Today, I’m going to share with you my top 10 goals for 2022.
I used to set goals every single year in probably around December, and I would set my list of goals for what I wanted to accomplish for the next year. But for whatever reason, last year, I was looking through my notes, and I didn’t set any goals for 2021.
Now I’m a firm believer that when you write something down, you’re much more likely to accomplish that goal and so I’m actually kind of surprised that I didn’t set any goals for 2021.
I think there’s a couple reasons for that.
I think, number one, we had COVID going on. We had the presidential elections at the end of 2020 and all that stuff that was going on with the Capitol riots in the beginning of January. I remember last year I was just fixated on the news around this time of the year, which was not healthy, to be honest. And there was still a lot of uncertainty in the world in terms of what was happening with COVID and the vaccines and everything else. So for a lot of reasons, I just didn’t write out my goals for what I wanted to accomplish in 2021.
I think that was a mistake because a lot happened to me personally, and a lot happened to me with my business in 2021, and it’s really going to alter where we’re going to go in 2022, which I’m going to talk to you about here today.
While 2021 was actually a pretty amazing year for me, from the standpoint of my business and personally and everything else, like I said, I could have done so much more, and I think that I wasn’t as successful as I would’ve liked, and would’ve liked to see happen, in large part because I didn’t write down my goals for the year.
So there’s so much that I want to accomplish and do in the next 12 months, and I think that 2022 is going to be a truly amazing year on so many levels.
What I want to do today is I want to set out for you what my goals are for the next year.
This is as much an exercise for me to sit down and really reflect on what I want to accomplish the next year, as it is to share with you what I want to accomplish the next year, so that it can help you really start to think about what maybe your goals should be for the next year and listen to how I’ve set out these goals for the next year so you can understand what the process is towards goal-setting.
Now, first things first, I believe in setting what are called SMART goals and a SMART goal is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
If you have a goal, let’s say, be a better person, you want to be a better person in 2022, that’s great and all, but be a better person is not really something that’s specific. It’s not something that you can measure. It’s not even something you can really attain. It is really a very intangible goal.
If that is your ultimate goal is to be a better person, a better goal might be to do something kind for a specific person in your life every single day. That might be a better way to measure whether or not you are actually living that life of being a better person.
For me, another example would be, rather than I want to grow my business in 2022, I would say I want to earn $500,000 in total revenue for the year. That’s a different way to look at it.
So you want a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound so that you can actually go back and look at your goals at the end of the year and say, “Huh, did I accomplish this goal, or did I not accomplish this goal?” That’s the way I look at that.
Now, a lot of people will also say you should block your goals into 90-day periods because it’s a lot easier to accomplish something in 90 days, than it is when you’re looking out 12 months. That’s kind of a big time horizon, and I do that as well.
But for purposes of this post today, I really want to set out what my goals are for the year. Then what I typically will do is I’ll take those goals and I will break them down into 90-day chunks and maybe break down those goals a little bit more.
If one of my goals is to do a good deed for somebody every single day for 365 days, my 90-day goal might be, “Hey, do a good deed for somebody every day for the next 90 days,” and just focus on that short-term time horizon, which is really going to make it easier to track and attain your goals so that you don’t lose track of the big picture.
Now, the other thing I like to do is break my goals down into four or five main categories, and for purposes of today’s post, those categories are going to be health goals, spiritual goals, business goals, financial goals. I’ve actually put business and financial into one category, and then personal goals as well.
So that really helps you to create a well-rounded goals list that’s not just focusing just on your business or just on your personal relationships, that you are actually covering all the bases so that you can have the most productive and abundant year possible.
The last thing I’m going to tell you about the way I set up my goals, before I jump into what my goals are, is I like to have a theme for the year.
I’ve talked to my wife about this a couple times, and my goal for 2022 is really personal health and health, as far as I’m concerned, is I want to be healthy personally, just in physical shape. I want to be healthy. I want to be healthy in my relationships. And I want to be healthy with my business and where my business is going, and I just want to have a mindset that is healthy moving forward.
So the big theme for me for the next 12 months is really just increasing my health in all the areas of my life.
So let’s get into my goals. I’m going to start with my health goals, and I’ve got three health goals for what I would like to accomplish during the next 12 months.
Again, I’m going to take each of these goals and I’m going to break them down into sub-goals that I’m going to accomplish over the course of each month, each quarter of the year, that’ll help me stay focused on what I’m looking to do.
The first goal I have is something that, and going back to what I said at the very beginning of the video in not setting my goals for 2021, I really missed the boat on this, and it caused a big problem for me personally. That is, I want to get back to the healthy weight that I was at in 2016 when I first started my YouTube channel.
Now there’s been jokes and probably memes and different things about people when we went into lockdown, when the pandemic started almost two years ago, which is hard to believe, a lot of people staying at home were eating unhealthy. They weren’t being as active. They were being very sedentary, and they weren’t out and about with other people so they didn’t care as much about what they looked like. So people gained a lot of weight and ate very unhealthy and just became very unhealthy.
I think that is one of the negative drawbacks of working from home is it just gets very easy to not put yourself together, not go out there and do the exercise you need to do, not get out there and be social. The gyms were shut down for a period of time.
So that happened to me, be perfectly honest, that happened to me, and I gained a lot of weight during the pandemic. I want to get back to my pre-pandemic weight levels where I was at, which was still a little bit above where I wanted to be, but it was a lot closer to my ultimate ideal goal weight of where I would like to be personally. So that’s my goal number one is get back to a healthy weight of where I was at pre-pandemic and even back to when I started my YouTube channel about five years ago.
Along those lines, the second goal I have in terms of health is to walk 10,000 steps a day. So I have my Apple watch here, and I want to close those loops every single day and walk those 10,000 steps that I need to walk to maintain that very active lifestyle.
We’ve got two dogs, and there’s some things that are going to be happening towards the middle of this year, which I’m going to talk about here as my 10th goal, that are going to make it really easy for me to accomplish that goal of walking 10,000 steps a day. But I think that’s going to be very helpful to me to get my weight back down and get to a healthier weight for me personally.
The third goal I have is, along those lines, to drink eight glasses of water a day. I drink a lot of water, but I don’t drink nearly enough water. I think that by drinking more and more water, it’s going to quench those hunger cravings, those snack cravings that I get in the middle of the day. And I will be less likely to eat junk food and instead go to drink more water.
There’s so many health benefits associated with drinking water, and I believe to be really healthy you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day. That’s harder. That’s going to be harder for me at the weight I’m at currently, but at least drinking eight glasses of water a day I think is a nice goal for where I need to be to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
So those are my health goals is really to get back to the weight I was pre-pandemic, 10,000 steps a day and drink eight glasses of water per day. So those are my goals for the year for health.
Now, spiritual, I want to get into my spiritual goals. I’ve got two goals for my spiritual goals. I’m going to go through those pretty quickly, but I think it’s important.
I used to meditate a lot on a daily basis, and I got away from that, and I believe that that’s something that’s really key to being successful.
A lot of the most successful people out there, they meditate every single day even if it’s for five minutes. We’re not talking hours here, but meditate every single day, really ground yourself. That’s one of my goals spiritually.
The other thing that goes along with that meditation is to journal daily. So I actually purchased a bullet journal that should be arriving in the mail here in the next couple days, and I’m going to use that to really plot out what I’m trying to do.
Right now I’ve got everything on the computer, which is fine, but there is a certain meaningfulness to writing your goals down from pen to paper and getting them out of your head. So that is another goal I have is to start journaling on a regular basis. I would say journal daily for five to 10 minutes, just to get my thoughts out on paper and reflect on what I have accomplished over the course of the year.
Business and Financial Goals
Now, we’re going to get into probably what a lot of you wanted to hear about, and those are my business and financial goals. I’ve actually got four business and financial goals that I’m setting out.
The other thing I’ll add about goals is that you don’t want to really add goals that you don’t have any control over. A lot of people like to say, “Well, I want to get my YouTube channel to 100,000 subscribers.” Well, maybe you can control that, maybe you can’t, so that’s not a goal that I would have.
Now a different goal might be do three videos a week or do one video a week. That might be a good goal. Those are not any of the goals that I have here, but I just think it’s important that you understand that you want to make sure to include goals that you can control.
To some extent, these goals I’m about to list, some of them I can control, some of them I can’t. You have to understand that these are big theme goals because these are yearly goals.
My first goal is add 300 students to my program. Well, I know, statistically speaking, that when I do certain things, it brings in students to my program. So the big goal is bring in 300 students to my program, but what I’m not talking about today and what you need to understand is I know that if I do certain things, it’s going to add students to my program.
So that’s where the quarterly and monthly and weekly goals really come in, because those are the things that are going to feed this main goal, which is to get 300 students into my program. That’s my big goal for the year, add 300 students to my program.
My second business goal is to take 150 vacation days, and a lot of you may be thinking, “Well, that sounds like a lot of days. That’s almost half the year.”
But if you think about it, when you take out the weekends, that’s almost 100 days right there between two days times… That’s 104 days. Then you take out another 10 days for holidays, now you’re 114 days. Then you take out two weeks for vacation, now you’re at 128 days.
So it’s really 150 days is really not that much. It’s just basically asking you to not work on holidays, not work on weekends, take a two-week vacation that you don’t work on and maybe find another week or two somewhere along the way where you can take off, and then you’re at 150 days.
The important thing here is what a lot of people do, especially with their online business, is they work every single day, and they don’t take any time off at all. That’s not healthy, and it doesn’t get you to a place where you can really step back and think big picture about what’s going on with your business.
These past two weeks that I spent in Costa Rica, did very little work while I was there, other than recording some videos. Really those videos really were more personally for me just to enjoy the trip and put together a video montage of what happened on the trip for my family, but I was able to really step back and really think about my business and have some quiet time and enjoy nature and all the wonderful things that we did while we were there.
That’s the next thing, take 150 vacation days this year. I debated actually increasing this to 180 days, and I’ll tell you why here in just a few minutes, but for right now, I want to be at 150. If it turns out six months from now that we’re really on track to hit that, I might increase that goal to 180.
My next business financial goal is $500,000 in total revenue across all my businesses. I’ve got my law firm and I’ve got my online in businesses and so across all of those businesses, we’re looking at $500,000 in revenue. I think that’s very doable.
Again, going back to the beginning of 2021, I didn’t set goals for the year for where I wanted to be so I wasn’t able to accomplish some things that I really wanted to accomplish during the year. But we’re at a better place now, we’re writing the goal down, that’s my goal for the year, $500,000 in total revenue.
My ninth goal is I want to increase my net worth by 40%, and I think that is very possible. I think that’s very doable. But that’s my goal. That’s where I want to be, and that’s going to put me on track financially for where my goals are in the next two to three years where I want to be financially. So those are my business and financial goals.
I have one personal goal this year. This is the last category is personal. I actually have multiple personal goals, but there’s one major goal that I want to share with you, and this is a big reveal.
This is something I haven’t talked about. I’ve kind of alluded to it a couple months ago on the channel, but this is a big goal that’s going to happen in 2022, and that is my family and I, we are moving to Portugal, and I’m super excited about this.
Things are already in motion, but there’s a lot that has to happen in the next six months for this to happen. We are actually planning on moving in July. As of right now, we have enrolled our children in school in Portugal. We have started purging things.
I am working from my home office, as opposed to my main office that I used to do my videos in. That’s because I have sublet that space out and, beginning January 1st, that space is no longer mine. It’s going to belong to a new tenant.
So there’s a lot going on. I’m very excited about this. There’s a lot of reasons why we want to do this, and I’m going to share all those in another post. But for now, that is my main goal.
This year is going to be the year of health, and I’m excited about where it’s going to go and what we’re going to do, and I’m excited to have you along for the ride.
If you’d like to see more about where I was halfway through 2021, you can check out this video right here, where I talk about financially how my businesses make money.