GBL 034: Get Your Priorities Straight

When I look back, if there’s one thing that has helped achieve so much it’s been that I’ve prioritized what’s important to me and don’t worry about the rest.

I began this new chapter in October 2010. I hit my rock bottom and needed change badly. My first priority was to get healthy. At that time I was out of shape and fat for my standards. I knew if I wanted to change anything about me the first thing I could do and get the quickest results was exercise and lose weight. So I focused on training for a half marathon and I cleaned up my diet for the next three months.

After I finished the half marathon I had lost 15 pounds, and had confidence through the roof. My next focus was starting this blog and development of Photo 365, which both began in January 2011. That year I didn’t juggle too many projects. My priorities were growing this blog and the app. That’s it. By the end of the year Photo 365 was a success and this blog had grown.

In 2012, my priorities were to make enough money to finally quit my job. The plan was to create a course for this blog and develop more apps. That I accomplished both, but financially my goals weren’t. It wasn’t because I lacked getting my priorities straight.

In 2013, I decided to finally quit my job. Just couldn’t take it anymore and couldn’t keep waiting for the right moment to quit when my online income matched what I was making at the restaurant. It was scary to do that but I needed to. So my #1 priority was make money. I had the same priority in 2012 but what I tried didn’t work. So I had to try something different and I did. I began reskinning iPhone games and by the end of the year, thanks to being solely focused on that and pushing everything else aside, I was able to breath a sigh of reflief by the end of the year.

Then last year I discovered Teespring and the business model of selling shirts online. I soon become obsessed with this and made this my #1 business priority. I even stopped reskinning apps even though it was profitable for me. I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to do both. Again this paid off very well for me and I had my very first $100k year online.

So what are your priorities for the year? You can have more than one but it’s best to choose one main priority in different areas in your life. You can choose a priority for family, business, spiritual, financial and lifestyle. Last year my wife and I made it a priority to travel since 2013 we didn’t in order to save every penny we could since I quit my job and no income was coming in. So in 2014 we made up for that by nearly traveling once a month. Because we made it a priority, we achieved it.

I hope you enjoy today’s episode and become clear what your priorities are for this year.

 

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  • Mike Browne

    This was an excellent podcast- it was just what i needed to hear, just when I needed to hear it. All of your podcast episodes are helpful and of a high quality, but this one really spoke to me! I”m making great strides in self improvement, but like the dog who tries to fit too many bones in his mouth and winds up with none (or choking), I’ve been trying to work on too many goals at once. Thank you very much and please keep up the good work!

    • Hi Mike,

      Thank you for listening to the podcast. I’m glad it really spoke to you! I love your analogy of a dog trying to fit too many bones in his mouth. Narrow your focus and you’ll start seeing better results. 🙂