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Golden Rituals—A Step by Step Guide to Mastering your AM/PM Routines.

The following is a sample chapter taken from my book The Bushido Code: Life Mastery Manual

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle

We are all creatures born with infinite potential. Though many of us have had our power reduced—or worse—stripped from us through the repetition of poor behaviors. In this blog post/sample chapter, I will show you how to replace your old behaviors with the routines and rituals of high achievers.

But first—think back to how you began your day today.

  • Did you wake up with a plan or an agenda for the day ahead?
  • Did you stretch your tight, contracted body after your slumber?
  • Did you meditate to settle & focus your mind?
  • Did you savor the privilege of eating a healthy and nutritious meal this morning?

Many people who I’ve asked these questions didn’t even manage a good breakfast. Those who did had to rush through it so as not to be late for work or school. They tell me they didn’t have time, but the truth is—they never made the time.

Much like an elite athlete must warm up before a game, elite performers must warm up before their day. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tony Robbins and Ellen Degeneres are just some of the names who utilize powerful morning rituals to maximize their energy & focus before they start their days.

In this blog post/sample chapter you’ll learn a powerful & proven routine of rituals which you can adapt to maximize your own energy and focus like that of an elite achiever.

As the great philosopher Socrates said, the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. So my friend, I urge you to take action of the advice you’re about to read. The adaptation of this routine will without a doubt, improve the quality of your life.

Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your days, so you craft your life. – Robin Sharma

Building Blocks for a Great Life

  • The key to living a great life is filling your life with great days
  • The key to great days is having a well-organized plan/routine
  • The key to a well-organized plan/routine is waking up early
  • The key to waking up early is going to bed early
  • The key to going to bed early is an effective & consistent nightly ritual 

Whereas most programs begin with what to do in the morning, the Bushido Code encourages you to focus all your energy on developing your nightly ritual first. A well designed (and strictly enforced) nightly ritual, will naturally bring ease & pleasure to your morning ritual.

The PM Ritual

Stop eating after 8pm

In preparation for sleep, we stop eating at least 2 hours before bed. We do this because our body’s digestive system requires large amounts of energy to operate. When we eat before bed, the digestive system delays the nightly repair your body performs as you sleep. This results in poor sleep. A poor sleep effects every element of your day, including a lack of focus and poor cognative function & reduced energy the next day.

Digital Sunset 8:30pm

We’ve covered this in earlier sections of the Bushido Code, but it’s so important that I need to repeat it. When it comes to our time of rest and contemplation, our technology is often a black hole that robs us of attention and valuable energy. For this reason, we enforce a strict digital sunset in the evening—turning off all screens & technology, eliminating distraction so we are fully present in our nightly ritual.

The final hours of your evening should be dedicated to transitioning from an awake state to sleep-state. You don’t race your car into the garage and then do a sharp and abrupt stop, do you? Then why do so many of us do this when we sleep? For best results, we must ease into a resting state. We do this by creating the right environment and setting the intention for a deep and restful sleep. Below we continue the process I use for an optimal night’s rest.

Golden Milk

Golden milk is the fabled, “Milk and Honey”, enhanced with spices from the ancient Indian study of Ayurvedic medicine. Comforting, relaxing and soothing, this warm bedtime drink will aid in your transition to a deep, restful sleep. Coupled with an impressive list of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory agents, liver detoxifying properties, antioxidants, and memory support, amongst others; Golden Milk is an ideal bedtime beverage that you’ll want to incorporate into your nightly routine.

To prepare your Golden Milk, bring the following ingredients to a boil:

Review, Reflect and Recalibrate

Journaling is by far one of the most underutilized practices which can supercharge personal growth & development. The journaling process forces us to analyze our days, record significant lessons and ask ourselves important questions. It’s difficult to make leaps and bounds in your life without knowing what is working and what could be improved upon. For that reason, I’ve included “Plan & Conquer: The Bushido Journal” as a FREE bonus with the Bushido Code which will help you create a focused plan for your days, weeks and months so you are constantly achieving new goals and uncovering the best version of yourself. Use the next 10-15min to write in your journal each night as you relax and drink your Golden Milk.

Use the included Plan & Conquer Journal to ask yourself the follow questions in the spaces provided:

What went well today?

A space for your wins of the day, big and small. For Example:

  • Finished editing the “Digital Distraction” blog post
  • Hired new personal trainer
  • Designed eBook Cover
  • New Lemongrass chicken recipe turned out great!

What did you learn today?

A space to write down what could be improved upon. For Example:

  • I work best when I separate my creative work in the morning, and my analytical work in the evening.
  • Getting a double shot of espresso “to-go” and drinking it quickly, as opposed to sitting down and drinking it over a longer period of time makes my mind jittery and reduces my focus.
  • Plan my driving routes better and avoid the rush hour—was in the car far too long today. If long drive are unavoidable, listen to podcasts to make the most out of my time.

3 to Thrive

A concept I learned from Tony Robbins. The idea is to write down your top 3 objectives for the next day, so you are in an optimal state to  thrive. Do not overwhelm yourself. These are actionable tasks that you are committing to completing within the next 24 hours. For Example:

  • Submit finished e-Book transcript to editor
  • Find and hire a talented illustrator for Instagram project
  • Setup a landing page for the eBook with email opt-in

Read, Write, Listen & Relax

This next block of time is dedicated to personal enjoyment. Here you may continue writing in your journal for pleasure; write about the things that inspired you, an idea you want to execute in the future, or write for the sake of creative expression—poetry, lyrics, or letters to loved ones. Alternatively, I encourage you to use this time to read an interesting book, or listen to an audiobook or relaxation audios. I especially enjoy relaxation audios after a day of strenuous physical exercise.

The Neti Pot

The Neti Pot is simply a small pot designed to rinse your sinuses with a warm salt water solution. This exercise is a foundational practice of any Yogi. This is because the Yogi understands the importance of breath. Many of us have lost touch, forgetting that our breath is our connection to life. It is amazing how often the quality of our breath is neglected in the understanding and improvement of our overall health. For this reason, I suggest using the Neti Pot on a nightly basis, to improve your breath & overall well-being.

Some may find this exercise uncomfortable at first. This is normal, and the feeling will subside with frequent use. But once you try the Neti Pot and see the improvement in the quality of your breath, I assure you, you will want to practice this exercise nightly.

I recommend the SinuClenase Neti Pot which is affordable at $10, and also comes with salt packs and simple instructions for use. [Get the SinuCleanse Neti Pot]

Bedtime 10PM

When it’s time to retire for the day, it is important to do so in a room which is pitch black, quiet and cool. Use earplugs and a night mask, if necessary. An ideal bedroom should only have a bed in it. No blinking lights coming from computers or TVs. No tablets or phones. In fact, I recommend that you get an old analog alarm clock, so you’ll never need to bring your phone into your bedroom again.

Before closing your eyes for the night, affirm to yourself that you are about to enjoy a deep, restorative sleep. I often say the following out loud: My mind and body are ready for a deep, restful sleep. I give myself permission to melt into my bed as exhale, letting go of all thoughts and worries. I fall asleep with ease and wake feeling renewed and refreshed. Tomorrow will be a great day full of growth, potential and promise.

And with this, our nightly (PM) ritual comes to an end. Sweet dreams.

 


 

A well-spent day brings happy sleep – Leonardo Da Vinci

Next, we dissect a potent and powerful morning (AM) ritual. As the world-renowned artist, scientest and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci explains, when we spend our day well, a deep restful sleep comes easy.

In the following section, I share a morning ritual which will ensure your day is full of productivity, focus, and growth, so you are able to enjoy not only a deep, restful sleep but more importantly—a satisfying and fulfilling life.

THE AM RITUAL

In my own experience, and from the teachings of the many great of the greatest minds before me, it is important to begin your days early. The early hours between 5am-8am are often known as the “Golden Hours” for writers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries alike. Many of the greatest minds praise these early hours for their ability to harness creative energy and laser-like focus. In order to take full benefit of these hours, we rise at 5am. I’ve seen this single change be the tipping point for many clients, who after incorporating this habit have seen a massive increase in their personal and business success. 

Though waking up at 5am sounds (and can be) difficult, if we put the time and effort into creating and enforcing our PM ritual, we will experience a much easier transition to becoming an early riser. For this reason, it is essential we practice our PM rituals with diligence and consistency.

Rise at 5 am

Before you sleep, decide that you will wake up at 5 am and jump out of bed without hesitation when your alarm rings. For those new to waking up this early, understand the first 20 seconds will be the most difficult. You might feel like crawling back to bed, or negotiating with yourself for 5 more minutes, but don’t surrender to those thoughts—know that after the first 20 seconds, the discomfort will dissipate.

Think back to any military movie and the environment in a military barracks. When it’s time to wake up, the soldiers snap to full wakefulness. They don’t lie in bed half-asleep, almost catatonic, wishing they had another minute or two to doze off. No—the alarm rings, the lights come on and they spring up immediately, with zero delay. Confront your mornings with the same mentality. Do not resist life by hitting the snooze button. Your rest is over, the day has begun.

Splash of Cold Water

Once you leave your bed, walk straight into the bathroom. Here, a few splashes of cold water on your face will help remove the morning fog.

500ml Water & Vitamins

Staying well hydrated can be something that is easy to neglect. But a well-hydrated body brings energy, and a well-hydrated brain brings clarity. Use this opportunity to make a habit of drinking 500ml of water every morning, along with any vitamins or supplements you take.

Tip: Squeeze half a lemon into your water to give it alkalinizing properties, and a great refreshing taste.

Ask Yourself—What am I Grateful for Today?

It is amazing, all the goodness we take for granted. The act of gratitude forces us to be aware of all the gifts and opportunities we’re blessed with. This fundamental shift in perspective creates happier, more positive people. As a general rule, these people live healthier and more abundant lives.

Tip: I use a whiteboard marker on my bathroom mirror to write 1 thing I’m grateful for every morning. I read over these statements as I get ready for my day. It’s an incredible boost to be reminded for all I have in my life. Try it!

Cold Shower

As mentioned earlier in the Bushido Code Manual, a cold shower can  give you a surge of energy, heighten your alertness, and elevate your mood, especially in the wee hours of the morning. For more detail on cold showers, please refer to section 2 of the Bushido Code, entitled: Instant Courage.

20/20/20 Routine

This segment of your morning routine is designed to prime your mind & body for the day ahead. Again, much like an elite athlete warms up before a game, we as elite performers, must put the effort to warm up our mind and body before our actual day begins. The 20/20/20 routine consists of the following components:

20 Minutes of Mindfulness—Set the Mind

  • We begin by reviewing our goals. Take a look at your goal pyramid (found in section 7 entitled: Goals & Ambition) to remind you of your greatest purpose and why you woke up today. Envision yourself accomplishing your goal and embrace the feelings and emotions associated with that victory. Next, find a quiet place to spend 12 to 15 minutes with yourself in meditation. For a review of meditation see section 5, The Art of Meditation.

20 Minutes of Movement—Prime the Body

  • Movement is the most fundamental of human behaviors. In our modern world, we’ve dubbed this practice as exercise, and often it’s seen as something to do when we have the time to spare. This is false thinking. Exercise should never be optional. Our body craves movement, and it is when we move and use our body that our mood and spirit are uplifted, and our mind is lubricated.I suggest finding a movement routine which works best for you. I offer the following ideas, with a strong emphasis on yoga to loosen the body, especially the neck, shoulders and hips after a night’s rest.
  • Stretching / Yoga (highly recommended)
  • Skipping rope
  • Jogging
  • Shadow boxing

NOTE: Correct breathing while performing your morning exercise is extremely important to invigorate the body. Hence the emphasis on yoga, which is a practice built around breathwork.

20 Minutes of Inspiration—Invigorate the Spirit

  • The next 20 minutes are reserved for recharging your creative energy. We do this through the power of inspiration. It only takes a single idea found in a book to completely change the way you perceive your life and the world around you. It is your duty to find the source of that idea. Consider the following:
  1. Reading – Books
  2. Listening – Audiobooks / Podcasts / Lectures
  3. Watching – TED Talks

Bushido Bowl Breakfast

In our busy, modern lives, nutrition is often an afterthought— yet the evidence is overwhelmingly conclusive: The foods we eat fuel not only our bodies but also impact the quality of our thoughts. More evidence suggests that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For this reason, it’s essential that we eat a nutritionally balanced breakfast to start our day.

Try this recipe which I’ve dubbed the Bushido Bowl. This breakfast is easy to prepare and nutritiously dense, providing a great energy boost with enhanced cognitive performance. I challenge you to find a healthier, easier and tastier breakfast recipe.

To assemble, simply mix the following ingredients into a large jar and store it in your refrigerator.

[recipe only available in the full version of the Bushido Code: Life Mastery System – Get your copy here]

When it’s time to eat, spoon 2 to 6 heaping tablespoons into a small bowl of hot or warm milk (or milk substitute, I use almond milk) and top with sliced banana, blueberries or strawberries to taste. Let it sit for 5 minutes to allow for the mixture to expand before eating.

Conquer The Day

After your power breakfast, you are now in an optimal state to tackle the day ahead. Having followed the routines above, your body will be well rested, your mind will be charged and your spirit invigorated. With a clear mind and renewed energy, now is the time to begin your biggest task of the day (as decided the night before—see your Bushido Journal for this).  Now is the time to do the work that is required to get the results you want.

Dear friend, I hope you enjoyed this Sample chapter of the Bushido Code: Life Mastery System. The Bushido Code is a Manual based on ancient wisdom from the Samurai and has been used by thousands of people all over the world to improve all aspects of their lives, including personal, relationship and business successes. My readers have cured anxiety, overcome financial pitfalls, built successful businesses and climbed out of depression using the simple strategies within the Code. If you are looking to take your life to the next level and become the very best version of yourself, I highly recommend the Bushido Code.

With love,
Sunny.

Goal Plan for 2019

Objective

2019 is the third year I am holding myself publicly accountable to my goals both through this blog & through accountability partners in my mastermind groups. The purpose of writing my goals in the format below is to clearly plan and organize my commitments, understand my motives and learn about myself from the entire experience. In addition to my Yearly Goal Plan, I will be writing Quarterly Updates, which will serve as a mechanism to “course correct” as the year progresses. Throughout this process, I will be 100% truthful with myself and learn from both my wins and mistakes.

Learnings from 2018 + the Theme for 2019:

Obsession.

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

— Conor McGregor

I’m learning in order to be highly successful in any arena you need an element of infatuation. In other words, you need, at the very least, to be somewhat obsessed with the end result.

So how does one become more obsessed? Well, one way is to remove lesser, time wasting goals & distractions so you have more time to work on the ones you’ve deemed priority. Over the last 3 years of goal setting, I’ve learned that having too many goals splits my energy, focus & willpower watering down the entire goal setting process. Switching from one focus to another, and then another is just “dabbling” and that’s NOT how success is made.

You have to hammer at a goal with intensity—much like forging a sword you must hammer it into existence, being aggressive, focused and obsessive with your efforts. In my first year of this blog I had 20 goals and only achieved 11 and so the following year I limited my goals down to 8 which was much more successful and enjoyable, so I’m continuing this trend with only 9 goals and fortifying it with a this theme of obsession.

Additionally, the biggest learning I had in 2018 was that it’s simply just not enough to set goals—even if you have the best intentions and track your progress, you need to go further. A key element that was missing from my goals in the last 2 years was strategic planning. So this year, I will be breaking down each goal step-by-step—a plan of attack, if you will.

Lastly, in these last 2 years of goal setting I’ve learned that monetary business goals aren’t always effective. As an entrepreneur money isn’t always predictable. I don’t get a paycheck every 2 weeks. The reward I get is isn’t always relevant to the work I put in, but instead sometimes fluctuates with the market, the season, a trend or a technology, so in learning this, I’m switching my motive for my business goals to the amount of impact my work has. I believe the impact and output of my work will ultimately be related to the monetary value of my work.  

Goals for 2019:

1. I will organize my digital life

As someone who spends much of his time behind a screen, I have to admit my “Digital Life” is fairly unorganized and it’s easy to see why. For years, I’ve run businesses, client projects and personal passions behind a computer. This means multiple email accounts, SAAS services, domains, hosting services, thousands of images, countless software and more. This digital clutter can cause symptoms of anxiety and I want to overcome this in 2019 so I can show up my best self each time I open up my computer. In order to do this I’ve created a step by step plan on all the things I need to address and how I might correct them.

  1. Email management
    • Inbox Zero
    • Tagged Emails
    • Create a junk email for email marketing research + junk emails
  2. Photographs – Organize via Google Photos (or research alternative)
    • Follow an image editing workflow (ask Nate)
  3. Auto backups (with online backup)
  4. Music (choose primary service & consolidate all music)
    • Create playlists by mood – uplifting/focus/relaxing/boss/nostalgic/indian/workout
  5. Move entirely into the Google ecosystem (no more icloud, Evernote or notes.app)
  6. Browser
    • Refresh Password Management (with backups)
    • Update Autofill
    • Organize Bookmarks
  7. Crypto Management
    • Update and secure wallet and backups
  8. Facebook
    • Organize groups & limit notifications
  9. Tidy Contacts
    • Consolidate duplicate contacts
  10. Consolidate Old Backups & Hard Drives
  11. Google Drive
    • Consolidate Google Drive, iCloud & Dropbox
    • Fix Google Drive duplicated problem
  12. Hosting: Consolidate Bluehost, Sitegrounds, Google Domains & GoDaddy
  13. Consolidate Calendars: iCal, Google Cal, Holiday Cal, Remove duplicate Bdays
  14. Merge Day One / Journal / Yearly Wraps / Personal Blog
  15. Other
    • Uninstall any software you’re not using (MacBook & Phone)
    • Clean up Desktop / My Documents

2. Learn how to loop / live loop

These last 3 years have been musically full & amazing. I joined a choir, learned how to sing, sang on stages, played instruments (ok they’re just the bongos, but still!) and more. In 2019 I want to take my musical ability to the next level. I’ve always to be more musically expressive, for that reason I’ve decided to learn how to Live Loop which is the process of recording my voice and looping it over layers to create a fuller musical experience with a minimalist approach to equipment and instruments.

  • Setup Studio
    • Mic
    • Looper
    • Software
  • Get Looping lessons
  • Create a regular practice routine
  • Record & share with my work regularly

3. Develop a “Learning Framework”

Knowing how to learn is a powerful skill. I believe if you know how to learn, the process of learning becomes more enjoyable and it makes you far more valuable as a person, especially as an entrepreneur. Personally, I consider myself a lifelong learner; I love learning about all sorts of things from interesting books, courses, mentors and podcasts. I’m constantly learning new recipes, new software, new technology and more. As an entrepreneur, much of my job is…learning.

The thing is, though I retain a decent amount of the information I learn, I definitely don’t retain most of it. But perhaps more importantly, I seldom “act” on or utilize what I’ve learned and sometimes I spend time learning things which aren’t very useful to me at all (the other week I watched a video on how parmesan cheese is made – wtf?!). The aim of this goal is to improve my approach to learning new material and to be more selective with what I spend my time on and to design a system which will encourage me to utilize the material I learn. Below are some key questions and half-baked strategies to help me fulfill this goal.

  • Decided on what you want to learn & prioritize: Internet Marketing / Productivity / Business / Leadership / Stage Presence / Charisma / Sales / Fitness
  • Determine best time to learn? Driving Car, Walking, Listening to Podcasts while working? YouTube Videos, Documentaries, Courses etc.
  • Document each thing I watch/learn
  • Determine the best way to share the best of my learnings with my audience
  • Have a central place where I write my notes on things I learn (then catalog these)
  • Have a central place for “Action Items” from each learning.
  • If I hear something good on an audiobook/podcast while driving – where do I put the note? How can I do this using only voice?
  • Design a page or template to follow when learning/listening/watching something useful
  • Write an expanded blog posed on Learning to collect all information in 1 helpful post for others and for future reference.

4. Sell my e-commerce business

In 2015 I started my 3rd e-commerce store, this time with my brother and since then the ride has had some epic ups and downs. We’ve had years which were extremely successful and on the flip side we’ve also almost gone out of business too. But in 2018 we had a strong numbers and the store now has a strong foundation. The only thing is, this particular business is one neither one of us are passionate about. And knowing the importance of working on your passions, we’ve decided it’s probably best if we sell this business and focus our energies on something we’re both passionate about. Below are some of the things we need for a successful sale.

  • Show strong numbers for 2018/2019
  • Determine if we want a broker or if we want to sell ourselves
  • Determine if we need any legal advisory
  • Determine how much we want to get for the store
  • Determine who from our staff is included in the sale and/or if we keep our staff for other projects

5. Learn Video – Shooting & Editing

For those of you who are familiar with this blog, you might find this goal somewhat familiar. In the past I’ve had a goal of recording 10 videos for my personal development brand. Unfortunately, this goal never happened. But now the desire to become competent behind and infront of the camera is stronger than ever before. I really feel knowing how to present yourself in front of a camera is one of the most powerful skill sets to have in 2019 and this year I will be much more active with video, especially for the Bushido Code. Below are some of the key steps in achieving this goal.

  1. Cut Bushido Body Videos
  2. Fix EOS M autofocus issue OR buy/borrow new Camera
  3. Make Bushido Code Intro/Outro Clips
  4. Shoot 60 second Bushido Video
  5. Hire someone for kickstarter video
  6. Mimic Brendon Burchard’s OVO video technique
  7. Film & Edit Journal Course

6. Design the best planner in the world

In the last few years, I can’t think of too many things I’ve been more passionate about or more excited about than my planner, “Plan & Conquer” and it’s coming along swimmingly, though a little behind schedule. This was a goal of mine in 2018 and though I had a good start on it, it’s far from being complete. Below are the steps required to bring this goal to life in 2019.

  • Design Planner PDF V1 & Print Samples
  • Refresh on Brendons OVO strategy
  • Kickstarter Campaign
  • Order First Batch
  • Design customer flow Journal > Journal Course > Bushido Code Master Program
  • Outline Intro Course
  • Outline Premium Course
  • Film Intro Course
  • Film Premium Course
  • Create Landing Pages
  • Get the planner into chapters (stretch goal)

7. Build an impressive physique

In 2018 I finally hit a goal of 200lbs after 3 years of missing it. Now that I achieved this weight, I need to ask myself what’s next in my pursuit for an “impressive” physique. The goal itself is a little abstract, so I must determine the specifics of this goal. Below are some of the questions and milestones I must reach to complete this goal.

  • Determine my goal—bulk more or cut? Answer, continue to bulk until March 31st
  • Determine which exercises I need to do for rehab
    • Issues: Ankle Mobility, Calf Tightness, Pelvic Tilt, Forward Neck, Loose Abs
  • Revise Routine Document & Print
  • Revise diet according to goals & commit to meal prep sundays
  • Commit to a schedule (6 days on 1 day off)
  • Order supplements
  • Rest deeply – ZMA/Float Tank/7-8hrs sleep daily

8. Monetize & iterate on the app

In 2018 I created an app called Primr, a brain training app designed to help you be more creative, focused and quickly achieve flow state. It’s currently free in the App store and the feedback we’ve been getting so far has been promising. In 2019 I want to promote this app (we didn’t promote it at all in 2018) and I also want to monetize the app and improve it based on the feedback we get. Below are the steps needed to achieve these goals.

  • Create a press kit
  • Promote App (PR)
  • Gather feedback from users
  • Iterate on app based on feedback
  • Improve/Segment Onboarding
  • Create Monetization Strategy
  • Advertise & Revise

9. Find my groove in routine AM/PM/DND/Movement

Less of a goal and more of the pursuit of a “habit”, I want my AM / PM / DND (do not do) and Movement routines to become…well, routine. These routines are my guiding star. If I complete each of these routines daily, it’s almost impossible to have a bad day. If I have good days, then i’ll be able to secure a good year. Below are the steps needed to achieve this goal.

  1. Know my AM PM DND routines
  2. Actively practice routines daily & revise if needed
  3. Write in my Journal Daily
  4. Revise & print workout book

Quarterly Goals

Below are is a rough outline of which goals I will target in which quarter. I find breaking my goals down into quarters like this greatly helps me tackle overwhelm and keep me focused on the 3-5 most important goals each quarter.

Quarter 1

  1. Launch Profitable Bushido Body Course
    1. Research successful launch strategies
    2. Populate Kajabi Pages
    3. Create Email Marketing flows
    4. Facebook Ads
    5. Retargeting Strategy & Ads
  2. Design & Print Plan & Conquer
    1. Design Journal
    2. Order Sample
  3. Learn Kickstarter Marketing & Launch Plan & Conquer Kickstarter
    1. Research & follow a Kickstarter Course
    2. Make video (hire videographer)
    3. Make Page
  4. Fix top 3 technology bottlenecks
    1. Fix slow mouse problem (buy new mouse?)
    2. Fix duplicated Google Drive
    3. Setup Auto Backup on WD
  5. Bulk until March 31st
    1. Cook bulking meals every sunday  
    2. Revise Workout book
    3. Print workout book & follow routine

Quarter 2

  1. Record & Launch: Bushido Code—High Performance Training
  2. Start Cutting down to sub 10% BF
  3. Fix 3 Technology Problems
  4. Improve on the App based on Data

Quarter 3

  1. Sell Store
  2. Create 3 videos a week for BC
  3. Learn How to Loop in the summer
  4. Fix 3 Technology issues
  5. TBD

Quarter 4

  1. Fix remaining technology issues
  2. TBD
  3. TBD
  4. TBD
  5. TBD

// end of 2019 Goal Plan

My October, November & December 2018 Goals Review

Throughout the year,  I perform regular goal reviews where I measure the progress of my 2018 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my October, November & December 2018 Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals.

Overview:

As I review the last quarter of 2018, I can say I’ve learned some huge lessons in goal setting. My theme for the year, “less is more” has proven to be successful. I worked on far fewer projects/goals this year, instead narrowing my focus to 8 goals, down from 20 the year before.

I did, however, still work on things that weren’t on my goal list – and naturally this bogged down my energy, focus, and success. Interestingly, I wasn’t aware of that as I was taking on the additional workload, failing to see the loss of focus and instead focusing on the potential “opportunity” or the fear of missing out. I plan on taking action to prevent this from happening again in 2019 by placing a stronger emphasis on project planning and utilizing a new theme in 2019 which I hope will help prevent me from making this same mistake again.

Thanks for your support this year.

Nothing but love,
Sunny.

Goals for 2018:

1. INCOMPLETE – I will make 7 figures in 2018

Business this year was a rollercoaster. The start of the year saw abysmal numbers until August. However, the end of Summer and all of Fall was really good for us. Cryptocurrency took a huge hit this year and continues to be extremely volatile. And my plan to sell my E-commerce store didn’t pan out so I didn’t even come close to hitting this lofty goal.

This is my second year in a row that I’ve set a monetary goal and missed my target. This year, I missed it drastically lol. I’m trying to decipher if that means anything. I think next year I’m not going to focus on a monetary number, and instead focus on scaling my impact and contribution to the world instead of scaling my income because I believe both are strongly connected.

2. SUCCESS – I will make an App by April 2018

My app Primr (name may change) is out in the Apple app store. Though it still has a long way to go, I’m very happy with its current state. We’re in a good place to get people into the app and see how/why they’re using it so we can continue to iterate on it and improve it based on user feedback.  This project has been a fun, carefree venture with my good friend and mastermind partner Ryan Lindsey. In 2018 the goal is to continue to iterate on it and grow it into a revenue stream. I’m really excited about the foundation we’ve built for this project. We’re still working on a better On-Boardingg” process and adding multiple “User Journey’s” to the app—right now we only have one User Journey for relaxation, but the plan is to expand that two 4 and then 9. Here are a few screenshots the app:

3. INCOMPLETE – Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by December 2018

The Crypto world fell flat this year. Like, really flat. You’d be hard pressed to find a “winning portfolio” in the span of 2017-2018 the drop was that bad. I quit learning about Crypto around Q2 it because it was depressing watching the numbers drop…lol. Instead, I focused my time and energy only on things I could control. Though, as I said in my last post I did attend a really amazing 3-day Investing Conference in the Fall called “Rule 1” presented by Phil Town which detailed the Stock Market and NOT Cryptocurrency but was very informative and gave me useful tools, strategies, and theories which I can apply to both markets.

4. IN PROGRESS – Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018

This journal has been a big part of my life for the last 2 months. I procrastinated on this goal a lot and I think part of it had to do with how large this project really was 1) Designing & Printing the Journal 2) Creating & recording a free course on how to use it 3) Marketing the journal and 4) Creating & recording the upsell premium course. I think because of the complexity of this project, I failed to act on it – paralyzed by the sheer size of it. Since this project is incomplete and still in progress in 2019 I will be spending more time planning and creating a schedule so I knew when each component has to be complete and how much time I have to do it. I will take this learning into my goals for 2019 being sure to create a plan for any larger goal here on out.

5. SUCCESS: Bulk to 200lbs in body weight in 2018

I did it, I hit this goal after about 3 years of trying and failing each time. I just measured myself today and I’m 201lbs. I’m not a lean 201, but I’ve set myself up with a decent foundation for cutting down to a big, lean 185 which is probably my ideal weight. In the past when I’ve leaned out I’ve been a very lean but small 170. I’m so happy I finally hit this goal. It’s been a long time coming and it feels great.

6. SUCCESS: Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein dishes by October 2018

Of all the goals I set this year, I think this one was oddly the most satisfying. When I made food I seldom thought about it as a goal. Instead, I just had fun with it. I enjoyed the process of making good, healthy food. It was rewarding when I made something that tasted good and made me feel good.  That was the reward, not the act of accomplishing this as a goal, though that feels good too, but only for a short time. The feeling is fleeting. I think it’s important to consider this when setting and working towards a goal. As cliche as it sounds, it is the journey that is the reward, not the destination. Focus on enjoying the journey.

  • Thai Green Curry (veg & non-veg) (8/10) *
  • Red Lentil & Meat Sauce Pasta (9/10) *
  • Mango Sticky Rice (7/10)
  • Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) (6/10)
  • Banana Nut Muffins (5/10)
  • Mushroom Proscottio Linguine (10/10)
  • Jalapeno Beef Burgers w/ Yam Fries (10/10)
  • Shrimp Pad Thai (5/10) – Either I made this dish very poorly, the shrimp was bad or I have some kind of shellfish allergy lol
  • Sweet Ginger Beef Rice Bowl (6/10) *
  • Avocado Linguine (4/10)
  • Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake (10/10)
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (8/10)
  • Banana Bread Ice Cream (7/10)
  • Cod Fishcakes w/ Roasted Potatoes & Asparagus (6/10) – This dish was a nightmare to make and it stunk up the whole house for days lol.
  • French Omelette (10/10) – This one was harder than it seemed! *
  • Coconut Chocolate Macaroons – (9/10)
  • Spicy Yakisoba (6/10)
  • Thai Red Curry Pasta (8/10) *
  • Turkey Dinner w/ Turkey, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Brocolinni (10/10) – Very happy with how this turned out. Especially fitting for an end of year meal. I’ve learned a lot about food this year and I can honestly say I now enjoy the process of cooking and look forward to making tasty healthy (sometimes lol) food for myself and the people I love.

Note from May 2018:

Overall, I’m really enjoying cooking for myself and others (other than the clean up – I hate that part!) but not many of the dishes I’ve made so far have been Indian dishes (as per the original goal). So I could go 2 ways with this.

  1. Learn and cook more Indian dishes (less interesting to me at the moment) OR
  2. Cook more of what I feel like (more interesting to me right now).

In the name of FUN, I’m just going to pick option (2) and continue to get more familiar with the kitchen with spices and flavors as I’ve already been doing. I feel if I corner myself into Indian food only, it might suck the fun out of it. That’s not to say I won’t learn more Indian dishes, it just might not be ALL Indian as I had originally thought.

7. PARTIALLY DONE: I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018

So this goal is partially complete. This year I performed a solo with the YVR Choir, Justin Timberlake’s Senorita. But I didn’t write or perform any of my own music as I had wished. I’m not too put off by that though. I love singing, I’m pretty happy how far I’ve come in the last few years since I started. I’m going to continue this goal into 2019, but with a twist which I’m really excited about. The idea is to find a way I can be musically creative without being rigid or learning to play the piano… and it involves a looping pedal. =D. Stay tuned!

8. SUCCESS: Do an epic trip in Fall of 2018

Written in May:
So I’ve been trying to plan this “epic travel” the last few months and then when I was in NYC, it HIT ME! I was already on that adventure. I was surrounded by 40+ friends from Choir and close friends who traveled from Vancouver, Calgary, and San Francisco to see me. Even having been to NYC only 8 months prior, this second NYC experience was one I won’t soon forget.

After 10 days in NYC, I then flew to Toronto where I got a sweet family hook-up on an amazing Airbnb (with its own rock climbing studio!) and a brand new 2018 Jeep to check out the city. Toronto was so good to me; the locals were ultra friendly, the food was amazing and my company was perfect.

Sometimes you have to take a step back to see just how good you’ve got it. So I asked myself about this “epic travel”. Was this experience the epic travel I was looking for? And the answer was a resounding, YES.

Do I feel the need for another multi-week trip right now? No.

Will I still seek out more adventures in 2018? Well, let’s say,  I’d never say no to an adventure :)|

Hope you gained something from this review and wishing you an amazing 2019!

Cheers!
Sunny.

My July, August & September 2018 Goals Review

Throughout the year,  I perform regular goal reviews where I measure the progress of my 2018 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my July, August & September 2018 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals.

Overview:

This summer was so good. The weather was amazing, business has been growing and my work is becoming more fulfilling.

With that said, we’re now in the fall season. I’ve never been a fan of the fall – it’s cold and dark and frankly, it’s depressing. But, it has some perks. It often puts my ass into gear because it means I’ve only got 3 months get after my goals.

Also, in October I like to practice the tradition of Sober October. That’s right, no drinks for the entire month of October. Join me if you like. I find this combination of time constraints and clarity give me a boost as the year winds down.

Lastly, I’m going to try to be more concise and less wordy with these reviews. I feel this type of writing is more technical and sometimes I treat it as a creative pursuit (which it can be!) but I prefer to keep it technical for the sake of time, simplicity and efficiency.

Have a wonderful Fall,

With love,
Sunny.

Goals for 2018:

1. I will make 7 figures in 2018

Business is doing well—our best month of the year so far has been August and September was a very close second. Q4 is just starting today and that’s by far the busiest time for us so we’re excited to have a strong finish to the year.

With that said, as I mentioned in my last post, numbers for the first half of this year were dismal. So we are only going to hit 7 figures this year if we sell the e-comm store (which has always been the plan). The only gripe is, buyers want to see a consistently performing store for at least the last 8 months so we might have a hard time doing that before years end.

2. DONE: I will make an App by April 2018

As I write this, the next release of Primr is being uploaded to TestFlight. We’ve (finally!) sourced the perfect sounds and binaural beats and they’re amazing. This new version is more modern and polished, but the app is still early in its journey. We’re still working on a better OnBoarding process and adding multiple “User Journey’s” to the app—right now we only have one User Journey for relaxation, but the plan is to expand that two 4 and then 9.

This app has been unfolding so beautifully. I’m really happy with how everything is working out. Once we release an updated version of the onboarding process I’ll post a link the app here – I’d love to hear your feedback 🙂

3. Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by December 2018

No Change here. Though I did attend a really amazing 3-day Investing Conference a few weeks ago. The Rule 1 Investment conference which deals with the Stock Market and NOT Cryptocurrency was very informative and gave me many tools and strategies and theories which I can apply to both markets.

4. Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018

Wow, I’m so behind on this journal – but I’ve got a few ideas that I’ve been thinking about as I’ve been procrastinating on this goal.

  • I should start out by printing a less narrative journal – instead, making the journal “interactive” by introducing videos within the journal via link/QR codes for a more immersive and digital experience.
  • Start small and incrementally improve the product – this is going to be key to actually finish this goal.
  • Less narrative means less pages, means a cheaper journal.

I have decided I will self-fund the first initial batch of journals and once I collect a round of feedback from users, I will then crowdsource a larger, more refined production batch.

I also need to estimate how much time I will need to finish this project.

5. Bulk to 200lbs in body weight in 2018

Today I’m at about 186 – going into the Winter Bulk at a decent weight and good strength. Same as below still applies. I slacked off at the gym near the end of the summer, but I’m at a great gym surrounded by some amazing trainers. I’m learning a lot about my body and my imbalances.

6. Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein dishes by October 2018

I’ve been cooking up a storm. I’m just going to add to this list below what else I’ve made. My trend of eating more home cooked meals and eating out less is continuing. I used to eat out 30-40% of the time, but now I eat out only about 10% of the time. Though I haven’t cooked many Indian dishes, I have gotten fairly comfortable in the kitchen and in the last few months I’ve made a variety of dishes, most notably:

  • Thai Green Curry (veg & non-veg) (8/10)
  • Red Lentil & Meat Sauce Pasta (9/10)
  • Mango Sticky Rice (7/10)
  • Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) (6/10)
  • Banana Nut Muffins (5/10)
  • Mushroom Proscottio Linguine (10/10)
  • Jalapeno Beef Burgers w/ Yam Fries (10/10)
  • Shrimp Pad Thai (5/10) – Either I made this dish very poorly, the shrimp was bad or I have some kind of shellfish allergy lol
  • Sweet Ginger Beef Rice Bowl (6/10)
  • Avocado Linguine (4/10)
  • Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake (10/10)
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (8/10)
  • Banana Bread Ice Cream (7/10)
  • Cod Fishcakes w/ Roasted Potatoes & Asparagus (6/10) – This dish was a nightmare to make and it stunk up the whole house for days lol.
  • French Omelette (10/10) – This one was harder than it seemed!
  • Coconut Chocolate Macaroons – (9/10)

Note from May 2018:

Overall, I’m really enjoying cooking for myself and others (other than the clean up – I hate that part!) but not many of the dishes I’ve made so far have been Indian dishes (as per the original goal). So I could go 2 ways with this.

  1. Learn and cook more Indian dishes (less interesting to me at the moment) OR
  2. Cook more of what I feel like (more interesting to me right now).

In the name of FUN, I’m just going to pick option (2) and continue to get more familiar with the kitchen with spices and flavors as I’ve already been doing. I feel if I corner myself into Indian food only, it might suck the fun out of it. That’s not to say I won’t learn more Indian dishes, it just might not be ALL Indian as I had originally thought.

7. I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018

New Choir semester just started – and while at first, I thought I’d take an extended break, I thought it would be best to continue to sing into the winter, even though we will be singing Christmas songs (not my fav genre to sing in Sept/Oct/Nov lol) its better that I keep singing and keep my voice warm and strong because I found I wasn’t singing much off-season.

Secondly – I have a goal here of writing and performing my OWN music. I just happened to find an Open Mic night here in Vancouver that seems to be the perfect launch pad for my first open mic night. Now, I just need a song to sing!

8. DONE: Do an epic travel in Fall of 2018

Written in May:
So I’ve been trying to plan this “epic travel” the last few months and then when I was in NYC, it HIT ME! I was already on that adventure. I was surrounded by 40+ friends from Choir and close friends who traveled from Vancouver, Calgary, and San Francisco to see me. Even having been to NYC only 8 months prior, this second NYC experience was one I won’t soon forget.

After 10 days in NYC, I then flew to Toronto where I got a sweet family hook-up on an amazing Airbnb (with its own rock climbing studio!) and a brand new 2018 Jeep to check out the city. Toronto was so good to me; the locals were ultra friendly, the food was amazing and my company was perfect.

Sometimes you have to take a step back to see just how good you’ve got it. So I asked myself about this “epic travel”. Was this experience the epic travel I was looking for? And the answer was a resounding, YES.

Do I feel the need for another multi-week trip right now? No.

Will I still seek out more adventures in 2018? Well, let’s say,  I’d never say no to an adventure 🙂

Hope you gained something from this review!

Cheers!
Sunny.

ACTION ITEMS:
– Start Designing Journal w/ Blurb
– Write a song for Open Mic
– Do Rule 1 Investing Analysis each Week
– Revise workout plan – commit to it with a schedule.

My May & June 2018 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2018 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my May & June 2018 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals.

Overview:

I’m high right now… on life, lol. I realize I sound like a crazy person – but things are going great right now. I feel Iike the energy I’m putting into my life is being reciprocated by the universe almost instantly. In the past, I could definitely feel my efforts come back to me – but the process was much more drawn out and less intense.

As I look back at these past 6 months – I feel like I’ve made good progress on many of my goals. I still have a long way to go and I definitely need to increase my intensity to reach all my goals, but I’m not shy when it comes to putting in the work.

We’re in the heat of summer here in Vancouver, my favorite season by far! I hope you’re enjoying your Summer and making the most of it while it’s here 🙂

With love,
Sunny.

Goals for 2018:

1. I will make 7 figures in 2018

The numbers for the first half of this year were dismal. Our e-commerce store wasn’t performing at all, and the time and energy we were investing into launching new products weren’t getting us any results. The store was failing and it was depressing to watch it happen!

So 6 weeks ago I decided to rebrand the store, downsize the team and take a more bootstrap approach; basically, we restrategized. Then, just two weeks ago we began seeing the store come back to life. We’re still a long, long way from reaching this goal, but the beauty of e-commerce is that things can scale up real quick – so I will be working on this with vigor. In recent weeks I’ve had a hunger to learn new things. I’m watching way more tutorials and trying new marketing tactics. For example, I’ve recently started doing Snapchat ads with the intention to diversify our traffic streams. I’m stepping more so into the true role of an Internet Marketer, gone are the days of being just a single focused Designer, this combination of Design & Internet Marketing allows me to be a strategic thinker, and that’s my biggest asset in business, so I’m putting it to use.

2. DONE: I will make an App by April 2018

The first version of the app was done in April. These last 2 months my partner & I have spent our time improving the user experience and our marketing angle. We’ve changed the name of the app from FOCUS to PRIMR, with an emphasis on “priming” our users for peak performance. We’re really happy with the direction this project is taking. Plus, it’s a bonus that I’m enjoying work on this project a lot – it’s low stress and very gratifying.  I will share the app here when it’s ready for public release.

3. Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by December 2018

With Bitcoin hitting its current year low, I wish I had some extra capital to buy, but I don’t – so I’ve tuned out most crypto news waiting for the market to rebound. I have positions in a variety of coins and I plan to ride out this bear market. As I said in my last review, I’m still very confident in my holdings and remind myself that I’m in this for the long term, so I’m content with holding my current positions.

4. Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018

No progress on this task.

I still need to consider my options for funding this project:

  1. Self-funded (less work, more risk) OR
  2. Kickstarter campaign (more work, less risk)

I also need to estimate how much time I will need to finish this project.

5. Bulk to 200lbs in bodyweight in 2018

Ok, well it’s  June and I’m still about 190lbs.  I’m not a hard-gainer, this is more of a lack of discipline when it comes to my diet and workout plan. But, I’m still the most I’ve weighed in a very long time – so I’m not disappointed in my current result; I’m actually looking forward to keep building my strength and size. Not cutting this year was a unique experience, I’ve always leaned out every summer – but this strategy of a full year bulk might be exactly what I needed to finally hit the 200lb mark. If I do continue to bulk for the rest of the year, then I might even aim for larger than 200lbs if my body feels good.

Note:
I changed the date of this goal from June 2018, to simply 2018

6. Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein Indian dishes by October 2018

I’ve been cooking up a storm. I’m just going to add to this list below what else I’ve made. My trend of eating more home cooked meals and eating out less is continuing. I used to eat out 30-40% of the time, but now I eat out only about 10% of the time. Though I haven’t cooked many Indian dishes, I have gotten fairly comfortable in the kitchen and in the last few months I’ve made a variety of dishes, most notably:

  • Thai Green Curry (veg & non-veg) (8/10)
  • Red Lentil & Meat Sauce Pasta (9/10)
  • Mango Sticky Rice (7/10)
  • Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) (6/10)
  • Banana Nut Muffins (5/10)
  • Mushroom Proscottio Linguine (10/10)
  • Jalapeno Beef Burgers w/ Yam Fries (10/10)
  • Shrimp Pad Thai (5/10)
  • Sweet Ginger Beef Rice Bowl (6/10)
  • Avacado Linguine (4/10)
  • Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake (10/10)
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (8/10)
  • Banana Bread Ice Cream (7/10)

Note from May 2018:

Overall, I’m really enjoying cooking for myself and others (other than the clean up – I hate that part!) but not many of the dishes I’ve made so far have been Indian dishes (as per the original goal). So I could go 2 ways with this.

  1. Learn and cook more Indian dishes (less interesting to me at the moment) OR
  2. Cook more of what I feel like (more interesting to me right now).

In the name of FUN, I’m just going to pick option (2) and continue to get more familiar with the kitchen with spices and flavors as I’ve already been doing. I feel if I corner myself into Indian food only, it might suck the fun out of it. That’s not to say I won’t learn more Indian dishes, it just might not be ALL Indian as I had originally thought.

7. I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018

Choir this year has been amazing. I really feel like I’m coming into my groove as a singer. I’m singing louder and more confidently now than I ever had in any of my past semesters. Just a week ago I performed at the York Theater here in Vancouver with my choir – both in the choir as a whole and in a solo performance of Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita”. This was my first solo, ever.

I went into the experience feeling good. I had practiced the song for well over a month and I felt like I had my “sound” down. After I sang, I left the stage feeling good about what I did. However, after reviewing video of me singing I saw areas which I neglected and room for improvement. At first, this self-criticism robbed me of some of the joy from my experience, but as I thought about it – I knew that this first solo was just that – my very first solo performance. So naturally, there would only be one way to go from here – up. I’m also happy I’m critical of myself and my performance. The more I read about the best (in any arena) the more I learn that they are all critical of themselves, and always have a thirst for improvement.

8. DONE: Do an epic travel in Fall of 2018

Written in May:
So I’ve been trying to plan this “epic travel” the last few months and then when I was in NYC, it HIT ME! I was already on that adventure. I was surrounded by 40+ friends from Choir and close friends who traveled from Vancouver, Calgary, and San Francisco to see me. Even having been to NYC only 8 months prior, this second NYC experience was one I won’t soon forget.

After 10 days in NYC, I then flew to Toronto where I got a sweet family hook-up on an amazing Airbnb (with its own rock climbing studio!) and a brand new 2018 Jeep to check out the city. Toronto was so good to me; the locals were ultra friendly, the food was amazing and my company was perfect.

Sometimes you have to take a step back to see just how good you’ve got it. So I asked myself about this “epic travel”. Was this experience the epic travel I was looking for? And the answer was a resounding, YES.

Do I feel the need for another multi-week trip right now? No.

Will I still seek out more adventures in 2018? Well, let’s say,  I’d never say no to an adventure 🙂

Hope you gained something from this review!

Cheers!
Sunny.

 

My March & April 2018 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2018 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my March & April 2018 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals.

Overview:

So it seems like these reviews are bi-monthly this year instead of monthly, and honestly—I don’t mind that. I find I’ve got more to share with 8 weeks of progression than I do with only 4 weeks. So I might keep this rhythm until I feel the need to change it.

Wow, it’s already May. Looking back, the first 4 months of this year have been really good. For the most part, I’ve been sticking with my theme of doing more with less, or “Maximize by Minimizing” as I coined it at the start of the year. March was a unique month for me because I spent 2 weeks traveling to New York and Toronto (more about that below) and it took me a few weeks to get back into the “groove” of things. But now that I’m back, everything is moving along really well.

I’ve made progress in almost all areas of my life and goals, and I feel like I’m on track for one of my best years yet. And as it gets warmer and the days get longer here in Vancouver, I’m getting really excited about the summer ahead! But… before I get ahead of myself—lets first review these last 8 weeks and see how I’m progressing 🙂

With love,
Sunny.

Goals for 2018:

1. I will make 7 figures in 2018

With a goal like this its hard to judge performance this early in the year. Especially for me because I’m in the process of selling my first business and just getting started in another one. To be frank, numbers for these first 4 months have been lackluster. But I just have to keep in mind that this goal is multi-pronged and I just have to focus on one step at a time. That’s why I do these reviews, to see how I’m doing and spot the areas where I need to improve. I’m incredibly optimistic about this year and I feel I’ve picked the right projects and people to get me to this goal by years end.

2. I will make an App by April 2018

I’m proud to say that technically, this goal is done!
…though we still have a lot of work to do.

Let me explain:

We officially launched our app in the app store in March. As mentioned in my last review, we’re taking a lean approach to creating this app thus pushing features & builds out progressively & incrementally. So the first version we released back in March was fairly minimalist. We focused primarily on the technical workings of the app, rather than the design or marketing. The great news is that even with this lean approach, Apple noticed our app and saw potential in it, which then lead to an invitation to their campus for a special training where we were able to learn how to improve our app first hand from Apple engineers, designers, and marketers. The event was held in the UK, so I wasn’t able to attend, but my Business partner, Ryan who lives in the UK was able to attend and the feedback we received was priceless.

I’m so glad we’re taking a lean & incremental approach to this app because now we can incorporate all the feedback received from Apple into our second build which I’m currently designing now. I’m really excited to continue to build on this app because I think we’ve got something very cool on our hands!

3. Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by December 2018

The Crypto landscape has been rocky and turbulent in recent months, though with a bullish few weeks we’re finally starting to see numbers stabilize and people are starting to buzz about crypto again. I’m still very confident in my holdings and remind myself that I’m in this for the long term, so I’m happy with holding my current positions.

4. Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018

Still no progress on this task. As I said in my last review, I want to wait until I’ve got my coffee subscription on autopilot and finished the design work for the FOCUS App before I will be starting this project.

With that said, I still need to consider my options for funding. And will be contemplating these for the next few weeks.

  1. Self-funded (less work, more risk) OR
  2. Kickstarter campaign (more work, less risk)

5. Hit 200lbs in bodyweight by June 2018

It’s now May and I am 190lbs—the biggest I’ve been in a while! I’ve been working out 7-8am in the morning which has helped with the consistency of my workouts and I find gives me more energy and clarity throughout my day. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually enjoy working out in the morning!

My overall body composition isn’t as lean as I would like and it feels strange not cutting for Summer, but I need to remind myself that this is a sacrifice I want to make. Currently, I’m on track for reaching 200 lbs by mid-July early August.

6. Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein Indian dishes by October 2018

My trend of to eating more home cooked meals and eating out less is continuing. I used to eat out 30-40% of the time, but now I eat out only about 10% of the time. Though I haven’t cooked many Indian dishes, I have gotten fairly comfortable in the kitchen and in the last few months I’ve made a variety of dishes, most notably:

  • Thai Green Curry (veg & non-veg)
  • Red Lentil & Meat Pasta
  • Mango Sticky Rice
  • Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
  • Banana Nut Muffins

I even hosted my first dinner party complete with veg and non-veg options which was a challenging but rewarding experience. I also made a Mango Sticky Rice dessert for my parents 36th wedding anniversary which was well received.

Overall, I’m really enjoying cooking for myself and others (other than the clean up – I hate that part!) but not many of the dishes I’ve made so far have been Indian dishes (as per the original goal). So I could go 2 ways with this.

  1. Learn and cook more Indian dishes (less interesting to me at the moment) OR
  2. Cook more of what I feel like (more interesting to me right now).

In the name of FUN, I’m just going to pick option (2) and continue to get more familiar with the kitchen with spices and flavors as I’ve already been doing. I feel if I corner myself into Indian food only, it might suck the fun out of it. That’s not to say I won’t learn more Indian dishes, it just might not be ALL Indian as I had originally thought.

7. I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018

In March I had the amazing experience of performing at Total Vocal 2018 in New York City at the Lincoln Center, coached by the infectious Deke Sharon as our conductor. The entire trip was something special. Traveling with a  group of 40+ friends and performing for over 3000 people is something I’ll never forget.

Soon after NYC, we performed our 4th benefit concert where along with being part of the choir, I was a backup singer for
India Arie’s “Ready for Love”. A few weeks ago my 5th term with the YVR Pop Choir started and this semester I am going to audition for a solo. I’m really excited for this opportunity! Overall, this goal has been going so well. I’m really coming into my own when it comes to singing and it’s been a very rewarding experience for me.

8. Do an epic travel/hike in Fall of 2018

So I’ve been trying to plan this “epic travel” the last few months and then when I was in NYC, it HIT ME! I was already on that adventure! I was surrounded by 40+ friends from Choir and close friends who traveled from Vancouver, Calgary, and San Francisco to see me. Even having been to NYC only 8 months prior, this second NYC experience was one I won’t soon forget.

After 10 days in NYC, I then flew to Toronto where I got a sweet family hook-up on an amazing Airbnb (with its own rock climbing studio!) and a brand new 2018 Jeep to check out the city. Toronto was so good to me; the locals were ultra friendly, the food was amazing and my company was perfect.

Sometimes you have to take a step back to see just how good you’ve got it. So I asked myself about this “epic travel”. Was this experience the epic travel I was looking for? And the answer was a resounding, YES.

Do I feel the need for another multi-week trip right now? No.

Will I still seek out more adventures in 2018? Well, let’s say,  I’d never say no to an adventure 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Lots of love,
Sunny.

 

My January & February 2018 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2018 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year. The Objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my January & February 2018 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals.

Overview:

The start of this year has been refreshing. Not having the weight of my goals from 2017 is liberating, but also, knowing that I accomplished some big goals last year gives me great confidence walking into 2018. Furthermore, I find myself empowered in 2018 by all I’ve learned in 2017. This year my goals are more focused, I am more in line with my values and I am saying ‘no’ to opportunities which aren’t in alignment with my vision.

These past few weeks I’ve also experimented with taking more breaks. My weekends are now (for the most part) a no-work zone and I find this time to be highly valuable because I hit Mondays with a renewed energy and vigor. I also work harder during the weekdays because I respect and enjoy my off time on the weekends. It’s beautifully satisfying feeling closing my laptop Friday evening, knowing I put in good work all week and I have a weekend ahead of me to enjoy.

So without further ado, lets dive right into the goal review for January & February:

With love,
Sunny.

Goals for 2018:

1. I will make 7 figures in 2018

In the world of eCommerce, the start of the year is often very slow in comparison to the holiday season, for that reason sales on my eCommerce store have been lagging in performance. I’ve actually listed my store for sale, with the intention to focus on areas which are more in alignment with my passions and interests. Currently, running an Outdoors Store isn’t as exciting as it once used to be. On a more positive note, I’ve finished everything needed for my 2017 goal to “launch a subscription business” in the form of Fit Joe Coffee. I’m really excited about this brand and am confident it will help me achieve this goal in combination with my other ventures below.

2. I will  make an App by April 2018

These last two months have been very productive in designing & developing my second app called FOCUS. FOCUS is an app designed to help train your focus & concentration with the combination of binaural beats & meditation. We are taking a lean approach to this app, incrementally releasing progressive builds and adding additional features and incorporating user feedback as we go.  At the time of writing this blog post, I have finished the Wireframes, Design and Logo for the first public release of the app which we should have within the first week of March.

3. Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by December 2018

I already hold modest but fairly diverse crypto portfolio. The goal here is to continue to learn about Blockchain technology, it’s uses and be able to predict winning coins, teams and technology. Earlier this month I attended a Cryptocurrency Mastermind meeting here in Vancouver, with a room full of 20 people—including experts in the space of crypto, developers, marketers and crypto newbies alike. The presentation was valuable and the people I met during and after the event were sharp, friendly, futurists who freely and excitedly exchanged their knowledge. I am making it a point to attend more events like this in the future.

Lastly, I’ve also encouraged my parents to diversify their portfolio by investing in some Cryptocurrency. Helping setup up their own crypto portfolio. As I continue to learn more about Cryptocurrency, I believe even having a small position in the market with the right coins could be valuable in the long run.

4. Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018

I purposely haven’t started this project yet. I want to wait until Fit Joe is fully launched and the bulk of the design work for FOCUS has been complete before I start this project. I also need to raise some funding for this project if I am to print out a pallet of journals. Alternatively, I might start a kickstarter campaign. The first step here would be to decide if I am to fund this project myself, or to generate interest & funding with Kickstarter.

5. Hit 200lbs in bodyweight by June 2018

My training these past few weeks has been new and challenging. In the first week of January I joined an Olympic Lifting gym in my area. My goal is to really understand and become proficient in the 3 main Olympic lifts so I have a strong base for all my other weight training. I found in my old, traditional gym my technique wasn’t being critiqued and I wasn’t being pressure tested. This new gym has trainers which constantly walk around the class of 12 students, adjusting and providing feedback as we go.

At the start, I found Olympic lifting to be extremely challenging and technical. I am however noticing changes in my body composition including my posture and performance.  I’m just starting to get into the flow of Olympic lifting now – the lifts themselves are starting to feel better, I’m getting stronger and I’m beginning to understand the nuances of each lift which is making my training much more enjoyable.

6. Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein Indian dishes by October 2018

These last 2 months I’ve been cooking much more than I ever have in my life! Opting to eating home 90% of the time and doing meal prep every Sunday—the processing is slowly starting to become more familiar. I’ve also started baking something once a week (instead of buying snacks) choosing to bake my treats so I know exactly what’s in them. So far I’ve made banana bread, blondies and banana nut muffins.

My kitchen flow was horrible when I started—I was a mess, but I’m slowly starting to learn how to be efficient in the kitchen; my chopping skills are getting better, and perhaps even more importantly my weekly meal prep dishes are starting to turn out quite tasty!

Though I haven’t made any Indian food yet (as per my goal) next week instead of baking, I will be making a healthy Indian Kheer (rice pudding) with extra protein. This should kick-start this goal.

7. I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 31st 2018

This year I’m singing in in the YVR POP CHOIR for a 4th term in a row. I’m also performing at Total Vocal in New York City in March with 400 other singers and I’ve got a part in a 5 person performance in April too. Rehearsals for all these has been time consuming and a little stressful, but I’m finding myself improving as a singer and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I need to improve the way I practice for all this because it is a little overwhelming but despite this, I’m very happy with this goal so early in the year.

8. Do an epic travel/hike in Fall of 2018

No plans have been made here, yet. But ideal locations are Mt Kilijamaro in Tanzania or Mt Fuji in Japan. I will let a destination come to me naturally instead of forcing it and make plans accordingly. My ideal time to travel is when the weather here in Vancouver isn’t ideal, so I’m aiming for a date in Fall or Winter of this year.

Goal Plan for 2018

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin

Objective:

2018 is the second year I am holding myself publicly accountable to my goals both through this blog & with accountability partners in my mastermind groups. The purpose of writing my goals in the format below is to clearly plan and organize my commitments, understand my motives and learn about myself from the entire experience. In addition to my Yearly Goal Plan, I will be writing Monthly Updates, which will serve as a mechanism to “course correct” as the year progresses. Throughout this process, I will be 100% truthful with myself and learn from both my wins and blunders.

Theme for 2018:

Maximize by Minimizing: Perhaps you’ve heard the term “less is more”. This is a theory I learned in Design School. Too often newer students (myself included) would add too many elements to a logo trying to distinguish it or make it unique. But this would have the opposite effect—often the simplest logos stood out the most and created the strongest brands. The nosiest logos were too busy and failed to catch the attention of the masses.

This was me last year; I tried to make my year extra fancy. I had 20 goals in all different areas of my life. But by doing regular reviews, I came to realize that this was way too many goals for me—I was overwhelmed, and nearly suffocated by my commitments in Q4 of 2017.

This year, with the encouragement of my friend Boris Kerjner, I spent some time reflecting on my values before committing to my goals.  I used the DiMartini Value Determination exercise to help me with this. I spent time really thinking about the things I  value the most and did my best to align my goals with those things, such as financial freedom, creative expression, adventure & fitness.

In the process, I’ve cut the number of my goals in less than half – opting for a range of 6-8 goals. Here they are.

Goals for 2018:

1. I will break 7 figures in 2018

I believe we’re living in the golden age of the internet marketing – that time before everyone and their grandma is saturating the online space (though that’s already starting to happen!). Because this is the “Gold Rush” ere, I believe it’s time to take advantage of this Gold Rush and set yourself up for financial freedom NOW. I plan to do this in a few ways. Which are outlined in my goals list below. But again, like last year, my #1 goal is a financial goal and this goal sets the tone for goals 2, 3 and 4.

2. I will  make an App by April 31st 2018

In 2012 I made my first app. 6 years later I’m back at it again. This time around I’m focused on improving my focus(and yours!) My goal is to create an app which helps train you to focus using a dynamic meditation technique. This practice should give you more in control of your habits and productivity.

3. Understand Cryptocurrency and build a Winning Portfolio by Dec 2018

The world is changing. Technology is evolving rapidly, and I want to not only understand it but to invest in it. I believe Cryptocurrencies will change the way we exchange value and the blockchain is the internet 3.0—these are technologies of the future. My goal is to invest my time and money into this exciting new sector and become an expert in this space.

4. Create and Distribute a Hardcover Journal by Fall 2018

In 2016 I created a digital “PDF” Journal called Plan & Conquer which I gave away with my eBook “The Bushido Code”. The feedback I received for this was overwhelmingly positive, though one question I frequently received was, “can you make this into an actual book or an app?!”. This year I’m finally doing exactly that—creating a Hardcover Journal which I can sell as a stand-alone product. But to provide extra value, I’m also going to be creating a complimentary Journaling course to go with it. Journaling has been one of the biggest game changers in my life. I believe in it strongly and want to help others by creating the best journal in the world.

5. Hit 200lbs in bodyweight by June 2018

I remember in 2009, new years eve—I stepped on the scale and I was 199.9lbs. Heavy and unhealthy, my goal was to slim down to my normal weight of 175 lbs. Fast forward 9 years and I’m looking to get back up to 200lbs, only this time bigger, faster and stronger than ever before.

6. Learn to cook 5 healthy high protein Indian dishes by Oct 2018

Both my parents are amazing cooks. My dad is even a chef. Growing up I was fed healthy, delicious food. It’s fair to say I took it for granted until I got older when I really began to appreciate what a blessing it was. If I had to say 1 thing my parents were best at, it would be their cooking. My goal is to begin to learn the art of Indian cooking, with the eventual goal to share this art with the world through a book or app.

But for now, my goal for 2018 is to just get started. I am a novice in the kitchen. I want to learn 5 basic dishes but healthy dishes.

7. I will write, sing & perform music by Dec 2018

Music and creative expression are important values to me. In the past year, I have been singing with the YVR Pop Choir and I look forward to continuing singing with them, but also pursuing my own independent music, both in singing and songwriting. Years ago I would write lyrics and produce music, I want to get back into that. without feeling obligated to create. I just want to write, sing and create.

8. Do an epic travel/hike in the Fall of 2018

I crave adventure. I like the idea of being in a brand new location, not knowing anyone or even the language. Culture shock excites me. The challenge of it all, the unknown. This year I will travel to an epic destination which involves a climb of some sort. Be it Mount Fuji or Kilimanjaro, I’m not sure yet, but I know I want to be on the top of the world.

My November & December 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year.

The objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my review for  November & December 2017, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made on it. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals & ambitions.

General Overview:

As the year comes to a close I am grateful for the experience these 365 days have provided. This was my first time setting goals in this manner and it was also the first time I’ve ever made any of my goals public. The experience itself was unique and valuable.

I learned many things about myself these past 12 months. I will review in more detail how I will apply my learnings in 2018 in my January 2018 Blog Post, in the meantime here are my 3 biggest learnings which stood out from this goal setting process.

1. I overwhelmed myself by setting too many goals. lol yup, who would have thought, 20 goals is too many, especially for a first attempt. I really set expectations high. Even though I tried my best to diversify my goals in difficulty, time and complexity etc,  it felt like I was always chasing after something. I underestimated the time, energy and focus involved. Simply put, I wasn’t ready to tackle 20 goals.

2. Setting 20 goals all with a deadline of Dec 31st, wasn’t smart. This caused me a lot of pressure near the end of the year. In October I experienced a paralysis of sorts by the overwhelming number of goals I had yet to achieve. During that time I went almost 2 weeks without doing anything at all, I had a fear of taking action.

3. Goal setting works. Theirs no doubt about it; having a desire, writing it down and working towards it day-in-day-out is a surefire formula for success. In years passed I started the year with good intentions but my energy levels towards my goals quickly faded. This was the first time I’ve accomplished more than 3 goals in 1 year.

This year I accomplished 6 goals fully and came VERY close to accomplishing another 4. I’m proud of my efforts and I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned from 2017 with me into 2018.

With love,
Sunny.

Business Goals:

1. DONE – I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
November was our strongest month to date—by a long shot! The combination of the Holiday Season and Black Friday/Cyber Monday surpassed our expectations. Because of this bump and a solid investment in cryptocurrencies in Q4 we were able to hit our 5x target.

This first goal was my biggest and most important goal. As an entrepreneur, it is my responsibility to be driven, because the alternative to be passive and lazy is too darn easy and tempting.  Targets help us push ourselves and grow. Additionally, as a newer entrepreneur, I needed confirmation that quitting my job in Q3 2015 was the right thing to do.  This goal was #1 on my list for a reason, it shaped the following 8 goals and I’m very happy I achieved.

2. 90% COMPLETE – I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
My new Coffee Brand is almost ready to launch. We have our first batch of a product designed, labeled and ready to be shipped to the fulfillment house. The landing and sales pages are done and ads and social media products are almost done too. Realistically, this project is probably still about 4 weeks out from an official launch, just due to logistics – so even though I didn’t make the self-inflicted “deadline” I’m so excited to get this thing shipped out and see what people think of it!

3. INCOMPLETE – I will easily host my first Retreat by December 31st 2017:
Beyond the progress made early in the year on this task, no additional progress was made on this goal. If I am to be honest, my desire to hold a retreat faded mid-year. Instead of pursuing something with dwindling interest I decided not invest energy into this goal this year. It wasn’t the best use of my time nor did the timing of this goal fit in with my larger plan. The desire to hold a retreat was a bit premature. I still do have a desire to hold retreats on the topic of ancient wisdom and high performance with my circle, but only when the calling is stronger.

4. INCOMPLETE – I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
As a student of personal development for over 10 years, I’m aware of the large and growing number of underqualified personal development gurus in the market and didn’t want to be one of them. For this reason, I feel a strong calling to getting certified in the area of high-performance by my long-term mentor Brendon Burchard.

The Certification is an intense, week-long hands-on workshop in California that only happens once a year—it’s also expensive. With a huge pull into eCommerce this year to reach goal #1 on this list, I invested less time and energy into my Personal Development work. I did this because it made sense in order to reach goal #1 easier, and it was the right thing to do.

Lesson: The landscape of goals and motivations changes. Learn to be flexible in your approach.

5. 90% COMPLETE – I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st, 2017:
Well, the Bushido Body course is finally wrapped up! All 10 modules have been recorded, edited and mastered. What I haven’t done yet is release this course into the wild. This still needs some time, though not too much. I came very close to finishing this goal within the year, its something that we’ve been working on for over a year so I’m glad to finally have it all recorded and ready for launch. I learned a lot from this project. My biggest learning was how to efficiently schedule teams (this project had many moving parts and was difficult to coordinate all parties involved) I also learned that I need to work with a sense of speed and urgency, especially with group projects because as time passes, enthusiasm dwindles.

6. DONE – I will easily hire a team by December 31st, 2017:
This year we successfully added a Copywriter, Video Talent, an IT Person and a full-time customer service team to our staff. As time progressed, we added a total of 10 people to our team.  One thing I’ve learned is the task of hiring a team is one that never ends. I’m always looking for that next rock star that can help take us to the next level. But I’m very happy with where our team is at now, especially in comparison to the start of the year.

7. INCOMPLETE – I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
Fear. That’s why progress wasn’t made on this goal. Throughout the last few years of writing in my journal and recording my progress in all areas of my life, I’ve noticed I delay or put off indefinitely tasks which scare me the most. Video is a huge fear of mine, I believe with all my heart that when I get into it, I will be good at what I do – but for the time being, I have a paralyzing fear of video and for that reason haven’t made any videos. Well, that’s not technically true, because I have made a series of videos for a Journaling Course I created in 2015, but I never released it because I didn’t feel like it was good enough.

So, how do I get rid of this fear? I know the answer, and it’s simple—I just feel the fear and do it anyways. I will regroup and tackle this goal again in the near future.

8. INCOMPLETE – I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
Writing is therapeutic for me. In addition to learning and digesting information better through writing, I enjoy the process of writing and gain great joy from a well-written post. However, in the last year or so I’ve been writing less, so in an effort to motivate myself, I made it a goal to write almost every day in 2017. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

Despite enjoying writing, I don’t always write. I only write when I’m motivated. This past year I wasn’t very motivated to write, mostly because it took time and energy away from my main goal of 5x-ing my income. Now that I feel comfortable with where I’m at financially, I will revisit writing more in 2018.

Learning: These goals of writing x-times a week or mediating x-days a week aren’t great goals. For me, they don’t work. These are the goals I had the hardest time with and I think it’s because missing even a day is demotivating.

9. DONE – I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
Currently, we’re at 300,000 followers for the eCommerce brand and just under 60,000 followers for my personal development brand. That’s a total of 360,000 followers. Goal reached!

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. INCOMPLETE – I will easily be in great shape by December 31st, 2017
Did I reach my goal of being in “great shape”? Good question. I started this blog to be held accountable, but also to be honest with myself and learn in the process. There were times this year when I looked my physique and was happy with the results. But, I’m very aware of my potential and I don’t think I hit my peak potential this year as I had intended. Most notably I found myself lacking in my bulk phase. This has been the case for many years, I am great at leaning out but bulking is difficult for me, mostly because I find it hard to eat as much as I need for optimal growth. With that said though, I am the strongest I’ve ever been. My posture has never been better and I’m the most technically sound at the gym that I’ve ever been. I also learned new movement modalities (Functional Patterns) and have become quite competent in calisthenics.

I am going to leave this goal and INCOMPLETE to serve as motivation for my fitness goals in 2018. I hold myself to a high standard and look forward to reaching GREAT shape in 2018.

2018 Fitness Goals:
– Bulk: 205
– Cut: 185 @ sub 10% BF

11. 80% COMPLETE – I will easily do the Splits by December 31st, 2017:
This is one of those goals which I started with lots of effort, stretching each day at the gym, but then neglecting my stretching routine all throughout summer and fall and then focusing on it again with lots of effort in the winter. I made some really great gains during those times of practice, but unfortunately not enough to say I achieved full splits. This is the lowest I’ve been able to take my splits ever, so I’m happy with my results, but it’s also a bit bittersweet knowing that I was so close to my goal without achieving it.

12. INCOMPLETE – I will easily hire a personal Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
I didn’t manage this goal this year. I don’t really know why. I love martial arts and I’m good at them too. Looking back, it might be due to poor planning—I left this goal until the last minute, maybe I under-estimated it? Or perhaps it had something to do with the polarity of my fitness goals. On one hand, my goal was to get bigger and stronger, on the other hand, Muay Thai is a largely aerobic discipline, countering the effects of bulking and lifting heavy weights. This might be an excuse and probably is.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. DONE – I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017
I successfully visited Montreal and New York City this summer. Both cities wowed me in different ways. To summarize, the European influence in Montreal made it seems like I had a little piece of Europe in my own backyard (without the 10-hour flight, the language barrier or the need to change currencies) and the sheer size and scale of New York City inspired me to dream bigger and grow my business to new heights.

Later in the year I was in Dallas, Texas for Entrepreneurs Dinner 7 – Luxury Yacht Experience, hosted by my good friend Rob Collier, and just last week I returned from a beautiful vacation with my family in Maui, Hawaii (our first family trip in recent history!). This year was very adventurous and I feel blessed for these amazing opportunities and look forward to many more 🙂

14. DONE – I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st, 2017:
This year I’ve spent my time living in a beautiful bright sub-loft in an active, sprawling part of the city next to the beach, some of my favorite cafes and close to the downtown core. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about the Vancouver real estate market and in the future, I look forward to purchasing property in this beautiful city.

15. 50% COMPLETE – I will easily record a Song by December 31st, 2017:
This summer I had the pleasure of performing a solo of Hozier’s Take me to Church with my choir, the YVR Pop Choir. This was my first ever performance, and I was lucky enogh to have it recorded—which technically was the requirement for this goal… but, the truth is I also had the intention of recording my first original song this year, which didn’t happen. So because of that, I’m marking this goal only 50% complete.

Next year I plan to put more time and energy into my music. Music is something I enjoy with all my being, I see it as a big part of my future.

Personal Development Goals:

16. 80% COMPLETE – I will easily follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st, 2017:
I’ve been following morning routines for the past 6-7 years. When first introduced to the idea, I realized right away the huge benefit of having a well throughout morning routine to help with energy, focus, and productivity. This year I’ve applied my morning routine more so than ever before.

Having my morning routine printed out and on the fridge helped keep me consistant—it’s easy to veer off route when it’s dark and cold out and you’ve just woken up feeling groggy. But having my routine posted on my fridge has kept me focused, even when my willpower is low.

Dispite not completing my morning routine every day this month, it’s hard not to be happy with my progress. I can say with confidence I have a well thought out morning routine which I do MOST days, and I’m content with that.

17. 90% + COMPLETE – I will easily Meditate 100 days in a row by December 31st, 2017:
In the last 100 days, I mediated a total of 94 days, which means I missed 6 days. Before this goal, I was probably meditating 2x a week, so that’s a great improvement. Though I didn’t make this goal, this is an example of how just striving for a goal is so helpful. If it wasn’t for this goal, I still think I would be only mediating a couple of times a week. This goal helped me realize the importance of mediation in my day and how meditation helps with all areas of my life. I will continue this practice moving forward and aim to one day meditate daily without compromise.

18. INCOMPLETE – I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st 2017:
This year I completed 8 books and if I am to be honest, I didn’t “read” most of them – instead, I listened to them as audiobooks. This was a great way for me to digest information while commuting, but it wasn’t the best way to retain that information for the purpose of writing book reports.

Looking back, I believe I didn’t write reports for any of these books because I simply wasn’t actively note taking. This is a huge learning for me. I watch lots of podcasts, documentaries, courses – and I don’t always have a notepad with me. This information is loosely absorbed and it’s just not efficient. Moving forward I plan to take notes while doing any kind of learning, including reading.

19. INCOMPLETE – I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st, 2017:
Reflecting back on this year, I’ve actually been to many Personal Development Events and Talks. I attended the Samurai Brotherhood Open House, the Man Talks Hike & Talk Event and even a Satsung hosted by my dear friend Boris Kerjner. I also traveled to Dallas Texas for an Entrepreneurs Dinner Event. But the honest intention for this goal wasn’t to attend short events, but rather to attend a seminar, preferably a powerful multi-day seminar to really empower me and my vision. I didn’t find myself called to anything. The events I wanted to attend, I found myself out of town. Not achieving this goal was due to a lack of planning my year. I will remember this lesson moving forward.

Selfless Service

20. DONE – I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
This was a very satisfying, feel-good goal to accomplish. Together with a local SEVA group, we donated food, water, and winter care packages (gloves, socks and a toque) to those in need in Vancouver Downside East Side. We also supplied the Vancouver Covenant House, an organization who helps youth who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse with winter care packages too. In total, we successfully donated 1000 articles of clothing and plan on increasing this number as the years go by.

End of review.

My October 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year.

The objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my October Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals & ambitions.

General Monthly Overview:

As I roll into Q4, the last quarter of the year, I found myself a little overwhelmed by all the goals I still had left to complete. Enough so, that strong hesitation built within me to write this review. But then, I took time to reflect on my progress and reminded myself that this was my first time setting goals in this style—not only that, but I also set 20 goals for myself—which is a lot! lol

One of the beautiful things about publicly stating your goals & intentions is the accountability that comes with the territory. In the past, I might have quit or cut my goals list in half, today I stand determined to do the best I can and learn from the process.

So instead of being paralyzed by the months ahead of me, I took this opportunity to remind myself of my strengths. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a strong finisher. I’ve always performed best when the pressure was on and that was likely one of the reasons I was a chronic procrastinator growing up.

So this month I’ve been focusing on my finishing strong. Focused, uninterrupted work blocks, clear goals and targets, streamlined communication and earlier mornings have all contributed to higher output. And now, my fear of overwhelm has turned into motivation and excitement. Motivation to get my ass into high-gear and excitement to see how I finish the year. And so, I enter Q4 with confidence…

May Q4 remind you of your own strengths!

With love,
Sunny.

Business Goals:

1. IN PROGRESS – I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
October has been a very strong month for us. E-commerce as a trend tends to be strongest in Q4 with the holiday season, so this was expected to some degree. But over the last year, we’ve been able to optimize our landing pages, improve the targeting of our facebook ads, and streamline our teams processes—all of which have contributed to higher earnings. I expect to see this growth strengthen as we head into November and December.

2. IN PROGRESS – I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
Progress on the Plan & Conquer Action Journal and Subscription Coffee brand is coming along well—though admittedly a little slower than I would like. I’m confident I’ll get at least 1 of these products shipped by December which would fulfill this goal—however, I don’t know how much it will contribute to goal #1, as a brand new product launch isn’t often optimized for conversion. Regardless, I’m excited by the possibilities for both these brands, especially in 2018.

3. INCOMPLETE – I will easily host my first Retreat by December 31st 2017:
Beyond the progress we made early in the year on this task, no additional progress was made on this goal. If I am to be honest with myself, a retreat is looking quite ambitious right now. Though we have the outline created and even sourced some potential locations to hold it—2017 might not be the year of my first retreat. Note to self: If this goal doesn’t happen, hold a post-mortem for all the goals which didn’t come to be to figure out what happened and what could be improved.

4. INCOMPLETE – I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
Well, it seems like I dropped the ball on this one. Initially, I was planning on taking the CHPC training in Spring of 2017, but I changed my mind and decided to do it in the Fall instead. Unfortunately, it seems the fall certification week has either been canceled or is now full. So needless to say, I won’t be able to fulfill this goal this year. The certification is a hefty $10k USD and in all honesty, parts of me were a bit reluctant. But with the launching of my “Plan & Conquer” Journal, a high-performance certification would be a nice asset to my skill set and I will instead now pursue this certification in 2018.

5. IN PROGRESS – I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st, 2017:
At the end of July my team and I wrapped up the last day of filming for the Bushido Body course. Currently, our video guru, Nate Slaco is editing the hours of footage we’ve collected and I will soon begin to create the marketing funnel. I expect to have this course ready for launch in December, so we can take advantage of the New Years resolution crowd in January.

6. DONE – I will easily hire a team by December 31st, 2017:
This summer we’ve successfully added a Copywriter, Video Talent, an IT Person and a full-time customer service team to our staff. As time progresses, we will continue to further round out our team. One thing I’ve learned is the task of hiring a team is one that never ends. I’m always looking for that next rock star that can help take us to the next level. But I’m very happy with where our team is at now, especially in comparison to the start of the year.

7. INCOMPLETE – I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet—yikes! With the short time frame, I’ve refocused on how I’m going to be making these videos and I’m opting for quick 1-min style videos which will be sharable on Instagram as well as YouTube. I will be batch processing this goal in December.

8. INCOMPLETE – I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
Ok, with only a couple months left this year it’s time to get serious about this goal. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, I haven’t managed to keep a steady writing rhythm. My writing streaks have been broken multiple times and I find myself not putting my thoughts on paper for weeks and months at a time. This is simply because I don’t have writing scheduled into my routine, I write only when inspired, and after reading “The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield, I’ve come to learn that most writers have a daily writing practice, where they spend time writing, inspired or not. So I will be reintroducing this to my morning routine.

9. DONE – I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
Currently, we’re at 180,000 followers for the eCommerce brand and just under 60,000 followers for my personal development brand. That’s a total of 240,000 followers. Goal reached!

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. IN PROGRESS – I will easily be in great shape by December 31st 2017
This past month I was able to lean out a considerable amount by reducing my overall caloric count, eating less carbs and increasing my healthy fat intake while practicing fasting on a regular basis. I’m very happy with my results, though I’m not sure if I’ve reached “the best shape of my life”, mostly because it’s hard to measure this—the last time I was the leanest I was around 168lbs which I feel is too small for my frame. What I can say is that this is the best my body has felt in years. I feel strong, my body is balanced, functional and flexible. My posture is good and for the first time in many years, I am injury free.

As I transition back into a bulking phase, I must outline my goals for 2018. My goal is to reach 205 lbs during my bulking phase (this will be the biggest I’ve ever been by 5 lbs) and then lean down to 185 at sub 10% BF.

2018 Fitness Goals:
– Bulk: 205
– Cut: 185 @ sub 10% BF

11. IN PROGRESS – I will easily do the Splits by December 31st, 2017:
Since moving downtown, I’ve neglected my splits stretching routine. It’s safe to say that I haven’t made much progress on my splits this month, but I don’t think I’ve lost any of my flexibility either. With that said, I don’t have much time left to accomplish the splits – only 2 months now, so I’m recommitting myself to my splits routine and I will be increasing the frequency and duration of my stretches to make up for lost time.

12. IN PROGRESS – I will easily hire a personal Muay Thai Coach by December 31st 2017:
Despite having sign-up for a free trial at a local Muay Thai gym near my place last month, I have yet to take advantage of it and still need to attend a class. I’m not too worried about this though, the gym is just a few blocks down from my house and it’s not like I ever stopped training. I will get this goal done.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. DONE – I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017
I successfully visited Montreal and New York City this summer. Both cities wowed me in different ways. To summarize, the European influence in Montreal made it seems like I had a little piece of Europe in my own backyard (without the 10-hour flight, the language barrier or the need to change currencies) and the sheer size and scale of New York City inspired me to dream bigger and grow my business to new heights.

Last month I was in Dallas, Texas for Entrepreneurs Dinner 7 Luxury Yacht Experience, hosted by my good friend Rob Collier, and in December this year I’ll be doing a Hawaii trip with family (the first family trip in recent history!).

14. DONE – I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st, 2017:
This summer I’ve spent my time living in a beautiful bright sub-loft in an active, sprawling part of the city next to the beach, some of my favorite cafes and close to the downtown core. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about the Vancouver real estate market and in the future, I look forward to purchasing property in this beautiful city. Photos of my space coming soon 🙂

15. IN PROGRESS – I will easily record a Song by December 31st, 2017:
This year has been musically fruitful. I had the pleasure of performing a solo with my choir, the YVR Pop Choir this Summer and I’m looking forward to working with my choir director 1-on-1 to bring the very first song I ever wrote to life in Q4. Stay tuned!

Personal Development Goals:

16. IN PROGRESS – I will easily follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st, 2017:
This past month I’ve been diligent about following my morning routine. I’ve found solace in doing my routine because of the way I feel each time I do it. Since I don’t work a traditional Monday-Friday 9-5 job, I often commit to doing my morning routine 7 days a week. I think this has helped the consistency. My morning routine is always a work in progress, as I am adding and removing elements from it all the time.

17. IN PROGRESS – I will easily Meditate 100 days in a row by December 31st, 2017:
To date, I’ve meditated 36 days in a row. And if you read last months review, you’ll remember I modified this goal from mediating every day in 2017, to meditating 100 days in a row in 2017. To ensure success with this, I’ve asked for some accountability from a good friend who is doing the challenge with me. Together we have been holding each other accountable with daily texts. So far so good. I look forward to completing this goal and reaping the rewards as I notice the massive benefits of a deep meditation each and every time.

18. INCOMPLETE – I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st 2017:
Thus far, I’ve read 7 books this year, which brings me to only half of the books I’ve aimed for this year and the thought of writing a report for each of these books feels overwhelming. This goal was poorly planned, to the point where I didn’t write any notes for any of the books I’ve read – at least not enough to write reports on them. Because of this, I am eliminating this goal from this years list simply because the scale of this goal will take away time from completing other goals.

19. IN PROGRESS – I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st, 2017:
Reflecting back on this summer, I’ve actually been to many “Personal Development Events”. I attended the Samurai Brotherhood Open House, the Man Talks Hike & Talk Event and even a Satsung hosted by my dear friend Boris Kerjner. And at the end of the month, I’m booked to attend the Entrepreneurs Dinner Event in Dallas, Texas. But the intention for this goal wasn’t to attend short events, but rather to attend a seminar, preferably a powerful multi-day seminar to really empower me and my vision. I’m still on the hunt for this event. Contact me and let me know if you know of any! Willing to travel for good ones 🙂

Selfless Service

20. IN PROGRESS – I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
Today I spent some time to source quality winter socks from suppliers. Why socks? Because I noted from a recent nes article that socks are the most needed items for homeless shelters. Once we place an order on these socks, they will arrive late November early December for us to distribute.

End of review.

My September 2017 Goals Review

At the end of each month, I perform a monthly goal review where I measure the progress of my 2017 goals and recalibrate my performance to ensure I reach my targets for the year.

The objective of this review is to be 100% honest and truthful with myself and learn from my mistakes & wins as I go.

Below is my September 2017 Monthly Goals Review, which goes over each goal that I set and the progress that I’ve made so far. Ultimately, it is my hope that my goal list and process inspire you to set and achieve your own goals & ambitions.

General Monthly Overview:

As the days become progressively shorter, the weather starts to cool and leaves begin falling from trees, I find myself in not only a transitionary month seasonally but also a transitionary month personally and professionally.

Not much time remains in the year and I feel a little overwhelmed at all the goals I still yet to complete. But then I remind myself, traditionally, I’ve always been a late starter—someone who has excelled when it matters most. So I will embrace this mentality and forge ahead.

Summer is to enjoy and fall/winter, as I see, it is a time to get busy! Q3 is coming to an end and Q4, the busiest quarter for e-commerce is right around the corner, and I’m feeling good about it.

With love,
Sunny.

Business Goals:

1. I will easily 5x my monthly income by December 31st 2017:
The theme of transition definitely continues into my business – this fall we have been working to move our e-commerce platform from Shopify to ClickFunnels. We’ve also changed our strategy from selling small ticket items to larger ticket items. This coupled with the transition of seasons which historically shows a dip in numbers has given us lower than expected numbers thus far. However, this isn’t deterring me from my goals at all. With the upcoming launch of 2 new subscription brands (noted below), I’m still very optimistic and excited for a strong Q4.

2. I will easily launch a successful Subscription Service by December 31st 2017:
In the last month, I’ve been inspired to bring my digital Bushido Journal to life as a print product. The goal is to provide a platform to write & commit to your goals in a quarterly (3 months format) journal. The idea is to make a journal so effective, that after the first 3 months, users are compelled to continue their subscription to the powerful tool. I’m excited to bring this project to life and aim to launch in October, ready for the holiday season.
Additionally, inspired by a young local entrepreneur, I’ve been working to bring another subscription service to market. This project revolves around my love for coffee & fitness. Without giving away too much, it’s a pre-workout of sorts which caters to the health conscious fitness enthusiast. I aim to have this ready for market mid Q4 to help with goal #1.

3. I will easily host my first Retreat by December 31st 2017:

Beyond the progress we made early in the year on this task, no additional progress was made on this goal. If I am to be honest with myself, a retreat is looking quite ambitious right now. Though we have the outline created and even sourced some potential locations to hold it—2017 might not be the year of my first retreat. Note to self: If this goal doesn’t happen, hold a post-mortem for all the goals which didn’t come to be to figure out what happened and what could be improved.

4. I will easily be a Certified High-Performance Coach by December 31st 2017:
Well, it seems like I dropped the ball on this one. Initially, I was planning on taking the CHPC training in Spring of 2017, but I changed my mind and decided to do it in the Fall instead. Unfortunately, it seems the fall certification week has either been canceled or is now full. So needless to say I won’t be able to fulfill this goal this year. The certification is a hefty $10k USD and in all honesty, parts of me were a bit reluctant. But with this newfound inspiration in launching my “Plan & Conquer” Journal, a high-performance certification would be a nice asset to my skill set and I will instead now pursue this certification in 2018.

5. I will easily Launch a Course by December 31st, 2017:
At the end of July my team and I wrapped up the last day of filming for the Bushido Body course. The next step is for our video guru, Nate Slaco to edit the footage and for me to create the marketing funnel. I expect the course to launch for Q4.


6. DONE – I will easily hire a team by December 31st, 2017:

This summer we’ve successfully added a Copywriter, Video Talent, an IT Person and a full-time customer service team to our staff. As time progresses, we will continue to further round out our team. One thing I’ve learned is the task of hiring a team is one that never ends. I’m always looking for that next rock star that can help take us to the next level. But I’m very happy with where our team is at now in comparison to the start of the year.

7. I will easily record 30 videos by December 31st 2017:
No progress has been made on this goal yet. But in one of my quarterly reviews, my accountability partner and I came up with a strategy to get this task done in 2017. I’ve refocused on how I’m going to be making these videos and I’m opting for quick 1-min style videos which will be sharable on Instagram as well as YouTube. I will be batch processing this goal in Q4.

8. I will easily write 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
To date, I haven’t managed to keep a steady writing rhythm. My writing streaks have been broken multiple times and I find myself not putting my thoughts on paper for weeks and months at a time. As I reflect on the source of the problem, and not the symptom—I can’t help but think the reason I’m not writing often is that I’m not digesting as much information as I once was. I’m reading less, watching fewer documentaries, taking fewer courses, and I haven’t attended any seminars this year. So to honor this goal, I am committing myself back to digesting more quality content so as to spark more ideas and inspire the writing process once more.

9. DONE – I will easily reach 200,000 followers on Social Media by December 31st:
Currently, we’re at 180,000 followers for the eCommerce brand and just under 60,000 followers for my personal development brand. That’s a total of 240,000 followers. Goal reached!

Health & Fitness Goals:

10. I will easily be in the best shape of my life by December 31st 2017
This past month I was able to lean out a considerable amount by reducing my overall caloric count, eating less carbs and increasing my healthy fat intake while practicing fasting on a regular basis. I’m very happy with my results, though I’m not sure if I’ve reached “the best shape of my life”, mostly because it’s hard to measure this—the last time I was the leanest I was around 168lbs which I feel is too small for my frame. What I can say is that this is the best my body has felt in years. I feel strong, my body is balanced, functional and flexible. My posture is good and for the first time in many years, I am injury free.
As I transition back into a bulking phase, I must outline my goals for 2018. My goal is to reach 205 lbs during my bulking phase (this will be the biggest I’ve ever been by 5 lbs) and then lean down to 185 at sub 10% BF. Action Item: Revise workout routine
2018 Fitness Goals:
– Bulk: 205
– Cut: 185 @ sub 10% BF

11. I will easily do the Splits by December 31st 2017:

Since moving downtown, I’ve neglected my splits stretching routine. It’s safe to say that I haven’t made much progress on my splits this month, but I don’t think I’ve lost any of my flexibility either. With that said, I don’t have much time left to accomplish the splits – only 3 months now, so I’m recommitting myself to my splits routine and I will be increasing the frequency and duration of my stretches to make up for lost time. Action Item: Include my splits routine into each workout.

12. I will easily hire a personal Muay Thai Coach 
by December 31st 2017:
Despite having sign-up for a free trial at a local Muay Thai gym near my place last month, I have yet to take advantage of it and still need to attend a class. I’m not too worried about this though, the gym is just a few blocks down from my house and it’s not like I ever stopped training. I will get this goal done.

Travel & Lifestyle

13. DONE – I will easily cross off 2 different destinations on my LIFE LIST by December 31st 2017
I successfully visited Montreal and New York City this summer. Both cities wowed me in different ways. To summarize, the European influence in Montreal made it seems like I had a little piece of Europe in my own backyard (without the 10-hour flight, the language barrier or the need to change currencies) and the sheer size and scale of New York City inspired me to dream bigger and grow my business to new heights.
Next month I’ll be going to Dallas Texas for an entrepreneurial networking event entitled Entrepreneurs Dinner hosted by my good friend Rob Collier, and later this year I’ll be doing a Hawaii trip with family (the first family trip in recent history!).
14. DONE – I will easily have lived in a Creative Space / Loft by December 31st 2017:
This summer I’ve spent my time living in a beautiful bright sub-loft in an active, sprawling part of the city next to the beach, some of my favorite cafes and close to the downtown core. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about the Vancouver real estate market and in the future, I look forward to purchasing property in this beautiful city. Photos of my space coming soon 🙂
15. I will easily record a Song by December 31st 2017:
This year has been musically fruitful.  I had the pleasure of performing a solo with my choir, the YVR Pop Choir this Summer and I’m looking forward to working with my choir director 1-on-1 to bring the very first song I ever wrote to life in Q4. Stay tuned!

Personal Development Goals:

16. I will easily follow my morning routine 5 days a week by December 31st 2017:
This past month I’ve been diligent about following my morning routine. I’ve found solace in doing my routine because of the way I feel each time I do it. Since I don’t work a traditional Monday-Friday 9-5 job, I often commit to doing my morning routine 7 days a week. I think this has helped the consistency. My morning routine is always a work in progress, I am adding and removing elements from it all the time.
17. I will easily Meditate 100 days in a row by December 31st 2017:
So, if you read last months review, you’ll remember I modified this goal from mediating every day in 2017, to meditating 100 days in a row in 2017. To ensure success with this, I’ve asked for some accountability from a good friend who is doing the challenge with me. Together we have been holding each other accountable with daily texts. So far so good. I look forward to completing this goal and reaping the rewards as I notice the massive benefits of a deep meditation each and every time.
 
18. I will easily Condense 12 books into Reports by December 31st:
I’m nowhere close to having read 12 books this year and the thought of writing a report feels overwhelming. In order to salvage this goal, I need to come up with a low friction strategy to catalog the content I read so I can easily transition that information into a report or “Coles Notes” of sorts without too much time or strain. I don’t know what this is yet, but I have created it as an action item for this months review.
19. I will easily attend 1 Personal Development Event by December 31st 2017:
Reflecting back on this summer, I’ve actually been to many “Personal Development Events”. I attended the Samurai Brotherhood Open House, the Man Talks Hike & Talk Event and even a Satsung hosted by my dear friend Boris Kerjner. And at the end of the month, I’m booked to attend the Entrepreneurs Dinner Event in Dallas, Texas. But the intention for this goal wasn’t to attend short events, but rather to attend a seminar, preferably a powerful multi-day seminar to really empower me and my vision. I’m still on the hunt for this event. Contact me and let me know if you know of any! Willing to travel for good ones 🙂

Selfless Service

20. I will easily donate 1000 articles of clothing to the Homeless
No progress has been made on this goal yet. Goal is to donate during the winter of Q4.

Note to self, I recently read a news article which stated the most needed items for homeless shelters are socks! Good to know. 

End of review.