What went well, what wrong wrong, and what I learned in 2017
December 31, 2017
It’s officially my second year publishing a blog post every week on this site. This blog and community started with a simple idea but has turned into something more than just the idea itself.
It’s the home of my thoughts and the lessons I learned. At the same time, it has become the source of inspiration for many others. Before I start going through what has happened to me in 2017, I want to thank you for being a part of this community!
At the end of every year, I spend a great deal of time reflecting on and reviewing what has happened and what I have done over the year. In fact, I’m doing this weekly but this annual review is slightly different. It focuses more on the big picture. And instead of being tactical, it’s more emotional on purpose.
Here is the list of things that went well for me in 2017:
Here is the list of a few things that went out of my expectations in 2017:
I split my life into four different parts that are important to me: business & career (work), personal development, health and fitness, and relationships. These are the four main pieces that made up my life.
2017 was a happening year for me in business and career. There was so much going on this year that it shifted my focus entirely.
I read fewer books this year compared to the previous year. However, I still managed to complete 15 books in 2017. And many of them were not what I usually read. They were challenging but they also further expanded my views in different areas of work and life.
Instead of just reading, I spent a great deal of time thinking and actually implementing what I read and learned. I became a lot more conscious of the information I’m consuming and did my best to filter out information that I couldn’t utilize immediately. It reduced the number of new things I learned overall but largely improved the depth of things I chose to pursue
Two things stood out to me in term of my personal development.
One more thing that is also worth mentioning is that beginning in November started learning a new language — Spanish., It’s fun and I’m looking forward to practicing every day.
Similar to the previous year, I wasn’t pushing myself very hard in term of fitness. I always tried to maintain an optimal level of health both physically and mentally because that is the foundation of everything we do in work and life. Without great health, we simply can’t do much even if we want to or have the resources to.
I gained the best results from strength training in the past two years and I have stuck to it ever since. It gradually became a problem because I’m not challenging my body enough and exposing myself to other training methods. The same goes for my diet where I stuck to 16/8 intermittent fasting for a long time.
My body got used to both of these routines and I stopped getting the positive results I wanted. My strength level grew at a snail-pace and my body fat percentage became stagnant (where I wanted to get lower). But I was too overwhelmed to change them because I was focusing on other areas of my life.
I haven’t come up with a clear plan on how to scramble up my training and diet routine but here is the brief idea of it:
I view my relationships in three different parts: (1) relationships with my family members, (2) relationship with my girlfriend, (3) friends and professional relationships. These relationships with others are a critical part of my life that is happening in the background. I’d say all of them went pretty well for 2017.
The best part of this was that I got to know more professional friends by volunteering in the TEDx event and joining Sumo as a part of the team. I didn’t do much to develop these relationships further this year and it’s something I want to place more focus on next year.
As an end of this 2017 review and report, I like to take the opportunity to thank a few people who made the year great for me.
And lastly, you. Yes, you! You who read this review until the very end. This blog wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you!
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