This page is focused on what I’m doing right now. It’s all about what I’ve got in the works at this moment in time.
Originally inspired by Derek Sivers, this Now page is dedicated to my present focus. And because so much of what I think about, write about, and create is based on goal success, that’s what I share here.
The goals that I’m currently working on.
My goals right now (in no particular order)
Last updated: 9/28/21
Publish one new article of 500-2,500 words, five days a week
Two books have inspired this goal. Your Music and People by Derek Sivers and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
Sivers: If you’re torn whether to focus on promotion or creation, ask yourself: are your fans telling their friends about you on their own, unprompted? If they are, promote. If they aren’t, keep refining, creating, improving until they do.
Pressfield: Your job is to create. Day after day. Whether you feel like it or not.
Complete two books a month (either physical, audiobook, or Ebook)
The more I learn, the more I grow in every way. Books are the best way to achieve that aim.
Go on a date with my daughter once a month
Strengthen the bond I have with my daughter. 🙂
Go on a date with my wife once a month
Strengthen the bond I have with my wife. 🙂
Go to the beach twice a month
We live close to the beach and I want to take advantage.
Complete at least three 24 hour fasts each week
Based on findings from the book, The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung, fasting helps to reduce insulin resistance which leads to a lowered weight set point. This in turn leads to weight loss and long-term weight sustainability.
At least four nights a week, go to sleep (ie. close my eyes) with eight hours and 40 minutes until my alarm is set to go off
I feel my best and perform my best when well-rested. This goal ensures that I am in that rested state the majority of the time. Additionally, sufficient sleep results in decreased cortisol (stress) levels which indirectly aids in weight loss.
From tracking my sleep over the years, I know that in order to get 8 hours of sleep, I need to close my eyes with 8 hours and 40 minutes until my alarm goes off.
*I can’t control the exact amount of sleep I get, but I can control the amount of time I give myself. Thus, this goal.
Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week
To strengthen my back and core.
Do 100 rotate-and-curls, four days a week
To strengthen my abs and core.
Do something physically playful each day
It allows me to work on my cardiovascular health through structured exercise. It also allows room for less-structured activities. Additionally, the flexibility and “playful” nature of this goal will prevent boredom while encouraging energy expenditure.
Spend at least five minutes thinking of things I’m grateful for, five days a week
Based on my understanding of the book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, thinking of what you’re thankful for helps to neutralize any negativity that you’re experiencing. In turn, this opens you up (consciously and subconsciously) for more positive things to occur in your life; much like a captain raising morale amongst the crew.
Go on a full-day adventure once a week
I recently determined that I binge on sweets so as to release dopamine in the same way that traveling (ie. going on an adventure) normally would. Because COVID has limited travel and my ability to easily gain new experiences, I naturally turned to sweets to get that same “hit.” I don’t want sweets though. I want adventure. I want exploration. Thus, this goal. I will deliberately go on an adventure each week so as to satisfy that part of me.
Before and after every meal say to myself, “Hara hachi bu.” (Fill your stomach to 80%.)
To be mindful of how much I eat, thus preventing overeating. This in turn will prevent cellular aging (source: Ikigai, pg 11) and lead to body fat loss – which should come naturally as overeating becomes irrelevant. Credit to the book, Ikigai, for giving me this idea. It is what the Okiniwan’s do to remain healthy into old age.
Abstain from refined carbohydrates each day
They are not good for me. They make me not feel good – physically or mentally. I will live a more fulfilled life without them. And likely one of a lower body fat percentage as well.
*A success tip I found on Quora. Can be applied to this goal: “‘Do you want to quit smoking? Make it through one day.’ I love that advice. That’s exactly what I did when I quit smoking many years ago. I didn’t make the big promise to never smoke again. I only made a small promise: to never smoke one cigarette. 30 years later I still have not smoked that one cigarette.”