The Bucket List

The idea of the bucket list has always been an interest of mine I just have never truly gone through with creating one. I figured, hell, new year right? Let’s see what 365 days of a focused dream attainment project can get you. So ladies and gentlemen, it just so happens that my post about the bucket list, one that I have been thinking about for a couple weeks, has landed on January 1st. These are all the quirky / awesome things I am going to do this year and I will take picture proof and update the bucket list page throughout the year. Best wishes to everyone and I hope you have a healthy and passion filled year.

  1. BF down to 4%
  2. Churchill visions makes $1,000 a month
  3. Barbarak (This ones a secret)
  4. 10K in the bank
  5. Published in a mens magazine
  6. Full time Job in Sales/Marketing/Management
  7. Read 52 books
  8. Buy Taylor Guitar
  9. Proficient in Blues Music
  10. Fly fish in Oregon
  11. Spend $50 a week on groceries
  12. Do a 400lb squat
  13. Finish 60 days of INSANITY
  14. Stretch every single morning
  15. Stretch every single night
  16. Video with my HD PRO every day
  17. Run my first Triathlon
  18. Ski “The Shoot” @ Squaw
  19. Write in my blog every single day
  20. Get Arnold’s autograph
  21. See Greg Plitt
  22. Create small social media management business
  23. win a transformation competition
  24. use beach
  25. be able to dunk
  26. surf in hawaii
  27. visit colorado
  28. fly fish in colorado
  29. begin a book review page on my blog
  30. skydive
  31. visit yosemite
  32. climb a 5.12 and above
  33. learn how to tie 10 different types of knots
  34. wash dishes every morning
  35. create a food log
  36. write part 1 of my book
  37. lift 6-7 days a week
  38. make my bed every single morning
  39. clean my room every day
  40. be impeccably organized
  41. go to Boise to visit russell
  42. take a picture with Sean T
  43. take a picture with Tony Horton
  44. create my own personal eating plan
  45. take 1 picture every day
  46. get paid to write freelance
  47. win a blogging award
  48. run 5 miles without stopping
  49. ice my knee every day
  50. be a kids pitching coach for LAMV
  51. play in the baseball alum game
  52. buy a new car
  53. buy a autographed baseball wall case
  54. buy a nolan ryan autographed baseball
  55. fish camp 9
  56. do 100 pushups in a row
  57. walk on my hands
  58. start a cigar collection

I am sure that I will continue to update this as I go along. There are tons of things I have been writing down on lists and I am incredibly excited about this journey

I wanted to briefly speak about new years resolutions and just goals in general. I hear a lot of people talk about luck and ask whether some of the challenges are going to be hard or not. I really find that luck is one of the worst possible things to depend on for success. Once again, Greg talks about this a ton in of his posts. You can’t depend on something that will be there one second and disappear the next. In fact, there is blind luck, dumb luck, back luck etc. So luck is not always good. Further, if you become successful by being lucky…and times get hard again…how are you going to repeat your success. You can’t and you will be exposed. It is only a matter of time. So, instead of depending on luck in the equation, depend on your own formula for success and control as much of the equation as possible. When you control the controllables, you will be successful. Thats the equation. There is no this + this + this+ this = success. It really is all about you controlling what you can control.

The last thing I want to talk about is your drive. I saw a ton of people in the gym yesterday…and about 60 % of them were new faces. But you know the ones that I looked at and smiled at when we caught glances…those who had been there for weeks with me working hard. I wear XXL shirts and sweats in the gym for a reason. I have upped the level I am training at my eliminating my ego from the situation and listening to my pride. That XXL shirt hides absolutely everything, and also just makes me look huge. There is no even remotely close giveaway that I am getting close to where I want to be. For me, that is great…because I can’t look in the mirror and go ‘That is good enough.’ No, 5 more reps, 10 more reps…’YOUR NOT THERE YET.’ I went through a phase of not getting sore after workouts…well, that is entirely false now. I am more sore than I have ever been because I am pushing myself harder and harder every day. I have written down on paper what I did the week before…and I try to crush those #’s. That is my own personal formula for success. Be willing to face the numbers, and controlling what I can.

People are going to yell and scream at you one day. Fact. How are you going to react though? Are you going to yell and scream back? Or are you going to stand there just listening to them and what they have to say. I can tell you that if you chose the latter option, you can take all the built up steam out of a situation. You can be cool as ice. I was confronted with this type of situation the other day…and periodically checked myself and how I was feeling in my gut while the situation was happening. A few posts back I put up a story about Two Wolves…the one that feeds on anger and the one that feeds on happiness. Whichever wolf you give food to is the one that is going to survive. So, in times of great emotional strife, keep calm.

One whole year. I am going to repost the poem that I wrote the other day because it is something that I can look at every single day and be proud of where I have come from and where I am now. However, it is important to realize that your past is just a story. Just like opening up a new book, you can turn the blank pages of your life and start writing a new story now. I really feel like this is what resolutions are about. Not achieving a 6 pack or anything like that…but creating the journey instead of letting the world write your story. You can do it…you just have to tell yourself and believe that you can. Best wishes to you in 2012.


In my Last Year

I tried to hide, I cried, told myself to stand aside,

I learned patience and understanding in a project of better-manning,

I prayed and I wrote, I swallowed my throat,

My voice became silentmy pen into retirement,

I gained and I lost,

I cried in exhaust,

I looked for inspiration in a place of devastation,

I was rocked by something I thought was locked,

Nothing is ever locked it is only cocked,

I found it in myself to get back my health,

I lifted, I ran, tripped, and started again

I felt pain and heartbreak looking at that lake,

It was certain for me as I saw my hands shake,

Picked myself up and tried to breathe,

Looking for something deep inside of me,

That little spark that kept me alive,

Came knocking and finally arrived,

I chose to live without fear,

To be bold and stand not looking reared,

To give up the stories that I had created,

Because those stories had me fated,

I took off the shades that covered my eyes,

And saw the beauty in our lives,

I found love in a lion’s den,

It was fear that I grasped and picked up the pen,

Started writing about my life, my goals and my dreams,

Telling others that they can achieve anything with steam,

I was now out of my way,

Brain cleared by thoughts and emotions,

We create our field of play,

Time to finally get in motion,

Opened my heart to possibility,

My brain now had the ability,

To take my dreams and create,

No matter how hard my old self tried to hate,

And now I sit here writing you today,

Heart full and ready to play,

There is no fear stopping this ride,

But only fear sitting right here beside,

I learn about myself every day,

Rarely look back, there is no past anyway,

The only day that matters is the one right now,

Living in the past or future makes you miss the wow,

You will lose in life but its always your choice,

To live in pain or to rejoice,

For the things you have and the people you love,

Who will never fail to hold you above,

So make the choice for the latter,

And begin to climb up the ladder,

Towards getting your life back,

And how…? Well, Double your faith and make a stack.

Evan Sanders

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  • B. in the Know
    January 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Sounds like an amazing bucket list – and a rather fun one with lots of adventure!
    Much love,

  • rougebuddha
    January 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thanx for following! Your bucket list inspires me 🙂

  • Kat Lukenovich
    January 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Happy Journey to 2012! Thanx for following. I shall be visiting ur site for updates, ur blogs are an inspiration-
    Thanks for sharing them 🙂


  • AJ Barlow
    January 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for following my blog. Love what you have here, very inspiring! I’m glad to be a new reader 🙂

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you for being part of the team! Glad to have you on board and feel free to send me any questions if you have any.

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

  • Lee Broom
    January 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    That’s an amazing collection of stuff in that bucket of yours, Better Man. If it turns out as great as it sounds, wouldn’t that make a wonderful book. Ms Penn could review it, I’d buy it and then on to new goals. Realy. .

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      I think it would make a wonderful book….in fact….I am working on that as we speak! Shhhhhh 🙂

  • 365daysofcourage
    January 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Great bucket list….now I’m off to create my own!

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award,
    so please visit my blog and post a comment for acceptance.
    Deb 🙂

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Yes! So glad to hear that you made one! And thank you for the nomination! I appreciate it a ton 🙂

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

  • hermitsdoor
    January 4, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Luck. A friend told me that he came across a study about luck a while ago. The researchers concluded that luck did not have to do with circumstances but attitude. Those who had open minds and willingness to respond to the opportunities around them felt “lucky” and enjoyed what occurred in their lives. Those who had rigid ideas missed the opportunities and did not achieve what they believed that the had to do. With your bucket list, you should have many opportunities to pursue.

    Regarding working out 6 – 7 days per week, rotate your workouts/muscle groups: cardio, upper body, lower body. Your body needs a day to repair from the strain. This will become more apparent in 30 years.

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Always fantastic advice Oscar! Thank you so much. And yes luck is an interesting thing. Most of it deals with the Law of Attraction.

  • Sarah
    January 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Love the bit of prose with which you ended… really lovely.

  • Sarah
    January 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

    especially this part…

    I looked for inspiration in a place of devastation,
    I was rocked by something I thought was locked,
    Nothing is ever locked it is only cocked,

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Isn’t that the damn truth! But over time I learned most of my pain was caused by expectation. That is why things were cocked. But the part you quoted was one of my favorites.

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

  • myjourneymyrules
    January 5, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I love your bucket list and determination to live in the “now”. I think it’s awesome and an inspiration for many! Keep doing what you’re doing… Good stuff!

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you! I hope you make one of your own! There are really fun and they keep you in line with your vision. Hope all is well with you 🙂

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

  • Heartfitnessonline's Blog
    January 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thank you so much for the follow, so glad that we’ve connected!! An truely amazing and inspiring bucket list…what a year 2012 is going to be for you!

    All my best,


  • Maggie L R
    January 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    You are inspiring.

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  • martha84
    January 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for your intelligent, meticulous posts. From what I’ve read so far, you manage to bring new inspiration to people with everything you write. Keep up the great work.

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      That is awesome! And yes that is my goal – to bring something new to people each and every day. I am so glad that you like my work. Thank you for the support.

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

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