I’m sitting in a hotel room in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m supposed to be on Christmas break but you know me… I’ve been working, doing business deals and setting up new campaigns all week.
It’s been a hell of a year and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for my last few posts of 2014 and I finally decided to do a quick review of the year.
Life is full of ups and downs and this year was no exception.
Listen, I’d love to tell you that everything went perfectly over the last 12 months (and sometimes it’s tempting for us to twist reality a bit for our online profiles).
But I’m just going to keep it real and let you know that while I had some successes I totally failed at some things as well.
My guess is you probably did too – and you know what? Thats ok. We all f#ck things up from time to time. Here are some things I totally screwed up on this year and a few things I succeeded at as well.
Here are 5 Failures and 5 Successes from 2014.
- Didn’t Release any Music. As (most) of you know I’m a musician. I set a goal a few years ago to release at least one set of music in some form or fashion every year for the rest of my life. I did write 10–12 songs on a new Cordoba acoustic I got – but none of them have been recorded (yet), so for 2014, it’s a zero. Update: I just realized this came out in Jan 2014, so win!
- Writing Every Day. Earlier this year I made an attempt to write on the blog every day. I think I lasted about two weeks. And I did get a few good posts out of it. But it was too much work, especially for a website isn’t my full time job. So I quit.
- Traveling to A Different Country. Earlier this year I set a goal to have two international trips in 2014. Totally failed. I didn’t travel outside the country even once. Mabye next year.
- Going Carless. I wanted to sell my car this year and go carless. I did cut back on my driving to almost zero and started using Uber for everything. But the car is still in the garage. It stays parked there, losing value for about 25 days a month. It’s still on my Omnifocus todo list. Maybe next year.
- Social Life. Every year I say I’m going to socialize more. And every year I seem to find a way to avoid it. Once again I spent way too much time alone. I’m not a total hermit. I mean, I have a circle of friends – and I spent some time with a few very lovely ladies this year. But I still kept most of my time for myself. More and more I’m beginning to feel that it’s just my natural state. I’ve been telling myself to “get out there more” since I was 18 years old.
- Systemized Marketing Campaigns. I’ve been launching campaigns since late 2008. My process has always been pretty chaotic and ultra-aggressive. Luckily for me, that works a lot of the time. But this year I decided to take a different approach and document the things I do that work the best and turn them into a system. I have systems for each traffic source I use now and it’s getting pretty hard to lose money. It also reduduces my stress levels because I always know what my next move is going to be. Big upswing in profits this year using those systems. Total success.
- Started Writing Music On An Acoustic Guitar. I bought a Cordoba nylon stringed acoustic guitar. And it’s the greatest guitar I’ve ever owned. I started writing a song as soon as I picked it up in the store – which is why I bought it. It reminded me why I used to write on acoustic guitars in the past – because it’s effortless. When I write on a computer or a keyboard I have to force it a bit. When I pick up an acoustic guitar the Universe sends music through me, into the guitar and into the air (really). And songs flow out like water. Total success.
- Best Shape Ever. This year I deepened my focus on the physical body and got into my best shape ever. I did a 4–6 month lean bulk trying to hit 160 lbs lean this year. Then I decided to cut my waist size to see what happened and it was a game changer. Right now I’m 5 lbs heavier than I was last year and I’m just as or more lean. I’m starting to feel like I know what I’m doing now.
- Helped A Friend Get In Shape. I’ve been secretly coaching a friend in the art of Intermittent Fasting and Leangains this year. He was dieting but wasn’t working out and asked me for help. He trusted me and followed my instructions exactly. In his latest progress photo he’s totally lean and ripped… probably in the top 10% of all IF / Leangains cut photos I’ve ever seen. It’s crazy how transformational this stuff is. He’s 5’11 and went from 215 lbs of fluff to 148 lbs of lean muscle and ripped up abs. My favorite quote from him is “I never felt like I could be that guy…” (“that guy” being someone who is ripped to shreds and not a total douchebag). I know the feeling bro, same here.
- Wrote at Least 1 Post a Week. This year I consistently wrote at least one post per week to the blog. I’ve never been consistent here so that’s a big deal. I normally write for a few months, then delete the whole website and start something new. But now, instead of treating it like a playground I’m consistently putting out content and building a big ass audience. So thank you for coming to the site each week and checking it out.
Now, obviously a lot of other stuff happened as well. But if I went into detail on every success and failure I’ve had this year – this post would be so long you wouldn’t even read it. So I kept it short and sweet and relative to what I think you might identify with the most.
I think it’s important to take a look at your year and see where you won – aaaaand where you lost. You won’t improve if you don’t learn from your past. The goal isn’t to be perfect, or to have a failure-free life. It’s to be able to withstand life’s disasters and failures without breaking down.
You want failures. If you’re not failing you’re not trying. So if you can’t find some things you totally failed at last year you need to step it up in 2015 and take some chances.
Because trying… puts you in a position to win big.
Blast it out in the comments: What is one your failures and one of your successes this year?