THE POWER OF GOAL SETTING
Goal setting is unequivocally the fundamental key to success as goals let people create their future in advance of it actually happening. There are tons of books on setting goals, working hard for them and eventually achieving them. But, there are a handful of people who have shown the world “the power of goal setting” with their own lives. I set out in 2016 to be one of those persons.
I released my 1st podcast episode on March 31st 2016. At that time, my goal was to beat John Lee Dumas' episode count. Why John Lee Dumas? His podcast has been one I've closely listened to both for its consistent content and delivery. I respected this stalwart podcast host. In my competitive nature I sought after his milestone episode count. This meant I would have to record 1585 episodes in 9 months. The maths was simple. 177 episode per month for 12 months.
After 5 months I ONLY recorded 76 episodes. I was not just behind a little. I was in the range of impossible. I was about to give up, but I did not. Thankfully, the inspiration came like a bolt of lightning in the midst of a conference called Coaching with Excellence by Dan Miller. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. I pulled out my trusty yellow pad and began to calculate what it would take to complete 1509 conversations in 90 days. It would take a lot. An average of 17 #12minconvos per day was required. That would be around 4-5 hours a day.
It definitely requires some thought before answering, doesn't it? Who would want to talk to so many people, in so little time? I did it. As challenging as it was, I persisted until I succeeded. My real question is, what is keeping you from achieving your goals? How long are you going to wait before you do the thing you love?
Not quite. I did not get to 1509 podcast episodes. Instead, I got to 1001 recorded podcast episodes in 3 months. Added to that was the 76 episodes I had taken 5 months to achieve. Overall by the end of 2016 I accomplished 1116 episodes, because I continued after September 4th. Here's how it played out.
The 3 month scorecard | Sep 4th - dec 4th 2016
1st - 4th week - Sep 4th-October 4th 2016 - 77 guests
5th - 8th week - October 4th - November 4th 2016 - 286 guests
9th - 13th week - November 4th - December 4th 2016 - 638 guests
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
Becoming DEBT FREE was a major contributor to the podcast goal. This is the behind the scene, uncut version of what made all of this possible. The sacrifice my wife and I agreed to take on after a life transformational experience in 2012.
Looking back, now I realize how important the sacrifice was to get us to where we are today. I vividly remember telling Amanda at the kitchen sink that I've found a way to improve our personal finances after reading a book. The look on her face, after a day of energy depleting nurse duties didn't accommodate an initial best response from her. Nevertheless, after reading the book she agreed that we should go on the journey to become debt-free. As a result of this team effort, since then I have accomplished the following:
Taking the first step will only lead to the next, and a next, then another until you are making steady strides. I am here to help you. My skillset is to help design a plan that can be used specifically for your life. There are many different scenarios that may require optimization.
I must say the road to financial freedom wasn’t paved in gold or smoothened all the way through. It had ups and downs, twists and turns, even speed bumps. The thing that kept us on course, however, was the life we envisioned for our family once we became debt free. We wanted to have control over that life. Achieving financial freedom started with a collective decision to change our behavior towards money. Accountability to each other over time then turned these newfound behavior into habits.
I must admit, when Engel approached me with this ‘great book’ he’d read on becoming debt free I wasn’t too thrilled. At that time I thought I didn’t have the bandwidth for anything else which might complicate life. I remember convincing myself after, that Engel always sought our best interest so I could at least consider what he was saying. Boy oh boy, that turned out to be quite an awakening.
After reading the testimonies of others who applied the 7 baby steps successfully, I remember silently saying I also wanted to experience what they were expressing. Both Engel and I wanted a life of happiness where we could stop and enjoy the simple things. We wanted a family picture of smiles that were present and genuine. Not forced or distracted because our mind was off vigorously doing some other calculation. What we did, when we did it, how we did it were once determined by our indebtedness. We were once caught in the life where according to Proverbs 22:7 NKJV, the borrower is servant to the lender.
Through learning, understanding and applying the principles necessary for financial freedom we were able to extricate ourselves from debt’s hold. Screaming ‘we’re debt free’ at the top of our lungs was one of the best feelings ever. No regrets. The truth is you can do it too. Be encouraged.
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