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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.


  • 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.


  • 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)



  • Track lying in a document for a month.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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!