How Do You Become A God At Everything?

Something I've struggled with for a long time is the fact that there are so many options available to us in our modern lives that it feels impossible to accomplish them all.  How can we have it all?  Be in awesome shape, have amazing relationships, do well financially, be of service to others...the list goes on.

If you're starting from a position of 'have not' in one, most, or all of the core areas of life (intellectual, spiritual, psychological, social, professional, recreational)​, then figuring out how to get to god mode can look a little bit like this:

If you're not familiar with this imagery, it's Sisyphus, the Greek dude who was doomed to roll a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down.  He then started the process all over again.  Sounds pretty miserable, right?

Trying to become a god in all areas of your life can feel a lot like endlessly pushing a boulder up a hill...if you keep failing.  Because the truth is, you're always pushing a boulder up a hill.  There is always something else to accomplish, more room to grow, and more potential to be explored.

So the question is not so much if you'll ever stop pushing the boulder, but what boulder you'll stop pushing.

Mark Manson, an awesome writer that I absolutely love, wrote this about our innate desire to have it all:​

Mark Manson Writer, Entrepreneur

​But what if the answer isn’t to do more?  What if the answer is to want less? What if the solution is simply accepting our bounded potential, our unfortunate tendency as humans to inhabit only one place in space and time. What if we recognize our life’s inevitable limitations and then prioritize what we care about based on those limitations?

I think he hits the nail half on the head here.  I don't agree that we need to want less, but I do agree that most of us have this belief that we'll somehow be able to accomplish all of our goals and aspirations without a problem, all at the same time.

Maybe you haven't ever thought of it that way, but there's a good chance that you haven't examined the way you're approaching your quest to become a god in all areas of your life.​


"But what about the people who seem to have it all? Their business is booming, they're in great shape, their social circle is huge...how is it even possible?"

Yes, these people exist.  Yes, you can get there too.

The thing about people that seem to have it all, or have entered god mode, is that you see the end product, the diamond after it's been mined, cut, and polished.  You don't see the struggle, nor do you see exactly how they got there.

If you had a question to ask them, you might come up with something like:

"How do you find the time to fit it all in?"

Or,

"How did you get to where you are today?"

These are OK questions, but if you ask an OK question you're going to get an OK answer.  And an OK answer isn't going to help you become a god at everything, is it?


In observing people I look up to and being fortunate enough to be friends with a few amazing people, I've studied this quite a bit.  There are so many things that the gods of life have in common, but one thing in particular seems to go unnoticed by many people.

People who have it didn't improve their position in all areas of their lives at the same time.

What they did is figure out what area of their lives would provide the best leverage overall if it was improved, and relentlessly focus on that.  You can think of this as shoring up the weak legs of your life to the point where they at least match the other areas of your life.

After you've achieved great growth in ONE area, the returns on further improvement start to diminish.  Achieve that six pack and you may stop caring so much about how much fitter you can get, for example.

At this point you can put fitness into into maintenance mode.

Then you move on to the next high-leverage area until it returns start to diminish, and the cycle continues.

Keep doing this and eventually you become the type of person you once looked up to.​


Immersion Mode

When I think of immersion mode, my  mind immediately jumps to my experience playing poker.  As a kid that grew up playing video games, sports, and skateboarding, poker was the distillation of what made all of those activities fun injected into my veins at 800 hands an hour.  It was incredibly addictive and had a high skill cap.  And if you were good...it paid you money.  Lots of money.​

I entered immersion mode in poker without being aware of the concept.  It was that engrossing, that capti​vating to me.  I would sit in coffee shops figuring out the equity calculations for certain hand ranges, or quite literally dream of different scenarios and what the best play was for each of them.

As a result, I got pretty damn good at poker.  No I wasn't quite at god-tier level like some of my friends earning millions, but I did a lot better than any job I could have gotten out of college.​

What Immersion Mode Looks Like​

​Let's imagine you've decided that health and fitness is your highest leverage area.  You've decided you want to reach god-tier at fitness.

What does this actually look like on a day to day basis?​

It means you make your primary focus your health from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep.  That might mean that you are bulk-cooking your meals in pre-planned amounts that perfectly fit the macronutrient ratios you're trying to hit, going to the gym every day and doing some supplemental exercise outside of the gym as well.

You're reading books about health, educating yourself on proper weightlifting form, and ​maybe grabbing a mentor to help you get to the next level physically and mentally.

Does this sound like a lot?  It is. And that's the way it's supposed to be in immersion mode.

You're supposed to have friends comment that you're getting a 'little too crazy' about fitness.  You're supposed to have to say no to going out for drinks a few extra times, or make 'weird' orders when out to eat.

Immersion mode puts one thing at the forefront and relentlessly focuses on it.  Other areas of your life are put into maintenance mode, which is covered next.​


Maintenance Mode

In my poker career I got to a point where my drive for the game started to wane and I was more interested in making steady money while focusing on other areas of my life.

I started to shift my hours from studying, talking about, and playing poker to just playing poker.  My earnings suffered a little bit, but that's the nature of putting something into maintenance mode.  It's going to degrade a little bit, but not so much that you lose all progress.

​This is where most people go wrong.  They get to a certain level then completely drop their effort level, causing them to see saw from mastery in one area of their life to another, never able to keep more than 1-2 things at peak levels at a time.

What Maintenance Mode Looks Like​

In keeping with the fitness analogy, once you've decided to immerse yourself in another area of life, how do you not lose your gains in health?

You might drop your diet down to 70-80% adherence instead of 100% perfection in maintenance mode.  You could drop your workouts to ​a few times a week instead of going as hard as your body will allow.


​Hopefully this piece helps shine some light on how people we view the gods of life manage to do what they do when so many other people struggle.

Ray Dalio’s 5 Step Process

Set goals

  • How well do you know what you want most out of life?
  • What are your most important goals?
  • Are you good at setting your goals?
  • How confident are you that your assessment of you ability to set goals is right?
  • If you are confident of your self-assessment, why should you be confident (e.g. because you have a demonstrated track-record, because many believable people have told you, etc)?

Identify and don’t tolerate problems

  • How good are you at perceiving problems?
  • How confident are you that your assessment of your ability to perceive problems is right?
  • How much do you tolerate problems?
  • How confident are you that your assessment of how much you tolerate problems is right
  • If you are confident of your self-assessment, why should you be confident (e.g. because you have a demonstrated track-record, because many believable people have told you, etc)?

Diagnose the problems to root causes

  • In diagnosing problems, how willing are you to “touch the nerve” (i.e., discuss your and others possible mistakes and weaknesses with them)?
  • Are you willing to get at root causes, like what people are like?
  • Are you good at seeing the patterns and synthesizing them into diagnoses of root causes?
  • How confident are you that your assessment of your ability to diagnose is accurate? If you are confident of your self-assessment, why should you be confident (e.g. because you have a demonstrated track-record, because many believable people have told you, etc)?

Design a plan for eliminating those problems

  • How good is your ability to visualize?
  • How confident are you that your assessment of your ability to visualize is accurate?
  • If you are confident of your self-assessment, why should you be confident (e.g. do have an excellent track record of visualizing and making what you visualized happen, have other believable parties told you that you are good at this)?

Do what is set out in the plan

  • How good are you at pushing through?
  • How confident are you that your assessment of your ability to push through is accurate?
  • If you are confident of your self-assessment, why should you be confident (e.g. because you have a demonstrated track-record, because many believable people have told you, etc)?

Weaknesses

To repeat, the best advice I can give you is to ask yourself what you want, then ask ‘what is true,’ and then ask yourself ‘what should be done about it.’ If you honestly ask and answer these questions you will move much faster towards what you want to get out of life than if you don’t! Most importantly, ask yourself what is your biggest weakness that stands in the way of what you want.

  • What do you think is the biggest weakness you have that stands in the way of what you want – the one that you repeatedly run into?

Traction Book In Question and Answer Format

My good friend Justin Mares, along with Gabriel Weinberg of DuckDuckGo wrote an awesome book.  It's called Traction Book.  Go buy it right now if you have even the slightest twinge of desire to start a company or figure out how to get your current product some quality traction.

Seriously. Go buy it right now.

Got it? Awesome.  You can use my notes below as a quick reference guide for the book after you're finished reading it cover to cover, because it's one of the best distillations of how to truly 'market' a startup that I've read.

Traction Book plugs in the traction ideology to the lean startup model, a feature that the lean model was sorely lacking in my opinion.  With both of them combined, you're well on your way to developing your startup on sound strategic principles.​

We're using both ideologies building GreatMate and they've been invaluable in helping us shape our product and traction goals as we grow.​


Traction Channels

What is traction?

What is a traction channel?

What do I need to know right now about traction channels?


The Bullseye Framework

What is the Bullseye Framework?

Describe the brainstorming phase.

Describe the ranking phase.

Describe the prioritize phase.

Describe the testing phase.

Describe the focusing phase.

What if I don't find a promising channel?

Why should I use the Bullseye Framework?


Traction Thinking

What is the 50% rule?

Won't spending 50% of my time on traction slow down product development?

Isn't this just Lean?

What is "moving the needle?"

How much traction do you need to attract investors?

If I'm not happy with my company's traction, should I pivot?


Traction Testing

What is the law of shitty clickthroughs?

How can I figure how if my chosen channel will have shitty click-throughs?

Should I be A/B testing at this point?


Critical Path

What is a critical path?

How do I execute on my critical path?

What is a traction sub-goal?


Viral Marketing

What is viral marketing?

What is a viral loop?

What are the different types of viral loops?

What is the viral coefficient?

What is a "good" viral coefficient?

How can I increase my viral coefficient?

What is a viral cycle?

How does a viral cycle impact my results?

How do I design my viral marketing strategy?

How do I design my viral loop?

What are some distribution methods I can start with?

How do I design effective invitations?

How do I design effective conversion pages?

What is a viral pocket?

How do I seed my viral loop?

What mistakes to people make when attempting viral marketing?


Public Relations

What is public relations?

In a nutshell, how does the media work?

How do I pitch for public relations?

What are some PR tactics I can use?

Where can I start with PR if I've never done it before?

OK, I have some press. How do I maximize it's impact on my business?

How can PR impact my ability to raise funds for my company?

Should I hire a PR firm for my startup?


Unconventional PR

What is unconventional public relations?

What are the two types of unconventional PR?

What are some examples of PR stunts done well?

What are some good examples of customer appreciation?

What is the cost and impact of unconventional PR?


Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

What is SEM?

What do I need to know about SEM terminology?

How do I get started with SEM?

What do I need to know about running a campaign?

What is a quality score?

What is the content network?

What is retargeting?

How do I optimize my conversions?

What are negative keywords?

What is scripting?


Social and Display Ads

What are social and display ads?

Give me an overview of display ads.

Give me an overview of social ads.

What are the major social advertising platforms?


Offline Ads

What are offline ads?

What about the demographics for offline ads?

How much do offline ads cost?

How do I track offline ads?


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

What is SEO?

What are the two major SEO strategies?

How do I know if a fat-head SEO strategy is worthwhile?

What tactics can I use for fat-head SEO?

How do I know if a long-tail SEO strategy is worthwhile?

What is SEO?

What is SEO?

What is SEO?

What is SEO?


Targeting Blogs


Business Development


Sales


Affiliate Programs


Existing Platforms


Trade Shows


Offline Events


Speaking Engagements


Community Building


Final Thoughts

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A Few Ways I Speed Up My Computer Workflow

Everyone homebrews their own workflow and it’s always changing.  This is good…none of us are alike and we all do slightly different things on a daily basis, so the types of programs, methods, and extensions that we use should fit us and us alone.

That said, here’s what I’m currently rolling with:

  • Breevy – Amazing text expander for Windows.  Works wonderfully for sending templated emails with some personalization.
  • ShareX – Screenshotting on steroids.
  • Trello – Use for all task and team-based activities, including management of almost all company activities.
  • LinkClump – Super-fast URL copying and opening.
  • Chains.cc – Habit tracking, making sure I don’t fall off the wagon.
  • Strict Workflow – The Pomodoro technique + blocking of time-wasting websites rolled into one Chrome Extension.
  • Google Calendar – Self explanatory.

Never, Ever, Hire a Life Coach

Instead, make friends with people who have done exactly what you want to do and learn from them.

I’ve had an obsession with learning, improvement, and generally getting better at stuff ever since I was little kid, so it’s no surprise I stumbled into the self-development scene as I grew up.

As I made my way through book after book, took on leadership roles in organizations like Toastmasters, and checked out personal development blogs, I ran into the concept of a life coach:

…a person whose job is to improve the quality of his or her client’s life, by offering advice on professional and personal matters, such as career, health, personal relationships, etc.

The Problem With (Most) Life Coaches

The most succinct way to sum up the issue with most life coaches is this simple question:

Imagine the change you most want to make in life is losing some weight and gaining some muscle. You can pick one of two people to help you:

  • A well-meaning, positive person with no particular fitness expertise to guide you through the process of transformation.
  • An asshole who has lost weight and gained muscle but has no coaching experience whatsoever.

Who do you choose?

The answer is obvious on paper — go with the person who has done it before. This is kind of like hiring a nice chef that’s half as good as Gordon Ramsay, or Gordon Ramsay. If you’re smart, you’ll choose Ramsay and work around the parts of him you don’t like so much.

Unfortunately, many people make the opposite choice.

Looking at a life coach as a panacea for all issues that you’re facing doesn’t make any sense. The chances are extremely slim that you’re going to find someone that has direct experience with the issues you want to improve in your life, and is a life coach.

A Better Strategy to Improve Your Life With The Help of Others

I’ve never considered myself to be in the top 1% of people in any particular field…but I am very good at figuring out how to both find and help that top 1%. As a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to:

  • Learn how to play poker from players pulling in millions per year
  • Learn the ins and outs of building and running businesses from people whose successes still dwarf mine by 100x
  • Figure out exactly how to fix the biomechanical issues I have with my body, and how to get in amazing shape
  • Become a much more social and engaging person after growing up thinking I was a total introvert

Instead of hiring a random, relatively unaccomplished person to guide you through the longest journey you’re ever going to take in life, why not seek out the best people you can find in each area of your life you want to improve and figure out how you can help them?
By doing this, you’ll be getting the absolute best advice in that particular area from someone who is very qualified to give it…and it’ll usually cost you your time rather than money.

Some may argue that time is more important than money — and I’d agree — but it’s time well-spent if you’re building friendships that last for years, decades, or a lifetime.

2014 Goals: 9 Month Checkup

Earlier this year I set up a massive list of goals for the year.  I didn’t expect to make them all, nor did I actually want to him them all.  If I did, that would mean that they were too easy!

Here’s a quick summary of where I’m at 9 months in.

Bolded goals have been completed.

Health

  • Complete Tough Mudder on Saturday March 29, 2013 in Los Angeles.
  • Limit beer to 1-2/month.  Drinks when out max 1 soda+alcohol/night.
  •  5 reps of 1.5x bodyweight squats, deadlifts, and bench presss.
  • Eat meals prepared with foods that have as few steps from farm -> table as possible.
  • Figure out what’s going on with the knot in my back and my right knee system.

Fear

  • Keep a fear journal for at least one month where I do something that scares me everyday and record it.
  • Approaching people (esp. girls) I find interesting or attractive needs to be part of the way I live.
  • Take improv, standup, or dance classes (bonus points for all 3)

Creativity

Honesty

  • Track lying in a document for a month.

Income

  • Increase side business income to $5,000/month by end of year.  Started GreatMate, so this goal is shelved.

Thought leadership

  • Build Supreme Strategies blog and this blog to XX,000 hits/month. Started GreatMate, so this goal is shelved.
  • Build subscribers to this blog to 500. Decided not to allow people to subscribe to my blog.

Marketing Savvy

  • Create and run a successful e-commerce store selling either kombucha equipment or gardening supplies.  Set up and sold a product on Kombucha Kings, but had to put on hold due to GreatMate.

Developing Systems

  • Develop business systems for any task that is predictably repeatable and can be delegated.  Devote at least 5 hours a week (or 2-3 tasks) to this goal.  Doing OK on this for GreatMate.
  • Build robust morning and evening routines that are systematized and iterated on for best results.

Being Present

  • Meditate at least 5 minutes a day.  Making progress here, but it’s slow.
  • Spend at least one Sunday a month 100% unplugged.

Family

  • Call grandparents 1x/week.
  • Weekly call with Jon 1x/week.
  • See Mom at least 1x/mo or Skype if not possible
  • G+ hangout with brother 2x/mo

Travel

  • Spend at least a month outside of the U.S. this year.  Currently at two weeks, with 4 weeks spent in San Francisco this year as well.

Friends

  • Plan or suggest at least 1 activity a month with friends, ideally bringing different circles together.

Dating

  • Plan fun, awesome dates with girls I find interesting
  • Make talking to girls I find attractive part of my personality.  A work in progress.

Volunteering

  • Volunteer 6x this year.

Bonus Items

  • Start a podcast
  • Gain 1-2 more mentors who have expertise in fitness, marketing, business, writing, or music
  • Create an LLC that allows me to optimize my tax strategy
  • Host a dinner party once every 2 months
  • Create an event that people love.  Potential: Fancy running parties.

Places / Events

  • Brazil – Rio de Janeiro
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea
  • Hungary

All in all, not too bad considering I started GreatMate about a month after writing this out of the blue.  It’s taken up a considerable amount of my time (as it should) and as a result a few of these goals have simply shifted.  However, there are a bunch that I’ve just dropped the ball on – mainly anything having to do with tracking something, or doing something on a repeatable schedule.

Time to fix that.  Check back in a few months for the next update!

Sitting Back to Admire

We go about our daily lives understanding almost nothing of the world
We give little thought to the machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life possible
To the gravity that glues us to the earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space
Or the atoms of which we’re made, and all of whose stability we fundamentally depend.

Few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is
Where the cosmos came from
And whether it was always there?
If time will one day flow backward
Or whether there are ultimate limits to what humans can know
What IS the smallest piece of matter?
Why we remember the past and not the future
And why there IS a universe.

I didn’t write any of the above – it’s in the interlude of this awesome song.

 

“My” Strategy for Dominating Portuguese

It’s time to learn another language.

The 10,000 foot view

  1. Use Tim Ferriss’ DiSSS method to quickly deconstruct the pillars of the language
  2. Use Anki flashcards and Spaced Repetition to build up my vocabulary
  3. Use Duolingo

DiSSS

The DiSSS method comes out of Tim Ferriss’ book, The Four Hour Chef, which is less about cooking and more about skill acquisition and learning.  In it, he outlines this method as follows:

  • Deconstruct – Chunk the skill into bite-sized pieces
  • Select – Pick the 20% of the chunks that will give you 80% of the results.
  • Sequencing – Put these chunks in the order that facilitates fast learning.
  • Stakes – Put something on the table.  Have something that you will either gain or lose that you care about so you’re motivated to follow through.

For deconstruction, I’m using his sentence method.  The basic idea is that a few sentences can unlock a language’s structure, so all you need to do is find someone who is fluent and have them translate these for you.  You can then chunk down to the heart of a language and understand the nuts and bolts.

These are the sentences:

  1. The apple is red.
  2. It is John’s apple.
  3. I give John the apple.
  4. We give him the apple.
  5. He gives it to John.
  6. She gives it to him.
  7. I must give it to him.
  8. I want to give it to her.

I’ve reached out to a friend about these sentences, but in the meantime I found this: http://brazigzag.com/language/timothy-ferriss-learn-language-fast/ that is more or less exactly what I’m looking for.  Not only does it translate the sentences, but it also does a lot of the chunking for me.  I can build off of this to understand the rules of the language.  After fully understanding this, I need to increase my vocabulary so I can speak in a variety of situations.

For stakes, I’ve decided to travel to Brazil as my next traveling journey, so I more or less need to learn how to speak the language if I want to have an immersive experience there and not just be an outsider looking in.

Anki and Spaced Repetition

Most of us are familiar with burning through flashcards to memorize facts.  Maybe while pulling an all-nighter fueled by caffeine (or other stimulants)?  Spaced repetition is basically flashcards on steroids.  The idea is that there will be some cards that you recall easily, and some that you just can’t seem to remember.

In the case of language learning, there may be words that you always know immediately, and some that you never remember.  Spaced repetition is a flashcard based system that allows you to rank how well you remember a particular card, which affects the next time that it shows up in your deck.  Harder to remember cards show up more often, easier to remember cards show up far less often.

The results is a more streamlined way to dump facts (in this case, words) into your brain.

Anki is a cool little program that allows you to create your own decks or download premade decks.  As you roll through a deck, you can rank how easy a card was to remember, and the program will automatically adjust frequency.  It’s pretty neat!

DUOLINGO

Duolingo is an absolutely awesome webapp.  In a nutshell, it turns learning a language into a game, so you get addicted to learning it instead of viewing it as a chore.  I don’t think I view learning Portuguese as a chore, but I used to play a ton of video games and my background in poker has confirmed that I have a massive addictive personality (though if you’re winning, is it really that bad?).  Duolingo helps me take advantage of this for a good reason instead of a time-wasting reason.

It’s gotten to the point where I annoy people in line because I’ll run through a Duolingo lesson and people will hear, “Eu gosto de abacaxis e eu como limaos” (I like pineapples and I eat lemon) and give me the weirdest looks.  Doesn’t matter – learning Portuguese!

That’s it!  DISSS, spaced repetition, and Duolingo.  The only other thing I’ll do is chat with a couple friends a few times a week that already know Portuguese so I can start to build the speaking and conversational skills up.

Any suggestions?

 

2014 Goals

Every year, I have done some variation on goal setting for the year.  My results have trended upwards over the years, but I’ve always felt I was missing out on some crucial part of the process.  This year, I’m mixing it up.  I’m using a different system than last year, as well as putting everything out there in public.  I’m doing this for three reasons:

  1. Accountability – There are a few people that I have weekly/monthly calls with to make sure goals are being met.  Posting my 2014 goals here makes it easier for them to track progress.
  2. Help – I’m positive there are a few people out there who can help me out with these goals (and I bet I can help them with theirs, too!)
  3. Fear – throwing your yearly goals out there in so much detail is uncomfortable for me, so that means I have to do it.

Life Areas

  1. Personal Development
  2. Career Development
  3. Family / Personal / Social Well-Being
  4. Finances
  5. Health
  6. Creative

In the past, I’ve set goals right from these 6 areas.  Unsurprisingly, they didn’t turn out too well.  I wasn’t connecting the superficial goals with a deeper reason behind them, so I’d often fall short.  Digging deeper than superficial goal setting to truly understand why you want something to happen is necessary if you want to achieve.

So instead of picking a few goals in each category for the year, I defined high-level principles that I want to strive towards for the year.  Only then did I define the goals for each area and what accomplishing those goals would look like.

Without further ado:

in 2014, I want to be more:

Healthy -Great health is the foundation.  Without it, I can’t pursue anything else optimally.  This is priority #1 for the year.

  • Complete Tough Mudder on Saturday March 29, 2013 in Los Angeles.
  •  5 reps of 1.5x bodyweight squats, deadlifts, and bench press.
  • Limit beer to 1-2/month.  Drinks when out max 1 soda+alcohol/night.
  • Eat meals prepared with foods that have as few steps from farm -> table as possible.
  • Figure out what’s going on with the knot in my back and my right knee system.

Fearless – Most lack of action can be boiled down to fear of something.  Working to reduce fear (or act in the face of it) will lead to a richer life for myself and others.

  • Keep a fear journal for at least one month where I do something that scares me everyday and record it.
  • Approaching people (esp. girls) I find interesting or attractive needs to be part of the way I live.
  • Take improv, standup, or dance classes (bonus points for all 3)

Creative – Nurturing my creative talents will help expand my abilities in every aspect of my life.

in 2014, I want to develop more:

Honesty – I really liked reading this post by Scott Britton, and want to add more honesty into my life in those small situations where it’s easiest to default to white lies rather than the pure truth.

  • Track lying in a document for a month.

Income – Increasing income allows me to devote more money towards lower leverage activities so I can free up time to spend on what I’m best at.  Also, so I can pour more money into new projects that I think will offer value.

  • Increase side business income to $5,000/month by end of year

Thought leadership – building an audience scales the positive effect I can have, and helps build new relationships and new opportunities.

  • Build Supreme Strategies blog and this blog to XX,000 hits/month
  • Build subscribers to this blog to 500

Marketing savvy – because I enjoy cultivating this and it will help me be in a better position when I go to start a company.

  • Create and run a successful e-commerce store selling either kombucha equipment or gardening supplies

IN 2014, I want to get better at:

Developing systems – For business and personal life, so I can remove myself from activities I’m not so good at and focus on things that I am awesome at.

  • Develop business systems for any task that is predictably repeatable and can be delegated.  Devote at least 5 hours a week (or 2-3 tasks) to this goal.
  • Build robust morning and evening routines that are systematized and iterated on for best results.

Being present – One of the best ways to cultivate appreciation and gratitude.

  • Meditate at least 5 minutes a day.
  • Spend at least one Sunday a month 100% unplugged.

Keeping in touch with family – Simple to do, I just need to put more intention behind it and set up the systems.

  • Call grandparents 1x/week.
  • Weekly call with Jon 1x/week.
  • See Mom at least 1x/mo or Skype if not possible
  • G+ hangout with brother 2x/mo

IN 2014, I’d like to spend more time:

Traveling – Likely one of the biggest ways I have grown.  Consistently rewards me with fresh perspectives, more creativity, and more presence.

  • Spend at least a month outside of the U.S. this year.

Planning activites with friends – Becoming more of the initiator of events or activities rather than someone who always joins others.  Not that it is bad to do that, but coming up with activities myself will help build networks and stronger relationships.

  • Plan or suggest at least 1 activity a month with friends, ideally bringing different circles together.

Dating – Drastically under emphasized last year.  Spending more time meeting women will round out this area of my life, and potentially meet a really awesome girl ;)

  • Make talking to girls I find attractive part of my personality
  • Plan fun, awesome dates with girls I find interesting

Volunteering – I’ve gotten away from this lately and it always makes me feel good and is in general a great thing to spend time doing.

  • Volunteer 6x this year.

Bonus Items:

  • Start a podcast
  • Create an LLC that allows me to optimize my tax strategy
  • Gain 1-2 more mentors who have expertise in fitness, marketing, business, writing, or music
  • Host a dinner party once every 2 months
  • Create an event that people love.  Potential: Fancy running parties.

Places / Events I’d like to go to:

  • Brazil – Rio de Janeiro
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea
  • Hungary

What do you want to do in 2014?