The Goals

Why do I have so many goals for 2013?

First of all, I don’t like to do things the easy way. My wife will attest to that.

Second of all, I had a damn good 2012: We brought our third child into the world (my first son), I made it all the way into the televised competition for Masterchef 3 on FOX, my rugby team made the national playoffs, my football team eclipsed 60 straight wins, work went well, I made a lot of friends, yada yada yada. However, a wise man once said “If you’re not improving, you’re dying.” [Note: I don’t actually know if a wise man said that, but it sounds like something a wise man would say].

Despite this good year, I have become complacent. I recently found my list of Things to Do Before I Die that I made up shortly after returning home from my divorce, and realized that, of the 56 items on there, I had only knocked off 3 in the intervening 7 years. It’s time to start progressing.

My goals cover a lot of areas of my life: I want to be a better father, husband and friend. I want to learn new skills. I want to instill discipline that I sorely lack. I want to become more knowledgeable. I want to better myself professionally. I want to understand my God better. I want to push myself physically, learn just how far my body can go. Every one of my goals progresses me further in these directions.


Below is a list of my goals, each section has its own page where you can read more about them.

If a goal is struckthrough, like this, I have completed the goal. You can click on the link to read the post.

My “One-Off” goals – Goals that can be accomplished easily and don’t require much work.

  • Do another Polar Plunge
  • Make a “bug-out” bag
  • Do a Detox Diet
  • Skydive again

My 12 “Skills” goals – 12 skills I want to learn this coming year. I may not become a master in all of them, but I will become proficient.

  • Karate
  • Making fire without matches or a lighter
  • Soap Making
  • Mastering the Rubik’s Cube
  • Small craft woodworking
  • Beer Brewing
  • Become proficient with a handgun
  • Navigation by stars
  • One-handed shuffling
  • Baccarat
  • Bird watching
  • ?

My “Physical” goals – Goals that require much physical effort

  • Workout every day (even if the workout consists of pushups only, I want to do something every day)
  • Run 182.5 miles, or an average of 1/2 mile per day
  • Complete another Tough Mudder (registered 1/16 for 9/7)
  • Complete a Warrior Dash
  • Complete a sprint triathalon
  • Climb a mountain over 14,000 feet in height

My “Reading” goals – What I plan to read

My “Personal” goals – the other tangible goals I have

You can follow along on Twitter: @BetterMan2013
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