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Preparing my 2012

Posted on December 31st, 2011 in Personal Messages

As 2011 comes to a close I’ve been looking back on it and trying to find those memorable moments that stand out to me the most. There have been a few moments, some good and some bad, that I can immediately associate with the term ‘2011’, and while I could easily get into all of that mess, my preference is to not look back and instead focus on what lies ahead of me. With that, I figured that to bring some reality and tangibility to my goals for 2012, I would write them down, make them public and leave them here for me to come back to when I am feeling like I need a refresher.

I’ve been thinking for a few months now about what I want my 2012 to be like. In past years I would think in terms of what I don’t want, but something I’ve learned in 2011 is to look at what I do want and pursue that rather than attempt to evade what I don’t want. My thought is, if I know clearly what I am pursuing I will have something clear to aim for as opposed to just trying to outrun what I don’t want to be a part of. That began to make a lot of sense to me in the last half of 2011 and it is something I plan to continue in 2012.

In keeping with that principle, I am also of the mind that if I speak something enough I have to power to see it come to fruition. As I put my thoughts to work and turn them into words I have a chance to put my words to work and turn them into actions. And, the more action I take, the better the chances of my original thoughts becoming reality. So with that in mind, here are some of the things I will do, achieve, accomplish or complete in 2012 and, where feasible, when.

  • January
    • Drink no alcohol
    • Eat no refined sugars
    • Exercise six days a week
    • Don’t eat what I can’t accurately measure the nutrition on
    • Sign up for Krav Maga with my daughter Rebekah
    • Get started with CrossFit
    • Lose 10 pounds
  • February
    • Drink no alcohol
    • Exercise six days a week
    • Don’t eat what I can’t accurately measure the nutrition on
    • Lose 10 pounds
    • Finish Chalene Johnson’s book PUSH
  • March
    • Start P90X2
    • Start distance running
    • Exercise six days a week
    • Don’t eat what I can’t accurately measure the nutrition on
    • Lose 10 pounds
  • April
    • Hike Mission Peak at least once
    • Throw Sarah an awesome 16th birthday party
    • Exercise six days a week
    • Don’t eat what I can’t accurately measure the nutrition on
    • Lose 10 pounds
  • May
    • Help the kids give their mom a memorable Mother’s Day
    • Hike Mount Diablo at least once
    • Complete P90X2
    • Start Insanity Asylum
    • Exercise six days a week
    • Don’t eat what I can’t accurately measure the nutrition on
    • Lose 10 pounds
  • June
    • Enjoy a family filled Father’s Day
    • Complete Insanity Asylum
    • Exercise six days a week
    • Don’t eat what I can’t accurately measure the nutrition on
    • Get under 200 pounds for the first time since high school
  • July
    • Earn my 32″ waist
    • Give Alaynah her own birthday party
    • Give Rebekah her own awesome birthday party
  • August
    • Take the family to Yosemite
    • Run a Yosemite trail
    • Have all school shopping done
  • September
    • Give Adriannah a great birthday party
    • Run Tough Mudder NorCal
  • October
    • Run Warrior Dash NorCal
  • November
    • Host Thanksgiving
    • Have all my Christmas shopping done
  • December
    • Attend a New Years Party outside of my own city
    • Finish the year under 210 pounds
  • Some time in 2012
    • Pray daily with my family
    • Find a church and become a member
    • Read at least two self improvement books
    • Own a motorcycle
    • Replace my car
    • Complete a 5K
    • Complete a 10K
    • Run a sub-six minute mile
    • Attend a software developer conference
    • Give a talk at a meetup or conference
    • Go to a concert
    • Go to an NFL game
    • Travel out of state
    • Learn a new programming language

I know it seems like a lot of this is wrapped around health. I’m of the opinion that I need to continually work on my health – physically, emotionally and spiritually – so I can continually improve myself. If there is one thing that I gleaned from 2011 it’s that I need to become a better human being. I need to learn to be more patient, more kind, more understanding. I need to improve me. 2012 will be my year for that.

I expect some amazing things this year. And I am determined to see these through completion. My prayer is that I can look back on these things a year from now and be able to say that I’ve done them all. I’m certain that’s possible.

2 Responses to “Preparing my 2012”

  1. he robert its daniel i emailed u last week.. i hope you reach your goals buddy i have a lot wrapped around health aswell, having started insanity dec 26 it will be completed by near end of February.. and i was looking to complete p90x 2 and asylum before july. so if your up for it dude we could go along side the journey together

  2. Hey Daniel, I’m in for that. Hit me up when you’re ready. You have my email address.

    DIG DEEP!

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