One year to being more efficient: Week 1 Day 1

It’s been over two years now when I first started this personal blog and I thought it would be full of hopes, dreams, and wicked growth but life comes at you fast. It wasn’t long after I started this blog that I got really wrapped up into trying to get a Software Developer Engineer 2 promotion, and looking at houses in the Boston Area. Writing here just fell off my priority list; most likely from some unconscious fear of putting myself out there to be judged as a poor writer and an even worse goal completer extraordinaire.  Well the good news is I got the promotion, an awesome townhouse, and a cute successful fiancee but now it is time to get back on the horse and chase new dreams. Also to do a better job of following through on making measurable progress on those dreams and sharing that here in the event if it ever really works out and it could help other people.

The current goals I’m tracking for 2020 are below:

  1. Continue growing my circle of influence and leadership abilities
  2. Lose 10 lbs
  3. Reduce the amount of soda I drink and eat more healthy
  4. Grow my twitter followers @stefanbstreet
  5. Learn basic Chinese
  6. Do at least 4 coding problems per week
  7. Do some quick 10 minute journaling here at lease once a week
  8. Build my blog traffic on my software developer blog beapython.dev
  9. Read six books and watch less youtube
  10. Write better technical articles for beapython.dev
  11. Build up passive income streams
  12. Be more intentionally mindful
  13. Focus

As we can all see this list is pretty ambitious, not all are specifically measurable, and with my current state of focusing ability it will definitely be a challenge.  The 80/20 rule tells me that only 2-3 of these goals will give me 80% of the best value in my personal life. Which 2-3 of those goals those are isn’t trivial as they are all important to me so I guess I have a goal for setting goals to accomplish goals.

Step one is to work on these goals in a meaningful way and ensuring they are achievable without being overwhelming.  Recognize yourself and admit to yourself where you could use improvement. A big part of that is holding yourself accountable for the goals you set and ability or inability to make those a reality.  Then be able to reflect on progress and make adjustments in your plans to either step up your game more if you are slacking off on a realistic mission or to adjust your mission if it is too overwhelming.  If you can’t be honest with yourself this can likely never be done in a way where one can still push themselves.

” Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” ~Marianne Williamson

To embrace ones light comes with failure and growth that most people may not be comfortable with. As I stated in my previous blogs complacency may be one of our biggest enemies. We may be unsatisfied with our job, our financial situation, or our personal life but deep down we know things aren’t that bad and because of that we don’t push ourselves off our ass to become powerful beyond measure.

Anyways these are just my random thoughts and maybe over time these blogs will be more coherent and defined as I figure out the purpose of my rants.  For now I’ll work on prioritizing these goals and slowly making progress towards achieving them to grow and find more boulders I can climb to reach my ultimate goal of helping as many people as I can to live the lives they know deep down they can have.

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