2017 is upon us, so it’s time to set out some new goals. First, I want to reflect on last year’s goals. In a video I released at the beginning of 2016, I stated that I wanted to have 1,000 subscribers on my channel by the end of 2016. With regret, I have to say that this didn’t happen. I want to say that goals aren’t always achieved, and I’m thankful for every one of my loyal subscribers. I have made a great amount of progress in 2016, and thank you to everyone who supported me. With that said..

It’s a new year!

New year, new goals! So, this year, I’m shooting for the same goal. I truly believe that with some hard work, I can achieve 1,000 subscribers by 2017. I’m going to be working hard by releasing videos regularly, promoting them, tagging them properly, and optimizing them. If you’d like to help me with my goals, you can subscribe here, and share the link with your friends so they can subscribe too.

A Charge to Your Goals

I’d like to encourage anyone reading this to go after your goals. What do you want to achieve in 2017? Maybe you’d like to gain subscribers on your YouTube channel. Perhaps you’d like to lose weight. Possibly it’s working on your social life. Whatever it is, I encourage you to pick a goal and tackle it. There are two things a friend of mine will always tell me to keep me on track. Drew Davidsen, a successful jazz guitarist who’s song (East Moon) is at #29 on the Billboard chart, loves the following phrases:

“By When”

When discussing your goals, Drew will always ask you this: “By when will you have that accomplished? Pull out your calendar and set a date right now.” This takes discipline, but if you stick to your word, you’re going to get a lot more done in life. By when will you start regularly going to the gym? By when will you cut back your sugar intake? By when will you lose 5 pounds? What about 10 pounds? By setting times in your calendar, this helps you to stay on track. Sometimes you may fail to achieve your set dates, but that’s ok. As long as you try your hardest each day to stick to your word, that’s what matters!

“That’s A Story”

This has to be my favorite phrase. It’s impacted my life in more ways than I could ever share. We all know about negative self talk. After a hard workout, you weigh yourself. You’re still not satisfied with your weight, and you being to say “No matter how much I work out,  I can never lose weight. I can’t do it. I’m not good enough. No one will ever like me because I’m overweight. I might as well quit, because I won’t be able to get married, what girl/guy would like me when I look like this.” Let me tell you something: you’ve just created a story. Yes, I went there. You’ve created a story, and a false story. Another mentor would tell me this: “a thought is just a thought. It’s not a fact.” They’re absolutely correct. There is no fact that says you won’t lose weight. No credible fact says you’re not good enough. That’s your mind trying to write the next bestseller, and the #1 fan of your book is yourself. Stop creating stories, stop saying “I can’t,” and do it.

Final Words

A man wearing Nike shoes. The Nike slogan, "Just Do It," can help you stay on track with your goals.

I know it’s cliché, but I can’t end without bringing up Nike’s slogan. It’s truly powerful, and when you’re in doubt of what you can accomplish, simply say “Just Do It.” Go, set your goals, and have a great 2017!


  1. Comment by Leslie

    Leslie Reply January 3, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    Great thoughts, Christian! I’m bad about the “not good enough” thoughts. Always something I need to keep in check.

    • Comment by Christian Taylor

      Christian Taylor Reply January 6, 2017 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks! I’m glad I could offer a reminder about that!

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