Week 22 '18 reflection


A lot of what I've been reflecting on this past week went into yesterday's blog post. The idea is, life is challenging no matter where you are or what you are doing. And, the journey's always worth it. 

Hannah and I are spending a lot more time at the park. It's about 2 miles to ride all the way around and you'd think I'd get bored of just doing laps on my bike, but as of right now, I can't get enough of the beautiful scenery. If my legs allowed me, I would do laps around that park all day. Regardless, I plan on doing more exploring on my bike to different places around the city in the coming weeks. In my opinion, that's the best way to get to know any city. We have always rented bikes when we travel to new places. We've now seen Portland, Amsterdam, New York City, and London on bikes and I feel like we've gotten to know those cities better than if we would have just walked or taken public transportation. There's also something about getting on your bike and riding. Whether it's commuting to work, exercising, or going on a leisure ride, you just feel better after you've ridden. 

Also, this being the start of a new month, I've done some reflecting on my goals regarding fitness, health, my career, and life. I've tried a lot of different goal-setting methods and strategies in the past. Over the years I have developed something that works for me (even though I am constantly modifying it). I'll write more about this later, but basically, I stop worrying about where I am going to be in five years and I focus on what I have already achieved and who I've become up to this point—then reflect on what I believe is missing from that list. Next, I create a 90-day strategy to add those things to that master list. Then I create monthly, weekly, and daily targets. Every 90 days, I reevaluate. Like I said, more to come on this system later as I've seen it not only be effective in my own life but also with a few other people to whom I've introduced this.

It's funny what actually sparked this way of thinking about goals. I think I was so caught up on "who I was supposed to be" and "what kind of success I wanted to achieve five years from now" that it paralyzed me. I forgot to live in the moment and put in the work 'today.' Then, as I was watching Parks and Rec, a line from April Ludgate caught my attention:

Who cares what you were supposed to be. You just had fun in there and made 150 bucks.

A simple line, but it got me thinking. What if I just stop worrying about the results and focus on constant and continual improvement? Then what would happen? This way of thinking has been the reason why I have been able to maintain a daily blog, move to New York, develop new skills, and improve personally. I take what I am interested in right now and I go for it. I also try to aim big. It's not quite following Peter Thiel's advice to take your 10-year plan and try to accomplish it in the next 6 months, but it's pretty close. For my 90-day strategy, I try to take what I would normally put in my five-year plan and create a strategy to accomplish it in the next 90 days. Because I still believe that the people who don't achieve their goals fail 

So that's it for this week. Follow my Instagram for some other cool things we did and saw (like exploring more parts of the city, observing some ManhattanHenge madness, and downing some good grub).