Just got a lot going on in my life right now. Nothing I can’t handle, but today sure was poopy LOL.
Let me change the subject. I made 3 focuses and 3 goals for my new years resolutions. I normally just don’t do that, but this year feels like a special year to me. Its only been a little over a month and yet some many things have happened and complicated my life for better or worse, its really crazy. When it rains, it pours. I call 2014 ‘the year of change’, at least in my life. Here are my focuses, and then my specific goals:
I tried to keep it simple so I could actually remember what they were:
A – Action. Take action towards the things I want. Pretty simple, yet applies to a lot of life. Stop being lazy, go after what I want.
H – Health. Focus on my health, get back into exercising, sleep well every night, and eat at least 4 hours before sleeping.
A – Adventure. Not to say be stupid about it, but get out of my comfort zone a little and try new things. Even things I end up regretting I think still will contain a valuable lesson or will be added to my experiences in life. I’ve already booked a flight to somewhere I’ve never been before. Maybe I will finally go sky diving, or learn break dancing, or learn more Karate. Those have been some of my life goals back when I was 18, but I’ve set them aside or just never really took them seriously recently.
3 specific goals for this year. I came up with 3, and all of them are clearly measurable and even trackable in progress. With anybody reading this as my witness, here they are:
– Make and post 12 QUALITY youtube videos. No 5 second or poor unedited videos just to meet the requirement, roughly 1 per month of good quality. Current progress – 0
– Do 100 pushups at once. For those of you who don’t know, I have been having back issues for a lot of late 2013. After a lot of looking into the possible cause, I have narrowed it down to my job requiring I sit for 8 hours a day 5 days a week (4 days a week now), and me getting older and being completely out of shape. I went to see a doctor and they basically said the same thing, and prescribed IBPROFIN to me to deal with possible inflammation. I took it for about a week twice a day (was supposed to be three times, but hard to take a pill at midnight WITH FOOD…). Doing pushups and crunches in January helped me a lot even before the pills, and even after I stopped taking them, my back pain is held to a minimum. I’ve been continuing to do 30 or so pushups once every 2-3 days and about 30 crunches in the same interval. It seems to work. That said, I am also trying to begin biking to work. I did so for a short about of time last year. The problem is I don’t want to bike at night, and I always ALWAYS end up working free overtime because I’m a sucker for doing a good job for my employer, so with daylight being short like it is now, I would have to be disciplined about getting in early, taking short lunches, and leaving ON TIME to avoid the dark. At least until daylight gets longer and daylight savings kicks in (or whatever its called, where we get one more hour of sunlight in the evening). So, to summarize, become able to do 100 pushups at once on or before December 31st, 2013. Current progress – 30 out of 100
– Get the Cisco CCNA certification. To be honest, this one is at least 5 times as difficult as the first two, if not more. It will be obvious that this will be the make or break for meeting my goals this year. I have a book and study materials so how far I get through will be a good tracker of good progress. Give or take, there is roughly 100 pages divided into 14 chapters, and there are 38 videos. Cisco certification is hard, very hard. It is hard enough that its not enough to just merely watch and read the material, but you actually really have to know it back to front. Kind of understanding it is going to fail you on the test, from what I understand. So, I will only consider progress if I honestly feel like I can nail the topics in the chapter. This is the goal to watch and focus on, and my current progress is – 0. The pace should be roughly 3 videos and a little over one chapter a month. I’m already behind too, shoot. Another thing is, really to get this cert you have to study on a regular schedule. You can’t just study twice a month in big chunks, it has to be a commitment to get this down by working several days a week consistently.
So, those are my resolutions and goals for this year. I tried not to overdo it, so I kept the numbers low and realistic. The most difficult would by far be the CCNA certification. Action and adventure overlap just a little, and getting out of my comfort zone is hard for anybody, but I can say I’ve already started. The goal is to continue throughout the year (but don’t do anything downright stupid).