It’s All About Focus – Goal Setting For 2014

A couple of days ago I did a video about my goals for 2014, which is embedded below. In essence, I talked about 7 goals I have for the new year, and there’s one in particular I want to address in this article because I think it’s probably the most important one for me and for all of you; yes, I said that.

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I haven’t written all that often about the term “focus” on this blog. I’ve certainly addressed it a few times on my business blog, mainly because that blog talks about leadership and behavior more often, thus it’s a good thing to address over there. So, in a slightly different vein, here are a couple of links to that blog to articles on “focus” that I think connect to this topic very well:

6 Ways Focus Can Help You

Lack Of Focus Will Mess You Up

The reason I think focus is going to be my biggest goal this year is because I’ve noticed as I’ve reached my middle 50’s that I really don’t focus on things as well as I used to. I’m not sure if it’s age or diabetes or diabetes medication or lack of sleep but focus is lacking across the board. I have found that when I write things down that I actually get more things done, and that’s good. However, I don’t write things down enough and that’s bad.

What will focus do for me, and for you? Focus allows us to complete things we start. Actually, focus allows us to evaluate those things to see if we should even do them. I don’t know how many blogs I’ve read where the writer talks about a project they started, got to a certain point and realized that their heart wasn’t in it any longer, or that they realized they might not get out of it what they had hoped for.

In my case, I started the SEO part of my business in 2007 with the working goal of building websites, optimizing them to that they would rank well and give business owners a chance to compete with others in their industry. Six years later I realize that I really don’t like sitting down and creating websites all that much now, that more people love templates and want something simple that they can change on their own, and they all want “pretty”, which won’t get most of them any traffic at all but it’s hard to convince them of that.

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Instead, I’ve changed the focus of that blog to talking more about SEO and social media interactions and website evaluation. And yet, though the focus of that site has changed, I haven’t fully embraced it, probably because the health care side of my business still drives the overwhelming majority of my income, and even though SEO and the like is way more fun, including blogging, when all is said and done the bills have to be paid and there’s stuff I want and need to buy. I talk about some of that in the video.

As I talk about my goals in the video, including focus, I also ask people if they set goals, if they’re willing to share any of the big goals, if they want help in reaching and focusing on their goals, and a whole lot of other stuff. I missed talking about the 6th year anniversary of this blog, which was on December 12th, because I was still out of town on my consulting assignment and I wasn’t focused on the milestone; sigh… I’m also realizing now that after this one I’m 20 posts away from 1,500, another milestone that, this time around, I want to make sure I don’t forget.

Meanwhile, I want to share this with you. I’ve never talked about it on this blog, but I have shared it a few times on my business blog. This link leads you to a PDF called the Reserve Index. It’s a self evaluation of where you are now and where you want to be, and there are 100 points to see where you are on the list and to determine where you might want to be. I’ve done it periodically and I’ve scored as high as 26 and as low as 7; no, those aren’t great scores.

If you’re honest you’ll see there are some things you’ll never do because you don’t want to, but a lot of things you probably do want but aren’t really working towards. I’m going to do it again within the next couple of days and use that to help me focus on things over the course of the year. And I mention something in the video that I think would be well worth your time, effort and dollars as well, and I’m getting no money from it. lol

With all of that said it’s time to let this post go to the video, and I hope that some of you watch it. If not, I hope some of you got enough from this post to comment on it; let’s find out.


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30 thoughts on “It’s All About Focus – Goal Setting For 2014”

    1. I’m pulling for you Itender. At least you’re young enough so it should be easier for you. Today for instance I’ve found that being focused was challenging. Then again it is Sunday, but still…

  1. Mine too, Mitch. During 2013, I’ve been very loose and have to admit that I didn’t set my goals properly, so technically I faild, big time. In the last 3 weeks, I am preparing strategies and plans for my own business. Actually I’ve decided to go on my own, which I believe will help me to stay more focused, as technically I wont have any other choice. I am going for gold during 2014!

    1. I thought you were already on your own Carl. I hope focus takes you to major heights, which is where I want to be as well. But I thought you’d sold your website to someone else; am I wrong on that?

      1. You are correct, though usually I have always had some backup system or contract with another company (like a full time job, but not quite). Right now, I will just focuse on my own business on my social network, cutting out the services and consultation part.
        The story about not selling my website is a bit long, may be can share it on our next hangout. In brief, I’ve found a buyer, buyer transfered 10% deposit for the website, we’ve had an agreement everything to complete in 7 days, though no further payment were transfered to me after 3 weeks, so I decided to stop the sale.

  2. Those are some pretty aggressive goals Guru(: but we’re not getting any younger so that’s important. To do 75 to 100 videos is a nice challenge but I have no doubt that you’ll make it happen.

    I’m pretty excited about seeing a detective book from you because that’s not normally the type of book we see from our peers. I hope you have a fantastic year Mitch and I want to personally thank you for being such an important part of 2013 for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ “The Hot Blog Tips People” LOL
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    1. Thanks Brian, and yes, aggressive goals but it’s the planning that I expect will help make the difference. By the way, the interview with you got the most comments of any post on this blog in 2013; you should feel proud. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That’s not a bad goal Anil. More people are starting to take over more of the work on their blogs, including me with my finance blog. Either I make it work that way or it doesn’t, but it’s a much better use of my time. Good luck; keep us informed on how it goes.

  3. Wow, 6 years and 1500 posts! Congrats, Mitch ๐Ÿ™‚

    2013 was a great year for me too – setup everything to start a new blog. So, 2014 is already a busy year. I also share your goal with passive income. Well, first I have to setup an active income source with my blog, then onto passive.

    I do have a lot of ideas and I am definitely going to experiment with a few like Kindle books and niche sites.

    Yoga, huh? Good luck. I have tried Yoga (back when I was in India). It is really helpful for health ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your goals (good luck with them!).

  4. What brought in those destruction in 2013? And I think it was my mind. Those limiting beliefs which kept reminding me of how vulnerable I am.

    I turn 23 on Jan 1, and things are of course going to take new dimensions.

    Being more FOCUSED is the target!

    1. That’s the way to go Emmanuel; limiting beliefs are you beating yourself up without help from anyone else, and that’s never fun. I’m pulling for you in 2014; let’s get it done! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Great video, Mitch, with some excellent suggestions for your readers and viewers, as well as goals for yourself. I especially liked what you said about the work required to produce passive income. Looking forward to learning more from you in 2014.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Charles. Yeah, passive income sounds easy until you start working at it and realize how much planning, designing, consistent updating and testing it all takes. Frankly, if I trusted more I’d start investing again and see where that took me. Have a great 2014 Charles; you da man!

  6. Just beginning something without planning about it is as equivalent as driving a brake-less vehicle, isn’t it?
    Infact few days back in 2013 I was actually planning to make a plan. A simple plan which I can execute easily. A plan that can work.
    I hope this new year “TIME MANAGEMENT” will be achieved by me in an efficient way.
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  7. Hi Mitch,

    Everybody needs to focus. Whatever they are going to do. No matter what their plans are as far as they are positive and useful for others. Failure in the past does not mean that we must stop.
    Let’s focus our mind on the goals we set up this year. Thinking positively will give more power to ourselves.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Good point.
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  8. Hi Mitch,

    6 years and 1500 posts! Congrats, Mitch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I guess we are nowhere as yet, when we compare! Lots to learn from you about being so patient and trying out a lot of things, and of course, the focus does shift off and on. Perhaps trying out certain things for the better is another reason, beside the health issues that can’t be ignored, for the focus to shift.

    We look forward to the 7th one now – great going indeed! Thanks for sharing, and wishing you all the success ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Thanks Harleena; still have a number of posts to go to get there but I easily will, and if I concentrate maybe I’ll hit 1,600 this year also. I’m finding that so far I’ve had intermittent focus, but I’ll take what I can get for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Glad to see you here Sally and I’m glad to help you with this particular post. I saw where you said you haven’t done much blogging this past year; maybe you just needed a break. Hope to see you blogging again soon.

  9. My goal this year is to find myself. I feel like Iโ€™ve never actually focused on what drives me. Ever since I was a kid I was the responsible one, always an adult, never a child. Even as a teenager I never rebelled, I always considered how my actions would affect others, my parents, my future. I donโ€™t even know what Iโ€™m passionate about, I have no clue what fires me up. My whole life has been spent around being strong, unemotional, responsible. It wasnโ€™t until staring at my blank Power Sheets numerous times throughout the year and feeling lost that I realized I donโ€™t even know what I want to do because Iโ€™ve never been given the option to just choose. Iโ€™ve always taken the logical, responsible route that just gets things done, pays the bills, etc.

    I want to find myself in 2014 and discover what Godโ€™s intentions are for my life.
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    1. Good luck with that Betty because everyone deserves to have a chance to shoot for both their goals and some clarity in their lives. I do recommend you download the file I put on this post called Reserve Index and see where you stand now, and move on from there.

  10. Hello sir, now i want to focus on my blog. I started it new and i want to become it grow so my first goal is to publish quality contents.

    1. I noticed you’re 4 posts in, so keep it up. Of course, it’s not really a blog if you don’t accept comments; more like a review and sales site.

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