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As 2012 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on 2012 and looking forward to 2013. My last post gave insight into what went well in 2012 and what didn’t. Today, my focus is on my action plan for 2013.

Before I go into the specifics, here was my thinking throughout the process:

  • No “resolutions.” Too often resolutions are good intentions that are broken after two weeks. Health clubs thrive on these good intentions: people signing up for a membership, going for a week or two, and then stop going. This is an plan of action on what I will accomplish.
  • Measurable. I don’t want something vague like be happy or get fit. That isn’t measurable, so I will never really know if I made it. Plus, everyone wants to be happy, be fit, and make money. My goals are measurable and specific.
  • Worthwhile. My action plan is all working in conjunction to achieve something greater. I don’t want to pursue and waste my time on things that don’t matter.
  • Fun. Life is short, and I want to have as much fun as possible. While not every moment of the journey may be the most fun I have ever had, I will legitimately enjoy pursuing all of these activities.

Without any further ado, here is my 2013 Action Plan.

Personal

Sub 10% body fat
I am not sure where I am currently at, but I am betting I am pretty close already. That being said, I want to consistently maintain a body fat percentage under 10. I will accomplish this through sprint workouts, outrigger canoeing, weight workouts, a commitment to my diet (essentially paleo principles with some modification), and other activity throughout the week (most notably basketball). I need to measure my body fat at the beginning of the year and monitor it at least quarterly, but preferably monthly.

Complete one season of outrigger canoeing
This is an activity I have wanted to pursue for quite some time now, since I was a freshman in college and took a PE class. However, I had a hard time before because I would always change location and wouldn’t be in one place during the outrigger season. This spring and summer I am going to join the Newport Aquatic Center and the outrigger canoeing team they have there. I am ridiculously excited to go out, get some fantastic exercise, be on the water, and be a part of a team again.

Invest in someone
I don’t want to live life all about myself. It is important to help others as well, and I want to really, truly invest in someone this year. I have not made an exact decision how, but I will look into programs like Big Brother, Big Sister, the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, and other similar institutions to give back and make an impact on someone’s life.

Graduate Credit College
On January 12 I am headed east to New York for training for Citibank. I will be attending the intense and prestigious Credit College program, which will last 10 weeks. It is definitely a goal of mine to pass this program.

One Bad Ass Trip
This one isn’t too developed at this point, but I am going to take one crazy awesome trip in 2013. There are a lot of possibilities with this one: another country, some sort of wilderness survival trip, canoeing in Maine. More on this later.

Confront Fears
I hate to be afraid. Fear sucks, but it is a part of life. That being said, I like to confront my fears head on and do things that absolutely terrify me. As a start, I will go skydiving in 2013, because I am definitely afraid of heights. I also have a hard time going up and talking to random people (at a networking event, for example). I am going to improve my ability to talk to random people.

Blog

Write a manifesto
Inspired by people like Chris Guillebeau, Joel Runyon, and Johnny B. Truant, I will write a manifesto detailing how to live the life you want and how to pursue your dreams. It’s going to be great.

Unlimited Apparel
My dad and I will launch a line of T shirts and (eventually) other apparel. More on this in the coming weeks.

The Unlimited Team
This one is going to be awesome. We are launching The Unlimited Team, which will be a group of individuals pursuing their passion, and basically just doing awesome stuff.

Launch a product (preferably two)
My dad and I have been hatching up some incredible ideas for some books and/or newsletters coming your way. They will relate to either business and/or fitness, but you can look forward to a spring or summer release. Again (I know, this is getting repetitive) more on this in the future.

Putting it all together

Clearly, this is a pretty comprehensive and exhaustive list. I am going to have a lot on my plate in 2013, and it’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Like I said in my last post, it’s going to require a bit of prioritization. Nowhere on this list do you see goals like prestige ten times in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. I am going to have to scale back on items like TV and video games. And while these goals may seem impossible at times, I need to focus on the small steps that, when put together, will lead to greatness.

There are a lot of other things I hope to accomplish in 2013 as well, but I am not completely committed to them–they are maybes. Some of these maybes include surfing, fighting (Muay Thai or Krav Maga), paddleboarding, and getting a motorcycle license (shhhh, don’t tell my parents about that one). It would be great to do them, but it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t happen.

I’m grateful for everything 2012 had to offer and for all I enjoyed and experienced. 2013 is going to be an incredible year, and I am eager to get started on new projects and activities for 2013. Thank you for coming along for the ride.

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