Every week, I try to write down goals that I’d like to accomplish before the next week begins. This helps me stay focused and is one of the reasons my businesses have been so successful. My wife and I also keep a running list of goals that we’re currently working on and longer term goals for the future.

To keep me on my toes, working on my most important goals, I’ve created my own impossible list. I got the idea from Thomas Frank, who got it from Joel Runyon, who created the first impossible list. The difference between an impossible list and a bucket list is that your impossible list is meant to be constantly changing and updating as your experiences make you grow as a person.

I’ve posted this list here to try and keep me accountable to the world and my followers. While some of these goals are very personal, I’ve always felt that transparency is a key ingredient to building a relationship – which I’m doing with you.

Professional Goals

  • Create 50 online courses
  • Create the entire library of Video Production courses
    • Video Production Bootcamp launched in December 2017
    • Advanced Audio Production course
    • Advanced Video Lighting course
    • Advanced Color Correction course
    • Video Business course
  • Host a successful webinar – that makes sales (May 2016)
  • Self-host my online courses (September 2015)
    • Make $1,000 in a single month from self-hosted courses (April 2016)
    • Make $10,000 in a single month from self-hosted courses
  • Redesign PhilEbiner.com (November 2015 – you’re looking at it!)
  • Earn a full time income from Video School Online (2014)
  • Earn $1,000 in a single month from VSO (April 2013)
    • Earn $10,000 in a single month from VSO (November 2014)
    • Earn $25,000 in a single month from VSO (November 2015)
    • Earn $50,000 in a single month from VSO (November 2016)
    • Earn $100,000 in a single month from VSO
  • Gain 10,000 YouTube subscribers (November 2015)
    • Gain 100,000 YouTube subscribers
    • Make $1,000 in a single month on YouTube
    • Make $3,000 in a single month on YouTube
  • Hit 1,000,000 views on YouTube (December 2015)
    • Hit 10 million YouTube views
    • Collaborate with another YouTuber (Caleb Wojcik)
  • Incorporate my business (August 2015)
  • Gain 1,000 Facebook likes (July 2015)
    • Gain 10,000 Facebook likes
  • Gain 100,000 students on Udemy (~September 2015)
    • Gain 250,000 students on Udemy
    • Gain 500,000 students on Udemy
    • Gain 1,000,000 students on Udemy
  • Write a book and sell it on Amazon (October 2014)
    • Write a book about paying off student loans
  • Increase VSO Alexa ranking to 100,000 in world
    • As of January 2016, it was around 375,000
    • As of April 2016, it was around 272,000
    • As of December 2016, it was around 182,000

Creative Goals

  • Make a short documentary that plays in a film festival
  • Master flat animations in After Effects
  • Make a feature length documentary
  • Create a 10-video series on personal finance

Health Goals

  • Bike 1,000 miles in one year
  • Run a half marathon (May 2012)
  • Join an adult softball league
  • Go vegetarian full time (April 2012)
  • Hike Mt. Baldy (April 2016)
  • Hike Mount Whitney

Travel Goals

  • Visit all 6 continents that aren’t made out of ice (just need to visit Africa)
  • Surf in Hawaii
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Spend a month in the Swiss Alps
  • Go on a U.S.A. road trip
  • Ride on an overnight bike trip
  • Go on a yearly camping trip with friends (latest camping video)
  • Visit Isabel’s family in the Philippines (June-July 2013)
  • Visit South America (November 2011)
  • Go to India on a service mission (July 2010)
  • Study abroad in Europe (Fall 2009)
  • Visit Australia (November 2016)

Personal Goals

  • Marry the love of my life (March 8, 2015)
  • Become fluent in French
  • Ride in a hot air balloon (March, 2016)
  • Pay off all $98,902 of initial student loan balance (November 2015!!! #@!& YA! Ended up being about $140,000 in total)
  • Save for a 20% house down payment – in California!
    • Bought our house in August, 2016
  • Max out retirement accounts each year
  • Own our dream home with a view
  • Become financially independent by the age of 35 à la Mr. Money Mustache.
    • Max out retirement accounts every year
  • Adopt a kitten (January 2014 & November 2015 – we have 2 now!)
  • Adopt a dog
  • Graduate from college (May 2011)
  • Meditate every morning before I start work

I’ve had a lot of fun putting this list together – mostly to remind myself of my goals, and also to inspire you to take your own action. I suggest that you make a list of goals of your own. You don’t need to post it for the public to see if you don’t want to. Just the act of writing/typing your goals will help you achieve them.

Cheers,

Phil