This year, I completed two major goals: Become a CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and become an MBA graduate. I bought a planner this year to work on my goals. The one that I bough is called The Simple Elephant from Papercode. You can get it on Amazon for $19.99 plus tax. Shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime.
The goals that I have for myself for the rest of the year is to win the 2017 SJJIF World Championships in both the Gi and NoGi divisions and to become CCNA Security Certified. I think this will be the last tournament for me this year. I'm still debating to do the IBJJF NoGi Worlds.
For my weekly goals, I plan on going through 4 Audiobooks this week for continual learning. The audiobooks that I have listed for this week are Primary Greatness - The 12 Levels of Success by Stephen Covey, Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J. P. Pawliw-Fry, On Fire by John O'Leary, and Jump by Steve Harvey. Since my commute is 3 - 4 hours each day, I use this time to learn while I am in traffic and set the speed settings to either 1.6 to 2.0 to decrease the time to go through each audiobook. Also, I plan on reading half of the book, Tools for Titans by Tim Ferriss. I borrowed the audiobooks and the Tools of Titans book from Overdrive using my library card. I have to go through the material quickly, since I have about 2 - 3 weeks to borrow them.
I'm also reading about understanding the ASA. I plan on reading or watching 7 hours worth of material from Safari Books Online. Luckily, I get a subscription from work to go through this material for free. I also plan on reading 1 book to my kids, since I want them to be readers as well.
I wrote down in my journal to work on stretching for 10 minutes each day to help increase my flexibility for Jiu Jitsu. Also, I plan on getting 70,000 steps to work on my physical activity levels, since I am sitting down a lot throughout the day. Finally, I plan to do 3 days of Jiu Jitsu training this week to prepare for the tournament at the end of this month. I want to make sure that I keep my timing and strategies down pack before tournament time. As far as conditioning goes, I'm not worried since I recently did a half marathon and I stay in shape year round.
Check out this short film Catch As Catch Can by Matthew Wood. It is about Catch Wrestling, The Snake Pit & Roy Wood. This is a good film for all grapplers to watch.
1. Become CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
I took the TSHOOT exam once last year and failed. I missed the cut off by 30 points. I'll be retaking the exam this year and rolling over this goal. It was an overwhelming year. Having a second kid, changing jobs, working farther, and having less time to study and train. I learned a lot about what I need to improve on my own self time management and energy expenditure.
I don't mind the challenge though. It is part of life. Always looking to improve myself in any way that I can.
2. Become a BJJ World Champion
Last year, I got my first win at Mundials. Lost my second match. I didn't get to do Master's Worlds, since it was on the weekend of my wedding anniversary. NoGi Worlds, I lost my first match. That was the first time that I got to compete as a purple belt. I got Third at the SJJIF Worlds. Last year was the worst year that I've had competition-wise since I first started competing in Jiu Jitsu. I'm rolling over this goal for life.
3. Become a BJJ Purple Belt
I finally was able to get to this goal in July. I was so happy and excited. I was sad that I never won Mundials at blue belt, but this year will be my first attempt at purple belt. Next goal will be the BJJ Brown Belt. Out of the 5 goals from last year, I was able to at least get one goal. Yay!!!
4. Write An Article Once A Month
I failed dramatically on this goal. I will roll over this goal this year.
5. Take Videos of My Training and/or Competition Once A Month
Once again, I failed dramatically on another goal. I will roll over this goal this year.
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Ronnie Castro is a Big Filipino Strongman, Powerlifter, Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA practitioner, computer geek that reads manga and watches anime while saving the world, bringing back sexy, and eating like a madman at a buffet, one day at a time..