Progress Report: The Year of the Ultimate Me

At the beginning of this year, I wrote a post about my personal blueprint to make 2014 the best year of my life — a goal I have successfully implemented every year for the last few years now.

When I came up with the 31 items on the blueprint, I knew it was aggressive, but it was all designed with the intention of improving my quality of life around the 7 areas that are most important to me right now: Health, Business, Money, Growth, Contribution, Relationships, and Rewards.

I have made tremendous progress in almost all of these areas, but by no means have I been perfect. I’ve done better in some areas than others, and I’ve done better in certain times of the year than others. All that being said, it’s important to keep in mind the ultimate goal here:

Without a question, I am having the best year of my life.

Almost all of my goals are still priorities today, although some have changed a bit. Here’s the changes I think are relevant to where I’m at now:


  • Instead of doing P90x2 7 days a week, I’m now aiming for 1 hour of physical activity every day.
  • Instead of 6.5 hours a sleep a night, I’m aiming for 7 hours per night.


  • Instead of focusing on coding, I’m now spending a lot of time on UI design.
  • My 12 Monthly Experiments have gone to shit. I have to analyze why, but I think they weren’t properly aligned with my goals and a bit forced.


  • Volunteering and mentoring. Damn. I feel like I haven’t done nearly enough in this category. Must. Get. Better.


  • I haven’t played a single round of golf, but have been trying to surf as much as possible — an acceptable substitution.

Four more months left in the year. I have so much left to do, but I am so thrilled with all the progress I’ve made. I was able to spend over 3 weeks in Brazil and attend a USA World Cup game. I’ve found a girl who makes me unbelievably happy. Firehawk is doing better than I ever could have imagined. And I wake up every morning ready to roundhouse kick the world in the face.

All that to say… life is good. Now back to work.