RE: The Official Lifestyle Goals 2012 Thread
I do things a little different in that I make my resolutions on my birthday rather than New Years.
My 4 Goals to Complete By My Next Birthday (March 30, 2013):
1) Pay Off All Debt ($34,000)
2) Build Online Passive Income to a least $1500 a month
3) Get Into the Best Shape of My Life (190 lbs or bigger with under 7% BF, 16" arms and flexible)
4) Cultivate Mindfulness (develop a solid and daily habit of journaling and meditating 20 minutes minimum - the measurable part)
1) Strategies to Pay Off All Debt ($34K)
I owe my parents $13K and am heading up to Alaska for the summer to help my Dad build my parent's new house as repayment. We will work 6 days a week for 8 hours a day. (I'm actually doing this because my Dad is 65 and I don't want him doing it by himself, Otherwise I would focus completely on building online income sources and repaying them through that).
I also have $21K in student loans. I'll pay this off with multiple streams of income...
First, I'm selling off everything I own except my 17" MacBook Pro, clothes, and a few other items (which isn't much... maybe $4k worth) to prep for world travel next year. All income generated from this will go towards debt.
Second, I'll also be staying with my parents past the summer, probably for an entire year, to save on rent money to pay towards debt. An extra advantage of this is I can do finishing touches on the new house over the winter/spring as needed which will go towards any debt to my parents that hasn't been fully repaid during the Summer.
Third, I have a couple web clients I do monthly web development work for that brings in around 1100-1500 a month.
Fourth, my brother has a young growing company he wants to expand online which we may work together to create. This will generate extra income to pay off debt.
With all that, I still need to come up with more income to fully pay off all the debt. Which I will accomplish by taking on more web design/development clients and building other online income sources (my next goal...)
2) Strategies to Build an Online Passive Income to at least $1500 a month
I currently make money doing web design and development. But if I ever take a break, I stop making money. It's active income. The smarter way to go would be building streams of passive income which I can continually develop so when I decide to take a break or vacation, the streams keep paying me.
I have several ideas for services and software programs (which I'm not going to reveal here lol) that could potentially grow huge and have an entire team behind, allowing me to make passive income from them. I will research the ideas fully to get a feel for which have a better need/market, then narrow my focus to developing them.
I also have a blog idea in the works (in the personal development area) that I plan to develop slowly with the end result being having products and courses of value for sale (like Mark).
Unofficially, I'm really aiming for $3000 a month passive income, but with my inexperience in this area, that's probably not realistic in a 10 month frame, so my official goal is $1500 a month by March 30th.
I'm also going to try polyphasic sleep (the Uberman method) after the summer of building to gain more time to develop my goals. I will be living in the middle of nowhere Alaska with no social life, places to be, etc, so it's the perfect time to take on this crazy schedule which requires napping 20 minutes on the dot every 4 hours (which wouldn't work with an active life outside the house). This will allow me to get an extra 4-6 waking hours a day to work on building my income streams. HUGE.
3) Strategies to Get Into the Best Shape of My Life
Before I get into the strategies, there are 4 criteria to my goal I'm going to define; body composition, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.
Body Composition Goal - Build a Greek God like body with a muscular 190+ pounds sitting on my 5'11" frame, with under 8% bodyfat and 16" arms.
Strength Goal - Bench 315 lb. and Squat 405 lb. x 5 reps. Previous personal best was a 285 lb. bench and 335 lb. x 5 reps squat at 181 lb. bodyweight).
Flexibility Goal - Develop full range of motion in all major joint areas. Main measurement is being able to sit up completely straight or better on floor with legs stretched out in front of me. (I completely neglected flexibility for my entire life and as a result I can't even sit up straight on the floor!).
Cardiovascular Fitness Goal - Be able to maintain a quick-paced jump roping session for 20 minutes straight without pain or running out of breath.
The Background and Strategies:
I let myself go over the last two years (by my standards - which are high) and became disgustingly skinny-fat. To change that, I'm working out every day now.
I started 2 weeks ago at 168 pounds with 13.5" arms and am currently 176 pounds with 14" arms (these are cold, first-thing-in-the-morning measurements). I currently have around 10% bodyfat (just guessing based on how well I can see my abs and how much belly fat I can pinch, NOT a true bodyfat measurement). So I have around 5 pounds of fat to lose and 20 pounds of muscle to gain in 10 months (or 2 pounds of muscle to gain and 1/2 pound fat to lose per month average).
I'm a certified personal trainer and massage therapist, so I already have the knowledge to get to where I want in this field. It's just a matter of doing it (plus about half of the weight gain will be muscle memory).
For this goal, I'm dedicating 1 hour daily, 7 days a week to exercise. This will be a mix of weight lifting, yoga, stretching, foam rolling, core training, and jump roping. These will not all be done on the same day (although they may be some times). Some days will be completely yoga and others completely weight lifting. I'll be mixing it up to keep it interesting and my body progressing. I have a complete set of equipment at my parent's house (power rack, 500+ pounds of weights, bench, etc) to use to mold my body into the Greek God figure.
My diet of course will be geared towards optimal health. Lean meats, which will mostly be game meat my Dad, and probably myself this Fall, hunt and process ourselves - moose, caribou, dall sheep, maybe berry-eating bear (which seem to taste better than their meat eating counterparts), plus red, silver, and king salmon. I'll also be eating potatoes grown in my parent’s garden, plus fresh greens with most meals. I don't usually eat potatoes as they're not really optimal, but in the spirit of saving money to pay off all my debts, I'm going to make do with the free (and organic) potatoes (which are stored in the basement after harvest to last for an entire winter).
I'll probably enjoy ice cream as a treat from time to time too lol. Alaska has the highest consumption of ice cream per capital in the USA. Go figure.
4) Strategies to Cultivate Mindfulness
This was and still is a hard goal for me to define. I know I want to work on my self-discipline, reduce the mind chatter and anxiety (monkey brain), develop greater inner peace, awareness, love, and stillness, become more nonjudgmental and present in the moment, and become overall more stable, balanced, and centered in my mental and emotional processes.
After reading and doing more research in this area, I've concluded that cultivating mindfulness best describes what I want to accomplish. But I still have no idea how one can really measure mindfulness. So instead, I'm measuring the processes that lead to cultivating mindfulness. My base level goal is developing a daily habit of journaling (about my thoughts, feelings, emotions, and life) and meditating at least 20 minutes a day. My goal is to solidify this habit by September 30th.
I will also read The Power of Now, A New Earth, and Mindfulness in Plain English and meditate on what I learn from them to help bring this goal into fruition.
If anyone has a better way of defining mindfulness in a precise and measurable way, please let me know.
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2012 04:36 PM by Jacob.)