First, to those who've backed the Cyber Fire Kickstarter, THANK YOU.
To those who (like me) are in the "I've been meaning to do that one of these days" camp, let's make today the day!
I'm getting sweaty palms as the Dec 31 deadline approaches and even just $10 gets you the book which I'm probably going to sell in March for $12.99, just saying...
I love resolutions, vows, and challenges of willpower big and small. Not that I'm always good at them mind you! Here is a list I'm contemplating for 2019. I'd love to get your feedback on mine and hear yours as well!
1. GET UP EVERY DAY AT 5AM ALL YEAR LONG.
This one scares and excites me. It's a stretch, but it's possible. Why? Whyyyy you ask? I love that feeling of bliss that comes from getting in a workout and creative work all before the day really starts. It makes the rest feel like a bonus day. Not sure if I should allow myself flexibility for sickness and the unforeseen, could either lead to success or slippery slope...If I'm going to take this on, then I'll also need to accomplish the next one...
2. BE PHYSICALLY IN BED BY 9PM.
Sexy and wild right? I'd make this resolution with the following caveats: I can stay up past 9pm if there's a good social reason to do so. Often I "get sucked into the internet" and end up perusing social media or news at night. Useless at best and destructive to my Goal 1 at worst. My other caveat is that once my body is in bed at 9pm, I can read as long as I damn well please (which is rarely more than 20 min).
Running nerds know what I mean. Run a mile every day. Rain or shine (or snow, sleet, hail, sickness etc.) I tried this in 2016 and failed, though I made up to when my daughter was born, so I'm giving myself a sticker. A variation of the streaking resolution could be WORKOUT INTENSELY FOR 10 MIN EVERY DAY. So in crappy weather I can do stretch circuits in the basement etc. Maybe I'm looking for an excuse to buy a treadmill?
4. DOUBLE PASSIVE INCOME FROM REAL ESTATE.
I mean, I can cancel it if Cyber Fire sells 100,000 copies and is made into a movie, but assuming my book writing career remains as unremunerative as most do, I plan to continue accelerating my real estate investing goals and projects. I've begun working with family/friend investors to renovate and improve Maine properties so if you're want to know more feel free to drop me a line.
5. NO MEAT OR SUGAR.
Why? Whyyyy you ask? I just had some oh so delicious bacon. That said, every since my 90 day plant-based dietary challenge, it has actually been very easy for me to avoid me. I desire it less since the carcinogenic and artery-clogging characteristics are front of mind. I'd say I average 2-3 servings of meat per month right now (basically whenever I'm offered bacon). I average probably 100 servings of sugar per month: cookies, ice cream, jam, sweetened fruit juice, you name it. It's not even that sugar itself is so bad for me, just that most of the things that are made with it are. They're delicious treats though, so if I take this one on, it will be tough.
6. SELL 10,000 COPIES OF CYBER FIRE AND FINISH NEXT MANUSCRIPT
This will be hard. Most of it is in my control. I’d be excited about selling 1,000 copies, but in this age of ebooks and online marketing, reviews etc. All it takes is some good buzz, algorithm success and your reviews (hint hint) to push sales higher. I want Cyber Fire’s message to reach a truly mass audience and help justify my years of labor on this one. Meanwhile, I’ll be chipping away at my next book, a biography of Mensen Ernst, the greatest ultra-runner in human history…
That's it. Keeping it simple at 6 for now. If you've read this far, I'd like 3 things from you.
1. For heaven's sake, please help get Cyber Fire to the Kickstarter goal here!
2. What are your reactions, suggestions, and experiences with any of these resolutions?
3. What resolutions are you considering for 2019.