What are your goals for 2017?

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Evening Monkeys,

@Eddie Braverman recently posted how he uses the Thanksgiving weekend to set his goals and provided the community with a few tools for categorizing, qualifying and actualizing annual aspirations.

Inspired by his post and driven by a general lack of alcohol around the house that our family needs to converse deeper into the evening, I took stock as to what I would like to achieve in the year 2017. My list is as follows:

  1. 1800 Chess Tactics Rating (Both Classic & Blitz formats)
  2. 18 Books
  3. Full Ironman
  4. 15 Strokes for my Golf handicap
  5. Obtain Open Group's Master IT Architect Certification
  6. Volunteer for 150 hours

For context: I work 45 hours a week.

My goals are primarily interest-based with a heavy emphasis on fitness again this year. I'm about to turn 25 years old and I know that my window of time to stretch myself to maximum physical potential is diminishing. My quantifiable intellectual hobby remains Chess but I also threw in Eddie's 18 Books goal to keep me honest when choosing entertainment. My professional certification would be the end-all of a good fiscal year for me at my firm and finding a non-profit that is near and dear would be the cherry on top for me.

The reason for creating this post is because I'm curious as to what others in the driven WSO demographic are targeting, how you are quantifying these goals and why you chose the goals you did.

So I bid you, WSO, what challenges does 2017 hold in store for you?

Comments (161)

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Nov 25, 2016

That's a hell of a lot of goals.

Mine are a bit more modest: Go a full year without pissing or shitting my pants in public.

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Nov 27, 2016
DickFuld:

Go a full year without pissing or shitting my pants in public.

I'd have to take the L for 2016. There's always next year.

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Dec 24, 2016

Your goal could have been getting into a Trump cabinet post. Just saying

Nov 26, 2016

Achieve human rank

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Nov 28, 2016

I bet Patrick threw all 8 of those SBs at you.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

Dec 27, 2016

Still can't beat @DickFuld

Dec 24, 2016

Or...join the Winners Club

Grandma loser

Nov 27, 2016

Can you really pull 15 strokes off your game in a year? I'm an absolute shit golfer (meaning my handicap is likely well into the triple digits) and I don't think I could pull 15 off in a year (and I've got the strokes to spare). Not shitting on the goal, just genuinely curious.

Nov 28, 2016

If you're shooting around 105-110 you could easily do it. Focusing on your short game (putting, chipping, 30-40 pitches) should help.

Nov 28, 2016

yeah agree on that, i'm probably around 105 but when my chipping/putting is solid i can shoot low 90's

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Nov 28, 2016

I generally agree with neyssi, but I wont say it's easy .. definitely achievable if you are around 105 tho

Nov 28, 2016

Currently a +20 handicap and would like to drop 5 strokes for a +15 handicap. A local park just added a putting / chipping green and that's where I need the most work.

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Nov 28, 2016

Golf enthusiast here who has shot a 62 before in an 18 hole round. 15 shots is no easy task and requires a lot of practice. The most I went down in one year was when I was 11 years old and went from a 36 or so to a 12 but I had great teachers (dad's a 3 handicap and former club champ) and probably played about 130-140 rounds that year. As someone said earlier, short game and not over-swinging until you can shoot low 80s is a good thing to do. Of course getting lessons and playing 1-2 times a week helps too. I'd also say to find a really good driver or 3 wood that you are comfortable with off the tee so you can hit a 220-250 yard shot with ease in the fairway while your buddies hack away trying to hit one 310.

@Dedline PM me if you want some golf tips

Nov 29, 2016

@BillBelichick37 I will be PMing you in the near future. I really appreciate the consideration. I've got a few buddies who I play with often down here who I'm trying to catch up with. Once again, I'm only trying to drop 5 strokes from my +20 handicap to a +15 handicap.

Dec 12, 2016

As long as your handicap is above 25 it's really not that difficult imho. And I play college golf right now as a scratch golfer. My view might be biased because I played when I was young and the learning curve in golf is extremely steep from age 10 to 15 when you're growing and play golf 7 times a week. But I have seen working adults shave off 15+ strokes within a year.

Dec 12, 2016

Short game is key. BTW are you at a D2 or D1 school? At my D1 school you have to be a +2 or better but they also usually win their conference and have 5-6 guys on tour as we speak.

Dec 12, 2016

I went from shooting 90/100's in my junior year of high school to shooting damn near scratch (but never the hallowed 72) by senior year. You'll have to put in a lot of man hours at the range and probably get some instruction.

Another thing that really made me good, was when I would watch the YouTube slow downs of pro's swings and try to mimic it.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

Dec 12, 2016

Get the V1 golf app on your iphone. It's pretty good.

Nov 27, 2016

Crush it as a summer analyst, get a return offer, and lateral to a BB/EB/top MM in a NY/SF/CHI.

Outside of that, hit the 1000lb club, read 10+ non-finance books, finally see Europe.

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Jun 16, 2017

1,000lb club? Get those carbs, son. #goals

Nov 28, 2016

Good luck, what are your current numbers? I am aiming for the 500lb student organization.

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Nov 27, 2016

Not to be a debbie downer, but you won't be able to complete all those in just a year. I suggest sticking to two.

Nov 28, 2016

Albeit this year's is more beefed up than my last, I'm doing half decent this year. Even if I am unable to hit all goals, I would rather attempt than to not.

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Nov 28, 2016

I'd rather shoot for the moon & come a little short then some stupid lose 5 lbs goal.

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Dec 13, 2016

amen. nowhere in goal setting does it say you should set easy goals, just attainable ones.

Nov 27, 2016

Put 50k into savings
Get good enough to spar in Muay Thai
Drink less
Spend more time with friends and family

Dec 1, 2016

As long as you're not severely obese I think you could spar now. Just tell the coach & or sparring partners to go easy on the head shots. I've sparred heavyweights & cruiserweights in boxing even though I'm short for those weight classes (6'0) and it got a lot easier after 3rd, 4th, 5th time.

Dec 1, 2016

I wish, I need to be cleared by the head trainer.

Muay Thai is just a little more technical than boxing. Now I'm not saying boxing is less nuanced or easier, I personally love watching boxing. There are just more things to learn as a beginner to master before becoming intermediate. You have jab, crosss, hook, uppercut rt, uppercut, lft, both knees, two roundhouses, 4 types of elbow(up, down, left, right), Two straight kicks(Teeps). You have to counter punches and kicks and elbows, learn distancing for both punches and kicks, and elbows and knees.

Nov 28, 2016

My goals will be to stay more positive and energetic in the coming New Year.

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Nov 28, 2016

Make at least 5k semi-passively. Goal is to double that every year for the next several years. Something like sourcing a product from china and selling on Amazon, writing and selling an ebook (ok this one isn't really passive), etc.

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Nov 28, 2016

this is where wealth comes from

Dec 3, 2016

Since I'm assuming you started in IBD maybe you could write about any tips or your story. Sell it for 9.99-14.99.

Dec 4, 2016

Best way to make money on the internet is: to sell a course teaching others how to make money selling stuff on the internet.

Dec 8, 2016

try it and let me know how it does

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Nov 28, 2016

I am such a boring person: my goal is to get a job and move out from home.
If I had a job and my own place, my goals would be: finish learning the language I am working on, hit some number on my lifts and do something kick ass at work. Also, g

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Nov 28, 2016

DOUBLE POST DELETE.

They told him, "Don't you ever post around here.
Don't wanna see your post. You better disappear."
The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear
So delete it, just delete it.

How is my grammar? Drop me a note with any errors you see!

Nov 28, 2016

Not dying.

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Nov 28, 2016

Teach me your ways.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

Nov 28, 2016

Step 1: Do not hold your piss so long that you develop a bladder and kidney condition that kills you.

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Nov 28, 2016

1) Transfer to Big4 Corp Finance/Transaction Services
2) Cut 7 strokes off my golf game
3) A few strength goals which I'm too embarrassed to share LOL

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Nov 28, 2016

Keep hitting the gym
720+ on the GMAT
A book a month
Up my monthly savings
Start a photography project
Do better in the stock market

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Nov 28, 2016

Best of Luck on GMAT studies! I got terrible SAT scores in high school and the GMAT feels like vindication for me. That'll have to wait until 2018 though :)

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Nov 28, 2016

I did alright on the SAT but now I know what's at stake and I'm definitely willing to put in the effort these days to get a knockout score, we shall see!

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Nov 28, 2016

I'm starting a personal blog, which is going to be the Lifting Libertarian. It's going to be about fitness, life, business (sales, biz dev, growth) as well as obviously about politics. Lots of interviews with current political officials as well as tapping into my Quora numbers.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

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Dec 5, 2016
UTDFinanceGuy:

I'm starting a personal blog, which is going to be the Lifting Libertarian. It's going to be about fitness, life, business (sales, biz dev, growth) as well as obviously about politics. Lots of interviews with current political officials as well as tapping into my Quora numbers.

You should make it a vlog. This way, you can receive income from youtube (assuming you're successful enough).

Dec 5, 2016

That would be the idea. To have it attached to a blog + a youtube channel. I know a bit about animation, design, editing, etc. so I think it would be fun. I'm not doing it for money, but more for an outlet for fun. If it makes money though I won't complain.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

Nov 28, 2016

I read Eddie's post and actually spent a few hours at the bar Friday morning outlining my goals.

Not going to list specifics here, but I noticed the biggest issue I have is getting specific and staying focused. I want to do a little bit of everything and it just results in doing absolutely nothing

edit: i realized it was time to call it quits when things like "start a band" and "run for mayor" started showing up on the list... Beer gives me confidence

Nov 28, 2016

I can relate to this. A couple years ago I had a laundry list like OP did of goals I'd set for that year, and I ended up only fully accomplishing one or two of them. The rest I either started and stopped mid-way or simply never got around to.

There were many reasons for this, and one of them was that indecision you mentioned. What I've learned since (and am still learning) is to not be a donkey. There's this paradox in philosophy called "Buridan's ass", where a donkey is situated between hay and water. Unable to decide which to go to first, it dies of thirst/hunger. It's a good reminder to take a long-term view and follow through one thing at a time.

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Nov 28, 2016

Well I have been Buridan's ass for the past three years, and I gave myself a 1/31/2017 deadline commit to my next career move. I have two weeks off at the end of the year and hope to use that time to set the actual goal

Nov 28, 2016

Defeat ISIS

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Nov 28, 2016

I didn't know you were on here, Linda!

RIP in peace ISIL

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

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Nov 28, 2016

Please remove this.

Nov 28, 2016

mad babes

Nov 28, 2016

I also took Eddie's suggestion about reflecting and goal planning over the long weekend.

Health goals: -Drop 10 lbs. Went more realistic this year as I always set this number too high and get discouraged as I don't hit it.
-Run a half marathon. I've run one before but would like to do it again. (these 2 kind of go together)
-Learn to cook a new meal every other week
Social media goal: -Stop using Instagram. I have found that looking at Instagram makes me purchase a lot of items
(mainly clothes and tech) that I don't need.
Learning goals: -Listen to at least 1 learning podcast every day (anything from freakonomics to radiolab). Just something
to get me thinking and learning anything
-Read 12 books for pleasure and 6 books for productivity/learning
Financial goals: -Up my retirement contribution an additional 3% of income
-Limit clothes spending to only necessities (this is obviously a bad habit of mine)
-Make an additional student loan payment every month
Personal goals: -Call parents at least once per week, visit at least once every 3 months
-Volunteer at least twice per month

The hardest one for me will be reading the productive books. I love reading fiction but reading about history, the economy, markets, etc has always been a struggle for me as I lose interest quickly. I know it seems like a lot but some of these are pretty easy and I documented them to remind myself and keep me accountable (e.g. podcasts, stop using IG, calling/visiting parents, reading for pleasure)

edit: formatting/grammar

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Dec 14, 2016

What type of volunteer work are you planning to do?

Dec 14, 2016

I work in non profit so volunteer opportunities are plentiful. But when I can't find something of interest from an email chain or intranet posting, I google search for "[my city] volunteer". I came across an organization that you do a single orientation with and then you are eligible to register for any opportunities that they have available. They have been awesome to work with and never are short of opportunities for most days and times. Typically I look for opportunities to volunteer with children with disabilities because that's something I'm very passionate about.

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Nov 28, 2016
  • convince my GF to have a three-some (with me & another chic obviously)
  • get a new (better & higher paying) job
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Nov 28, 2016

Achieving the latter has a direct causal impact on achieving the former.

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Nov 28, 2016

1) Close a real estate deal in NYC where I'm not overpaying.... guess I'm hoping for a recession.
2) Marry rich.
3) Go on a vacation to a fucked up country before I get married. Nothing like getting rufied in a Tijuana brothel.

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Nov 28, 2016
  1. Marry Rich like above,
  2. Make more money next year so I can get rid of my roommates. In sales so it shouldn't be too hard...

Array

Nov 28, 2016

Green card :)

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Nov 28, 2016
  1. Gain acceptance to a targeted MBA program.
  2. 3 plate squat for reps. Cut down to 8% BF.
  3. Buy a sport bike, do a couple track days.
  4. Travel to Japan and watch the Japanese GP.
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Dec 13, 2016

If it's your first bike, highly recommend an SV650 or a Ninja 650. Perfect amount of power / torque for a beginner and you won't grow out of it in a month like you would with those stupid 250/350s.

Dec 13, 2016

Own a naked SV650 now. Planning to upgrade to a Daytona 675.

Nov 28, 2016

I'll be the first pathetic college kid to post this. I bet there's at least a couple lurkers in a similar boat.

  1. Figure out where the remaining S&T SA opportunities are, get one by Christmas.
  2. Enjoy the rest of the wonderful cesspool that is the college bar scene thereafter.
  3. Fitter, Happier. More productive.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

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Nov 29, 2016
JYF:

I'll be the first pathetic college kid to post this. I bet there's at least a couple lurkers in a similar boat.

  1. Figure out where the remaining S&T SA opportunities are, get one by Christmas.
  2. Enjoy the rest of the wonderful cesspool that is the college bar scene thereafter.
  3. Fitter, Happier. More productive.

I see nothing pathetic here. Just make shit happen.

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Nov 29, 2016

+1SB

I adore the ethos of making shit happen. I'm just coming around to the reality that, up until this point, I haven't been making shit happen.

I believe that sometimes the borderline-abusive girlfriend that is Life bitch-slaps you, telling you that you need to change, now. It's rare but good. I see it as a gift, even. Thanksgiving was a bitch-slap for me. I need to re-strategize and pivot to have a shot at the career I want.

That's my ultimate abstract pre-2017 goal. Frankly, I'm barely even thinking about life post-New Year's Day.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

Nov 28, 2016

I used to choose 5 or so goals a year to accomplish and ended up only getting one thing done. So, 3 years ago I started to focus on one thing a year. What I soon realized is that by doing the daily habits of that one goal it's very easy to carry it forward into the next year without thinking about it. For example, 3 years ago I meditated 20 minutes everyday. Two years ago I read one book a week. This year I went to the gym 5 days a week. So without thinking everyday I meditate, work out and read 50-60 pages a day and it doesn't feel like a chore anymore.

Harvey Specter doesn't get cotton mouth.

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Nov 29, 2016
ScoobyDoobie:

I used to choose 5 or so goals a year to accomplish and ended up only getting one thing done. So, 3 years ago I started to focus on one thing a year. What I soon realized is that by doing the daily habits of that one goal it's very easy to carry it forward into the next year without thinking about it. For example, 3 years ago I meditated 20 minutes everyday. Two years ago I read one book a week. This year I went to the gym 5 days a week. So without thinking everyday I meditate, work out and read 50-60 pages a day and it doesn't feel like a chore anymore.

@ScoobyDoobie I am so on board with incremental build-up. I live in the future from a mentality standpoint and I have this preconceived notion of who I am supposed to be. It was after sophomore year of college when I started to realize that if I didn't actively set out to achieve quantifiable / time-bound goals, this notion of future-self would never be realized. After school, I accepted an offer with a firm that compounds and encourages sharp discipline, meeting / exceeding goals and pushing yourself for continuous self-betterment.

My only fear in this entire process is that the deeper I entrench myself into this type of rigid, disciplined, achieving personality is that I will begin to sacrifice the softer and more creative side of myself which is equal parts responsible for getting me to where I am today. I have been ratcheting up the level of intensity for a few years now and I wonder if this is the year where I disturb the equilibrium between the Apollonian and Dionysian aspects that make me, me.

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Mar 7, 2017

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Nov 28, 2016

1) Not sure if talking about powerlifting total or dating goals?

Mar 7, 2017

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Nov 28, 2016
  1. Lose some god damn weight
  2. Finish the rainbow before I finish college as suggested by many here on WSO.

The two goals are certainly related.

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Nov 28, 2016

I think it was @Eddie Braverman , but they posted something recently about making goals SMART. Terrific advice that I've noticed works well in the weight room. I'm hoping to get a six pack without losing weight, and I'd like both my squat and deadlift back over 400. Kinda sad that I don't have career-related goals.

Nov 28, 2016

12+ books
big 4 intern into full time
bench 315
save 5 figures
720+ GMAT

Nov 29, 2016

315 bench is no joke. Especially if you're under 180 lbs.

Dec 1, 2016

http://muscleandbrawn.com/ohio-state-buckeye-worko...
assuming you're benching at least 265 at the moment, this pyramid 2x a week assuming proper form should get you there in 8-12 weeks. did it for me (I was 180 at the time)

as for books, just keep the TV off. I read probably 2x that amount of books my first year out of undergrad because I just simply wouldn't watch TV aside from my favorite sports teams/golf tournaments. if you're reading 3-4x a week for at least an hour, this goal will be a cakewalk.

best of luck

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Nov 28, 2016

Fitness: 1.5 miles in 8:30, 30 pullups non-stop, 1 plate OHP 10x
Money: Make $10k off to the side
Side: Visit South America, go to racing school
Educational: Refresh data structures/algorithms, stochastic calculus, dip into machine learning

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Nov 28, 2016

Fastest I can do in 10 minutes is 1.67 or so.

Dec 4, 2016

no repeat on the Championship huh?

Dec 5, 2016

Not a goal if it's guaranteed

Dec 24, 2016

I always come in at 9:00.. 8:30 is impressive.

Nov 28, 2016
  • Get a good internship at a BB/MM/EB for summer 2018
  • Get to about 180-190 lbs & 10% body fat (Currently 6'0" 220 @18%)
  • become ranked #1 in my programs (attained one already)
  • Send 2000 cold-emails
  • Finish M&I, WSO, WSP, Vault etc. by January or February 2017

I think these are all fairly attainable for someone in my shoes. Regardless I think I should get something decent if I stay on course.

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Dec 1, 2016

solid goals, now just distill them into bite sized chunks and action steps.

Dec 1, 2016

Yep. I've been using a little notepad to put down what I need to do each day and by what time for school, internship stuff, and interview prep. Example: finish vault book by 3:00 PM.

Dec 24, 2016

Why not focus on building 5-10 productive relationships rather than an arbitrary number of cold emails?

Dec 25, 2016

5-10 isn't going to be enough. Ideally I'd like to know at least 2-3 people at each BB/EB/MM.

Nov 29, 2016

Candidly, I haven't started planning yet. I'm horrified, however, when I initially read this all I could think about were the goals we set each year at work. I think I need a vacation.

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Nov 29, 2016

leave ib for pe

Nov 29, 2016

a) Convert my upcoming internship into a full time analyst role
b) If a is successful - find something (hopefully an offcycle internship) to do in the period of up to a year before I start my full-time role
c) save some moulah

Nov 29, 2016
  1. Pass CFA Level III
  2. Pay off half of student loans
  3. Start football scholarship for my high school
  4. Complete 10 Toastmasters speeches
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Nov 29, 2016

Toastmasters is great. That's definitely something I want to do once college life ends.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

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Nov 29, 2016

I have always struggled with these goals, but I think after 4 years of busting my ass at work I feel like I am at the level where I can begin to prioritize other things over getting drunk and partying.

  • Launch a side hustle (already started on this)
  • Read 6 books (3 finance, 1 RX and 2 novels)
  • Run 6 miles with no walking breaks
  • Land a grab trick snowboarding
  • Setting up at least 2-4 networking meetings per month
  • Work towards an industry specialty
  • Most important one: Learn how to survive on 4-5 hours of sleep (polyphasic sleep cycle?)

-XSX

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Nov 29, 2016
  1. Totally revamp my personal finances. Better grasp on my budget and savings.
  2. Start meal prepping consistently
  3. Gain 15-20lbs (see resolution #2)
  4. Advance my short game. My putting is the difference between me shooting a 90 and low 80s consistently.
  5. Join ULI, Toastmasters, and become more involved with my current memberships.
Dec 1, 2016

lag putting should be first concern and then practice the 10ft and in putts. For around the greens I'd say to get really comfortable with the sand wedge. You can pretty much hit any kind of shot with a SW around the greens (low, high, spinners).Bump & runs with a 9 iron are easy because all you have to do is make good contact when you know what you're doing. Don't use lob wedge all the time.

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Nov 29, 2016

2 goals

  1. zero in on that level of drunk where the booze makes what you're doing more enjoyable, but you aren't so drunk that you won't remember doing it.
  2. remain that drunk in perpetuity
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Nov 29, 2016
Jim_Lahey:

2 goals

  1. zero in on that level of drunk where the booze makes what you're doing more enjoyable, but you aren't so drunk that you won't remember doing it.
  2. remain that drunk in perpetuity

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Dec 3, 2016
Jim_Lahey:

2 goals

  1. zero in on that level of drunk where the booze makes what you're doing more enjoyable, but you aren't so drunk that you won't remember doing it.
  2. remain that drunk in perpetuity

While I realize there is something personal about finding this level of booze zen, call me if you have questions.

Dec 5, 2016

the liquor's calling the shots now, dick. we'll see where this road leads.

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Nov 29, 2016

Drink less
Work out more
Teach my oldest to read
Earn 700k
Save 200k
Make 150k in my personal account

Standard, boring mid 30s finance lifestyle shit I guess.

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Dec 3, 2016

Make a serious attempt at my Fintech idea.

Dec 4, 2016

My goals for 2017 are:
1) Grow a beard.
2) Have a threesome.
3) Attend the Chinese dog festival.

Dec 4, 2016

Patent my invention/idea - side note anyone have any experience with Kickstarter?

Dec 4, 2016

Great topic. I tend to do goals in multi-year increments, but my current goals are as follows:

Fitness: Lose 5-10 more lbs then start working on my core
Flexibility: Attain an above average level of flexibility (I'm terribly inflexible)
Skills: Build basic cooking acumen
Language: Finish attaining spanish fluency
Personal: Buy a home if the market makes sense
Social: Be a nicer, kinder person to everyone

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Dec 8, 2016

on the core, I've noticed the best results came from diet changes and doing legs (this helped my lower abs a lot). having "abs" is more a function of low body fat than super strong muscles. think salads, not sit ups.

for some inspiration to meet your core and flexibility goals, try tim senesi's yoga flows.

if you are a serious novice at cooking, I'd recommend blue apron/home chef. they portion everything out for you, allow you to use very basic techniques, and are consistently tasty. all you need is a chefs knife, cutting board, a couple of pots & pans, and about 30-60 minutes in the evening.

also, cooking classes are a great way to meet women I'd bet, so there's that too.

solid goals CB

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Dec 8, 2016

Really appreciate the thoughts brofessor. I'll need all the help I can get!

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Dec 5, 2016

Get a full time job that pays me enough to move out independently and live on my own, sucks living with your parents at the age of 25, a very soul crushing feeling to have.

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Dec 5, 2016

break 90 10 times (golf). I'm so close it's maddening. golf is probably the thing I've had the hardest time improving. I should mention I only play about 24 rounds a year.

grow my income by 20-25%

go through the year injury free. tore a muscle this year squatting, NOT fun.

take at least 3 strike missions (surfing), domestic or abroad.

swim at least 3x/month.

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Dec 5, 2016

Short game, short game, and short game.

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Dec 15, 2016

2 "better chips" a round = 2 "almost tap in putts"

Poor chips that come with testy 5-8 footers is the easiest way to drive your score up unnecessarily

Dec 5, 2016

2017 goal is pretty simple.

Get rich, or die tryin.

Dec 5, 2016

-Keep hitting the gym
-12 books
-land an BB/EB internship
-record some videotapes

Dec 5, 2016

A few golf goals ITT; here is a very good golf practice routine (see below - can't post links when you're a lurker I guess)

Adjust the distance, number of attempts inside, etc. as to your skills - but once you can pour 3 footers in from every side of the hole and lag almost all your putts to 3 feet you will be a bogie or so golfer.

And if any of the golf bros want to knock out part of their reading goals at the same time I'd recommend Mark Broadie's "Every Shot Counts" as an cool way to understand golf scoring (has great examples of stats for pros, scratch and 90s golfers, etc.

+++++++ Source: google "The Ultimate Practice Routine Golf"

I've had a lot of people ask me about this & I've seen quite a few threads regarding practice & lowering their handicap, so I thought I'd post this in hopes that it will help someone.

Here's the story behind it, and the disclaimer. About 8 years ago, I had a student come to me who was a 36 hdcp - best round 110, ave round 120. His goal was to shoot par that year. I've seen the threads on here about doing this, and it is possible but it is not probable. I explained to him that it would take time, money, instruction, and a lot of work with no guarantee that it could/would be done. He was 28, not athletic at all, but had time, money, & desire. We spent 3 months working on his swing (very over-the-top, lot's of moving parts) just to develop a consistent, somewhat solid fade. Since his goal was to score, I developed a program that is scoring based - I have tweaked it some over the years, but basically it's about the same. After I created this, I gave it to 4 tour caliber players (1 PGA Tour, 2 Nationwide, 1 NCAA All-American) and asked them to run through the program and tell me how long it took them to complete & if they would change anything. It took them between 1 1/2-2 hours to complete and they felt it was great for someone looking to lower their handicap. I gave it to my student and he came back a few days later saying he'd spent over 6 hours on the program - and hadn't completed the 2nd stage (lag putting)! I knew then, it would work. We continued to work on his game, and he practiced the routine constantly. Over the next few months he became one of the best putters & wedge players at our club, and he shot 72 in October of that year. When he shot par, he didn't carry a driver or 3 wood and played a low, fade (almost a slice). He was recognized as the most improved player in the country that year - ending the year as a 6.2 handicap. Let me tell you, for a couple months, no one could touch him in a net game - it was fun to watch, and he credits this routine for allowing him to reach his goal. He worked his a** off, and he needed more than just this routine (technique, mental game, strategy, etc), but this is easily a guideline for players instead of just beating balls. This program is currently used by at least 8 NCAA golf teams as well.

The disclaimer: 1) I don't promise you'll shoot par doing this. 2) This is a good starting point. It's designed for mid-high hdcp players. I don't have tour players do this, and if you're already a low single digit hdcp, it's probably not much use to you, but you may find it helpful to identify a weakness 3) If it seems too easy, make the reps or targets match your level of play. This is designed to help you improve the scoring areas of the game.4) Go through your pre-shot routine before shots - I want this to simulate playing golf. 5) Once you've done the program a few times, add uneven lies, different shaped shots, etc to challenge yourself. The program can be done in one session or broken up into several - you must start at the beginning & can only move to the next section when you have completed a section. You cannot move to chipping until you complete putting, etc. So a player who can't lag putt will not hit full shots for a while. If you are "stuck" on putting, take a break every 20 minutes and stretch your back, get something to drink, just do something else, you can certainly hit balls, but don't skip part of the program.

It is based on a 2 week format - do program A for 2 weeks then program B for 2 weeks, then back to A, etc.

Sorry for the long intro- I just didn't want to drop the routine down without sharing the background & what it is designed to achieve. If you have questions or anything you believe I should add, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Here is the Ultimate Practice Routine, enjoy!

Program A, First 2 weeks, in this order:

Putting:
25 in a row from 3 feet
Lag Putting
20 in a row from 20 feet stopping in a 3 foot circle
20 in a row from 30 feet stopping in a 3 foot circle
20 in a row from 45 feet stopping in a 3 foot circle

Chipping:
8 out of 10 in a 3 foot circle from 20-30 feet

Pitching:
25 in a row landing & stopping on the green from 30 yards
25 in a row landing & stopping on the green from 50 yards
25 in a row landing & stopping on the green from 70 yards

Bunkers:
10 out of 10 out of bunker
6 out of 10 stop inside the length of a flagstick

Long Bunker shot:
5 out of 10 on the green from 30-50 yards

Irons:
9-iron 6 out of 10 land & stop on green
7-iron 6 out of 10 land & stop on green
5-iron 4 out of 10 land & stop on green

Driver:
6 out of 10 land & stop in fairway (if you're on a range set 2 targets the width of a common fairway).

Program B, Second 2 Weeks:

Putting:
25 in a row from 5 feet
Lag Putting
30 in a row from 20 feet stopping in a 3 foot circle
30 in a row from 30 feet stopping in a 3 foot circle
30 in a row from 45 feet stopping in a 3 foot circle

Chipping:
7 out of 10 in a 3 foot circle from 40 feet

Pitching:
25 in a row landing & stopping on the green from 40 yards
25 in a row landing & stopping on the green from 60 yards
25 in a row landing & stopping on the green from 80 yards

Bunkers:
10 out of 10 out of bunker
7 out of 10 stop inside the length of a flagstick
7 out of 10 out of bunker from uneven/buried lies

Long Bunker shot:
6 out of 10 on the green from 30-50 yards

Irons:
pw 7 out of 10 land & stop on green
8-iron 6 out of 10 land & stop on green
6-iron 5 out of 10 land & stop on green

Driver:
7 out of 10 land & stop in fairway

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Dec 6, 2016

this isn't going to be easy for a beginner

Dec 5, 2016

2017 Goals:

Earn more money by pursing alternative revenue sources
Eat healthier
Work out consistently
Move to NYC

Dec 6, 2016
  1. Learn new language
  2. Pass CFA 1
  3. Work on modeling skills/fintech ideas/
  4. Start trading
  5. Gym time + swimming/surfing
  6. Read a book/month
  7. Move to NY/HK/SF/London
  8. Pick up chess or Go
Dec 6, 2016

My goal for 2017 is to work more on my productivity and positivity.

Dec 6, 2016
  1. Start learning chinese
  2. +10 lbs
  3. Finish yale music MOOC
  4. Volunteer 100 hrs
Dec 7, 2016

Leave US for first time, 1800lb club, 17 books, commit to mindfullness/mediate on daily basis, hike 14 14ers

Dec 7, 2016

and increase kill count

Dec 8, 2016
  1. Raise GPA
  2. Secure a sophomore summer internship
  3. Secure a junior summer internship
  4. Finally beat Binding of Isaac
Dec 9, 2016

My ten goals for the year are as follows (and feel free to use mine if you're looking for inspiration):
1.) Start viewing myself positively, and stop wallowing in poor self-reflection
1A.) Seise all self-deprecating behaviors that aren't conducive to forward progress
(other than the occasional drink w/ friends ... c'mon that can be a productive networking tool)
2.) Take active steps towards becoming the man I see myself being 10 years from now ; visualize and actualize
3.) Have more confidence and courage in my convictions
4.) Tell 1 person to "fuck off"
5.) Actively go out of my way to socialize with strangers and make new friends
(except with whomever I execute #5 on... I'm already guessing that guy's a massive dickhead)
6.) Stop cursing and using cliche's / colloquialisms in my speech
7.) Create some sort of value with everyone I encounter to have my presence felt
8.) Become better at reading between the lines so I can tell whose screwing me over
9.) Get 1% better every day, but doing it for my own good. Not others expectations.
10.) And doing something that completely frightens me, however, this should really be done daily.

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Dec 9, 2016

Start a religion and begin building my empire. One tithe at a time.

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Dec 10, 2016

Secure a full time position from my traineeship in big4 financial operations
Move from Business Banking into Private Bank operations (HNW clients)
Start a degree in Finance
100 pushups a day
Move into my own place once goal #1 is achieved
Maintain an active sex life

Dec 10, 2016

You guys got some strong goals...

Mines are -

Have a place to eat/sleep and roof over my head.

Then I can worry about everything else stacked with life.

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Dec 11, 2016

Get into a good uni hopefully UCL
Get into insight days
Do more volunteering
Hopefully more parties once exams are done

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Dec 12, 2016

My main goal in 2017 is to find goals for 2018.

Dec 13, 2016

One goal: wake up early and hit the weights before work. Start the day off with Woodford + Creatine.

Dec 13, 2016

-Get a pilot's license
-Buy a few acres on Lake Michigan (undeveloped, at the right price. 60 acre farm dream was a little too ambitious)
-Replace the rusty honda (Sorry guys... it's on its last legs at 170K miles. Now that I'm on the buyside I'm thinking of a crusty Buick-- used of course)

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Dec 14, 2016
  1. Exercise. I am turning into a meatball

That's it

Dec 14, 2016

1 finish my MSF cum laude
2 nail my planned internship
3 get an internship in an IBD after that
4 8.5% body fat after my next bulk/cut
5 get new place
6 try to be more social

Dec 14, 2016

Lose my virginity. I think this is going to be my lucky year!

Dec 15, 2016

#2017Goals

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Dec 15, 2016
  1. Passing CFA level III
  2. Getting to 80kg @ 7% bf
  3. Networking for my next move
Dec 24, 2016

how fat are u? i was at 106kg with 30% bf and managed to move to 80kg at 11% bf. unless u are taking steroids it will be very hard to go below 10% bf.

Dec 24, 2016

I am currently 72kg with 8-10% and about 178 cm. Not fat I guess.

Dec 15, 2016

@Dedline How are you planning on training for the Ironman? Big goal, especially next to the others.

Dec 15, 2016

Pass level II and date an IG model. Equally difficult

Dec 16, 2016

one simple goal: continue my 30 year STD free streak.

Dec 28, 2016
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