Preparing my 2012

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 Replies 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

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