I’ve been in school the entire year and I had a lot of distractions from my father passing away to my first child being born. I’ll be rolling over this goal for next year. I have this goal set for myself at work, so it’s a goal that I have to get done no matter what next year.
2. Become a BJJ World Champion - Fail
I pretty much competed at all the World Championships this year and my best bets were at the IBJJF NoGi Worlds and the SJJIF Worlds Tournament. I came up short twice at the SJJIF Worlds Tournament and that was at my healthiest too. I’m looking to work on my takedowns and open up my game for next year. I’m definitely rolling over this goal as well.
3. Become a BJJ Purple Belt - Fail
This is totally based on my instructor grading me on this. I’m up to three stripes now, so I’m getting there. Hopefully, I get to this goal next year. This goal is getting rolled over.
4. Raw Bench 425lbs, Raw Squat 725lbs, and Raw Deadlift 725lbs – Partially Successful
I was successful in getting to my goal in the squat, but I hurt my shoulder for some parts of the year, so I couldn’t get there on the bench and my deadlift has improved, but I set the goal too high this year for that. I plan on competing next year at the USPA California State Championships and at the IPL Worlds. I want to International Elite total at the IPL Worlds next year. I’m hoping that my shoulder holds up for the bench.
5. Drop to 275lbs - Fail
I’m at 290lbs right now. I’ve gained weight, because of the holiday season. I’m rolling over this goal next year, since I want to compete at the 275lb weight class at the powerlifting meets.
6. Work on my Judo and Wrestling Takedowns – Partially Successful
I put this as partially successful, because I did take some Judo classes and worked on some takedowns during several Jiu Jitsu classes this year. I stopped taking Judo in the most part, because of my rib and shoulder injuries. I’m looking to get back into it next year and maybe do a couple of Judo Tournaments as well.
7. Improve my Data Center Networking skills - Successful
My skills and experience have improved a lot. I worked on a lot of implementations and troubleshooting issues this year at the Data Center at work. I got to work with a super computer, several IBM chassis, monitoring tools, and high level switches. I put a lot of work into growing my skill set and experience at the Data Center. The hard work is paying off.
8. Finish reading one book once a month - Successful
I have averaged two books a month. The books ranged from BJJ Books to IT Books to Self Help Books. This goal was important to me, because I want to further my knowledge and education, whether I’m in school or not.
9. Write a blog of my training for the entire year - Successful
I’m successful here. It took some work, but I got it done.
10. Improve my Tagalog - Fail
I’ve completely failed on this goal again for the past couple of years. This was the last in my priority list, since I have not made plans for this goal. I’m cancelled this goal earlier this year, since I had a lot on my plate.
I understand that my goals were set pretty high, but I still believe that I have the talent, dedication, and blue print to get these goals done. I try to be well rounded as a person that I can be. I want to set a high standard for my son. Also, I want to set an example for people to show that if you set your goals high and you reach them, anything is possible.
Half the goals that failed were attainable, but that just means that I have to work harder and smarter next year for those that I’m rolling over. I learned a lot this year from all the competitions, reading books, school, and the experience through this process. It’s mainly possible to get to your goals, once you write it down, set a plan, and work on them consistently.
Next year is going to be another big year. On the high note, I did place 13 times this year and I competed more than I ever thought possible. I made a lot of friends and enjoyed the experience in competing in BJJ.
Given below is a link about a small article about studies being done on MBA students from Harvard Business School about goal setting.