Goal Check 10

Monthly Goal Check-in #10 – @ 11/1/2016

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The theme for October has been to focus on health and fitness. All of the financial goals have either been exceeded or are on autopilot to success through the end of the year. As I shared earlier in October, I placed a $1,000 bet with a co-worker, with the winner who loses the most weight winning. The bet was officially agreed on 10/7/16 and I had a starting weight of 228.4lbs (I will spare you with the before pictures…for now). Let’s just agree that I didn’t start at my leanest. That said, it will be fun to compare the before and after pictures when we make the final weigh in on 12/21/16. Below is my current weight loss trend over …

Goal Check #9

Monthly Goal Check-in #9 – @ 10/1/2016

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We are officially down to the last 3 months of the year. This tends to be a very busy quarter for me on all fronts. With the exception of this year (which has been insane since it started), my busy season at work usually kicks in around mid-October and extends through January for annual business planning. Based on the past 9 months I actually think this year’s busy season is going to feel like a cake walk. You wouldn’t believe how easy a 60 hour week feels after working 80-90 hours a week for months (with the occasional 100 hour week). Seriously, the past few weeks have been confusing, I find myself twittling my thumbs wondering if there is something …

Goal Check #8

Monthly Goal Check-in #8 – @ 9/1/2016

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Well, it feels like I fell asleep on January 1st and woke up in September. Can you believe that 8 months are already gone? FOREVER.┬áLike money, time can also be so very fleeting. The unfortunate truth is that by now, most people have already given up on their goals, and that makes me sad ( ­čÖü ). In my opinion that is because of several reasons: People don’t properly plan how they will achieve their goals. People don’t have the right accountability system in place. People don’t write their goals down, and then end up forgetting about them. People make less progress than they planned, they get discouraged, and throw in the towel. People set the wrong goals. People set …

2016 Goal Check in #1

Monthly Goal Check-in #7 – @ 8/1/2016

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As I write this monthly goal check-in we are officially 214┬ádays into 2016 (or ~59% complete). Most people started the year off strong with their New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Well, at least the 45% of people who actually set New Year’s resolutions (US based statistics). The low participation rate isn’t even the worst news, of those 45%, 1 in 3 have already given up by the end of January. This means that 70% of Americans have already failed either by default or giving up. I don’t want you or I to be a part of that 70% group. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably still on track and fired up to reach your goals, I know I am! …

Goal Check #6 June 2016

Monthly Goal Check-in #6 – @ 7/1/2016

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As I write this monthly goal check-in we are officially 183 days into 2016 (or ~50% complete). Most people started the year off strong with their New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Well, at least the 45% of people who actually set New Year’s resolutions (US based statistics). The low participation rate isn’t even the worst news, of those 45%, 1 in 3 have already given up by the end of January. This means that 70% of Americans have already failed either by default or giving up. I don’t want you or I to be a part of that 70% group. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably still on track and fired up to reach your goals, I know I …

May 2016 Goal Checkin

Monthly Goal Check-in #5 – @ 6/1/2016

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One… Two… Three… Four… Five…Holy crap! That’s right, we are approaching the half way point rather quickly. May was an absolutely nutty month at work, and the call of duty had me stepping up to the plate to put in many 90+ hour work weeks. We are in the middle of a┬áHUGE┬ádeal at work and I have been helping lead the diligence requested by potential investors. In the process I have had the pleasure of working with investment bankers (leading the transaction) and private equity folks (potential investors in our company). First, do investment bankers ever sleep? I think not! I am convinced that they have a continuous and never ending supply of cocaine and caffeine and reserve sleep for …

April 2016 Goals Update

Monthly Goal Check-in #4 – @ 5/1/2016

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Here we are another month behind us. The bad news is that April┬ádidn’t go by any slower than March. The good news is that with 4 months down we still have twice as much runway with 8 months ahead of us. Last month I spent a bit of time trying to put into perspective just how important time is to us all. I also mentioned my Momento Mori chart, which is where I got the idea of the goal tracking system that I created this year and use in this monthly update. It’s a grid of 52 columns in width (represents weeks in a year) and 100 rows tall (represents years). I personally have a goal to live to 100, …

March 2016 Goal Check

Monthly Goal Check-in #3 – @ 4/1/2016

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Didn’t March just start a week ago? I can’t decide which is more fleeting┬áTIME or MONEY. If you’re not intentional with either, they can be gone in the blink of any eye, or so it seems. The difference is that you can always make more money, you can’t make more time. You see money can be SPENT or SAVED. Time on the other hand can only be spent. You can’t save time and once you spend it, it is gone forever. This blog spends a lot of time talking about money, but at the end of the day, money is a means to an end. It’s really about the FREEDOM┬áthat money provides in how you choose to spend your PRECIOUS┬átime. …

February 2016 Goal Status

Monthly Goal Check-in #2 – @ 3/1/2016

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Can you believe that another month has already come and gone? It seems like yesterday that I was pressing submit on the first check-in for the year. Isn’t it crazy how we perceive time to move faster as we age every year? I have always wondered why that is. A part of me believes that our ability to constantly stay plugged in because of technology that makes time feel like it’s moving at a faster pace. But recently Adam Chudy introduced me to the Farnam Street Blog where I read the following insightful quote: Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthy and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend …

2016 Goal Check in #1

Monthly Goal Check-in #1 – @ 2/1/2016

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As I write this monthly goal check-in we are officially 32 days into 2016. Most people started the year off strong with their New Years resolutions for 2016. Well, at least the 45% of people who actually set New Years resolutions (US based statistics). The low participation rate isn’t even the worst news, of those 45%, 1 in 3 have already given up by the end of January. This means that 70% of Americans have already failed either by default or giving up. I don’t want you or I to be a part of that 70% group. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably still on track and fired up to reach your goals, I know I am. If you …