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Goals Update #17


Do you have goals and dreams for your future? Do you have them written down? Every week, I remind myself of my goals for the month to make sure that I’m on track for hitting them. Sometimes I’m way behind the eight ball, and other times I really feel like I have a good handle on them. Either way though, my site improves and my readers have a better experience from the improvements.

Goals For April, 2012 – How Did I Do?

  1. 1,154 Subscribers – According to Feedburner, my subscriber numbers peaked out at 909 subscribers, which is far short of my goal, but I made a valant effort right? After all, I did increase my numbers by about 140 subscribers in a single month – that’s pretty decent in my book. Plus, my new site ( has increased its subscriber numbers from 75 to 224! I think that site is going to make it big pretty soon. All in all, while I didn’t hit my goal, I’m still pretty happy about the results of April. Gaining over 300 subscribers between 2 sites is pretty impressive. FAIL
  2. House Project: Finish the Upstairs of Our House, Minus the Trim – The status on this project? Not even close to finished… Who would have thought that renovating a house would be so much work? We’ve all seen an entire house go up and look fantastic in just 7 days (thank you TV for making me think home renovation is easy — yes, you caught some sarcasm there)… Anyway, the upstairs still isn’t finished, but most of the sanding and patching is done (which I didn’t even realize was something we needed to do when I made this goal last month), and the painting should happen very soon. I’ll still keep you posted on this project as we complete our tasks. FAIL
  3. Finish Editing the eBook and Put it into a PDF Format – This just didn’t happen either! My wife was extremely busy this week with work and didn’t have a chance to look at it. I tried to make a go of it myself and I think it might take me another 3 months to get everything how I want it since I know nothing about graphic design. I’ll keep plugging away on this one… FAIL
  4. Make Yet Another $1,200 Extra Payment – Just like last week, we still haven’t sold the Jeep. I’ve had a few lookers, but no one has been willing to pull the trigger quite yet. However, we were able to save enough money to make the extra payment for April. Once the Jeep is sold, that double payment will happen and we’ll be back on track(ish). SUCCESS!

I didn’t think that this month was that lousy, but I sure had a lot of failures! Make sure you take note of something though. While I didn’t reach my goals, check out what did happen:

  • I increased my net subscriber numbers by over 300
  • I got all of the upstairs sanding done, patched holes and sanded again (this was about 5-6 hours of work).
  • The book is now fully edited, and I began putting my eBook together as a PDF. I’m now learning how to do it myself, which will help me greatly next time.
  • My wife and I were able to pay an extra $1,200 toward our mortgage loan!

Without my goals, I most certainly wouldn’t have achieved so many things. And that’s the power of having goals!

Goals for May

So it’s time to make some new goals to hit in May. Since I didn’t hit quite a few of my goals in April, I think it might be best to just carry over a couple and re-focus on them for this month.

  1. House Project: Finish Upstairs and Main Level, Minus Trim – Here’s the details. We need to clean up the sanding mess, paint the door and window trim (4 doors, 1 window) upstairs, install the banister and railing upstairs, install new door and window frames on the main level, install register covers everywhere, touch up paint on the main floor doorways. Wow, this amount of work already feels overwhelming… I’d better get started!
  2. Put eBook into a PDF Format, Build My Site for it, and Sell It! – This is going to be quite a lot of work as well, but what fun is a goal if there’s not much effort put into achieving it? (the answer is none).
  3. Get That Jeep Sold and Make a Double Payment on the Mortgage – I will be so relieved when the Jeep is gone. I never thought that we’d be hanging onto it for this long! Having $6,000+ in cash will certainly be a nice feeling.



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. While you didn’t complete some of your goals this month I think it is definitely important to note that you made significant progress on them. I wouldn’t say they were failures because in a sense they were partial successes.

    • You’ve got it Lance! That’s why goals are so incredible to have! Even when you don’t hit them, you still improve upon the original project greatly!

  2. Nice. Partial accomplishments may already be considered as a success in the sense that you got completely conscious and aware of your goals. Keep it up.

    • Thanks Amy! I would love to hit my goals all the time, but if I did, they really wouldn’t stretch me. I think I got quite a few things done this past month, and I’m proud of that, but I will still keep striving to hit these goals that I’ve set for myself!

  3. Well done. Sometimes, by setting the goals so high, you achieve more than you had ever thought possible in the beginning.

    While you didn’t achieve everything you set out to do, I don’t think anyone can argue that you made spectacular progress!

    • Thanks Alex! I agree as well. I’m ready to hit my goals for May though!

  4. What’s important is that at least you exert every effort you can give in each goal, right? Good luck on your goals this month. Hope you’ll hit them in no time. 🙂

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