How are you planning your 2019?

I’ve noticed most entrepreneurs make 2 mistakes:

  • They don’t have a strategy on how to plan
  • They don’t make their goals objective

To help you make 2019 your BEST year, I’m sharing tips on how to do proper goal planning.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn...

  1. Strategies to plan your personal and business goals this year
  2. Why 2018 wasn’t a great year for me — and how you can learn from my mistakes
  3. The WWPV goal setting structure you can use to make goal setting easier

Things we talk about in this episode:

  • AppSumo. Get the best software for your small business at an insane cost.
  • Clean January. Join me in Clean January.
  • My Ayahuasca learnings. I went on an Ayahuasca journey recently. Here’s what I learned.
  • Los Angeles experiences. Here’s what I learned from living in Los Angeles for a few months.
  • Outwitting the Devil. One of the best books I’ve read in the past decade.
  • Strides. A great app to review your goals every morning (you can also use Coach.me).
  • Sumo. The most affordable email marketing for small businesses.

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29 responses to “Goals”

Ryan Richbourg
January 15, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for the outline Noah! I will probably need to review/revise on a quarterly basis, but will definitely be looking at these every day.

* Gnarathon has 100+ skaters
* Complete all Digital Marketing certifications/projects
* Crush 1st semester of grad school in Austin
* Launch startup with Nate

* Climb 5.11b regularly, lead climb 5.10b, boulder v5/6
* Cycle 2400 miles (200/month)
* Lift weights 3x weekly

* Practice good morning routine 5x weekly
* Read 24 books
* Write 4 articles each month

* Lake Tahoe
* Kings Canyon NP
* Olympic NP
* North Cascades NP

Lion King
January 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm

1. Join a new team where we feel excited every work morning and proud as we step away from work, do meaningful work to us, are caught by surprise by 5 pm, are autonomous, feel fairly recognized and generously rewarded.
2. Succeed in reaching my side hustle goals."

1. Move every day."

1. Set my kids up for life with an armed mind and their 1st real estate asset.
2. Experience monthly catch ups with my Wife, focussing on enriching our marriage.
3. Plant and nurture a strong healthy tree of my own truth in my brain every day."

1. Visit a destination outside Africa on a luxury businesss class jet."

Jamie Kleyweg
January 13, 2019 at 5:22 am

Hi everyone, I wrote out the podcast points for you to refer to while setting your goals this year ?

Kicking off the year:
1) Start fresh!
Delete emails, tasks and calendars for the upcoming year.
This helps you rethink what's most important. You'll refill in your tasks and schedule with the most important stuff.
2) Clean January
No mind-altering substances for a month

5 things Noah learned in 2018:
1) We all know what we really want. Hard choices, easy life. Do what you need to do to move towards what you really want.
2) We need to be afraid and to test ourselves to build our self-confidence.
3) Make sure you can be excited about the things you are going to do.
4) Change your environment if you don't like it.
5) Consistency pays off, so be consistent.

How to plan your Personal goals for 2019:
1) Write out your fantasy story. Make it the most exciting and extreme version of your upcoming year.
2) Have a word of the year. Noah's in 2019 is power.
3) Divide your goals into 4 categories. Work, Workout, Personal, places to Visit (WWPV). Don't put more than 3-5 goals per category.
Tips: Don't be vague. Be objective and specific. Make it challenging.
Once you've written your goals down in those categories, print it out and put it everywhere. Fridge, bathroom mirror, phone, computer, email an accountability buddy.
This list reminds you what you should say no to. Create a plan and don't drift. Be strict and say no to everything that's not on this plan.

As the year goes on:
1) At 6 months, review your goals.
2) Have a daily habit tracker so you stay on track.
3) Create a notes file on your phone, and name it the next year, and add every opportunity that presents itself in there. Use it to build your goals next year, and keep you focused on this year.

How to plan your Business goals for 2019:
1) Write up a company end of year in review. What went well, what went badly, what could be better. Send it to your company.
2) Do an 80-20 analysis of your company.
• What is working that you could do way more of, and what isn't working that you could you remove?
• How could a competitor f*ck you over? If you were to start over again, what would you do?
• What is your moat (undeniable advantage) and repeatable business model?
3) Pick one numeric goal.
• Gives a clear target which you're more likely to get.
• Should reflect the success of your customer, be consistent with what you're doing, and really excite you.
4) Set up a simple spreadsheet.
• Model out your goal. Work backwards from the end of the year.
• What are the numbers that affect your end goal? Work those backwards from the end of the year.
5) Do a GMO for the upcoming quarter (12 weeks).
• Goal-Metric-Outcome (GMO). Set small goals that build up to your main goal. What metrics can you control yourself? What 4 concrete outcomes do you want to have by the end of the quarter, and 1 experimental outcome?
• You should achieve everything you commit to. Rather do less and get it all done than miss things.

My goals this year:
• Release 52 episodes of my podcast. You can check it out here: https://jamieandyou.com
• And more... ?

Hector Saenz
January 12, 2019 at 10:48 am

Thanks Noah,
I know you are friend of Tim Ferris. I saw the youtube chapter for entepreneurs.

- 2 episodes App Masters &/ or 1 chapter app marketing book ( Top ASO 2018) a day.
- Achieve 2 new deals per month in our agency. AGN > $400K revenue goal 2019.
-Weekly startup progress meeting for enhance our culture. App Growth Network agency.

-Camino Inca - Peru trip April- (additional ayahuasca for the soul to go)
-Meditation twice a day - 5 days a week. Full mindfulness and exercises.
-Save $200K pesos. $1,111 CAD per month this 2019.
- Running or Yoga 3 times a week.

-Do a fear setting evaluation every 3 months, with action to confront fear.
-Help others through sharing personal stories in my blog.

Chris Tweten
January 12, 2019 at 7:45 am

Hey Noah, loved the breakdown. I've been in planning mode over since 2019 started but this gave me a simpler approach to how I was structuring things out. Here's my goals:

Work Goals:
1. Same as you Noah, at least 1 new piece of marketing content per week (blog, video or email)
2. Do at least 1 public speaking gig per month (meetup, workshop or keynote)
3. Affiliate blogging revenue target ($2k USD per month)
4. Launch a merch line for my meme pages and make enough to pay the rent off it ($550 USD, Bangkok is CHEAP)

Workout Goals:
1. Work out 3 times a week.
2. Stop eating fast food. Period.
3. Complete a total of 60 minutes of skipping rope in 3 minute intervals in one session (HIIT)

Personal Goals:
1. Run an art exhibit featuring prints of my best memes about Asian cultures to further it as an art form.
2. Make a 10 minute YouTube video every month just for fun about whatever.
3. Read 24 books and make sure at least 6 are for leisure, not learning.
4. Take Saturdays off work. All work. Day job, side hustle, memes.

Places Goals:
1. Live in District 1 or 3 of Saigon again for 2-3 months again (see you there?)
2. Go to Tokyo and experience the arcade culture. Play against the locals in every fighting game I've competed in.
3. Go to London to visit my best online friends that I've known for a long, long time but have never met in person.

January 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

Love it - goals time baby!

Last year:
- Move to Amsterdam and build a life there (CHECK!)
- Travel to Portugal to my buddy’s place while in Europe (CHECK!)
- Grow my hair long (CHECK!)

This year:
- Get accepted into an Amsterdam university program
- Get my important ‘other’ languages (French & Dutch) to a conversational level
- Imorove my posture

Good luck everyone!

January 11, 2019 at 8:28 am

Hey Noah, here are my goals for 2019.


- Find a new job
- Get my freelance thing of the ground


- Lose 50 kg/110 lbs by the end of the year
- Start swimming 2 times a week


- Read 24 books
- Save more money than last year

Places to visit:

- Amsterdam and/or Paris with my girlfriend in spring/autumn
- Two week summer/winter vacation

Manal Dadge
January 10, 2019 at 10:40 pm

Hi, I will be starting my own business before March, 2019

January 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Awesome podcast, thanks.
2019 for me looks like:
Work - hit new revenue target, add 3 new export markets
Workout - swim everyday in January, then 3 x weights & 2 x HIIT per week
Personal - sleep more, drink more water
Visit - Kenya / Tanzania & climb Mt Kilimanjaro, Japan for Rugby World Cup

January 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Sports: 5sec planche hold
Travel: 6 seasonal experiences (e.g see the northern lights, still working on the others, ideas are welcome ?)
Financial: start/find a low effort side hussle that brings in 500€/month

January 9, 2019 at 9:14 am

Hey Noah. For your boxing goal - do check out this opportunity ?https://www.brawlforacause.com/ I've just sent you a quick email on this topic 😉 Best of luck!

January 9, 2019 at 4:11 am

Great episode Noah. Really nice thinking and simple framework for getting shit done in 2019. Thanks

January 8, 2019 at 6:14 pm

This year I'm taking on goal-setting differently: making them process-focused instead of outcome focused. Goals for the year:

-Save an average $2k/month
-Go swimming once a fortnight
-Record myself on video for at least 5 mins once a week

Madison Michael
January 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

First, I just started listening and I will be back! I love a fun, irreverent and informative jew. I strive to be one myself. Also, you will love, love, love Porto and Lisbon. The people are charming and the food is amazing! A few 2019 goals workout: exercise 150 minutes/week and cook at least 16 meals/week. Places: Canadian Maritimes and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Work: publish four new works (novels or short stories), add 200 new readers to email list every month and make enough money to cover all my expenses and boost my ad budget for 2020. Personal - find and engage to fight voter suppression, get two new cats.

January 8, 2019 at 10:57 am

Good stuff man - my goals:

1. Finish producing my bands album and release that shit
2. Increase Studio/Music income by 20% for the year
3. Get at least 1 song placed on Film/TV/Netflix

1. Eat clean 5 days/week (Incl. no beer)
2. 36 Hour Fast once per month
3. Take an ACTUAL "day off" work once a week

January 8, 2019 at 7:46 am



- increase revenue by 20%
- launch a podcast project
- work towards 3 days / week work


- outside doing stuff 3 days / week
- yoga everyday
- write everyday (mental workout)


- build my bus conversion
- stick to my budget and continue debt-free plan

January 6, 2019 at 8:59 am

Firstly, I loved hearing you'll be back with more regular podcasts. I almost unsubscribed in a recent clear out of podcasts but I'm glad I didn't. I really enjoyed this particular podcast, I actually decided to write my goals down on New Year's Eve and e-mailed them to myself and CC'd my girlfriend so I'm more accountable to them this year, posting them here will be another motivation:

* Finally get my driving license - I'm 32 but have always lived in cities with excellent public transport and felt no need for a car but it's a constant bone of contention with the girlfriend so I'm going to address it.

* Read 12 books. I'm not a massive reader - I seem to take information in better by listening or watching so prefer podcasts, videos and usually only read short-form content.

* Finish 10 songs (I dabble in electronic music production) to share with the private music production group I am part of, and share at least one of those publicly to be critiqued by the world. Ha!

* Get back in shape by going to gym 5 times per week - I have negotiated a 1.5hr lunch break every day at work so I can go every week day.

* As part of the above; Squat and deadlift 1-1.25x bodyweight. Bench, row and OHP 0.75-1x bodyweight. And be able to do 10 pull-ups. Get back to BJJ at least once per week.

* Get 7-8hrs sleep per night. I currently run on 3-4hrs weekdays, I always have but the older I get I'm seeing a drop in my performance and mood throughout the day due to tiredness. I have downloaded an app which renders all but a few applications useless on my phone between 11pm and 8am every day to help with this.

* Increase income 20% with side-job or new venture.

January 8, 2019 at 10:40 am

What app shuts down applications from 11pm-8am? Would love to try that.

Thomas Miller
January 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

I’m a nerd when it comes to planning, so I’m loving this episode. I made a proactive dashboard in Google sheets for 2019 to help me stay on track. (Nothing fancy, but Let me know if you want to see it)

Here are my Goals for 2019...

I’ll reach a 1700 lbs total on my bench, squat and deadlift and compete at the IPF Raw Nationals in October.

I’m going on a week long marriage retreat with my wife.

I have two websites currently. I’m going to grow site 1 to 100,000 monthly visitors and site 2 to 50,000 monthly visitors.

I’ll quit my full-time gig and make my side hustle my full-time hustle.

Matthew Ledford
January 8, 2019 at 7:24 am

Great job setting goals! Curious about your Google doc dashboard?!? Would love to see/share it?

Juan Ramirez
January 4, 2019 at 10:36 am

Hi Noah, thank you very much for such an actionable episode.
My goals for 2019 are:
1.hit 150% sales quota (I am a salesperson at a tech company)
2. Write 2 blog post weekly
3. Get my side hustle (which I already have) to earn me 1K a month (I’m at 750)

January 3, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Hey Noah,

Nice to have you back. This are my goals for this year:

* Health: Achieve 12% bodyfat.
* Wealth: Increase 15% profits.
* Personal: Move to new apartment.

One thing that has helped me achieve my past goals is to focus on habits and not so much in the goals. These "actions" become easier to quantify and a clear path to my goals.

Hasta pronto amigo!

January 3, 2019 at 4:09 pm

Maaan you need to tell me when you go to Portugal and Vietnam... I am Portuguese from Lisbon traveling around south east asia!!

When in Porto try francesinha! Eat a lot of fresh fish and make sure you try our cod fish, its salted instead of frozen fresh. Have fun ?

Erick Lanza
January 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm

This was a great episode! I really enjoyed it! I especially liked how practical/hands on it was. Something that I need for my business right now. It definitely gave me a good direction to start with. Thanks, Noah!

John Wessinger
January 3, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Today I was working on my 2019 goals and discovered your "Goals" podcast - THANK YOU! My 2019 goal is to write BOOK #2 and my word for the year is REVENUE. Also, you're the world's fastest talker and David Kelly is the man. Best of luck this year! #BezosShoutOut

January 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Hey Noah!
I have been setting goals for a few years now, i usually hit about 50% of these goals, but only in my personal life, not business. i think your guidelines for business are great, will use them.

so. my personal goals: 1. run a 100 mile race.
2. Get married! to my fiance
3. read and review 100 books.
4. learn portuguese.

my business goals,

launch podcast, get to 100 episodes.
get to 100 corporate clients for photo and video services.

my business goals

Joe Gugino
January 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Noah, great episode. Thank you! (would love to hear your 6 month check-in)

My goal is to run over 100 different fishing events in 2019 through my company Why Knot Fishing.

Rachel King
January 3, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Hey Noah, thanks for this -- very much enjoyed this episode and how you broke everything down.

My goal for my startup EditMate.co is to get 16 clients signed up to our monthly Team or Enterprise subscription plans.

Good luck in 2019, looking forward to more podcasts.

Dominik Harman
January 3, 2019 at 8:02 am

Hey Noah! Thanks for this episode. Good luck with your goals.

My goal is to have 10 clients for my consulting that are 1.full price 2.are so satisfied that they leave a positive review.

That would allow me to hire a fulltime person and I could start generating revenue not only for services I do personally but also for services someone else does within my company-to-be 🙂