“An elliptical told me it missed me more than any of the three associations to which I paid dues and was an active contributor has since I failed to renew.”
This might be narcissistic, but I’m excited about this new goal. I’ve had a busy year, but I’ve let “busy” be an excuse. Busy is a relative term. Was I busy for 45 minutes this afternoon when I sat on my ass watching a replay of a bad soccer match? No. I was unmotivated. Undisciplined. This post is an experiment in changing that.
I have problems staying focused, staying motivated, and completing things I start. This is not news to many of you. I’m hoping to change that. I’ve got it pretty good, but I think I can have it better. I think I can have and do more, and I think it’s going to take a better version of me to get there. So this is my kick off; my pledge; my accountability post.
Here are my goals:
It starts with writing. I’ve always enjoyed writing. I’ve recently found some old elementary school stories and will probably publish a few for fun, but it reminded me how much I just loved to write. As I got older, I had to write. For school. For work. I hated it. Then I started blogging and enjoyed it, but never committed to it. Never took it seriously. So then I just stopped. I still wrote a few things here and there – mostly recaps of experiences I’d had, and a few publications – but I wasn’t writing regularly or the way I wanted to. Now’s as good a time as any to start. To make the time for it. To enjoy the process. To reach into the drafts folder in Dropbox and the Drafts app on my phone and finish those thoughts and share them with you.
Doing daily and weekly writing exercises will help me accomplish this goal.
I’m not a perfect model of health. I’m also not terribly unhealthy. I have cholesterol level that should be 30% lower, a little too much around my waist and a tendency to binge eat when I’m bored or depressed. But I’m pretty active. I have two active kids and I enjoy time with them. I play soccer and some occasional rugby. I bike to the mail room and the bank when I am motivated enough to do so. I enjoy my stand-up paddleboard, again when I’m motivated enough to lug it to the lake. But I am often unmotivated, and undisciplined with workouts, training, eating, etc. That can and will change.
Logging my food intake and exercise, and doing at least one active thing each day, will help me accomplish this goal.
I quit my job almost exactly one year ago to continue to grow Duce Enterprises and to launch Learning Ninjas. I’m thrilled with the results. But I could have done more this past year. I could have been more focused, delivered things ahead of schedule, sought out some bigger projects and set some bigger goals. But I coasted more than I’d like. I want to do better. Notice I didn’t say I want to do more. I was happy with my work/life balance over this last year. I want to do better. Better projects. Better decisions. Better management. Better risks. Better pricing. I want to enable more adventures and more experiences, not only for me, but for my family and my friends.
Doing better work and saying “no” more often will help me accomplish this goal.
I’ve got a good life. I know this. I need to recognize it in key moments, though, and really enjoy life even more. I post about and share a lot of inspirational quotes and videos because I believe in the messages they hold. Life is full of sacrifice and bad decisions and consequences, but it’s also filled with unexpected joys and good decisions and amazing results. I can do better to focus on the positives and embrace the negatives and hold on to them, and learn from them and use them to teach others.
Volunteering, coaching and taking adventures with my kids will help me accomplish this goal.
I’ll be posting results, but if you want to know how things are going, get in touch.
Ironically, I stopped reading a great article about reducing distractions to improve focus in order to start this post.
While reading this article, I opened a new tab to search a company name from the article, then went back to the article, only to click on a link in the next sentence. I realized inline links to reference articles or videos are only encouraging readers to leave your site, get distracted and perhaps never finish reading what you wrote.
I’ve made a concentrated effort recently to read an entire article before going back through and clicking the links. Occasionally, a link out is a required prerequisite, but unless it is, I stay away.
In the interest of making it easier for you, the reader, to use my site and do what you came here to do, I’m going to start putting the reference links at the end of my posts. Perhaps, occasionally, I might use footnotes (if they add value and I ever learn how to do it quickly).
Anyhow, this might be nothing; it might be something. I’m going to experiment with it, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.