2018 Goals

My 2018 Goals

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWhere in the heck did 2017 go? Do you remember how slow time used to pass by when you were ten years old? I didn’t believe adults when they told me that time speeds up as you get older. As kids, we wish time would go faster and then the switch flips around high school graduation and we start wishing time would just slow down. Why do we perceive time differently as kids then we do as adults? I tend to believe that as a ten-year-old kid, a year feels longer because it makes up a much more significant percentage of our life. A year to a ten-year-old is 10% of that kid’s life. On the flip side, a year to …

2017 Big Money Goals

Big Money Moves – Mid-Year Check-Up – What Has GYFG Been Up To?

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWay back in February I shared 5 big money goals and I thought with only 4 months left to the year that it would be a good time to circle back and see how I’m doing against those goals. It’s probably also a good time to update things that have changed vs. the plan I laid out months ago. Before we jump into the financial goals I laid out earlier this year, I would like to share a very relevant quote with you: No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy. The short of it is that not everything has gone according to plan in 2017. That said, I can’t really complain because things are still moving up and …

10 Year Vision

[Guest Post] 10-Year Vision Series # 1 – Founders of The Mastermind Within

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Reading Time: 12 minutesA few months ago, I shared the letter I wrote myself from the perspective of 10 years into the future, the idea was to write describe your life based on anything you wanted or wanted to accomplish (as if it had already happened). After publishing that post and inviting guest submissions, the bloggers at “The Mastermind Within” volunteered to participate. Below you will find the letters they wrote as a vision for their lives over the next 10 years (both Erik & Henry participated). Dear Henry William Ross Jones, March 23rd 2017 was one of the most important days in your life.  I would not be writing to you the man I am today 10 years in the future.  You took …

10 Year Vision

A Letter I Wrote To Myself From The Future – A 10 Year Vision Of My Life

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Reading Time: 11 minutesBelow is a letter I wrote to myself back in October of 2012. It was an exercise that I was inspired to complete, while reading Darren Hardy’s book “Living Your Best Year Ever“. The idea was to write yourself a letter from 10 years in the future and describe your life based on anything you wanted or wanted to accomplish (as if it had already happened). I had actually forgotten about this until just the other day. I was listening to a podcast that reminded me of this exercise and led me to digging it up. It is amazing to see the things that have come to fruition. It’s also interesting to reflect back to see what I was thinking and what I …

New Year, New Me

Monthly Goal Check-in #12 – 2016 Full Year Review

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat a year 2016 turned out to be. As many of you who have already read my short list of 2017 goals know, this year I am guilty of setting too many goals. I have reached a point in my life where it makes a lot more sense to set less goals with more focus. I have been telling people that in the past it was all about going broad (a mile wide and an inch deep) and in 2017 and beyond it is about going deep (an inch wide and a mile deep). That’s not to say I would change my approach that served me well over the past decade, just that this year proved it was time to …

2017 Goals

2017 Goals – Go Big or Go Home – But Focus

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Reading Time: 4 minutesIn any given year I usually have a dozen or so goals. But sometime during the middle of 2016 it dawned on me that maybe less is more. If I set less goals, I could shoot for a much bigger outcome. I could be more focused. Less really could be more. For 2017 I have several themes: Slow Down – Mrs. GYFG and myself have been pushing very hard for a long time, but this past year was like no other. Our careers will still be plenty demanding, but we are going to make an active effort to slow down a bit. For me in particular, it shouldn’t be too hard, we finally completed the massive deal we had been working on …

Goal Check #11

Monthly Goal Check-in #11 – @ 12/1/2016

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Reading Time: 5 minutesThe theme for November has been to focus on health and fitness. All of the financial goals have either been exceeded or are on autopilot to success through the end of the year. As I shared earlier in October, I placed a $1,000 bet with a co-worker, with the winner who loses the most weight winning. The bet was officially agreed on 10/7/16 and I had a starting weight of 228.4lbs (I will spare you with the before pictures…for now). Let’s just agree that I didn’t start at my leanest. That said, it will be fun to compare the before and after pictures when we make the final weigh in on 12/21/16. Below is my current weight loss trend over the …

Goal Check 10

Monthly Goal Check-in #10 – @ 11/1/2016

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Reading Time: 6 minutesThe theme for October has been to focus on health and fitness. All of the financial goals have either been exceeded or are on autopilot to success through the end of the year. As I shared earlier in October, I placed a $1,000 bet with a co-worker, with the winner who loses the most weight winning. The bet was officially agreed on 10/7/16 and I had a starting weight of 228.4lbs (I will spare you with the before pictures…for now). Let’s just agree that I didn’t start at my leanest. That said, it will be fun to compare the before and after pictures when we make the final weigh in on 12/21/16. Below is my current weight loss trend over …

Goal Check #9

Monthly Goal Check-in #9 – @ 10/1/2016

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWe are officially down to the last 3 months of the year. This tends to be a very busy quarter for me on all fronts. With the exception of this year (which has been insane since it started), my busy season at work usually kicks in around mid-October and extends through January for annual business planning. Based on the past 9 months I actually think this year’s busy season is going to feel like a cake walk. You wouldn’t believe how easy a 60 hour week feels after working 80-90 hours a week for months (with the occasional 100 hour week). Seriously, the past few weeks have been confusing, I find myself twittling my thumbs wondering if there is something …

Goal Check #8

Monthly Goal Check-in #8 – @ 9/1/2016

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWell, it feels like I fell asleep on January 1st and woke up in September. Can you believe that 8 months are already gone? FOREVER. Like money, time can also be so very fleeting. The unfortunate truth is that by now, most people have already given up on their goals, and that makes me sad ( 🙁 ). In my opinion that is because of several reasons: People don’t properly plan how they will achieve their goals. People don’t have the right accountability system in place. People don’t write their goals down, and then end up forgetting about them. People make less progress than they planned, they get discouraged, and throw in the towel. People set the wrong goals. People set …