I have to update this goal, since I got accepted to a 6 month Health Information Technology program in March. I will be completing this program next month. Completing this program replaced this goal, since this has priority over getting a CCNP certification. I’m changing this goal to pass the CCNP Switch exam by the end of the year, so I can at least past one of the 3 tests to become CCNP Certified.
2. Become a BJJ World Champion
I went through the BJJ World Championships in July. I didn’t do well. I have 3 more chances at the IBJJFMasters Worlds, IBJJF NoGi Worlds, and the SSJIF Worlds Tournament. My plans for training are to train at least 5 days a week, with several days being two-a-days in training. I plan to work on 1 weakness on both standing and on the ground for 1 month at a time, so I can retain the new knowledge and expand on the muscle memory on the techniques.
3. Become a BJJ Purple Belt
That is totally based on my instructor grading me on this. Hopefully, I will show enough skill and experience by competing and being consistent in coming to class by the end of the year. I need to improve upon my combination of attacks, recovery of my guard, and sweeps. Other than that, in my opinion, I have shown consistency of placing in tournaments and coming to class, while showing more fluidity in my techniques and transitions.
4. Raw Bench 425lbs, Raw Squat 725lbs, and Raw Deadlift 725lbs
I want to compete next year in Powerlifitng and total 2000lbs in a RAW meet. My raw bench right now is shaky right now, but my squat and deadlift is on pace. My shoulder is a lot more stable now, than earlier this year, which held me back on the bench. I need to work my triceps more to get the bench numbers to go up. As far as the squat and deadlift, I need to be more explosive on my lifts, I tend to grind out too much on the max lifts.
5. Drop to 275lbs
I’m a solid 280lbs right now, so I’m not too far off and I have less than 5 months to go. My goal right now is to lose 1lb per month.
6. Work on my Judo and Wrestling Takedowns
I’ve taken several Judo classes and in several BJJ classes, they go over both the Judo and Wrestling takedowns, but my ribs have held me back for the past couple of months. I’ll be back soon enough to work on my technique and more importantly, timing. I’ll be working my way back to Judo within the next couple of weeks, once my ribs are okay. I need to average 1 class a week on the Judo class. I want to make sure that I retain the skills on my stand up skills
7. Improve my Data Center Networking skills
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. My confidence is growing everyday.
8. Finish reading one book once a month
So far, I have averaged two books a month. A lot of these books are more than 300 pages, so they aren’t small books. I feel that my speed reading skills and comprehension is good, since I studied for less than a month for one certification test and passed with flying colors. Most of the books that I’m reading are on success, Cisco Networking, and goals.
9. Write a blog of my training and studying for the entire year
I’ve been consistent for the second half of the year, but mainly for training. I’m changing this goal, since blogging on my training is time consuming enough.
10. Improve my Tagalog
I’ve completed failed on this goal. This was the last in my priority list, since I have not made plans for this goal. I’m cancelling this goal for the year, since I have a lot on my plate and I have graduate school coming up.
I understand that my goals are set pretty high, 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 soon to be 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. It’s mainly possible, once you write it down, set a plan, and work on them consistently.
Given below is a link about a small article about studies being done on MBA students from Harvard Business School about goal setting.