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2017 Annual Review

Our new backyard. My office tucked away in the corner.

I spent some time over the last 2 weeks reflecting on 2017. I started by first asking myself, “What happened in 2017?”

I read through my old blog posts and journals and made a list of things that were significant to me. I was surprised at how much actually happened this year — everything from buying our first house to Lacie getting pregnant to having our best year ever in business!

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Realizing Why Behavior Change Matters

Behavior Change

I’ve been using this new Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt. And every week there’s a Weekly Review with several questions to answer.

One of them is, “How will you adjust your behavior going forward?”

I usually skim over that question because it doesn’t excite me. Plus, I wasn’t sure how to answer it. But today I took some time to really ponder that question. And I’m glad I did!

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Celebrating Small Improvements

I love making big changes to improve my life. But I also enjoy the small things that make your life just a little better every day.

For example, my office is a 10×20’ building on our property. It takes me about 45 seconds to walk across our yard to get there.

It’s not far but it’s just long enough that when my coffee gets cold I have to make a decision… should I just drink this cold or walk all the way back to the house to warm it up?

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My New Shutdown Ritual: Walks


I felt exhausted after work today.

I usually only do 3 focus sessions (50 minutes of focused copywriting work followed by a 10 minute break) in the mornings. But today I did 5 back-to-back and it drained me!

After the 5th session it was 2:30 and I was mentally drained and super hungry. Even after lunch it was hard to recover. Then right after work I immediately went into the house and started cleaning the kitchen (not relaxing for me).

I got grumpy and irritable (I know because my wife said so). Then I did something I haven’t done for at least a week or so. I went for a walk.

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Goal Setting Secret: Know What You Really Want

Goals you really want

If I were to ask you to take out a blank sheet of paper and write down 7 goals you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years what would you list?

Chances are you’d come up with 1–3 things that you’d really want to do and then fill in the rest with things you think you should want.

For example, if you’re not happy with your body weight you may put something about losing weight (or gaining weight if you’re a skinny guy like me).

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