The peak of a mountain at dusk.

My Goal Report For November 2020: Reaching The Mountain Top

Yes. There was a literal mountain top involved…

Welcome to my November goal report! In these reports, I pop my head up from the sea of daily to-dos and take a look back; providing a recap of my goal progress for the past month.

A few things to note before I jump in…

  • You can see past goal reports here.
  • You can see the goals that I’m currently working on right here (updated often).
  • And most importantly, if you too want to start achieving your goals, you can enroll in my goal success course here.

With that taken care of, here are my goals from November 2020 (listed in no particular order).

 

My goal report for November 2020

  1. DONE: Hike Saddleback Mountain on November 21st
  2. DONE: Contact at least 20 companies per day about enrolling in my goal success course, five days a week
  3. Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)
  4. Take my daughter on a date once a month
  5. Go on a date with my wife once a month
  6. Go to the beach twice a month
  7. Improve my home in at least one way each month
  8. Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month
  9. DONE: Practice speed reading twice a month
  10. Contact up to two people a day, five days a week
  11. Donate 5% of our Christmas fund to the non-profit, First Book, by December 11th
  12. Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week
  13. Consume 20 or fewer grams of net carbohydrates a day, six days a week

 

Two hikers climbing a steep mountain.

 

DONE: Hike Saddleback Mountain on November 21st

Saddleback Mountain, or to be more specific, Santiago Peak, is the highest point in Orange County. And my friend and I completed this insane hike on November 21st.

Barely anyone knew we were going to do it. It was a classic plane-ticket moment kind of goal.

The hike itself was intense. It took 10.5 hours to complete, during which time we covered 22 miles and gained 5,500 feet in elevation. I had a limp for the next two days after it was done and I was drained of all energy for a week (good thing Thanksgiving was close by so that I could replenish).

I’m incredibly proud of this feat.

 

DONE: Contact at least 20 companies per day about enrolling in my goal success course, five days a week

If my Saddleback goal was a major up, this goal turned out to be an equally spectacular down. Well, not the goal itself. That wasn’t a problem. Over the period of November, I contacted nearly 250 businesses about taking part in my course.

Oftentimes for free (so they could see if it would be a good fit for their team).

And oftentimes, I’d hear nothing back.

The goal itself was accomplished, but I didn’t get the result I was hoping for. A disappointment, but at least I did what I set out to do. Sometimes this will happen and you just need to reevaluate and keep going (I say to myself as a cry in the mirror).

 

Complete two books a month (physical or audiobook)

In November I completed seven books:

  1. 11/3 – Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (Audiobook)
  2. 11/6 – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook)
  3. 11/7 – Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss (Physical book)
  4. 11/16 – Mythos by Stephen Fry (Audiobook)
  5. 11/17 – Your Music and People by Derek Sivers (Physical book)
  6. 11/23 – The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde (Audiobook)
  7. 11/29 – Propaganda by Edward Bernays (Audiobook)

*PS: You can see every book I’ve read this year, here.

 

Take my daughter on a date once a month

For November, we went to the beach and I pulled her around in her brand new red wagon. She loved it!

 

 

Go on a date with my wife once a month

My wife and I were gifted, and subsequently went to, a swanky steakhouse for our November date.

How did this go with my low-carb goal (see below for context)? Surprisingly easy. Went with the 12 oz filet and skipped the bread and dessert.

 

Go to the beach twice a month

In November, I went to the beach on:

  • 11/11
  • 11/15

 

Improve my home in at least one way each month

This month I ordered a new mattress. We were skeptical of it at first, but it’s awesome. Super comfortable. I believe the brand is called Nectar. Definitely check them out if you’re in the market.

They might still be running some sales.

 

Prepare my daughter for the world in at least one way each month

Our life insurance policy finally went into effect. Who knew these kinds of things took months to finalize? I guess I do now (and so do you).

 

A phone with a note that says - Sign Here.

 

DONE: Practice speed reading twice a month

I felt that I got what I wanted out of this habit goal. So I retired it. Since beginning this goal in January, my reading speed has increased from 248 words per minute (WPM) to 368 WPM.

All without sacrificing comprehension (unless I missed something…).

 

Contact up to two people a day, five days a week

This goal was inspired by the book, How to Be a Power Connector, by Judy Robinett (learn more here). This rewarding goal is straightforward and has, just like the previous months, been extremely fun and rewarding.

No change.

 

As I write this to you, this goal is done. However, I took care of it yesterday. On 12/1. Which is not part of November. So as of November, I hadn’t completed this goal yet… semantics, eh?

*You can learn about First Book, and donate, right here. In a nutshell, they provide books to impoverished schools and families.

 

Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week

November proved to be another good month for rows. However, about halfway through the month, I realized my technique was incorrect; explaining why I was sore in areas I shouldn’t have been.

I’ve since adjusted my form and this exercise is much harder now.

Why is doing something the right way always more challenging? It’s annoying is what it is. Regardless, I got my rows done each week. Strenuous or not.

 

Consume 20 or fewer grams of net carbohydrates a day, six days a week

I decreased my intake from 50 grams/day (in October) to 20 grams/day. I also added on an additional day as well; going from five to six days a week.

I made the adjustment because I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted (and spoiler, as of this writing I’ve cut things even more, but that’s a story for December to tell). The actual change in diet hasn’t proven to be that difficult. In fact, the most challenging aspect is figuring out what to eat.

The food itself is significantly better than what I was eating before when calorie counting. So that’s a win. Now just to start getting the results I want…

 

That was my November. How was yours?

Did you make progress? Did you fall behind? Let me know! I’m here to help and always reply back.

And again, if you’re ready to create a fulfilling life and start achieving your goals, sign up for my goal success course here.