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.
- 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
- 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
- Read 24 books (more on the books here)
- Read a Devotional every day
- Read and study the Letters in the New Testament
- Read the Imprimis essay monthly
My “Personal” goals – the other tangible goals I have
- Name 52 people who matter/have influence in my life, and why.
- Watch 13 classic movies I’ve never seen
- Donate time, energy or money to 12 different charities
- Complete the pre-reqs for enrolling in an MBA
- Complete one business certificate/executive course
- Complete one cooking course
- Master 12 dishes
- Finally study my ancestoral history