Goals for 2011

In keeping with past years, I was looking for a “pithy” catchall phrase, or sentence, to capture the spirit of this year’s driving themes… So far, I haven’t found anything better than this, from last year:

“Love, prosperity, peace, light & laughter, in 2010 (now 2011) and beyond.”
From Twitter


This last year (2010) was a rebuilding year – recovering and repairing our familial and financial foundations after the losses of the last couple of years (deaths and financial dumb-fuckery). And as a family we made some pretty good strides in those directions…

Working as a trainer at Gold’s gym, while it has only barely made me a living wage, has allowed me to reenter the training game, which I love more than I probably should… 😉 Helping my clients meet their goals gives me a “warm fuzzy” like few things in the world… The next step is to transition this experience into one of financial viability…

There was still some extraneous stress that we could have done without (my younger brother’s stroke in January of 2010 for example), but we were – in my opinion – able to weather it better.
As I do every year I went back and reviewed my goals for the previous year… And, with one modification (*read below), I met all of them… In most cases a month earlier than anticipated…

For 2011, it is going to be a refinement of the basics: family, health/training, financial security, personal development, creative development and fun.

To do this, the first thing is I am going to do is: plan my work and then work the plan… It worked so well last year that I am going to do it again… 🙂


Refining the basics: spend as much quality time with my wonderful wife Kari and daughter Kyanne as possible. Be as involved with them in their lives as I can be.

This year will also see a little more travel than the past two or three years. We have a trip to Hawaii planned for Kari’s birthday, and in July we are going to Washington DC to see Colonel Daniel Thomas transition out of his base command post at Fort Meade. **I am also hoping to get to at least one or two training (MA/fitness) seminars this year.

**This last bit is not something firmly planned as of yet…



Not much to change in this area overall… I will keep up and improve (where needed) my nutrition/diet, get appropriate sleep, drink plenty of water, see my medical team when needed. Et cetera… In other words tighten up what needs to be tightened and continue on mindfully with the rest.


I am going to keep on with two goals from the last couple of years: “feeling great and feeling infinite energy.”

I will accomplish this through continued training of the various energy systems, staying uninjured, as well as continuing to remove restrictive forces through the judicious use of training tools such as yoga…


I have two areas here I want to focus on in 2011. The first is to reintegrate my standup, clinch, ground and weapon-based skills as they took a bit of a back seat last year while I worked on my BJJ brown belt…

The second is to continue my Body Flow/Balance Work Practice

These last two areas are for fun/education and to support my Jiu-Jitsu/MMA habit – as well as in my continuing evolutionary quest for self-mastery – which can only aid and expand into all other aspects of my life.


Any competition done this year will only be with my trusted coaches and teammates during drilling, sparring, rolling and FoF.

All three areas will be as integrated as they can be… The theme for the year is: Spenser with a twist…

Financial Security

Last year Kari and I tried our hands at a handful of home based business… Like most projects initiated: 80% were a bust… So, this year I am going to simplify my business model by only working on three businesses. Two that have made money in the past and one with some incredible potential…

My Personal Training business
Commodity Trading
And Dark Alley Designs

I have developed a lot of (digital) art for Dark Alley Designs. But so far haven’t taken the time to implement them or the site. I am going to “pull the trigger” on that in 2011.

For commodities trading: be mindful of the trade – i.e. plan my work and then work the plan. As well as remain mindful of the trades I make (keeping stops tight, doing the numbers, et cetera…). My financial goal last year was to bring in at least $10,000 during the year. *I only made $4000, which didn’t meet the goal but was WAY beyond what I’d done during 2008-2009… So, in my mind it was a MAJOR step in the right direction…

Personal Training: In 2010 I spent the year working on trying to be the best PT I could be while in the employ of Gold’s Gym. Meeting or exceeding my clientele’s goals… Getting my feet back on the floor…

This year is going to be all about developing my own practice – setting up my own “shop” out of my home… In doing the math I can make what I make at Gold’s just training two people a day… My goal is four (or five) clients per day – upping the ante…

-Secondarily: I want to finalize and implement a “train the trainers” course. I have been doing a little of this in micro bursts at Gold’s Gym with good success…

-Tertiarily: I would like to increase exposure to my macro-nutrition seminar. I did one last year that was both fun and lucrative…

In the short term (and maybe long term – we’ll see ;)) I will work at Gold’s – keeping a few clients, as well as my yoga class and “boot camp” groups…

Personal Development
Continuing to read and write (for learning and expression), along with (more) consistent meditation.

Creative Development
Back to basics: more writing – I am going to shoot for 500 words per day (M-F). Along with that, I am going to continue to devote time to visual arts (drawing, painting, digital art).

*See family time. Also I am going to add more outdoors activities (when the weather cooperates)… The last thing I would add here is: like the definition of porn: “I’ll know it when I see it.”

A reminder to myself (and others): I am the ultimate authority over my life, no one else. I take responsibility for it!
So, that being said… Onwards and upwards!

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