My Goals for 2014

2014-goalsIt’s already 10 days in the New Year, but this is the time I am writing this year’s goals. Honestly, I’ve had the goals in my mind. I’ve written them on my diary, informally though. I feel by writing them on this blog, I will be able to be more accountable and committed towards achieving them.

The thing with goals is that they are damn hard to achieve without discipline. It’s just like when you are looking to quit smoking or any other addictive habit. Over the past years, I have consistently failed to achieve most of the goals I put for myself. Life happens, I get busy, plans get disrupted and in a flash, the year is over again.

This year, I want to do it differently. I want to achieve the goals I set.

The Plan

As I grow older, I think the most important thing I am learning is that simplification triumphs almost everything. For example, you may be in a situation that seems almost impossible to get out. You know, when things are just not working and the universe seems to conspire to make you a slave and block all your efforts at achieving what you want.

I’ve been there. And over time, the three most important things I’ve come to learn are “stay calm and breathe)-SCAB.

It almost always works.

Now, I don’t have a background in psychology or any human behavior rational discipline, but I know my SCAB method works. Now, back to the topic at hand; setting goals.

I have a couple of goals for 2014 and I have a plan to achieve them. The plan is simple; simplify stuff. There is no need to be complicated.

With every goal I have, I will simplify it into smaller “tasks” or goals that can be finished within a specific timeline (7 to 14 days). This way, I can mark my progress and stay on track to achieving the goal without feeling overwhelmed by the gargantuan huge end goal.

I will be reviewing my goals from time to time as I accomplish them or as situations change. This is not just a 2014 goal stunt that I am trying to pull. It’s something that I hope I will be able to follow through my life. Sounds good? Great. Now to the goals

My 2014 Goals

And now, here are my goals for 2014.

1. Travel More

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Yes, I have always loved traveling. One of my favorite people on this planet is Lauren Rains (check her blog at The Mad to Live). She loves the travel lifestyle. The secret to being happy is to find what you love and follow it, regardless of what fears you may have.

This year, I plan to travel more. First, in my beautiful country Kenya and hopefully, visit a different country. I plan to visit at least 12 towns in Kenya (one per month). Also, At least one of my goals is to visit a faraway country (Thailand, anyone?) by the end of the year.

2. Network More

It’s been 3 years since I graduated from university. From the on-start, I knew the Bachelor’s Degree in Economics that I was studying was not going to apply to my career after school. I knew I was study a course that I will not use in future. Now and again, three years on, I find asking myself whether I should have quit school early rather than going through the 4 years of study. That’s a story for another day.

This year, I am looking to create meaningful connections with people that will help me grow. I will network more and try to form real bonds with mentors or leaders that can help me with insight in business and life. How I’ll do this, I don’t know yet. Using social media perhaps. I just followed one inspiring person from Kenya, Heshan de Silva.

3. Work on My Online Businesses

Yes, I work online. I have my own content marketing company (InboundMark.com). This year, I want to take things to the next level. At least, I look towards maintaining some good accounts and increasing my clients. Apart from this, I will work on my passive income sites. I hope to have at least 5 niche sites getting over $500 per month in passive income by the end of the year.

I also want to build my content marketing business brand, create partnerships with other businesses and simply kick ass with the revenues.

4. Learn French

I have always wanted to learn a foreign language. To me, French is an learnfrenchobvious choice because I did some basic lessons more than a decade ago when I was in high school. By the end of the year, I want to be proficient in French (or at least be able to construct meaningful sentences and understand French text and conversations).

I can always go for professional lessons at our local Alliance Françoise office in Eldoret but given my work schedule, I believe I can do well with a couple of PDFs and audiobooks. One of my friends has given me his Michael Thomas French lessons (costs $146 on Amazon). I will use this, and other PDFs to get the language thing going on.

5. Read 12 Books

The last time I read a book to the end was sometime back in 2011. The book was Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

This year, I plan to read more books to completion. And my magic goal number is 12. (one book per month). I will be doing Kindle and PDF books for one main reason: I already have quite a collection of good books in my collection. (4HourWorkWeek, Blue Ocean Strategy, The War of Art, and a couple more.)

I am yet to decide which books to include in my “to read” list. If you have suggestions, let me know on the comment box.

Disclaimer: I stole this idea from Spencer Haws from NichePursuits.com

6. Martial Arts

When I was in my teens, I had some lessons on Tae-Kwon-do. However, I never go to finish the training though I’m still proficient in some of the basic skills I learned. Now, more than 10 years later, I am getting back to martial arts. I am looking to Muay Thai or Silat…haven’t made up my mind yet.

I want to study martial arts for the health benefits and fighting skills. I have to find a local instructor over here in Eldoret to teach me martial arts or I will buy some DVDs.

So, there are my 2014 goals. I hope I will have the discipline to and dedication to get the goals accomplished.

Are my goals realistic? Do you have any tips that will help me be more productive and be able to achieve these goals? Let me know by commenting below.

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About Don Modekali

Don Modekali is busy with a number of income experiments.

Comments

  1. Hi Don

    Eliud here from Kenya. I have been following a path similar to yours. I habng out on the sam blogs too as i can see your site; Spencer Haws, Tung Tran, Neil Patel and more.
    I haven’t done as much as you have but feel great to see someone from close home and I wouldn’t mind if we hook up and share some ideas.

    All the best.
    Eliud

    • Don Modekali says:

      Hey Eliud,

      Yep, this online thing can get lonely. Most of my friends are doing the online thing. We can definitely hook up sometime. I’m in Eldy though, don’t know about you. Stay grinding!

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