With your personal life, you can be really creative in measuring your progress.
You set your goals. You set your metrics. You set your frequency. You conclude how often you will gauge your progress. You decide on the tools you will use.
Whether you decide to exercise, read, learn, or quit smoking, your goal and strategy should be clear. You don’t just say to yourself, “I sure hope this time I’ll exercise regularly.” You describe your desired end result. You need a plan to achieve it. You translate this plan into a regular schedule, and you keep to that schedule.
This is a guest post by Will Chou, a young man who shares many of my passions and daily disciplines as you will see in this article. Enjoy!
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
I was lost in a dark world. In fact, the sky was dark too. And it just so happened that the music I was listening to switched to a dark song, Imagine Dragons’s It’s Time.
Now, that probably sounds pretty dramatic and I’m not really a dramatic guy, but that was the actual environment I was in. I was walking to my university’s diner to get a late dinner after a long night of studying. I had depression.
Doing a series of pushups every day.
I started this discipline to lose weight.
I didn’t. In fact, I was gaining pounds each year. Nonetheless my fitness performace increased significantly and I learned the value of perseverance.
This is my yearly The Slight Edge report. I post such a report every year on the anniversary of reading this awesome book.
On the finance front, income has reduced and expenses have gone up. The progress was visible, however unsatisfied.
Last year I bragged how much I managed to save. Sadly, we spent almost everything on house renovation. Right now, we have only $2,500 in our savings account and most of it is reserved for recurrent payments, like buying coal, paying for curbside collection once per quarter, car repairs and so on.
Everything affects each other. I will slightly alter the order of goals for the purpose of this analysis, so it will be presented in more coherent way.
Let’s start from the goal #2, because its execution affected others.
#2 Quit my job.
To quit my job I need to increase my income from online ventures. First and foremost: sell more books. I decided that I need a subgoal for that – publishing a dozen books in 2015. It didn’t work out as planned…
Heck, I published only seven books, including one very short (and free, so it doesn’t bring income directly) and one co-authored (so it required less workload).
But I quit my job… Continue reading
This is how my new book starts. I shared this introduction in the authors’ group on Facebook:
Any improvement you can make in the functioning of your body improves your well-being.
You may wonder about my qualifications. I’m neither a personal trainer nor a bodybuilder. I’m neither vegan nor diet specialist. I’m an ordinary guy who takes care of his body among a multitude of duties all of us have: job, family, church, and more. In my job, I spend four hours a day commuting and eight hours a day sitting behind a desk.
I’m male. I’m 36 years old. Let’s check out my body and my health. I am 5’5” tall (shorter than average). I weigh about 143 lbs. I can do 147 consecutive push-ups or 30 archer’s push-ups on one arm. My record is 46 consecutive chin-ups and 43 consecutive pull-ups. I’ve heard that’s quite an extraordinary performance for someone training without weights for only 15 minutes a day.
Turning your life around is free
You don’t need an online course for this. You don’t need a coach. You don’t need an accountability buddy. You don’t need money.
All you need to change your life is already provided for free.
You have the air
You can breathe. Without this free resource you would’ve suffocated; and a corpse obviously can’t change its life.
You have water Continue reading
On Wednesday the 10th of September, my wife’s salary was transferred to our bank account. In the first 9 months of 2015, we earned more than in the whole 2014. To be accurate 6.6% more.
I attribute it all to the 60 dollars I saved in September 2012.
I bet you are a bit disoriented by that statement. I am still a bit stunned by how just 60 dollars could multiply into thousands of dollars.
Exactly three years ago I read Jeff Olson’s book, “ The Slight Edge.” It transformed my life. Last year I summarized progress I made in the first two years.
It’s time to tell the story of the last year.
It was the area I had the least hopes that it would ever improve. I have never in my life witnessed anyone making a fortune or financial independence. My dad worked very hard his whole life and was constantly on the verge of bankruptcy. Continue reading
A year ago, I mentioned my love-hate relationship with goals. I had set three for 2014. Let’s see how it went.
- Unity of my marriage.
When you have been married for 13 years, you can be deluded into thinking that you know everything about the other person and you are the “master” of marriage. Luckily, I wasn’t so blind to think that a year ago and the past year proved me right.
I still don’t think I put enough energy and attention into our relationship. However, there were a few events that transformed our marriage a bit.