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November 01, 2023

You and your goals!

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100 Goals Club is a complimentary newsletter that specializes in helping you plan your life goals in 10 important areas.

1. Personal Development

2. Health and Fitness

3. Family and Friends

4. Hobbies and Passions

5. Financial

6. Career

7. Adventure

8. Travel

9. Lifestyle

10. Leaving a Legacy / Giving Back

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This newsletter focuses on the status of your life goals set for 2023.

Quotes on getting things done

"A goal without a deadline is just a dream." - Robert Herjavec

"The key is to set realistic customer expectations and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them — preferably in unexpected and helpful ways." - Richard Branson

"Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value." - Jim Rohn

"Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life." - Steve Jobs

"Goals are dreams with deadlines." - Diana Scharf Hunt "The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score." - Bill Copeland

These quotes emphasize the importance of setting goals, establishing deadlines, and working diligently to achieve them, as it is often the key to turning aspirations into reality. As we are just 60 days away from the end of 2023, I figured we could all use some words of wisdom and motivation to get them done!

Goal progress in 2023?

My wife Kathy and I set 37 specific goals for 2023, some of them personal for myself and others things to accomplish together. This was a lot of goals for one year and too many to set for most people who have careers. But we retired a couple of years ago and have more time on our hands.

We review our goals once a week together during our Monday morning weekly planning meetings. In addition, I try to review them daily. It helps maintain the commitment to staying focused on them.

Overall, we are happy with our progress so far this year, although we are by no means going to accomplish all 37 goals. We have completed approximately two/thirds of our goals at about 65% complete. We are happy with our progress this year and have accomplished many things we wouldn't have completed had we not written them down.

Below is a sampling of the status of some of our goals. The numbers align with the goal setting worksheet and correspond to each of one of the 100 Life Goals.


3 - Attended one personal development seminar (Jordan Peterson)

9 - Created a running bucket/goal list of things we want to do in the next 10 years (milestone goals for my sixties). Reference my September newsletter

33 - Specific improvements made to 3 of our 4 Gables On The Park homes (porch restorations, painting, new roofs)

34 - Got back into hiking, using the "Waterfalls of Ontario" travel book as our guide

38 - Subscribed to JamZone app and use it regularly to develop my bass guitar playing

43 - Reviewed all expenses and minimized or eliminated unnecessary expenses

73 - Attended a major sporting event (Blue Jays baseball game)

74 - Attended a Toronto International Film Festival event

80 - Planned, traveled to and explored Portugal for 3 weeks

83 - Took 3 overnight getaways throughout the year (Inn on the Twenty, Little Inn in Bayfield, Niagara On The Lake - Booked for Dec)

87 - Completed cottage MBR remodel (pine shiplap) and electrical/plumbing upgrades to our Beach House

91 - Kept making journal entries daily, tracking habit completion and events in our daily life.


1 - Develop the habit of reading daily. (I've read 4 books this year but have not successfully developed the habit of daily reading)

13 - Log 20 bike rides and track at least 400Km of total distance. (I've only completed four 20Km bike rides for a total of 80Km)

14 - Develop a weight program that I perform 2X per week (I've been doing pushups regularly and worked out with weights about 10 times) - but far short of my goal

97 - Create weekly responses to Storyworth website and publish family book (we were good in the winter of 2023 but fell out of our habit through the spring and summer). Will pick this up again before end of the year!

Progress is how you view things and whether you take an optimistic or pessimistic view to life (Glass half empty or full). I could be negative about the things we haven't achieved yet, or positive about all the things we've done, knowing there is still 2 months to go!

NOW ASK YOURSELF - How are you doing with your 2023 goals? Have you accomplished 2/3rds of them? Less or more? If you haven't done as well as you planned, don't fret it. Just reconfirm your intentions from here forward to live an increasingly goal inspired life and work at improving your execution.

Commit to just 2-3 things/day


It is most important that you are continually progressing towards the achievement of worthwhile goals. The best way to do this is to decide, at the beginning of each day, what the 2 or 3 most important things are that you will do today that will move you forward.

If you just let your day unfold without prioritizing these 2 or 3 things, you will drift. Management of your time, and putting in quality time into the things that matter, is going to be key to your successful achievement of your 100 goals.

Read books on how to manage your time. It really comes down to being able to prioritize your time and ensure, every day, you are putting time into the things that matter most.

Working on your most important goals, every day, is the most powerful thing you can do!

One more trip!

We have one more trip this year, a Transatlantic cruise with good friends of ours who actually met more than 30 years ago while working on a cruise ship!

The cruise will take us on a 15 day trip across the ocean from UK to Fort Lauderdale, with stops in the Azores (Portugal), Antigua, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos.

To complete some additional bucket list destinations, we've added two additional stops to include Amsterdam and Miami, two of the places we haven't yet been to on our "stamp".

Check out the above link to see all the places we still plan to go in our lifetime.

12 Rules of Life

One of my goals this year was to incorporate the 12 Rules of Life from Jordan Petersons book by the same title. With the help of Chat GPT in summarizing the 12 Rules into layman terms, here they are:

1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back - Adopt confident body language to improve your mental state and how others perceive you. - Assert yourself in the world and face challenges head-on.

2 Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping - Prioritize your physical and mental well-being. - Practice self-care, self-compassion, and self-respect. - Take responsibility for your own happiness and personal growth.

3 Make friends with people who want the best for you - Surround yourself with supportive and positive individuals. - Choose friends who encourage your growth, well-being, and success. - Avoid toxic relationships that bring you down or hinder your progress.

4 Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today - Focus on your personal development and progress. - Avoid constant comparison with others as it can lead to envy and dissatisfaction. - Embrace your own unique journey and strive for self-improvement.

5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them - Set appropriate boundaries and discipline for your children. - Teach them responsibility, respect, and accountability. - Help them develop into well-behaved and responsible individuals.

6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world - Take responsibility for your own life before trying to change the world. - Focus on improving yourself, your relationships, and your immediate surroundings. - Small positive changes in your own life can have a ripple effect on the larger world.

7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient) - Seek out activities and goals that give your life purpose and meaning. - Avoid instant gratification and short-term pleasures that may undermine your long-term well-being. - Make choices that align with your values and contribute to your personal growth.

8 Tell the truth — or, at least, don't lie - Be honest with yourself and others. - Avoid deceiving or manipulating others for personal gain. - Speak the truth even when it is uncomfortable or unpopular.

9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't - Be open to different perspectives and ideas. - Practice active listening and engage in meaningful conversations. - Value the knowledge and experiences of others.

10 Be precise in your speech - Choose your words carefully and speak with clarity. - Avoid vague or misleading language. - Express yourself in a way that accurately conveys your thoughts and intentions.

11 Do not bother children when they are skateboarding - Allow children to engage in activities that challenge and develop their skills. - Encourage them to take risks and explore their interests. - Provide guidance and support while allowing them to learn from their experiences.

12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street - Appreciate and enjoy the small moments of joy in life. - Find beauty in the little things. - Embrace opportunities for connection, love, and happiness.

These rules serve as guidelines for personal growth, self-improvement, and building meaningful relationships with oneself and others.

Jordan is one of the smartest and most intellectual people I've ever run across. While he is difficult to listen to at times because of his extreme intellect, his message and lessons are life changing. He has helped thousands of our younger generation get their lives in better order. If you are looking for help with personal development, I recommend you watch his youtube content and/or read one of his books. Jordan is a big believer in goals.

Our Vitamixer is about to die

Kathy and I have been using Vitamixers for the past 40+ years. Using them daily for multi smoothies, they have a 10 year warranty and should last as long. Our 3rd Vitamixer purchased in 2013, just started "smoking" when blending a fruit like icecream consisting of frozen mango's and strawberries. Within 1 day of this happening, and knowing we wouldn't want to go another day without our morning smoothies, we were on the Costco website ordering our 4th Vitamixer, pictured below.

If you haven't had the pleasure of daily smoothies, you are missing out on one of life's simple pleasures. It so easy to make healthy and tasty concoctions!

Check out recommendation # 5:

Next newsletter . . .

In my upcoming newsletter scheduled for December 1st, I'll outline all things you need to do to start writing your 2024 goals using your Goal Setting Worksheet.

Brian Klodt founder of the 100 Goals Club


P.S. It's not too late to start thinking about purchasing my 100 Life Goals book, for yourself or as a gift for someone special as a Christmas present. It could be just the thing needed in someones life to inspire an important life goal.

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