My 3 Massive Goals – The Journey To Become A Ninja (January Update)
ugghhh…. I want to sleep.
But you made a promise.
I’m so tired.
But you made a promise.
My body won’t move.
But you made a promise.
I’ll just go to an extra class tomorrow.
Yeah, that will work… I’ll attend Aikido tomorrow.
15 Minutes Later – Do I Live The Dream?
Gosh darnet! I can’t sleep.
I’ve slept 5 hours. I was up late last night, talking with my video designer.
A beautiful conversation… But now my eyes, my body, and my mind are F’ing with me.
I want to sleep, but I can’t. My commitments keep running through my mind:
“How can I say I want to be an expert in martial arts and go back to sleep?”
Guess, I gotta follow through with my promise… The promise I made to myself.
I look at my phone – It’s 615am. I got 15 minutes, to eat, dress, pack my stuff and jump on my bike.
Every moment, every choice, every thought and action counts! I either move forward with my dreams or I move farther from them.
I’m cold, I’m tired, and I’m annoyed… But today I’m following my dream.
My awareness of the role this moment plays in my long term goals forces me out of bed… Even though it sucks huge dog balls to do it .
Ignorance isn’t bliss… But it does allow us to accept mediocrity. [Click to Tweet]
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is Izzy!
Here’s the deal.
This site, everything I write about is based upon the life I live.
I don’t sit on a couch all day writing blog posts and books telling you “go follow your dreams.” As far as I’m concerned… That is complete and total B.S!
This site is about living your dream – not “talking about your dream”.
So each and everyday – I have a choice. I can either maintain my integrity, which means I take massive steps towards my dreams. Or I can lie to each and everyone of you… I can sit back and “write about it” but “do nothing towards my dream”.
I know how to follow a dream, because I live my dream. [Click to Tweet]
How can I dare to say one word to you, if I’m not living it. Bottom line – I can’t! Or let me rephrase that – I shouldn’t. There’s a lot of so called “experts” out there that aren’t doing a darn thing… Except telling you what you should do. If I don’t live it, I’m full of —- (gotta keep it PG, though that “dog balls” line earlier might have stretched that boundary).
I lead by example. Period.
So with that being said – Let’s discuss my goals over the next 100 days of my life. And even more importantly how I am going to achieve those.
Solution- My 3 Massive Goals in 100 Days
In my previous post, I discussed the critical importance of developing a game plan.
I stated that you need 3 very specific goals, with 3 “Why”‘s, and then a set of objectives to accomplish each of those goals. Click here to read that post.
Below are my 3 major goals that I want to accomplish by April 17th. I follow each goal with my own “3 Why’s”. Last I share the specific actions (I call these objectives) I will take to accomplish these goals.
My 3 major goals are:
Goal 1: Earn my 5th kyu in Aikido by April 1st
Why 1: I will be on my way to becoming an expert in martial arts. Why 2: I will get in great shape. Why 3: I will feel awesome about my progress and learn awesome new techniques
Goal 2: Pass a self proctored Japanese Language Proficient Test (JLPT) Level 4
Why 1:This will drastically improve my quality of life in Japan! Why 2: I can talk to that cute girl at the coffee shop. Why 3: It will be freaking awesome to speak Japanese!
Goal 3: Gain 3,000 subscribers to this site
Why 1: I will be able to impact WAY more lives. Why 2: It will drastically increase the reach of my message: “Don’t just dream it. Live it”. Why 3: It will feel freaking awesome with 1 click of a button send an email to 3,000 people! .
This is exactly what I want to achieve over the next 86 days of my life (I am already in the midst of them so the countdown has already begun) and why I want to achieve it.
I seriously want to make out with these goals. Yes, that is awkward.
Now let’s discuss how I plan to achieve this .
How I Will Achieve My 3 Massive Goals.
Before I break down how I am going to do this let me explain the difference between a goal and an objective.
A goal is the outcome I want to achieve. But in reality – I can’t control the goal. I cannot force my sensei to give me my 5th kyu in Aikido. I cannot go to people’s homes and force them to sign up. I cannot guarantee that I get a passing score on the JLPT test.
I can control the steps I take to put me in the best position to achieve success. [Click to Tweet]
The specific steps, or actions that I take to achieve my goals are what I call objectives. Objectives are 100 percent in my control.
So I have my goals, and then I develop the objectives that I believe will put me in the best position to achieve this goal.
Now, there is a key component to this that I must emphasize. This whole process requires incredibly flexibility, reflection, and constant change.
Each and every week I must learn and evolve based on real world evidence. I then must re-examine my objectives to see if they are putting me on target to achieve my goals (more about that at the end of this post).
Now, with that being said – let’s look at my how I plan to achieve each goal.
Goal #1: I Earn my 5th Kyu in Aikido by April 1st
Objective 1: I train in Aikido 12 hours per week on average. Objective 2: I attend Aikido 5 days per week. Objective 3: I exercise 6 days per week (this includes outside exercises) Objective 4: I memorize all 5th kyu movements by January 31st. Objective 5: I read 2 books on Aikido by March 31st.
Goal #2: I pass a self-proctored JLPT level 4 Test by April 17th
Objective 1: I formally study Japanese 7.5 hours per week. Objective 2: I attend live Japanese classes 3x per week at an 1.5 hours each time (totaling 4.5 hours per week). Objective 3: I self-study Japanese for 3 hours per week. Objective 4: I speak only Japanese when running errands or tasks in Japan (except when with native English speakers or Japanese people who want to practice their Engish) Objective 5: I meet with a Japanese conversational partner 1x per week.
Goal #3: I gain 3,000 Subscribers to this site by April 17th
Objective 1: I write a total of 35 guest posts. (2 per week for the first 7 weeks. 3 per week for the final 7 weeks). Objective 2: I provide insanely useful downloadable resources for subscribers 3 times by April 17th. Objective 3: I develop 3 win-win partnerships with other exceptional bloggers to help us both expand our message. Objective 4: : Read 10 Non-fiction books (I apply what I read to my life, and then I share my experiences with all of you! I know the stuff I share works because I live it!) Objective 5: This last one I’m so excited about. But guess what, It’s a secret. You’ll start hearing about it come late February… Yeah, I just did that .
So, here’s the deal. From here on out – I’m going to provide you with monthly updates on my goals. Next month I’ll run through a detailed analysis on my success, failures, and lessons learned.
The best way we can learn is to see it put in action, then apply it to our own lives.
On top of this – I’m irritated by all the **** out there with people sitting on a couch blogging and writing “self-help” content yet they don’t live it!
I live what I write. I know this stuff works because I feel it in my heart and soul every morning when I wake up.
Now, go out, write down 3 goals, 3 whys, and develop your objectives. But most importantly, go live it.
For The Comments
What are your 3 massive goals? How will you achieve them? (If you are struggling with this, please put it down in the comments. I’m sure you’re not the only one. I’d love to help!)