2017 Reflection – 2018 Vision





Take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what you’re proud of. Also think through the low points of the year and what you don’t want to repeat.

  • What are you most proud of in the last year?
    • Learned new songs for guitar
    • IBM Design Thinking Badges
    • IBM Offering Management Badge
    • Carribbean Cruise (Puerto Rico)
    • Returned to England
    • Built out studio with new recording and looping gear
    • 1,000,000 total steps, 847 total floors, 509 total miles –  tracked with Fitbit since August
    • Biked Hartman Creek state park and High Cliff horse trails
    • 106 all time blog posts up from 77 a year ago (+29)
      • 2298 total views up from 429
      • 1254 total visitors up from 217
      • 64 different countries…up from 30
  • If there were a newspaper headline describing this past year for you, what would it say?
    • Carpe Diem – Travel, Play, Learn, Live
  • What unfinished business did you want to resolve before the year’s end, and when will you do it? (Ex: lingering relationships, apologies, goals yet to achieve, etc.)
    • Resolving the barriers of one of my closest friendships to find out why they have distanced themselves.
  • When were you most excited about life in this past year? What were you doing? Who were you with?
    • Traveling in England
    • Visiting with Jef O
    • Mountain biking (but wish it was with someone)
    • Getting new guitar equipment
    • Getting a new camera
  • Looking back, what would you have done differently in 2017?
    • Wish I could have started a web product/business
  • What new dream for yourself did you achieve?
    • Continued to travel
  • Where did you let fear hold you back from a goal you had?
    • I don’t recall?
  • What was boring to you this year that you hope to change for next year?
    • My work with Truven, however it enables other passions.
  • What new and inspiring people did you meet in the last year? Who do you want to get closer with in the year to come? Remember, you are the average of the five people you spend most time with. Choose wisely!
    • Inspiring:
      • Bacon, Andy, Fizzle team, Cassius Callender (Photographer), Eric McRitchie (Photographer)
    • Connect with:
      • Cassius Callender (Photographer)

For 2018, Use the 5 Dimensions of health for focus areas:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Social
  • Financial
  • Purposeful

Topics of focus with alignment to the 5 dimensions of health:

List the core areas of your life where you want to get results. Examples. include: Health, Continued Learning, Helping Others, Marriage, Business. The more creative you can get with your naming, the more committed you’ll be (i.e. Expand the Mind instead of Continued Learning). Anything goes.
Don’t list any more than 8 (ideally fewer). The point here is to nail the areas in your life that matter and have fun with it.
  • Family (Social)
  • Friends (Social)
  • Fitness (Physical/Mental)
  • Passive income (Financial)
  • Music (Purposeful)
  • Photography (Purposeful)
  • Find and do meaningful work (Purposeful)


Habits/Resolutions with Core Goals. (Outcomes/Reasons/Minor Steps/Baby Steps/Resources)

Before we start thinking through our massive goals, it’s good to start with general themes of improvement or change you want to work on. We see them as habits or resolutions. These differ from goals in the sense that goals are things you eventually accomplish or check off your list. Habits are things you want to adopt as a part of your life going forward. Some examples of habits we’ve focused on include: being early, scheduling less, slowing down, spending less time on email, simplifying/ decluttering, single-tasking or getting more sleep.
It’s best to focus on a max of one new habit or resolution at a time (ideally no more than one a month). If we do that one thing for a month straight, it will likely become a part of our routine. The good news is that for the super ambitious, this still allows for 12 new habits a year! Although, we’d recommend fewer.
  • Mindfullness meditation
    • Meditate 2 min daily
    • Learn Tai Chi
  • Minimize
    • 5S an area of the house monthly
  • Fitness
    • Rehab knee
    • Situp/pushup/squat challenge
    • Body weight challenge
    • Burpee challenge
    • Bike lake Winnebago
    • Run a 5k
  • Create
    • Write and Record a song
    • 12 photos to print and frame
    • An online product/service
  • Read/Learn
    • 4 books
    • 4 courses
    • Find a cause…
    • 7 new health meals to cook
    • Basic piano and Ukelele
    • The Caged system
    • Monthly photography challenge
      • Macro, B&W, Landscape, Action, 
And as I will work to do every year….My lists of   Things I want:
Things I want to be:
  • A better father, husband, brother, son, friend
  • Inspiring
  • A better coach
  • A better musician
  • A great photographer
  • A cook
  • An entrepreneuer
  • Financially stable
  • Fit & Healthy
Things I want to (do):
  • Be more present
  • Travel
    • Banff
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Grand Canyon
    • Wisconsin State Parks
    • Montana
    • Utah
  • Create music
  • Create photos and a photo portfolio
  • Mountain bike
  • Cook
  • Read more books
  • Camp
  • Run a 5k
  • Bike Winnebago
  • Learn basic piano songs
  • Write & record a song
  • Eat better
  • Drink more water
  • Read less news
Things I want to have:
  • A new full suspension mountain bike
  • Bike rack
  • Gopro hero 6
  • Input mixer for studio
  • 2 sonos speakers
  • Apple TV
  • 50mm lens
  • 300mm lens
  • Kite board & Kite?
  • Wake board
  • Snow shoes



About Troy

A Husband, Father, Lean Product Development Coach, Photographer, Musician.
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