September 2016: Too Many Goals is not a Good Thing

About the Month in General

So far, I’d been tracking quite a lot. I had set goals in travelling, socializing, income and health, and trying to achieve them all at the same time. Not smart and it didn’t allow much focus in the limited 24 hours per day that all of us have.

Some goal reduction was in order. I set two main goals which support each other, and until I achieve those, everything else will be second priority.

Goal #1: Achieve target weight of 65 kg.
Deadline: Unable to determine yet. It will depend on the results that working out has, and how quickly I can progress.
Status in the end of September: 106 kg.
What did I do this month? I started working out with a personal trainer — something I’ve been putting off for quite a while.
How does it feel? Now I wonder why I didn’t start sooner. :) Of course, I know why. I tried before but I never found the right person. The ones I tried working with were so afraid I might break something because of my excessive weight that they just told me I had to lose some weight by dieting first. Quite the success I’ve had with that so far. (That was sarcastic in case it doesn’t become clear.) With the right trainer who’s willing to experiment and test my limits, it turned out that I can do quite well and I feel very good.

Tips you can steal:

  • Experts don’t always know better than you. If you don’t feel quite OK with what your doctor, coach or trainer tells you, try another opinion. Then another, and then another. If ten different people tell you the same thing, then it’s most likely true. If only a couple tell you that, chances are it’s just an opinion and not a fact.

Goal #2: Get my next project (an online platform where you can ask experts about stuff and get answers for free) off the ground.
Deadline: End of 2016.
Status in the end of September: Prototype is working. It needs to become a little prettier, and populated with content. I’d say it’s 80% done.
What did I do this month? I started talking to people about the project and getting feedback — something I was too shy to do before.
How does it feel? It turned out that the Bulgarian market doesn’t have such a solution available — at least not one that people are happy with. The feedback was unexpectedly positive which is quite encouraging.

Tips you can steal:

  • Don’t be shy to tell others what you’re working on. Chances are you’re already bored with your idea but that’s normal: you’ve been working on it all day, every day, for a long time. The perspective of someone who has never heard of it can be quite refreshing.
  • When you listen for feedback, really listen. Don’t try to explain better if they didn’t understand; don’t immediately react; don’t comment. Just listen. You have a chance to truly know how people really react to your idea if you just listen as they speak. If someone didn’t quite get it or asks a “stupid” question, that might actually be a great insight on how you can present it more clearly, an unexpected monetization source or even a pivot idea which might make your product even better.