It's 10 minutes before midnight on the last day of 2006, and I'm sitting in bed writing a post. I guess that shows where my priorities are. Anyway, a year ago I wrote down my goals for 2006, so our first order of business is to review them.
1 - Become Fully Polyphasic.
I guess I did this one, but I'm not polyphasic anymore. I'll count it as a win since I made it and then decided not to be polyphasic.
2 - Gain 15lb. of lean muscle mass
I totally did not do this one at all. In fact, I lost 12 pounds this year because I went vegan.
3 - Make a Million Dollars
This was a huge failure. I did not make a million dollars. I made several important financial changes that will help with this (cut my unnecessary spending by 50%, started investing in berkshire hathaway, sold some stuff), but that doesn't count for anything. This is the most disappointing failure because unlike some others that I failed on, I still really want this one.
4 - Become a relatively well known rapper
Argh. Another big no. I'll give myself 20% credit for having a weekly gig hosting karaoke where I get to sing a lot of rap songs. I've made some progress here, but not nearly enough.
5 - Find and date one incredible girl OR date several great girls
I'll give myself full credit for this one. More details to follow later...
6 - Enlarge my social circle
I did a fantastic job of this one. I definitely have a bunch of new cool friends and hang out with my friends more often.
7 - Do something REALLY nice for someone or a group of people
I'll give myself 40% credit on this one. I've done a few nice things and many people have e-mailed me saying that my site changed their lives. However, I don't think I did anything exceptionally nice.
My final score? 3.6 out of 7. Not impressive at all.
I'm not letting myself off the hook here, because I set goals and did not reach them, but one thing I realized is that a few months into the year, I didn't really want all these goals anymore. The two exceptions were rapping and the million dollars. I've become somewhat well known around Austin, so that's along the same vein as the rapper one. Nevertheless, I'm going to make my 2007 goals only things that I know I will really care about.
On the plus side, I accomplished a lot of goals that I didn't know I had. I went Vegan, which I consider to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. I got to lecture at a college, I wrote a book, I made some new songs. I got a real job for the first time, I started Tynan's Angels, I moved, I hung out with Mel Gibson, I went to Japan and some other places, I found out what it was like to think you're going to have a kid, I started hosting Karaoke, and thanks to people like you I made a moderately popular blog. All in all, that's pretty good for a year.
Here are my 2007 goals :
I think that's all! This year I think that I can do all of these! I intentionally chose fewer goals because I need to be more focused. Happy new year and all that...
WOW, I can't help it, I'm just in love with you. I really, really enjoyed reading your post. I have no doubt that you will become a millionaire rapper some day. And if that doesn't happen, well I'm pretty sure other great things will happen for you and not because of luck, but because you made them happen. You seem like a real together person. You know what you want and go out and get it type person. I'm very jealous of that. OK, thats enough, anymore and you'll probably think I'm some sort of weirdo, LOL.... Good luck. Jenna
You say you did'nt do as good last year as you wanted but look at it, you live a more action packed, intresting and amazing life then anyone I know. You live the life people write about (and did write about).
As for me I make goals but the spirit of the goals are more important to me then the goal. Like in MMORPG's, some guys go crazy doing really annoying or repetitive quests. I just wont because I wont be having fun and thats the point of playing the game!
Good Post...so good in fact that I stole your idea and wrote a similar post with my goals on my site!
Let me know if you need technical help with your million dollar plan. I can make the purchasing a lot more fluid and simple for you...
I like asparagus. It is delicious, nutritious and kind of phallic. Anyway, I can name these things whatever I please...but maybe for Kristen it can be brocolli, because she's adorable.
NO WAY! It HAS to be broccoli. Tynan obviously knew that I love broccoli more than I love asparagus. And since I am (kind of) a lady, he decided to name it in my favor.
I've given up on making financial goals. I just don't care enough about money. Similarly around gym goals, I don't care about that either.
I've found that setting EMOTIONAL goals is the most powerful. They also seem to manifest very very quickly, as the universe / your sub-conscious finds a creative way to solve it.
So my main one is really "I want to feel like I've helped people". Also "I want to feel wealth and financially secure", and "I want to feel loved/attractive", I guess. Need to refine those two.
Come on Evan, who wants to name their top secret operation code named after a vegetable that makes your urine smell weird? That's just all kinds of eeewwwwww! ;)
"I want to have a regular social scene at my place including cool parties that arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t typical get-wasted-and-act-like-an-idiot-parties."
I wish there was something like that here since I don't. In a college town though there isn't much besides keggers, and most of the people here would have no idea of what to do at a party without alcohol there as a crutch.
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.
Everyone will tell you that sleep is important. But no one "really" knows why we sleep, there are many theories of course.
Sleep is a topic that I've been interested in for quite some time now. I've even tried experimenting with my sleep, until a few weeks ago.
I've tried the Everyman polyphasic sleep schedule in 11th grade. The Everyman schedule is split into a block of core sleep, usually 3 hours and 3 power naps throughout the day, which totals to 4 hours of daily sleep. I failed miserably because I simply couldn't hack the sleep deprivation and how it made me feel. It felt as if I was a vegetable moving through the world. So I went back to mono-phasic sleep.
A year later, I decided to try it again, same story, couldn't handle the sleep deprivation.