41 By 41: Another Year, Another Set Of Goals

I just turned 40 earlier this week and surprisingly, I didn’t freak out about it. I do sometimes sit back and marvel at how quickly it has flown by. Then I get a little panicky about how there is so much more I want to do, see, and experience. The brevity of life has really been at the forefront of my mind lately for obvious reasons.

Two years ago, I made a 40 by 40 list (see it here) where I listed 40 goals I had back then at the young age of 38. These goals were to be accomplished by my 40th birthday and looking back I roughly completed about 35% of the original 40 goals. Not the greatest percentage, but as I went through the list on my last birthday, I realized that I’d changed, meaning many of my goals had also changed and some of the things that were important to me back then, no longer held any value. But I see the benefits of setting goals and so here is a brand new list for a brand new year.

The following are 41 goals I want to accomplish by the time I turn 41 on September 5, 2018. Some are big, some are small, some are easier than others, and some are carry overs from the previous list.

  1. Qualify for the Boston Marathon (My BQ time is 3:45)
  2. Pay off all my credit cards
  3. Read 50 non-fiction books done
  4. Be my own boss even better, found my dream job
  5. Be at 14% body fat
  6. Have season tickets to USC Football done
  7. Visit Hearst Castle completed 3/2/18
  8. Blog at least 12x (this would be blog #2 this month)  done
  9. Learn to play a song on the guitar
  10. Visit another country China in June
  11. Be able to do 20 pull ups (I’ve never done one before)
  12. Eat dinner at Lawry’s completed 3/15/18
  13. Save 5x more a month than I am currently saving
  14. Get to 11k in billing a month for my new business
  15. Do Landmark Forum
  16. Get a new MacBook Pro completed 12/20/17
  17. Take a completely unplugged family weekend
  18. See a Vegas show (completed 9/3/17 – we saw Penn and Teller last weekend!)
  19. Visit my family 5x this year
  20. Plan and take a family trip to China
  21. See Wicked the Musical
  22. Take a trip to Colorado to visit friends
  23. Write in Kidlet’s journal at least 15x
  24. Hike the Grand Canyon
  25. Get a massage once a month (at least)
  26. Feed 11 families for Thanksgiving completed 
  27. Give gifts to 11 kids for Christmas completed
  28. Double my income
  29. Create 1 additional source of passive income
  30. clean out storage and downsize to a smaller unit
  31. Enter two photos at the county fair
  32. Print wall portraits of 3 of my favorite photos
  33. Try one new restaurant a month done
  34. Try Cryotherapy
  35. Get the courage to sing again
  36. Get professional family portraits done
  37. Audition for a play/musical
  38. Figure out my purpose in life and do something about it done
  39. Go line dancing
  40. See Absinthe completed 1/15/18
  41. Take an Improv class completed 1/18

I am only publishing this list so you can keep me accountable and it helps to keep it all in one place. What are some of your goals for the rest of the year?

“Life is made up of little moments…” (Source)


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