2018 Will Be My Best Year Ever

It’s interesting how totally transforming your life isn’t really all that complicated. Most of us already know everything we need to know to completely, radically change our lives.

I already know all I need to know about health and fitness and diet to lose 100 pounds and add years to my lifespan.

It’s pretty basic stuff that we’ve all heard for decades. Sure, we can debate certain aspects of weight loss, but if we all just followed what we already know and applied it every day this year, we’d all be a lot lighter by next January.

And that’s just one aspect of my life that I want to change.

But there are other things I want to accomplish, like making more money, paying my debts and growing my blog. And I already know enough to succeed in those areas of my life. Not that I’m an expert or that I know everything there is to know, but I know enough to get the results I want. I just need to do the work.

So 2018 is the year that I’m going to do the work. Whether it’s hitting the gym, prepping my meals, writing more articles or anything else, I will do the things I need to do in 2018.

The fact that I say this every year without accomplishing it doesn’t mean that I don’t know what I’m talking about lol. It doesn’t mean my methods are flawed. It just shows that I lack self-discipline.

So 2018 is the year that I need to work on building more self-discipline into my life. The problem is, I don’t know any tricks for doing that. You basically just do the work. And whenever you fail, you just pick up right where you left off and get back on it.

Just do the work.

But it still helps to have a plan and a schedule. If I’m looking around every 30 minutes and scratching my head like, “Hmmm…what should I do now,” then this is going to be another sucky year.

So I’ll work on a plan and a schedule. I’ll work on building habits and routine into my life. Once I get a routine going consistently, the results will pretty much take care of themselves.

So let’s set some goals and make a plan.

What My Life Will Look Like One Year from Now

  1. I will weigh 185 lbs (currently 288 lbs)
  2. I will be earning $2,000 per month online (currently $300-$700)
  3. I will get the fuck off welfare
  4. I will be renting a 3 bdrm apartment in Summerlin
  5. I will be debt-free (currently OMG)

I suppose I could make more goals than that, but these are really the main things that I will focus on. If I can just accomplish these five goals, then they will have a trickle-down effect into other areas of my life.

Basically, everything in my life will be better if I can accomplish these five goals.

And actually, it’s really just two goals: lose 100 pounds and make $2k/month. Those goals make everything else possible.

I’ll break them down into smaller goals along the way, but these are what I’m focusing on in 2018.

How I Will Lose Over 100 lbs in 2018

The reason I chose this weight (185 lbs) rather than 188 is that 185 is how much I weighed when I graduated high school 24 years ago.

That’s it.

There’s nothing more to it than that.

So, I don’t want to have to do anything that is complicated to lose weight. And I know that it’s possible to do it without having to reinvent the wheel.

So I think I’m just going to follow an existing weight loss program, or I’ll just come up with something simple like walking every day and lifting weights three times per week.

I’ll figure it out and talk about it in the next post.

But it’s got to be simple, and it can’t cost me more money than I’m already spending on my basic food and living costs. So no new gym memberships or expensive shopping trips to Whole Foods for grass-fed whatever. But basically I’m expecting to exercise every day and prepare cheap, simple meals at home every day.

How I Will Earn $2,000 a Month Online

This I already got figured out.

Active Income: Freelance Writing

The bulk of my income in 2018 is going to be active income from writing articles for clients on freelance writing sites like Textbroker, Content Runner and Crowd Content.

My best monthly earnings from Textbroker so far have been just over $600, but I usually earn $300-$400. So I just need to bump this up by writing more articles and getting some higher paying clients. I’ve already joined several teams on Textbroker, and those have increased my earnings right there.

I also just signed up with Crowd Content and got approved this week, but I haven’t seen what kind of work they have available or how much they pay. I heard that it’s better than Textbroker, but I’ll find out soon enough.

I get paid about 1.5 cents per word for my writing on sites like Textbroker and ContentRunner. The pay is technically higher than that, but I can’t stop on a dime, so my word count on each article goes over the limit and I end up earning less per word. That’s no biggie.

I want to earn a solid $1,800 per month from my freelance writing, which would work out to $60-$90 per day, depending on how many days off I take per week.

At 1.5 cents per word, I would need to write 120,000 words per month. If I work 30 days with no days off, that would be 4,000 words per day. If I work 20 days per month (Monday-Friday), then that’s 6,000 words per day.

That’s a lot of writing.

But I’ve hit those numbers before, and I can hit them again.

It will take me a few months to build up to that level where I’m doing it day in and day out, but that’s just what I have to do.

Passive Income: Blogging and Niche Sites

I’m already earning about $50-$100 in passive income from my blogs and niche sites.

I have three niche sites that are focused on specific types of products and are monetized with Amazon links and Google ads. Those bring in probably 90% of my passive income.

I also have a video game blog that brings in a couple bucks per month. And I have Pukitz — also monetized with Amazon and Google ads — which brings in another $5-$10 per month. Then I have articles on HubPages that earn another $5-$10 per month.

To increase my earnings on these sites, I just plan to write more content. More content equals more income. I can make it more complicated than that, but why?

Here’s how many posts/articles I already have out there online.

  • Pukitz — 41 posts
  • ChrisDesatoff — 75 posts (counting this one)
  • 3 Niche Sites — 99 posts
  • Gaming blog — 37 posts
  • HubPages — 41 posts

Total — 293 posts

So all those blog posts are probably earning me an average of about 25 cents each, every month. Some months are better or worse than others, but that sounds pretty typical when you take them all into account. The niche sites were earning a lot more, but this past year they took some big hits and lost a lot of traffic and earnings.

Anyways, I would like to double those numbers and be earning about $100+ per month in passive income by this time next year, so I’m going to need to shoot for 400 posts across all my sites and HubPages. That means I’ll need to write about two posts per week for the rest of this year to add another 100 posts to the 293 that I already have.

These are not old-school 400-word blog posts. They’ll be 1,200+ words, so that’s a lot of work to do, and that’s on top of my freelance writing for the content mills.

But I’ll do it.

I do expect to fall short in the first few months as I ramp up my workload. But by the end of summer my productivity should be high enough for me to catch up and hit my goal by year’s end.

How I Will Ditch Welfare, Move to Summerlin and Pay Off My Debt

As long as Goal #2 works out, then the last three goals will pretty much take care of themselves.

We are in a mess right now with our condo in need of repair. It’s a long story, but it will work out over the next few months, I think. I probably won’t blog about it, since it will involve some legal crap. But I’m hoping the ball will get rolling on that soon.

Once our condo is fixed up, we can sell it, pay off our debts and move to a new place with a third bedroom for me to use as an office. But in order to qualify for the lease, I’ll need to get my income up well in advance and at least catch up on our late bills to rebuild our credit.

All of that is going to take time, so I’m thinking that the move might not happen until the end of the year.

3 Keys to Goal Achievement

I was recently reading an old ebook by Patrick Meninga titled, “Create Massive Change.” It was a free ebook that he gave away on his old blog, and I’m glad I saved it on my laptop a couple years ago, because that ebook isn’t available anymore.

Anyway, in the book, Patrick talks about how he overcame his addictions to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes by doing the right things and being persistent. He had tried to quit many times, but it never lasted.

Sometimes he had a good plan to follow, and he had some accountability, but it didn’t work out. Other times skipped the plan and charged head-first into it with all the willpower he could muster, and then he added incentives into the mix along with the accountability, as before.

Still, no success.

Finally he realized that there were three key factors for reaching his goal, and that all three needed to be in play for him to succeed. That’s where he messed up, as he always had only two out of the three.

So here are his three keys to succeeding in breaking his addiction:

  • Planning
  • Accountability
  • Incentives

Once he made use of all three, he was finally able to reach his goals. Then he applied what he learned about breaking free from substance abuse to other areas in his life and had great success there too.

Looking back at my past attempts to reach my goals these past few years, I can’t remember having all three of these factors at work simultaneously.

I was always good about planning. And I usually worked in some accountability by talking about my goals on my blogs. But I don’t remember giving myself incentives for reaching milestones along the way to my goals. So maybe that was the missing ingredient for me?

So this time, I’ve got the plan. I’ll blog about my progress here to get some built-in accountability. But I’ll also have to give myself some incentives to push through the sticking points.

I already know what my first incentive will be, and the only way I can give it to myself will be to accomplish my earnings goal (or get pretty close to it).

Okay, so it’s getting late, and I’m falling asleep here at my desk.

I’ll check in next week for an update.

I hope your new year is off to a good start. Have you set any goals for 2018? Is there anything I can do to help you? Let me know.

1 thought on “2018 Will Be My Best Year Ever

  1. Chris-Love your approach to the new year. Many of us Desatoffs (especially me) have difficulty maintaining our well laid-out plans. The best plan in the world is worthless without dedication and following without fail. I encourage and pray for you to stay the course. In support, I am planning and will implement a healthier plan in diet and exercise. Weight loss would be great but if I’m gaining muscle mass and losing fat I can live with that. I believe weight loss will be a bonus though and I do need to lose weight. Aunt Merrilee has been seeing a nutritionist for awhile and is benefitting from that. We can use her as an example. Love you and all the best to Kim and Kyle. Uncle Walt

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