Welcome to The Great Growth! Home of my blog and personal life project. I have created a bucket list with all sorts of goals that I will embark myself to complete throughout my entire life span so that I can become the best version of myself in all areas of my life. It is going to be a life long journey of high achievement, excitement, emotions and adventures, and I invite you to be part of the hype. I want to share my progress with the world and also inspire people who read this blog to better themselves, maybe also start a life project of their own, instead of just going with the flow that is life. If you feel identified and want to get back to me, feel free to comment on my posts. Lets bring positivity and EXCITEMENT back to the community together.

The Great Growth means to achieve levels of personal development we did not think were possible. It means to develop what I call the GROWTH HABIT, which is when you become successful in many areas of your life and just want to keep on growing because you are a different person now, you have a wider comfort zone and will never go back to being who you used to be. To wake up everyday feeling part of a LIFE JOURNEY, an adventurous quest which will make life more fun and exciting to live. Every day counts, I will work hard towards completing the items of my bucket list, but also prioritize when needed. So how exactly will I track progress in this life project?

FORMAT OF PROJECT: How will progress be measured

I have developed a bucket list (with deadlines) with over 100 items targeting each area of my life, and the purpose throughout my life time will be to accomplish those items/goals and become the best version of myself by doing so. To become the man I describe in the “Ultimate Visions” tab. I believe this bucket list will not only help me stay focused and busy, it will also keep my excited about the upcoming things I can check off the list. To constantly add value to my life, to my skills, to my relationships, to everything and have perpetual personal growth. I want to point out that the deadlines that you can see in my bucket list are NOT mandatory. They are only approximates of when am I calculating that I will have the tasks accomplished. If by the end of the deadlines I still have not crossed off all items of the bucket list, I will just move them to the next period of time. Remember the bucket list should be exciting, not a stress source! I will work hard towards those goals though to see if I can in fact complete them by the estimated time frame.

Now, what i am about to say is very important as to how the different goals will be approached. Some goals inside the bucket list will have more importance and urgency than others  (i.e finding a job vs learning how to bake a cake!), depending on where your at starting out. This is why while working on my bucket list items I will also set big projects (no more than 7 at time) that will range from 3-12 months and will have priority day by day. These will be the goals that will advance your life the most and will make the biggest change in your lifestyle (for me these will definitely include my fitness, social and career areas). These are VIP goals. In order for a goal to classify as a Big Project, ALL of the following rules must apply:

  1. It must be bounded by a specific deadline (as opposed to the bucket list items, which are only approximate dates of completion and are not mandatory)
  2. It must be of my particular interest
  3. It must take at least 3 months to complete (starting 2018)

The rest of my bucket list goals which do not take the form of a project will take the form of a MINI PROJECT. In fact, most of my bucket list items WILL take the form of a Mini Project. For these Mini Projects, only 2 rules must apply:

  1.  It must be bounded by a specific deadline
  2. It must be of my particular interest
  3. It must take less than 3 months to complete

So my bucket list will be comprised of Big Project goals and Mini Project goals. The Mini Projects are important as well, and maybe even more exciting, except the big projects have more urgency at the present time and will impact your life the most. This is why those particular goals should be targeted every week, and maybe even every day, during my most productive time, and only then will I work on the Mini Projects, unless I say otherwise for whatever reasons. I will keep this into account when scheduling my weeks on Sundays.

Some examples of Big Projects are: getting in shape, finding a job, improving your social skills, writing a book, completing a class with flying colors, develop a good-looking website full of rich content and start getting readers on a weekly basis, get your Masters Degree, saving up for a trip which is coming up (the actual trip would be a Mini Project), learn to solve a Rubik´s Cube in under 30 seconds, create an online course, learn a new language, etc. As you can see these goals usually take at least 3 months to achieve.

Some examples of Mini Projects are: travel to Disneyland with your nephew, watch 1 horror movie per day during this next week (right before Halloween!), learn to make brownies, read a book and implement one thing this week, do a NO TV challenge this week, have an offer mentality and put others first during this next week as an experiment, do ONE thing you are scared to do, sleep in on Saturday and sleep 12 hours total to see what that is like, etc. As you can see these goals last usually less than 3 months, some of them last less than 2 weeks, and some of them last less than a day (i.e travel first class, get an expensive haircut, attend a rock concert) but are exciting to work on and also might even add value to your life. Remember, the purpose of this is to get excited about life every single day.

I will make this life project the most important thing for me and will make it my driving force to get up each morning with a purpose. We might not feel motivated everyday, but as long as we do not lose FOCUS of what to do and WHY we are doing it, we are on the right track. The ENGINE of The Great Growth is to wake up every day KNOWING that you are in a life journey, every single day has a purpose and a mission (define this mission the night before so you go to bed with clarity), every single day counts. It is also a much more fun way to live life as opposed to just living day by day with no real plan.

So, to summarize, the ultimate goal of this life project can be divided into 2 things:

1- Achieve my Ultimate Visions and keep improving from there (2-10 years approx.)

2-Achieve all of my bucket list goals to make life an exciting ride (a life long journey)

FORMAT OF CONTENT: What will I write on this website

You may be wondering about what type of content I will be writing on this blog. First, I will publish a post either on a Saturday or Sunday sharing my weekly progress towards the bucket list items. Just a friendly weekly review of what is going on, what went right, what went wrong, and how I will improve next week. Here is the overall structure of the Weekly Review:

– Overall Success Score (OSS) for the week. Very simple, it will have 3 categories: Very Productive, Productive, Not Productive.
– Success List: list of all individual achievements for the week. All tasks completed or started and made progress on that are worth mentioning.
– Strengths and Weaknesses, if any worth mentioning.
– Future actions: what will you repeat, and what will you do different the upcoming week. Also, only if something is worth mentioning.
– Anything else that is worth telling or interesting.

OR maybe do like Simon: Suboptimal results, Root Cause of these, Future Action

Second, I will write a post at least once every 2 weeks talking about subjects related directly to my project and my goals. This could range from financial planning for moving out of your parents house, to social skills recommended to make friends. From job hunting tips, to advise on how to make weight loss easier, and so on. Basically, anything I feel passionate about writing since it will be useful to me during my journey.

Also, I will shoot a video blog and post it here every 2 weeks (at least, could be weekly) to help connect better with my viewers and also work on my on-camera skills and communication skills in general. Finally, I will be reading books (e-books purchased from Amazon Kindle mainly) but will not set deadlines for books read. I will read multiple books at a time and look solely for practical knowledge, things or advise that I can apply to my life on a daily basis, experiment with it and get back to my readers explaining what worked and what did not so they can try it for themselves.

The official start date for the project is Monday 30th October 2017. I will make everything possible to keep this level of excitement throughout the entire project. Motivation is important but daily action is the key to this project´s success. When I came out with the idea for this project, the first thing that came to mind was ADVENTURES, so although I will be working hard towards my goals the real end goal is to make life more fun and pleasurable so that I can create a life I can truly enjoy and feel excited about. To get an idea about what I am talking about, I once again encourage you to visit my Bucket List tab. I hope everyone who reads this will feel identified, will feel motivated, and stay in touch so that collectively we can all move forward in the journey of achieving The Great Growth.

Andrew I.

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