222,994 (+ free giveaway)

I was doing some data crunching this weekend, and that’s the number that tallied.
That’s the number of people I’ve helped so far.  (Yay!)
However, it’s not an accurate number. 
For a couple of reasons…
  • Some of the data sources dried up a few months back so I don’t have the latest information on them – the challenge of relying on third-party data sources.
  • A lot of it is down to personal reasons – I forgot or stopped logging some of the data – mainly because I got bored.
  • Also, it only includes data from the last few years, rather than right from the time I started actively helping others. 
So the number above, 222,994, is a fairly conservative tally. 
It’s not quite there yet, but it’s more than 1/5th of the way to my first milestone – helping a million people. That’s progress. It’s a good, solid number. And it’s good to know where I stand – helps me know that I’m on the right track. But more than that, those numbers represent lives I’ve impacted positively, and that makes me really happy 🙂
This is also progress for me, personally. Even a few years ago I wouldn’t have considered making anything of the number. I would have been too focused on how much farther I have to go, rather than noting how far I’ve come. I most certainly would not have talked about it publicly. That’s one of the things I’ve learned over time, that it really is important to celebrate your progress, even the seemingly small ones. This though isn’t a small progress – positively impacting over 200,000 lives is by no scale a small feat, and I am very grateful for being able to do that. So it’s a double cause for celebration. On top of that, it’s Eid today!
Now, I have three takeaways for you, if you will…
  1. Track your numbers. It helps you know where you stand and how far you’ve come, plus how far you are from your goal. Knowing these are important for moving forward, for continuing to move towards your goals. Tracking your metrics can be the boost you need to keep going even if you start losing morale, or feel like throwing in the towel. They help you know whether what you’re doing is working or not, as well as what to do more (or less) of. 
  2. Celebrate your milestones and progress. Your achievements, even the small ones, are what ultimately add up to big things. And celebrating them reminds you that you’re doing something right, that you’re on the right track.
  3. Help people – however, and wherever, you can. We all have the capacity to help others, even if it is something as small as being kind to them with your words. There are always opportunities to help others, you just need to look. Helping others makes the world a better place. Do your bit, make a positive dent in the universe. 
As for my goal, I still have a long way to go to reach my moonshot – the goal of positively impacting a billion lives. So I will carry on, renew my efforts, and do what I can to help. My latest book is out, and my podcast is going strong, so those will help. And I have a few more things in the pipeline – if you’re subscribed to my blog, you’ll get a heads up about them. 
To mark the occasion, I have decided to give away a copy of one of my books, for free. I really do appreciate you, my readers. I hope this book will add some value to your life.
You can check it out in the link below (or, on Issuu).
Now before I end, I do have an ask for you – if you have any ideas or suggestions on how I can positively impact more people, let me know. Reach out. Connect. And more importantly, spread the word. Let’s make this world a better place together.  
PS. For those of you who are celebrating Eid today, Eid Mubarak. 
PPS. You can learn more about my Billion goal here