A couple of days ago I finished my 2nd month of being 40. Of the 40 goals I have set for this year, I have successfully completed…three. There would be a fourth–doing sit-ups–but my consistency was spotty, and I decided to start over.
It’s frustrating to see such a big list with so little apparent progress, but in my notes I see that most of my goals have some work done. Last month, I had done something for fewer than half the goals. Now, there are only 17 that I haven’t started.
The biggest problem for me before was the one about Portuguese vocabulary–how exactly to do that and track it? I decided to use Duolingo at least every other day, and if I keep that up, that’ll count. Three weeks into that so far. Parabens!
My biggest worry now is the one about running ten-milers 40 times. Seems a bit ambitious. I ran a solid 10k this week, but while that’s good, that’s still zero to check off for the goal. Can I really get better and do 40 of those in under 10 months now?
Note that #29–about service–has changed. The wording before was too ambiguous; I needed something simple and specific, so I could be sure of achieving it. I plan on doing 40 letters for Sunshine Snail Mail for this now.
I’m a month into being 40 now. I set 40 goals for this year for fun and self-improvement–the list is at the end of these notes on my progress so far:
I’m finding that for the ones that say “do such and such 40 times this year,” I need to average 3-4 times per month, and most of those are still at zero. I’ll make a weekly list for those to keep me on better track. I’ve also had to decide what counts and what doesn’t–eating at a new location of an established franchise I’ve been to before for #28? (No.) Riding my bike across the UNLV campus at work for #19? (Yes.)
I started with some that I felt were easy and/or foundational–today is day 32 of morning and evening prayers, and drinking 40 oz. of water. The prayers have helped me be more serious and self-reflective…and more critical of how I pray. I missed one night of prayer around that halfway point–not sure how to handle that. The water has been really easy and very rewarding–I have less soda and junk food just from trying to drink more water; I find that I crave even more than 40 oz. now.
Today is day 12 of doing sit ups–I realized that I didn’t want to just do these goals in isolated rounds; it would be better if they overlapped at irregular intervals. I’ll start another new one this week, as the first round starts wrapping up soon.
The biggest failure so far is the one about learning 40 new Portuguese words a month–I did nothing at all with that last month. Well, time to start and do better now.
Other items I’ve made some progress on so far: 2, 5, 6, 18, 19, 23, 24, 28, 30, 35, 36, 39, and 40. It was a great month, but life always has so much more to offer!
In less than three weeks, I’ll turn 40. While many people dread that milestone, I’m looking forward to it! And I want to do something special to celebrate this coming year.
Since my late 20’s, I’ve kept a bucket list and a list of things that bring me joy. After more than a decade, I only regret that I spend so little time engaged with the things on either. With that in mind, I made a combined and condensed list of goals for growth and fun. I’m going to do these 40 things during the year of November 2, 2017-November 1, 2018. You may notice that each goal has something in common.
Read the Book of Mormon cover to cover every 40 days
Do some family history or temple work 40 times
Read 40 articles about the Bible
Talk to 40 people about the Book of Mormon
Study 40 General Conference talks
Make 40 positive contacts with students’ parents
Track my meals and nutrition for 40 straight days
No soda for 40 straight days
No fast food for 40 straight days
No sugary treats for 40 straight days
No social media for 40 straight days
No Netflix for 40 straight days
Don’t buy anything unnecessary for 40 straight days
Drink 40 oz. of water a day for 40 straight days
Run ten miles 40 different times
Do sit ups for 40 straight days
Do 40 pushups in a set
Take 40 relaxing baths
Ride my bike to work 40 times
Learn 40 new Portuguese words each month
Sketch 40 new drawings
Study 40 paintings
Read 40 great books
Listen to 40 new symphonies
Listen to 40 new jazz and blues classics
Listen to 40 great albums from my teenage years
Learn 40 new chess moves
Eat at 40 new places
Do 40 acts of service
Watch 40 classic Simpsons episodes
Watch 40 episodes of The Twilight Zone
Read Calvin & Hobbes comics every day for 40 days
Pray every morning for 40 straight days
Pray every evening for 40 straight days
Give my wife 40 back rubs
Watch 40 classic films with my children
Do 40 fun activities with my children
Don’t say anything negative about anyone for 40 straight days
I drafted this chart based on some of our discussion in Sunday School today. We studied the birth and early life of Jesus Christ (mostly from Luke 2), and found basic patterns in the lives of those involved in that period, setting clear themes and models for us to follow in our own devotion to the Lord: