Push Hard, Stay Cool

If you recall my resolutions, I wanted to hit the gym after I moved. I have, off and on, but have been using the same amount of weights for a few months. I’m proud of myself for even getting to the gym, but now that I’m used to the weights, I need to add weight to my workouts or I will never improve. The same can be said for my blog, my retirement plan, and my personal growth.


I’m coming close to my sixth month and still going strong. In an effort to get myself to the next level, further my writing skills, and increase my capacity, I will be posting content on another website besides my own. I will constantly check myself for burnout, but I feel this will help me improve my self-management skills, too.


Last year, I knew I had a ton of expenses so I lowered my contributions to my company’s 401k. When the new year came around, I doubled my contributions to catch up. I had an idea that I would be spending less this year than last so I wanted to capitalize. In the past, I would have set it and forgot it. Make sure you check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Mango Software

One of my resolutions was to learn a European language because my wife and I had such a blast in Europe. I was going to use Rosetta Stone, but found an alternative from Mango Software. The Mrs. and I will tackle French. Salut!

Final Thoughts

After getting your routine down, don’t get complacent. This is the only way you can build more muscle, increase your capacity, and add confidence to all your endeavors. In theory, if you continue to repeat this process, you will get to where you need to go.

Can you blog more? Can you make more guest posts? Can you comment more? Can you control your spending more? Can you contribute more to your retirement accounts? Can you tackle one more resolution? If you bite off more than you can chew, you can always dial it back and regroup.

But if you get complacent, you will never improve and you could give yourself a double whammy. You will now have another activity that could put you in a rut along with your day job. You need to avoid this at all costs. So starting today, build capacity and confidence in all that you do. Who knows, one day we can all be cool like the Fonz.

Stay Inspired!

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20 Responses

  1. Evan says:

    You are writing in 2 places….watch the burn out buddy…always remember this is your main blog!

    Also, check out LiveMocha to learn the language

  2. krantcents says:

    Concentrate on the daily tasks, measure results weekly and adjust your efforts periodically. You won’t burn out, if you keep interested and develop new ideas, Keep adjusting, it works!

  3. Only 6 months…you are rocking and roll’n! Please do a blog on Mango. I’d like to know what you think. I’ve got Rosetta stone, but it’s still collecting dust. Time to brush it off and get started. Way to go with your goals. Keep pushing!!!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks, you guys are rockin’, too! I tried Rosetta Stone, but got lazy. The new interface and techniques from Mango is a shot in the arm. I’ll keep ya posted.

  4. I admire your conviction. What is the other blog? Good luck with your ambitious goals.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! The other blog will be looking at stock trading on the internet. Just trying to get some traction so I put it out there. Still trying to find the balance between taking on new goals and burnout. Congrats again on hitting one of your blogging goals, what’s next for you?

  5. moneycone says:

    “When the new year came around, I doubled my contributions to catch up.”

    You da man, Buck!

  6. optionsdude says:

    Focusing on the daily tasks is good advice by krantscents. I have been focusing intently on my daily calorie intake but not limiting myself on eating anything, so if I have fries for lunch it is carrot sticks the rest of the day. The point is that by taking one day at a time and recording the results, I have lost 11 pounds in five weeks. If you want to improve your workout, you need to record the results somehow.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Congrats on your weight loss, that’s very impressive! Do you feel you have more energy? Good advice. I need to records results for my workout and other activities. Thanks!

  7. Congrats on hitting some of those resolutions already!

  8. That is some solid determination Buck!
    The challenge is to keep that level for another 6 months ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Doing the best I can. Pushing forward is better than staying stagnant or falling back. Will be interesting to see if I can keep this pace. Have you kept up your pace? I’m up for it so gonna ride this momentum for as long as I can. Let’s rock!

  9. 101 Centavos says:

    We could always do more, couldn’t we? Good message.
    And good reference on the Fonz! Sadly, as years go by, Happy Days is becoming a lost cultural reference.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks and glad you enjoyed the Fonz reference. Hmmm, might have to do what we can to not let classic cultural references fade. Looks like an 80’s video clip theme coming soon!

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