For 2017, I set myself some objectives and after my calculations, it seems I achieved 65% of what I set myself, generally speaking.
By achieving this percent, I’ve actually done the following, in 2017:
- Run 250km (155 miles);
- Did 90 mins of cold showers;
- Read books / listened to podcasts for 65 hours;
- Wrote a book of 53.000 words;
- Went to dancing classes and danced for 27-30 hours;
- Bicycled 414km (257 miles);
- Meditated for 37 hours;
- Climbed 25.000 staircases;
- Did 2700 squats.
All these numbers are counted and represent 65% of what I set myself for 2017. But besides that, there are others that I didn’t count and are part of these activities or others.
Moreover, I learned lots and lots of things.
(1) Cold showers can get you ready for anything. Also, they’ve improved my mood and increased my resistance to cold weather. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/cold-showers-challenge/
(2) Failing an objective is not as bad as it sounds. For sure, while you’re working towards achieving one goal, you achieve others which are smaller. Keeping your eyes open for noticing smaller details is key. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/runs-challenge/
(3) Grinding just for getting something is, eventually, going to bore me. Instead, I use grinding just to test things out and discover more about myself. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/challenge-reading-books/
(4) In order to get instantly creative, I have to stop thinking and start doing. This technique worked like a charm when I had to overcome the writer’s block. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/overcome-writers-block/
(5) Doing amazing things is not that hard. I mean, I wrote a book of 53k words in less than 20 days. With enough practice and patience, you can do anything you set your mind to. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/challenge-3000-words/
(6) Traveling can be really cheap. I went abroad for the first time and just like that my belief about the costs of traveling changed. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/explore-valencia/
(7) Meditation is a powerful tool and it helped me become more conscious of myself. Read more here: http://davidtheoptimist.com/meditation/
And I believe there are many more. But the most important thing I learned with all these challenges is this: 2017 was an experimental year.
Through all these challenges of 30-day each, I understood myself better. But nothing really changed. With that in mind, 2018 will be different for me.
2018, the year of change
Instead of setting challenges for every month, I set myself some lifestyle key elements and I’m going to focus on that.
Here are most of them:
- No food and juices in my room;
- Go to sleep before 11 PM;
- Wake up between 5:00 and 6:00 AM;
- Start the day with meditation (5-15 mins) and physical exercises (15-30 min);
- Read 10-15 pages before going to sleep;
- Write down ideas whenever you have time;
- Stop eating bread and sugary stuff;
- Eat more fruits;
- Run at least 2-3 times / week;
- Drink 2L of water / day.
Instead of setting challenges so I can discover myself more, I set myself some lifestyle key elements and I’m going to focus on them every single day until a change happens.
Also, for me, 2018 is when I’m going to step out of the comfort zone and put myself out there and I plan to use YouTube, Instagram, WordPress, Twitch, Udemy (and other online courses platforms) just to make sure you can basically find me everywhere.
Why I’m doing it?
Because I want to build myself a lifestyle around writing, coaching, teaching and traveling. As simple as that.
I’m sure 2018 will be a great year for me. And I hope it’s going to be great for you too.
With love and optimism,