Let’s Set Some Goals!

Okay, I’ve decided to add some focus to my life: it’s time to start setting real goals! I will set goals of three durations: short-term (monthly goals), medium term (quarterly goals), and long term (annual goals). I will make a new posting each month of new goals, and note which I achieve and which I fail. (I can tell that you’re already excited) For now, I will be focusing on four areas which need drastic improvement: physical fitness, financial portfolio, professional development, and homeownership.

My goals as of 1 NOV 2007 will be:

Short-Term (for 31 NOV 2007):
Physical: Score 230 on my APFT *
Financial: Balance my personal budget
Professional: Expert Rifle and Pistol qualification
Homeowner: Have washing machine fixed

Medium-Term (for 31 DEC 2007):
Physical: 15% bodyfat (isn’t that pathetic?)
Financial: Close accounts with Chase Bank
Professional: Finish all preparation for OCS
Homeowner: Cut tree limbs for insurance compliance

Long-Term (for 31 DEC 2008):
Physical: APFT badge (minimum 90 in each APFT event)
Financial: Open account with thinkorswim.com
Professional: Find GS-09 or better job to accept commission
Homeowner: Furnish living room

* I would like to add that scoring well on the APFT actually has nothing to do with physical fitness (especially as a military member), and training for one can actually be detrimental to one’s health. APFT goals would probably be better situated under “professional development.” However, training for APFT’s does AFFECT my physical training overall: it takes time and energy away from other endeavors; it demands that I build muscles with lots of mitochondria and capillaries when what I really need is big, reinforced myofribils; it makes my heart more efficient when it needs to be stronger (efficiency in the heart isn’t as good as it sounds); etc.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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