In Order To…

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

In order to progress in life, we must do the things we think we cannot do. March was a great month. I did some great things in school, my writing was incredibly consistent, I started making motivational videos, I raised the bar for myself with weightlifting, and began working on putting a book together. By the way, short side note, what is going to be unique about the book is that I am combining Churchill Visions with it and putting it on the cover. I think you will enjoy it. But like Eleanor Roosevelt said, we must do the thing we think we cannot do. While I had a great month, that was good enough for yesterday, and not enough for today. In order to grow, I must continue to raise the bar and set bigger goals for myself. I am ready.

So what are my goals? What are the things that scare me the most? Well, here is a list of what I look to accomplish in April.

  1. 30 days of healthy eating (maintaining the great work I have done over the past month): What has made the difference for me, and I suggest you try it especially if you are looking to make some great changes in your waist line and overall health, is to cook your meals all on sunday. What did I eat? Lean chicken breast, rice, mixed green salad, egg whites, protein shakes, vitamins, a little BBQ sauce, vegetables, and that’s it. The whole week. And I have to tell you, I felt absolutely fantastic, and full. This gives you the opportunity to really plan out how many calories you want to consume in the day and cut out unnecessary calories you get from unplanned meals.
  2. Legs, Twice a Week. Cardio, 3 Times a Week: For those who have been reading here for a while, you all know I had knee surgery in September and it was a pretty debilitating experience. However, after snowboarding all day on Wednesday @ Mt. Hood in Oregon (probably the best mountain I have ever been on) I know that my legs are ready to start training hard again. Of course I am going to be careful and take my time, but it is time. Just a little tidbit, if you are trying to get in shape, train your legs, they are huge muscle groups and will consume calories and burn up fat like crazy.
  3. Editing: My Goal is to read and edit at least 20 pages of the book every single day. I have some great plans for the layout, the middle section of the book, and the end. I am so incredibly excited about this and know that it can work. “If you have a dream, go get it. Period.”
  4. School: My final quarter is not going to be a cake walk. I am taking at least 20 units, and I am ready to get my 4.0. Throughout the years I have been struck by adversity but let it get to my schoolwork. The difference between those years and this past one is that I now welcome adversity to see how well I can respond during pressure situations. I know that if I just do what I know that needs to be done, things will all be okay.
  5. Inspirational Videos: Over the past month I really started getting handy with Final Cut Pro X and making some cool videos. I want to take it to the next level and continue creating videos that will get people pumped and ready to attack life. I know that I watch videos on YouTube when I am feeling paralyzed. Hopefully, they will get people feeling the same way.
  6. Churchill Visions: This project has not been getting the attention it deserved due to the amount of work that I needed to get done over the past quarter, but I think I will have some time to delegate to its workings.
  7. Organization: This is one of the biggest opportunities I have with my room. I want to get extremely organized, have a place for certain things, and really keep my room clean throughout the quarter. I will implement the 3 minute rule. When I wake up, for three minutes clean up whatever is around the room, and before I go to bed do the exact same. This is just to keep my sanity in check, but I have always avoided it.
  8. Photos: For 30 days straight I am going to take a photo of my transformation and also a photo of something out in the world. Just for kicks.
  9. The Iron Broncos: Time to go out with a bang, and make the club as good as it can be. I will alway be around to support the leadership team, but it is time to fully pass it off to someone who will care for it.
  10. Mentality+Notes:  Over the past month I have listened to a great deal of speeches, talks, and everything else related to developing your mind. I need to start taking notes though and compiling them in a worthwhile way.

April is dedicated to hammering away at my acquired knowledge and turning it into skills. It is going to take significant amounts of work, but it will be worth it. I am going to take my mind and my body to the next level, and welcome any adversity that comes my way. I am ready. I am ready to inspire myself every day to do what I think I cannot do, but most importantly, I am ready to inspire those around me to grab ahold of their dreams and accomplish great things.

 

Evan

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  • Deb Prewitt
    March 30, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I have truly enjoyed reading about your journey. Your list for April is well thought out and precise. I am proud of you.

  • My Pursuit of Perfection
    March 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    “You must do the thing you think you cannot do”, rightly said..

    Knowing you, am sure you will achieve these

    Vic

  • bornattwentyfive
    March 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love your list of things to accomplish! Good luck:)

  • finally_write
    March 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Admittedly, the opening quote is something I didn’t want to hear today, but I appreciate it anyway. I love how clear and productive your goal list is… that’s a big part of your success–defining goals clearly so you can reach them and know that you have.

  • jishifruit
    March 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Good for you! Though I’m never encouraged to exercise :))

    I’ve tagged you, by the way 🙂
    http://polkadotribbeaux.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/11-11/

  • Maree MacLean
    March 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    The 6 minutes you spend on organization at the beginning and end of the day will end up saving you 15 minutes every day. First, you won’t have to go looking for anything or forget anything. I also find that if you have a routine in place i.e every time you come in from the gym, that you dump your sweaty gear straight in the washing machine then you always have clean clothes for the next day and don’t have to scramble around trying to find some clean gym gear. Another goodie is, every-time you realize you’ve run out of something in your kitchen you add it straight to your shopping list (i use shop shop) when you go shopping you don’t forget anything and have to go back for it. I also put my phone to charge every night in it’s docking station so I don’t run out of juice and miss important calls or texts during the day. I think those kind of routines save so much time and frustration. The next step is to automate as much stuff as you can too i.e. i get my subway card mailed to me at the end of every month so I don’t have to spend time when I’m rushing to get somewhere buying a new card or forgetting and then getting fined for having an expired pass. The next step after atomization is planning. I.e. booking all your holidays at the beginning of the year. It sounds like it will kill the joy in your life but it doesn’t. It both gives you something awesome to look forward too and saves you money because you can take advantage of discounts for early birds.

  • Al.Erin
    March 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Very ambitious April, my goal of waking up consistently early looks like playtime in comparison. Best of luck!

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