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Well, so much for a regular update on the status of my 101 Things list.  I haven’t even been very good at keeping up the list here at the site.  I did go back and make some updates, though – so here’s what’s new with 101 Things:

#1: Call one friend a month just to catch up
I’ve done a fairly decent job of keeping up on this one, making some intentional effort to connect with friends the good-old fashioned way over the phone.  So far, three months and at least three phone calls.

#20: Read the Bible in its entirety
Thanks to seminary classes that require a fairly heavy amount of Bible-reading, I’ve been keeping up with this one.  So far: Matthew, Mark, John and Galatians (all for classes), and Philippians (during my silent retreat at Mowana)

#30: Attend 30 On-Turf Youth Events
Three PSHS varsity basketball games, one community league indoor soccer game, and a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the PSHS volleyball teams.

#43: Complete the One Hundred Pushups Challenge
I began this program at the same time as the Two Hundred Situps Challenge.  After four weeks of the program, I am currently able to do 32 consecutive pushups.  I’m hoping to be able to do 100 by the time the next few weeks are over!

#47: Tackle the Tower
Finished!  February 7th Scott and I joined a group from PLC to Tackle the Tower for Ronald McDonald House.  It may not have been my best athletic performance to date, but I did it nonetheless!

#49: Complete the 200 Situps Challenge
Finished!  After completing only four weeks of the six-week challenge, I was able to do 210 crunches on 4/5/09.  I will be finishing the last two weeks of the program and then maintaining by doing a minimum of 200 crunches three times per week.

#52: Read and Finish 101 Books
I’ve definitely been keeping busy with this one – between reading for classes and a voracious appetite for personal reading that I’ve had lately, my list now includes the following titles:

  • The Shack by: William P. Young
  • The Synoptic Problem by: Mark Goodacre
  • Mad Church Disease by: Anne Jackson
  • She Said Yes by: Misty Bernall
  • The Way of the Heart by: Henri Nouwen
  • Holy Bible, Human Bible by: Gordon Oliver
  • Eat This Book by: Eugene Peterson
  • The Last Word by: NT Wright
  • Fundamentalism and American Culture by: George Marsden
  • The Real Billy Sunday by: Lyle Dorsett
  • Crazy Love by: Francis Chan

In addition to those, I’ve got about nine more that I am currently in the middle of reading both for class, ministry and personal enjoyment.

#53: Spend an entire day in silence
Finished!  In fact, I spent two entire days in silence while on a personal silent retreat at Camp Mowana from March 22nd through 24th.

#54: Watch 101 movies I have never seen before
Added to the last list are: Wall-E, The Final Cut, and Down With Love

#82: Go one week without logging into Facebook
Finished!  And beyond a week, since I gave up Facebook for Lent, it has currently been 41 days since I was last on Facebook.

#88: Spend at least 15 days at Camp Mowana
Two down, 13 more to go!  I’m definitely hoping to make a few more silent retreats down to Mowana during this 1001 days, and hopefully a few trips with the youth group and this goal will be more than met!

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I’m going to try and make a (fairly) regular habit of updating progress on my 101 Things in 1001 Days venture: partly for accountability, and partly simply to document progress.  So, since beginnin on January 1st, here’s what’s been accomplished:

#52: Read and Finish 101 Books
I finished reading both The Shack by: Wm. Paul Young and The Synoptic Problem by: Mark Goodacre – 2 down, 99 to go!

#54: Watch 101 Movies I Have Never Seen Before
Thanks to Saturday’s snow day and my canceled weekend class, I was able to watch Sex and the City (The Movie) and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants II with my mom and Kristen.

#55: Write a letter to myself to be opened on the last day of the challenge.
Finished!  It was kind of weird writing a letter to “future me”, but I think it will be really rewarding come 9/24/11 to look back at what life was like at the beginning of 2009.

#58: Blog at least twice a week.
So far so good!  I’m enjoying keeping up blogging on a regular basis.

#93: Knit 4 scarves and give them away.
I broke out the knitting stuff this weekend and picked up work on an unfinished scarf that I hadn’t worked on since last January-ish.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy knitting, and I can’t wait to give this one away!

#99: Donate 1,000,000 grains of rice.
I’ve been spending a lot of time over at FreeRice.com – I love that I can brush up on things like basic math, French vocabulary and English grammar while helping to contribute to the fight against hunger.

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Let me start off by saying that most of the time, I think New Year’s Resolutions are silly.  It seems like for most people it’s a way of setting lofty goals that  give us false hope on January 1st that usually lasts until about February 1st (if that long).  I think often times what happens is we get overconfident in ourselves and set high expectations for the year that just set us up for disappointment when we’ve lost sight of the goals a month down the road.

With all that in mind, I’ve been tossing some ideas for improving the whole New Year’s Resolution thing.  How can I make “resolutions” for this year without positioning myself for failure?  Here’s what I’ve come up with (with a little inspiration from Sarah and Stefanie): 101 things in 1001 days.

Here’s how it works:

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined.  Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:

  1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
  2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
  3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
  4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
  5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

So, I’m going to start working on my list and this journey will begin today.  You can follow my journey in the 101 Things tab at the top of the page.

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