“Do. Or do not. There is no try,” as Yoda would say. With that, week #9 is in the bag, and so is my second Lifehack article, which was edited and approved for publication. It should be live around August 29th, but I’ll post an update once it is. If you haven’t read my first article, now would be the time to do it. It’s continuing to get great feedback.

I’ve also finished a free seven page PDF, which I’ll be giving to select people who download it. I’ll post more details once it’s ready. It’s a motivational and actionable document and is currently being edited and formatted.

In addition to those two items, I also wrote last week’s blog post, which brings my total weekly writing to 19 pages, just shy of my goal of 20. I didn’t, however, write anything in my upcoming book, but that will change this week, as I’m taking ten days off from Lifehack to work on my book.

I’ve also shifted into promo mode for my book, meaning I hunting for advance feedback and reviews. I’ll tap into my network of reviewers, and should be finished contacted them by midweek.

My writing goal for the upcoming week is 20 pages again, 2 pages per day of science fiction, plus my blog post and a few extra for good measure. I have decided though, that I’m going to drop my website’s guest blog goal completely. I’m just not seeing the value in it anymore, so I’ll focus on my own blog posts and guest posts that I write as opposed to seeking to hosting other writers posts. I won’t completely exclude it if I’m approached, but it’s no longer a priority.

For my new productivity tool, I joined Clickbank University and powered through 15 videos up to week three of the 8-12 week course. I have to wait to take the rest, so I’ll finally be able to get to more Seriousbloggers Only videos this upcoming week.

I also used the CRM tool Nimble. So far, I haven’t seen the benefit as of yet, but I think that’s more a function of my social media habits than the effectiveness of the tool itself. I’ll update you more as I go.

For my one new place, I went to Bubbies Ice Cream in Hawaii Kai. I sampled three different versions of mochi ice cream, pistachio, sakura (cherry blossom), and peanut butter chocolate. All of them were delicious.  

I didn’t get any new feedback from authors outside of Twitter, but I did speak with the host of the MisFit Entrepreneur podcast, who interviewed me on Friday. It’s was a tremendous interview. We dug deep. It should be out mid-October, and I’ll post a link once it’s live.

I’m still working on finishing the Atlantis Gene, which is a real shame, but I did read daily and completed my one audiobook, On Writing, by Stephen King. It was absolutely brilliant. I also listened to 26 podcasts of Eofire. Yes, I'm on fire with Eofire!

Finally, I met several new people when I went hiking on Saturday, including workers at Bubbies Ice Cream. All-in-all, it was another amazing week with several new milestones, additional feedback and publicity for my current and upcoming works. How was your week?


Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #141-151 & 1384-1399

Audiobook
On Writing by Stephen King

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of August 22nd are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Finish 1 unit of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
Ever had the crushing weight of something heavy knock you down? That’s how I felt this week. It’s time to take my own advice and implement the 80/20 rule. I’m dropping ghostwriting completely so I can focus on what matters: Fiction and blog writing. Working a day job just doesn’t allow much fluff.

My Lifehack article continued to explode. My agent will be seeking out publishers in early September for my latest book, so I’ll focus on getting at least two more Lifehack articles published to use as a platform to pitch publishers. I filed for an extension of my next Lifehack article, but I already wrote the first draft. I’ll submit it for review in the next few days.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching website design and SEO. I’ve decided it’s time to make additional changes to my website. Hi res photos slow down the site, so I need to search for a solution to that problem. I’ll hold back on additional photos until it's solved.

I’m also debating on whether to transition to Squarespace, Wordpress, or hire a professional to tidy up my site. I’ve gotten some quotes, but I need to do more research and decide on the direction of various aspects of the site before I commit to another large change. In the meantime, I’ll focus on a few tweaks to make my site load faster.

For my weekly goals, I did write the rough draft of the article, but I wrote nothing else besides the post (and this one). That’s got to change. I’ll take the advice of one of my commenters and focus on daily goals, then just add them up at the end of the week. I’ll target two pages of fiction per day. That will get my time travel book done in three months, though, I’m hoping to having done sooner.   

I completed the audiobook The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco. I agreed with some but not all of the material. A good read, but some caution is warranted. I took issue with the first section of the book, but the remainder put it in better context.   

I met my goal of completed podcasts, and I’ll be interviewed for my own this coming Friday. I’ll provide a link for that episode once it’s available. Still reading the Atlantis Gene. Reading has taken a backseat to research on education, but I still read every day.

I didn’t receive any new business or author contacts this week aside from Twitter. I didn’t go to any new place, aside from a few stores, but I did go hiking yesterday at Koko Head (not the stairs, but the ridge overlooking Hanauma Bay). It was beautiful.
I finished my extra ab exercises, and I’m seeing modest changes in definition.

I tried a new software program, Myspeed. It’s amazing! I held off trying it until I got a new computer, which I did this week. I’m currently on the seven day free trial. It’s $29.99 after that, but I will save time and is well worth it. It allows you to speed up embedded videos to 3x the speed and has smaller increment options. The time I spend watching embedded videos for research makes the software a no brainer. Youtube has an option to speed things up, but not for offsite embedded videos. The only drawback is that that it requires Firefox and there’s no mobile option in the basic version (Premier offers mobile but is 99.99).

I’ve listed my upcoming weekly goals below. If you haven’t started your own journey, I highly recommend it. Life’s too short to let it pass you by.

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #132-140

Audiobook
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of August 14th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
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Week seven in my 52 week journey was fraught with more amazing triumphs and a few disappointing misses. My writing goal was another miss, but I’ve come to peace with the idea that it’s better to focus on the task at hand, which in this case was polishing the final draft of my latest book and turning it into my agent, which I did.

I’m even more excited by the feedback from beta readers, my mother included, and editors who read the final final draft (hopefully). I thought I was done, but then I started editing it more. One redundant word elimination led to another.

I must admit, it’s the most heavily edited work I’ve ever completed, at least on my end. I owe that almost entirely to Smartblogger’s editing tips, a shockingly phenomenal post. That will have to be the new website productivity tip of the week because I didn’t get to another other’s mentioned in my prior post.

In addition to my new book, my Lifehack article, 52 Lies You Must Ignore to Become Filthy Rich, went live! I spent the better half of the week promoting it, which more than paid off. It’s gone viral. After working my existing network on Twitter, the feedback started rolling in.

The article was shared by John Lee Dumas of EoFire, which you may recognize if you’ve been paying attention to the weekly podcasts I’ve been listening to. It was also shared Michael Okuda, the graphics designer of Star Trek, writer Michael Moran & more. Actress Lizza Monet Morales read the article, shared it, and told me, “Thanks for writing fierce content that challenge us all to put aside the myths & keep rising!!”

As part of that success, I was contacted by Dave M. Lukas, host of the podcast Misfit Entrepreneurs. He wants to interview me August 19th, and I’ll let you know when the podcast  will go live. I’ll count that as a win for my goals on getting responses from successful business people.

On the writer front, I received two personal emails, one from science fiction author Vaughn Heppner, and the other, Christopher Nuttall. In response to my question on what’s required for creative success, Christopher Nuttall said, “I’d say ‘Hard Work,’ to be honest. Having the dream is one thing, but you have to work hard to make it real.” To that, I’d have to agree. I will add, though, that it’s possible to streamline that hard work by working smart. One of the tips I expound upon in my upcoming book.

You can read Vaughn Heppner’s exclusive quote in my email newsletter if you’re a subscriber. I haven’t released the prior quotes by Brian Tracy or A.G. Riddle. I’m saving those for my upcoming book. Speaking of A.G. Riddle, I feel bad not finishing his book, which I’d hope to finish weeks ago. Still, I read every day, even if just a little.

For my other goals, I did my extra ab workouts. I listed to over 17 podcast episodes (that’s a huge win), and I finished the audiobook, Scientific Advertising, which if I’m being honest, I found a bit outdated. Still, it had some good nuggets of wisdom.

I met several new people in the course of my weekly activities, but not in a real substantive way. On balance, I’d say this past week was a huge success. I’ve already written the headline for my next Lifehack post. I’m keeping it close to the vest, but let’s just say I’m borrowing the theme from a famous Zig Ziglar quote: "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."

My goals for this week are listed below. I’m paring down my writing goal again, but included in that is today’s blog post as well as the rough draft for my next Lifehack article. I’ll have two solid weeks to dedicate most of my writing to the time travel book. I forgot to mention, I did an additional 18 pages of ghostwriting this past week. And I’ll do another 20 this week as well.

I missed hiking again because of remnants from another tropical storm. I did manage to visit several new places, including Liliha Bakery, which is surprising I haven’t been there already in the 22 years I’ve lived in Honolulu. I also visited the Honolulu Coffee Company’s new location, which occupies the former building of the Hard Rock Cafe.  

That’s it for this week. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my Lifehack article and this week’s blog post, so drop my line and feel free to leave a comment.

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #119-131
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode #574-575
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 409-410

Audiobook
Scientific Advertising

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of August 7th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (15 blog pages & 5 pages of my time travel book).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
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Another great week is in the books. Like last week, I didn’t hit my writing goal; this time it was because I got back my latest draft from the editor and spent more than half the week pounding away at the third draft, which I completed and submitted for a final proofing late last night. Once I get it back, I’ll send it to my agent Peter Miller.

For this weeks new place, I went to my new school, where I’ll be teaching this school year. A great school overlooking Kaneohe Bay. I also went to a few consignment shops in Waikiki. The weather was uncooperative for hiking this week, but I’m hoping to have some more hiking action Saturday.

The new app/software I looked at was another course on Seriousbloggersonly, the money funnel course. I’ll take another course this week. I started a one month trial of King of Copy by Craig Garber. I’ll give an update on what I thought of the site next week. Both are focused on SEO and web traffic as well as copywriting.

I finishedThe E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber as well as listened to 13 podcasts listed at the bottom. I also did my extra ab exercises. I met several new people. I didn’t write or upload any guest blog posts, though I have a couple in the works, and one more in the works I added today.

I’m still working on the same book, the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle, which brings me to my next goal. I was contacted by two authors this week. One of them was A.G. Riddle himself! I was thrilled that he responded, and have a nice personal quote I’ve added to the book. I was also contacted by Lindsay Buroker, author of the best-selling cyberpunk Dragon Blood Collection. I now have three personal quotes, two by the aforementioned and one by motivational guru and author of Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy, who’ve provided personal quotes, which will be in my book.

I wrote 18.5 pages of ghostwriting and 3 pages of my blog, but zero for my science fiction book. My goal for next week I’ll hold at 33 pages. I’ve listed my next week’s goals below, which are the same as last week.

Audiobook completed
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #111-118
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 407-408
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode #573
The KickAss Life with David Wood Episode #32
The Tim Ferriss Show Episode #1

Goals for the week of July 31st are listed below.
  • Write 33 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
As I write, Tropical Storm Darby is flooding much of the area where I live. I’m being pounded with heavy lightning and thunder.

My weekend was hampered by the storm, which contributed to some of the reason why I didn’t complete all of my goals. The bigger reason I only wrote 2 pages, instead of my goal of 155, is that I chose to focus on editing the second draft, which went out to my editor Tuesday, and finishing Jon Morrow’s guest blogging course.

I completed all the remaining 30+ units, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m now a Jon Morrow Guestblogger graduate. Yay!

In addition, Lifehack greenlit my article, which has gone through the editing phase, which means they will schedule a time for publication shortly.

I’ll provide updates once I know more and have a specific publication date. My agent is planning on putting out a press release, and I’ll heavily promote it as well.

It was far more important for me to push forward on the editing of my latest book and building the platform to promote it. That said, I’m excited about the outcome even if I didn’t meet my writing goal.

For my other goals, I finished the audiobook,the Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz.

I listened to three podcasts, mentioned below. I read everyday, but I’m still working on the same book. I didn’t get any emails from well known speakers or authors, outside of Twitter, but I did reach out to over thirty different famous authors, speakers, and businessmen.

My big wins for the week were finishing the blogging course, continuing my additional ab workouts, as well as my new things. I also count my editing a win.

I wanted to go hiking, but I had to settle for visiting a few new stores, The Aloha Cafe, being one of them, pictured below.

For my new app or program, I worked on Jon Morrow’s Serious Bloggers Only suite of courses. I love it so far! More updates to follow.

My summer is now over. I go back to work on Tuesday, and I'll get students the following week. I consider it a very successful summer. I was hoping to finish writing 2 books, but 1 and a third books is still a great accomplishment, not to mention the soon to be published article in Lifehack and my recent appearance in Wikipedia (in the bottom credits for my vog article).

Due to my updated schedule, my new goal for writing this week is 33 pages (time travel book) plus my my blog post and any required ghostwriting. I don’t have a blogging page goal just yet, but I’ll set one next week. My next big goal will be to finish my second book of the year by the end of six weeks, September 3rd, right before my an upcoming trip to Japan. Next week’s goals are listed below.


Audiobook completed
The Magic of Thinking Big

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
The Brian Buffini Show Episodes 4-5
MWF Motivation Episode 6

Goals for the week of July 10th are listed below.

  • Write 33 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Serious Bloggers Only course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
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Week #4 in my 52-week journey was the best week yet. I’ll get to that in a moment, but I’ll start with the misses. First of all, I only wrote 19 pages of my time travel book. My goal was forty, but I did manage to write an additional 20 pages of ghostwriting, 3 pages for my weekly blog post, as well as 12 pages for a guest blog post, which I’ll discuss in a moment. That’s a total of 54 pages, but only 19 towards my fiction book, so that’s a miss.

I also fell short of my reading goal. I even missed one day of reading altogether. In addition, I failed to listen to any of the podcasts. I also didn’t try a new app, but I did continue working on Jon Morrow’s course, though I finished 10 units instead of my goal of 21. I also joined another one of Jon’s blogging services, but I didn’t get to try it yet. I’ll provide that update next week.

My final fail, was hosting a guest blog post on my own blog, though I do have commitments which are coming down the pipeline.

The good news is that I had a great week in other more important respects. Although I didn’t get any responses from well known motivational business speakers, I did meet with several new people and interacted with many new authors, including a face-to-face meeting with a fellow local author in Hawaii, and I had a great and productive 90-minute chat session, and I’m looking forward to continuing that writing friendship.

For the new place, I went to a farmer's market in Manoa. I used to live in Manoa, but never went to the farmer's market there. I also went to a new opened Matcha Cafe in Waikiki. Both were good. In case you're wondering what I purchased, I bought leeks, tomatoes, ong choi, long beans, and Japanese cucumbers. I’ve added photos of each, plus a photo of a rainbow (shown at the top) from my apartment for no reason other than because I can. 


I didn't go on any new hikes this week, but I did finally complete my extra ab rep exercises, and I also completed the audio book, the 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris.

Much of my time was taken up with marketing by blog and books on social media. I’ve taken Jon Morrow’s lessons to heart. In case you haven't noticed, I’ve also revamped the design of this blog along with a new name as well. That brings me to the great news.

First of all, I received back my second draft of my self-help book from the editor, which I'll return back for additional revisions tomorrow. The real excitement, though was that I was accepted as a contributor to Lifehack.

I actually jumped the gun a bit, because I hadn’t gotten to that section in the guestblogging course, but I believed my writing and experience were enough to apply as a contributor. That positive thinking paid off with a prompt acceptance! I immediately began working on an article, which I’ve already written, edited, and submitted for review. I’ll keep you updated on if and when the article is accepted and published. As a contributor, I'm required to write at least one article per week for Lifehack, so expect to see many more from me.   

I’ve substantially beefed up my weekly writing goal for this week at a whopping 155 pages. I only have eight days remaining before I go back to work, so I want to maximize that time. My weekly goals are listed below.

Audiobook completed 
4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle



Podcasts
None

Goals for the week of July 10th are listed below.
  • Write 155 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Finish 30 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course.
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.

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Exciting things happened this week. For my one new place, I hiked Waimano Falls in Aiea, which I attempted a couple of weeks back. I still didn’t finish, but I made it most of the way through. My hiking companions and I got turned around and ended up adding an extra hour and a half on the hike time. It ended up taking 2.5 hours instead of 1 hour, and we missed the last ten minutes of the hike, which were both the most treacherous and beautiful. I’ll have to find different hiking partners next time with a higher risk tolerance to make it to the falls.

The hike did get mildly dangerous towards the end. It was steep, muddy, narrow, and required ropes in certain spots. In fact, there was a rescue copter hovering when I was finished.There was also a monument in the beginning of the hike set up for a hiker who recently died. Overall, the hike was okay. There were some nice views and enjoyable natural scenery, but I have other favorite hikes that I would recommend on Oahu. I’ll update my recommendation once I actually complete it. Still, it was great exercise, and I enjoyed the views.

For my one new web application for increased productivity, I enrolled in Jon Morrow’s Guestblogger course. As of this blog post, I’ve completed 14 of the 59 units, and I plan to finish the remaining 45 units in the next 15 days. I paid the first $99 installments of two installments totaling $198. It wasn’t a purchase I took lightly. I first heard about Jon Morrow from a podcast episode of EOFire. Since then, I read about ten of Jon Morrow’s posts, and did additional research. He is truly a phenom, and the course is amazing. If you are serious about blogging and developing a web presences, I highly recommend it.

I also had more exciting news related to several of my goals. The first was that the one and only Brian Tracy sent me back an email response about a question I posed regarding success. I was thrilled that he took the time to answer my question and provide me a quote, which I will be using in my upcoming self-help book.

In addition, I was contacted by a local author, who I will be meeting this upcoming week. This actually came about as a result of meeting someone new this week at the Fourth of July barbecue I attended July 3rd. They passed along my business card, and the author emailed me directly. One might say it was serendipitous.  

For my other goals, I did finish a new audio book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse. I also listened to 15 podcasts, listed below.

My epic fail this week, though, was twofold. I’m still reading the  Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle. I read about the same amount as I did last week. I also didn’t reach my personal writing goal. I only wrote 11 pages of my science fiction novel, plus 3 pages of the Sunday’s guest blog, and 17 pages of ghost writing. I did, however, read and write everyday, and I turned over my rough draft of the self-help book I finished last week to my editor. I also missed Wednesday’s extra set of ab workouts, so I only completed two extra sets, just like last week.

Finally, I didn’t have any guest posts to my site, but I did get commitments by two and possibly a third author. All-in-all, it was an amazing week, and I’m pleased with the progress. I’m also in the process of beefing up my email newsletter notification to include exclusive content in addition to the usual notifications, so please sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already. It’s the big red button on the top right.   

Completed Podcasts
EOFire Archive Episodes 208-210
WTF Should I do with my life Episodes 3-5
MWF Motivation Episode #2-5
The Brian Buffini Show Episodes 1-3
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 404-405

Audiobook 
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

Fictionbook
Still Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of July 10th are listed below.
  • Write 40 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Finish 21 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course.
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new people in person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audio book.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.

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Welcome to week #2 of my journey on self-discovery. It was an amazing week. I hope you enjoy the pictures. To start things off, the one new thing that I did was to visit the Makai Wing of Ala Moana Shopping Center. Yes, I’ve been to Ala Moana hundreds of times, but I haven’t visited the Makai Wing since it opened. I’m glad I did. As you can see from the pictures, the first store I visited was Shirokiya. They only have eateries inside the store at the moment, but the decor was majestic with the overhanging Sakura (cherry blossoms). There was also some great Japanese art, which hung on the back of a stage adjacent to some buddhist charity boxes. The only other new store I dropped in was Bloomingdales.

Later, I went to a July 4th weekend celebration with some old friends, and I met a few new people, so all-in-all, I enjoyed the new things this week. Next weekend, I’m going to do my best to revisit the hike in Pearl City that was a no go a couple weeks back due to the weather.

For my other goals, I was mostly successful. I completed the rough draft of my motivational book (yay!). It stands at 220 pages or 55,000 words, though, the final word count will depend on the editing. I wrote almost exactly 40 pages of that book plus 2 pages of last week’s blog post, plus an additional 26.5 pages of ghostwriting for a total 68.5 pages all in all. It’s off to the editors early this week.

On the contact front, I was unable to get responses from anyone or a guest blog post, but I’m redoubling my efforts this week. My big fail was reading a new fiction book. I did get started on the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle and read everyday, but the reading took a backseat to writing this week. Honestly, I have no complaints about that.

I did, however, listen to the complete audiobook of the Richest Man in Babylon, which I thoroughly loved. I also listened to ten podcast episodes listed at the bottom below.

On the workout front. I did my daily workouts, but only the extra ab workouts on Monday and Wednesday, so I call that goal a fail this week. After looking at my routine, I’ve decided the best thing would be to tie that extra ab workouts to my routine of meditating and napping daily and returning home from work, only I’ll do the extra workout before my meditation.  

With respect to the new app or software, I put in a short glance at Evernote. I haven’t spent significant time on it, but what I did find useful was the snapshot feature, which allows you to take a snapshot of a whiteboard and then turn the words into searchable text. I wish they had that when I was in college.

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget, I’m running a massive $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway on the homepage, tweet or share this blog post and earn free entry to win! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog if you enjoyed it, and feel free to link to this post or contact me regarding guest blogging spots on my site or if you would like me to guest blog on yours. The categories include fiction writing, self-help & motivation, science, science fiction and fantasy, books, travel, and education. See you next week!

Podcasts

MWF Motivation Episode #1
EOFire Archive i Episodes 204-207
48 Days to the Work you Love - Finding Your Sweet Spot
The KickAss Life with David Wood Episode 31
WTF - Wanna Be A Game Changer
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 402 & 403

The goals for the week of July 3rd are listed below.
  • Write 40 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.

 
 
Welcome back! I’m calling this the week one post, since my last post was the day one post. For my first week, I am pleased to say I completed most of my goals, with the exception of getting responses back from the authors and businessman, though, I did get one response from the Brian Tracy’s company, just not the man himself. I dropped the ball on the guest blog post, however, so I’ll need to remedy that this upcoming week.

For my new activity, I attempted to do a new hike. I went to Waimano Falls in Aiea, on Oahu, and started the footpath, but was shut down by the weather. I’ll go back another time, with pictures. Still, it was a new drive and a new place so it counts. I did enjoy the drive up to the trail. I have driven in lower Aiea many times, but only once did I drive in the upper parts. This area was completely new and reminds me of the numerous ridges in town from St. Louis Heights to Aina Haina.

For the time saving software & application, I downloaded Lucy Phone. The downside is that the app only works with pre-selected numbers. I wanted to test it on a local bank, but was unable to since it wasn’t in the directory. Based on the user reviews, about a third or so seem to be one star reviews as a result of operator hang ups when they realize that they are on the line with an app and not a real person, which is hugely ironic. I will come back and mention this app if I ever need to call a company and wait on hold for a while. Then again, I may pass. It seems easier just to wait on hold and put the phone on speaker while doing something else more productive. In either case, you would still be waiting. I can’t say I would rate this as a time saver either, because if you end up having to call back one out of three times, that wastes time. If you are productive with you hold time, it’s less annoying. You just need to go in with the proper mindset.

I met my writing goal. I wrote 40.5 pages of my latest book. I’m less than a week away from finishing the book, so that will be my new goal. I have 180.5 pages written, and based on the average lengths of each section, it should be around 220 to 230 pages in total, give or take. I’m getting real excited about the contents and progress of the book. It’s very autobiographical and honest. I believe many of you will be inspired by contents and take the suggestions to heart when you get a chance to read it.

In addition, I wrote the 3 page blog post for my initial post last Sunday for a total of 43.5 pages. Plus a portion of this blog post, which I’m starting Saturday. I’ll finish Sunday night. Let’s call it an even 44 pages, not including my diary or dream log.

I finished reading a complete fiction book, Timebound, by Rysa Walker. I also completed a full audio book (which I listened to at 1.5 & 2.0 speed) on Audible, The Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar, with Tom Ziglar, and bonus Selling with emotional Logic, a whopping 17 hours and change! In addition, I listened to 13 podcast episodes, all listed below.

Eofire Archive i episodes 201-203
Do Over episode 1
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe episode #571
Full Life Radio Episode Jacob Sokol
WTF Should I do with my life Episode Coach Do I Overcome Time of Low   Energy
MWF Motivation episodes 0, and 125-126 
The True Performance Show episodes 400-401

I successfully completed my updated ab routine and workout and completed them Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For this week, my goal for that portion will be to focus on form and breathing while getting out twenty reps each of the new routine. I’ve listed the activities below. I took the routine primarily from a single YouTube video. The routine includes Russian Twists, active rest, modified crunches, active rest, and alternate toe crunches.

For next week’s goals, I’m keeping them nearly the same, with the exception of clarifying that I will finish my current book this week. If it gets done in less than 40 pages, I’ll make up the additional pages on the science fiction book I’m working on. If you want to review my yearly goals, they will remain posted in my prior post, but I won’t repost them in this post.

Weekly goals to be completed by July 3rd, 2016
  • Write 40 pages of my own work (and finish my current nonfiction book).
  • Write 1 blog posts (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speakers.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
 
 
I want you to join me on a unique experiment. The goal is to help more people find their passion over the course of the next 52 weeks and take action on that passion. I’m hoping that leading by example will be the best approach. I have set my own list of yearly and weekly goals to force myself to do new things. I will share my process and progress about each of those goals in a weekly Sunday blog post. This is the day one blog post, and I’ll have the week one blog post out next Sunday evening, Hawaii time, with a new blog every Sunday.

So why I am doing this? Recently, I’ve been on a journey of self-reflection and self-improvement. If you read my last two blogs, you’ll see that I created an action plan and succeeded in several large goals. I hope to accomplish more. Throughout the last few months I have dramatically increased the amount of time I’ve been listening to audiobooks and podcasts related to self-improvement.

I was partially inspired by several podcasts including the Ziglar Show and 48 Days to the Work You Love, among others. What prompted me to action was an archived podcast of Entrepreneur on Fire with guest host Nathan Latka, who said something along the lines of “Winners take imperfect action, and losers are still planning the perfect plan.” After hearing those words, I decided to take action with the endeavor.  

I have several irons in the fire, but I decided to get more engaged on my blog, which has been languishing. One of those irons is a non-fiction motivational book I’m two-thirds of the way finished writing. I hope to complete the rough draft in two weeks. I have another book, a scifi time-travel book, which I plan to have done within three weeks of the motivational book. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of both.  

In the process of documenting, writing, and doing new things every week, I hope to create a journey of discovery and develop a network of likeminded entrepreneurs, writers, readers, and friends. I am open to your suggestions for things you think I should try, or people you think I should contact. I would also like to hear from you if you’ve tried something new in the prior week. If it has enough value, I may share your experience on the next week’s blog post, so feel free to send them in by selecting the contact me section on my website. Also, If you are a successful writer or entrepreneur, would like to submit a guest blog post, or know any successful writers or entrepreneurs, you are more than welcome to share the post or contact me directly. With no further ado, I’ve listed my goals below, and you’ll see my progress and comments next week Sunday June 26th.

Yearly goals to be completed by 11:59 PM HST June 18th 2017.
  • Write 1,000 pages of my own work.
  • Complete 4 rough drafts of 4 separate works.
  • Publish 2 books (1 fiction and 1 non fiction book).
  • Publish at least 1 book with a traditional publishing house.  
  • Write 52 blog posts.
  • Upload 52 guest blog posts.
  • Get a response from at least 52 successful entrepreneurs or speakers.
  • Get a response from at least 52 successful scifi or fantasy authors.
  • Meet 52 new people in person.
  • Read 52 fiction books.
  • Listen to 52 audiobooks.
  • Listen to 365 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 52 new places (hiking trails, beaches, etc).
  • Try 52 new web or mobile applications for increased productivity.
  • Create either a webinar module, podcast, or web application regarding one of the following topics: science, education, writing, scifi/fantasy or motivation.
  • Drop my body fat to 7% (I’m not sure what it is now, but I think it’s 12-15%)
Weekly goals to be completed by 11:59 PM HST June 25th 2016
  • Write 40 pages of my own work.
  • Write one blog posts (this post).
  • Upload one guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet one new person.
  • Complete reading one fiction book.
  • Finish Listening to one audiobook.
  • Listen to seven motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to one new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try one new web or mobile applications for increased productivity.
  • Create three core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.