2013 Year In Review

I can proudly say 2013 is the first year I have done a year in review because it is the first year I have been very pleased with what I have pushed myself to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I have had great years. I have a wonderful life, and incredible wife, and four amazing boys. God is great to me.

My dad’s Mantra, “Always do your best!” can be applied to whatever comes your way. In past years, I have simply made the best out of what came my way. There was no rhyme or reason to anything.

The difference with 2013 is it is the year I finally put fears aside to pull my dreams down from the clouds.

Goal Setting

I never liked setting goals until a mentor of mine looked me in the eyes and told me I was afraid to dream. This stung really bad until I learned the stinging I was feeling was the early stages of a fire being lit.

I have realized, the reason I did not like to set goals is because failing at something I decided to go after meant it was my fault. When I was content with simply taking care of whatever came my way, I could easily deflect the blame. I was simply doing my best with what came my way.

So this year I set goals in the following areas.

  1. Financial
  2. Physical
  3. Social
  4. Mental
  5. Career
  6. Family
  7. Spiritual

Placing my focus on these areas helped me zero in on the most important 2 or 3 items in each category. I also set goals in 52 day blocks so I could check in and adjust what was not working or what was not interesting.

Here is what I noticed.

  1. The goal I originally went after was not the same and the goal I accomplished. For example, my most important career goals was to start a company. However, the company I set out to start does not look at all like the company I actually started.
  2. Some goals have unexpected consequences. I set a goal to meet a friend for lunch twice a month. One of those guys ended up being my business partner.
  3. It is easy to make a decision that derails a goal. I set out to be debt free except for my house by the end of 2013. This is almost complete, except we bought a new van in April setting the debt free target out another couple years.
  4. Life is so much better when you are chasing your own dream. God designed us this way. He created us to be fulfilled through creating instead of consuming. Try this if you’re feeling down right now. Get up and make something, anything. Then do it again, and again. Your creativity and energy levels will increase.

Now for my year in review:

2013 — This was the first complete year without my dad. He passed away from cancer in October of 2012. I cannot believe the little events that make me miss him.

March 22, 2013 — I crossed into my late 20’s. Not too big of a deal.

April 15, 2013 — My fourth son was born. He looks so much like my dad.

June 18, 2013 — My wife and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary.

July, 23, 2013 — My blog was hacked and I lost my old posts. I started over.

October 23, 2013 — FM Dashboard is officially a company.

November 22, 2013 — I left my job to run my company full time.

December 1, 2013 — We finally got into a bigger house. 6 people in 1400 SF was becoming a little cramped. We were blessed to find a great new place that our boys love.

The top 5 most popular blog posts.

I wrote 36 posts since my blog was hacked. I do not know how many I wrote before that.

Number 5 — Just Get Started
Number 4 — Watch This: Ashton Kutcher at the Kids Choice Awards
Number 3 — What My 8-Year-Old Taught Me About Fulfillment — This post was lost in the hack. I have a local copy somewhere so let me know if you want me to repost it.
Number 2 — Different Types of Thought Porcessors
Number 1 — Facing Fears and the Next 5 Things

My favorite post — Go For It

I hope to do a ton more writing in 2014. What do you want to me to write more about? Let me know in the comments, please!