date below: