My Goals for 2014

After my large 2013 Year in Review post I thought it would be worth sharing some of my goals for 2014, some of which are obvious considering some of the things that occurred in this past year.

I’ve written many times about the importance of having goals and have even written about how I plan my goals and execute my goals (doing it is better than talking and measurement matters) and even provided some inspiring posts previously as well (check out this gal here and how she learned to do something crazy in 1 year as well as this explicit timeline for blogging). Heck, I even have some time management tips on how I personally manage it all as well as how to kick the shit out of resistance.

You get the point – sitting down and getting some goals on paper can be pretty darn helpful and can help you achieve them. It’s worth doing, trust me on this.

So here’s a look at what I’m aiming at for 2014:

Building a Code School Campus

The biggest challenge that I’ve got coming up is building an incredible educational experience and environment for The Iron Yard here in Atlanta. Our explicit goal is to get our Code School up and running asap with some of the best instruction that Atlanta has to offer.

To do that I’m looking to hire a few more top-notch instructors (benefits are insane, ask me about them!) as well as a few more roles. I’m looking for office space and then looking forward to building it out. There’s a lot to do and the laundry list of things to execute against is growing daily.

But I couldn’t be more excited. I’d love to look back at the end of 2014 and see a number of markers pointing to success but there’s only one top-line goal: Graduated students with incredible job offers. Period. If I can accomplish this then the trajectory is set and we are on our way.

There are obviously a number of other global objectives that I have for The Iron Yard as one of their Partners and Strategy Officer but building a growing community of learning here in Atlanta is at the very top.

Profitable App(s)

I am still working actively on Pressgram as the version 2.0 is shaping up to be quite a big one. There are a few goals I have related to this project but the most important one is profitability. I have some investors that I must make a return for and v2.0 should provide a robust avenue. I can’t wait to release it to the general public.

I’ve also been working secretly on another digital publishing application that’s been a long time coming. I’ve hinted about it here and there and have been talking about it conceptually for years. I realized a few months back that now was the time (if there was a “perfect” time at all) to do it. I first came up with the idea back in May of 2002 – more than a decade ago. I’ve been thinking about it a very long time.

Both Pressgram and this as-yet unrevealed app need to make some coin, pure and simple. I have some revenue targets but those are nothing more than cheap guesses. I’d love to hit them, don’t get me wrong, but priority is shipping them first.

The Girls

My two amazing girls are growing up fast and I have goals that are obviously bigger than just a year’s worth. Just to name a few specifics, I hope to look back at 2014 and find success in discovering a great Pre-K option for the younger one and watching her grow like a weed in a healthy environment.

For the older one it’s to continue to watch her express her individuality and creativity in ways that make sense to her as well as see her have as much fun as she can bear on the Soccer field. We’ve signed her up for the next stage of her small career, a step above the recreation level, and we want to take it easily and carefully, apply the right kind of pressure as parents but not too severely. A “delicate balance” is apt here.

But other than that I want to simply spend more time with them. I’m not sure what that means but I do know that they are watching our (my) every move and their powers of observation are uncanny. I hope I haven’t already scarred them for life.

My Best Friend

There’s a lot I could say about my partner and best friend but my goal overarching goal is quite simple: I want to look back on 2014 and have her tell me with full confidence that she felt unequivocally supported in her creative endeavors. She has spent the last 8 or 9 years supporting me and it’s about time I gave her some of that in return (I’ve been a terrible giver in this regard).

This means saying “Yes” to her desires and needs and saying “No” more often to my own. This is near-impossible considering some things like my autism as I am terribly egocentric (aren’t we all…?) but scientists tell me that the brain is truly “elastic” and that old dogs can learn new tricks. In fact, this is something we often joke about at home in that somewhat unserious-but-really-serious way.

I love my wife and I’m not sure what I’d do without her. It’s about time that I showed her that love through dying to myself a bit more. I can do this. I really can.

My Health

Losing 27 pounds this past year was the biggest victory of 2013, bar-none (and it wasn’t even about losing weight). My health is the best it’s ever been but now the real struggle begins – maintaining it well and not giving up.

I know what it’s going to be like as I’ve been down this road so often before as I never explicitly “quit” it but it just simply fades overtime. Slowly, at first, so I wouldn’t even know that I’m slipping up but a few months down the road and it’s all but vanished.

My future literally depends on me keeping this strict diet so that I can continue to be an effective employee, entrepreneur, husband, and father (hopefully a grandfather at some point…?!?). I need to look back at 2014, survey the landmines and realize that I still have both of my legs. More than that, I need to look victoriously at disarming most of them. Again, I can do this. I must fucking do this.

Friendship

I’m not good at friendship, never have and probably never will be. But I want to learn what friendship means. That is all I’ll say about that for now.

Finally, I had an assorted list of knick knack goals but they were too generic for my taste to list out. I’ll just end it here but I want to encourage you to set up your own set of goals and do your best to knock them out of the park.

I could re-iterate myself silly telling you the value of doing so but instead I’ll just say this: You have nothing to lose and everything to gain if you give yourself a few moments to consider your goals for 2014. Why not?