September October Goal Review

My gosh – 6 goals and extra? As compared to the usual 4??

It has been tough, yet did what it needed to. September’s goals, in review, forced me out of my comfort zone towards some serious progress.

Let’s see if the same can be repeated in October:

September Goal Review

  1. Update Gunslinger in The West Rules
    1. Won! Rules are updated from the 2-pager. An excellent exercise – I highly recommend taking a full system and push it onto 2 sheets of paper πŸ˜‰ Got neither of the bonuses complete (a future offer list, and updating the first adventure).
  2. Update As Above, So Below Rules
    1. Failed. Kinda. After years on ice, AASB needed a complete overhaul. A review of all the guides really needed them rewritten from scratch, getting rid of ideas like damage types and such. So this won’t count as a win, and the bonuses are… postponed. Brought about in part by the next outcome:
  3. All About Business
    1. Won! I did the research, put together business plans, and… discovered the viability of all the potential offers I have in mind are not financially sound (at least without a 10-item-ish backlog!). Going to write a post on the findings, but it has caused me to re-evaluate October goals twice now. The more you know, right?
  4. Marathon War 1-Pager
    1. Won! After a few revisions after eye-opening playtests, I have the 1P! Because it took a lot of mechanical evaluation to get something “fun,” I failed to achieve the bonus 2-pager πŸ™ƒ
  5. 20 Hours of Leisure Study
    1. Won! Got my studying in. Reviewed the Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch TTRPG system, took notes, have some valuable additions to BITS rulesets and general RPG shenanigans.
  6. 20 Hours of Art
    1. Won! I did half the hours, but had reserved this goal to be redacted if certain events came up. They came up, so getting 10 hours in I count as a win πŸ™‚

October Goal Proposal

  1. A Trip and a Wedding
    • What you see is what you get. Going on voyages that’ll take about 10 days out of October, so marking out the space here. (Not going to mention at least 3 important birthdays, too!)
  2. MΓΆrk Borg Module
    • Turns out one of my favorite game systems allows for modules to be added to the system πŸ€˜πŸ’€πŸ€˜ As a break from innovating on my own BITS system, I figure I can create a module More Borg where instead of wandering around the wastes of a dying world, players can hold out in their own castle πŸ”₯
    • Bonus: Get an artsy splash for this module.
    • Bonus: Convert this module to BITS rules!
  3. 20 Hours Machine Learning
    • Bought a set of courses that include ML in Unity and Unreal 5; time to increase my value of insightfulness by getting acquainted with both the engines and the principles of their use!
    • Bonus: 10 extra hours here to make a game-playing, image-making, or advice-giving machine to help me out in *waves hands at whatever*.
  4. 20 Hours Unity
    • To really get into the nitty-gritty of the engine, using the same set of courses, I will dedicate 20 hours specifically to the use of Unity and its systems behind.
    • Bonus: 10 extra hours here to make a game.
  5. 15 Minutes Daily Engagement
    • While in September I came to understand a business is not right for me at this time, I do understand I need to ‘market’ myself long before a business would land. Thus, October will see me engage for 15 minutes a day across social medias, so about 8-10 hours total spent in the month. Doable!
    • Bonus: Make it a 20-hour total engagement for the month.
  6. Move or Half-Year Review
    • Either I am moving around or will start my end-of-year review up to the first half. Keeping it flexible as situations demand~
  7. Bonus: Marathon War 2P
    • Follow-up from September: Expand the content of Marathon War (and look at making a better name).

83% success rate for September is what I needed. 6 goals along with the bonuses really push me to be my best. While disappointing that ‘business’ is not in the cards (yet; I am looking forward to it!), I can still prepare myself for future success.

Mentioning future success, I am breaking a bit of my own principles by adding in the Unity and ML study – these have a professional influence to them, where I try to not include work-life in my personal goals.

Oh well. The knowledge will be good to have for myself if I ever get back to making video games on my own time, and ML programs are just plain cool 😁

So here’s to a vigorous and growth-oriented October! How are your goals coming along? What remains to be done before the end of the year? Rooting for you – cheers to all your accomplishments!

August September Goal Review

Over this year, I have had about an 85% completion rate on the 4 goals I set out to do each month.

While a humble accomplishment, I feel I could get even higher completion percentages by adding two more goals for a total of 6 each month, plus some more “bonuses” to carry on the momentum of each goal. Madness?

Let’s see. First, to August’s 4 goals:

August Goal Review

  1. Wedding
    1. Won! An excellent time. So much fun. Took about a week to accomplish before and after, but so glad I danced and dined and discussed topics of immense importance with the bride, groom, extended family, and so many friends ❀
  2. Unit Counters
    1. Won! All the Civil War units are drafted (have you been watching my Instagram stories for progress? @jimmychattin). I failed to get them in a stable state before August 9th (no bonus for this), but I also finished the sheets of neutral and status counters for the game. Won’t count this as bonus, but will pat myself on the back 😁
  3. 10 Blog Posts
    1. Won! Didn’t do the blogs I expected to, but what is done is done. Good content incoming through September and October. Follow to not miss a beat πŸ˜‰
  4. 20 Hours Games / Selfcare
    1. Won! Didn’t think I would make it… Started reading game manuals to study/collect blog content to make up for things, and watching Disney+‘s Obi-Wan series helped a bunch. (Worthy show!)

September Goal Proposal

6 goals and bonus? LET’S GO!

  1. Update Gunslinger in The West Rules
    1. After the 1- and 2-pagers clarified what was required for a western game based in the BITS system, I am going after the wording and tables in the full rules.
    2. Bonus: Formalize a “future” list of features and 1-page expansions.
    3. Bonus: Update the showdown Belle’s Town in GiTW‘s full rules.
  2. Update As Above, So Below Rules
    1. As above, so below here for goal #2. Take my insights, apply them to the larger documents.
    2. Bonus: Formalize a “future” list of features and expansions.
    3. Bonus: Combine the many different chapters of As Above, So Below into a single document.
    4. Bonus: Add gameplay examples.
  3. All About Business
    1. I’ve tried doing my “own thing” before, with ‘meh’ levels of success. Past results will be no indication of future outcomes here πŸ˜‰ Putting together a formal business plan and roadmap for positioning myself to sell things. Think I might go with Grey Library as the name – want to be a part of the focus group for that decision?
    2. Bonus: Create the business LLC – this’ll be best done through a lawyer’s help.
    3. Bonus: Create SOPs and templates for products and services – this is an eye to future scaling (if I wish to scale at all!).
    4. Bonus: Put up a ‘tip jar,’ Patreon, or my first product – if making a dollar, this bonus will be doubled!
    5. Note: Might also reach out for consultation (will count this part of the main goal’s process). If you know folks who started a business and are open for compensated consultation, reach out to me!
  4. Marathon War 1-Pager
    1. A WIP title, Marathon War will be my shot at bringing sci-fi super soldiers to BITS. Inspired by Bungie’s/343’s Halo series and the recent kick-behind DOOM games, this prototype I expect will be lots of fun! (And I will time how long this game takes to make – useful metrics!)
    2. Bonus: Create a 2-pager, much like I did with Gunslinger in The West and As Above, So Below, natural next steps of the prototype.
  5. 20 Hours of Leisure Study
    1. Same-ish goal, second month. Practice self-care which for me means to read, study, brainstorm, watch cool shows with cooler friends, and maybe game if lucky 🀞
  6. 20 Hours of Art
    1. It has been ages since I practiced my art. As a remarked and awarded artist in a past life, I have the means (stationary, a touch-screen computer), the purpose (filler art for my products), and the ambition to get back into such a cathartic, productive, and encouraging activity ~
    2. Note: Just received word that certain houses may be bought and jobs accepted, all mine and others. I reserve the right to put goal #6 last in priority and swappable with another goal should some of these events pan out!

On top of all the above, I will be getting back into a lite-yet-consistent workout regime (it has been a minute for some medical reasons). And perhaps starting a refreshed work schedule to go along with the business goal?

6 goals to complete, 9 bonus tasks. I am ready to mix it up this month – are you? Get after it – cheers through when we are back here again!

July August Goal Review

As I write this, outside is 43 Celsius, getting up to 47 during the weekend. (Post’s image applies πŸ’€) Stay safe, y’all!

While I stay out of the heat, let’s get into July’s goals and August’s hopes:

July Goal Review

  1. To Vegas!
    1. Won! Moved in, settled in, and will need to move again. More on that latter part later, but made it!
  2. Map Making
    1. Failed. Does it count as a fail if it can’t be done? The images taken of the map cannot be translated to a digital composition ready for print πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ However, there was a bonus:
    2. Won! The units that had pictures taken were made into digital, printable version. Drafting these is required to check how they print out, yet August has some time ~ (As for the second bonus listed last month, we will ignore that it was missed.)
  3. As Above, So Below 1-Pager
    1. Won! 1-pager made and reviewed (post to come). The bonuses:
    2. Won! 2-pager is done! With a little art, too!! I am so happy to have these done and down. Yet, there is still the full version of AASB to update … Will I get there any time soon?
  4. Weekly Times Out
    1. Won! Barely. And the last social engagements happen the weekend following this post! But I did it – IDK if I could do it again 😢 Perhaps I stop working on personal projects for a bit, look for some group activities? πŸ€” (If you have an idea, reach out!)

August Goal Proposal

  1. Wedding
    1. After declining a wedding years ago that turned out to be one of the worst decisions of the last 10 years, I cannot repeat the same mistake! Will take a week of prep and a weekend, so marking this down here to enjoy my time with the couple πŸ™‚
  2. Unit Counters
    1. From July, I continue the work on the Civil War unit counters. All units, color balanced, and test-printed is the goal here!
    2. Bonus: Get this done by August 9th – going to be a rush, so here’s to it 🀞
  3. 10 Blog Posts
    1. Done this before, aiming to do again – write 10 blog posts, fill out a few months were I won’t need to be occupied with writing. If there is a specific topic you would like to see elaborated on, let me know!
  4. 20 Hours Games / Selfcare
    1. I read an article that struck a note that I ought be protecting time to participate in the frivolous things I once enjoyed. Games would be that, yet also it would be selfcare – bedtimes, setting boundaries, art, those sorts of things. If I make a breakthrough on habit-setting here, I will pass it along!

An aggressive-yet-achievable August to follow a draining-yet-accomplished July. (Maybe it is the heat πŸ”₯) While having failures, the bonuses took the month over the line.

As always, lots of balls in the air: health, work, finance, travel, recreation, relationships, the cornucopia! Here’s to making a lot in the important areas of life, yours and mine. Cheers to it ~

June July Goal Review

Lots of garbage happening in the US this last month. While my June goes out well, July and onward will see some work not recorded on the blog.

That said, a review of what I have some say in:

June Goal Review

  1. Write 10 Blogs
    1. Won! I have blogs for the next few months – so many, I now find myself having to plan which will come out when, trying to tie them together in some semblance of a theme >_>
  2. Private Follow-up
    1. Won! The follow-up did not conclude as I expected, but progress and a plan has been made. Appears I will be carrying on in Las Vegas!
  3. Weekly Time Out
    1. Failed. While getting out to see some good friends and catch up all around, I did not remain consistent with a bare-minimum get-out once a week 😦 Shame!
  4. Publish Gunslinger in The West
    1. Won! Done with the … do I want to call it “Gunslinger in The West Alpha?” Anyway, checkout last week’s post showing off the 1- and 2-pager (2-sides, 4-sides). There’s also a preview of the full version, it pending some formal formatting and art commissions.

July Goal Proposal

  1. To Vegas!
    1. Guess the vacation could not last forever. (I regret none of it.) Now back to Vegas to do some housekeeping, so this will give me plenty to do to settle in.
  2. Map Making
    1. Someone important to me has a =huge= historic battlefield map all drawn by hand. The goal here is to put pictures of that map into a digital format – either cleaned up or rendered digitally (which I have already sampled).
    2. Bonus: There are unit pieces also done by hand – I know how to make them into digital, printable versions πŸ™‚
    3. Bonus: The map and units have a manual! As a bonus, apply my writing and game design knowledge towards this, rearranging and generally fill the role of an editor.
  3. As Above, So Below 1-Pager
    1. As Above, So Below has been on the shelf for awhile. It was my first unique application of BITS using Dungeons & Dragons as an inspirational base. While the reference was wrong, I feel confident I could condense dozens of pages of manual into a 1-pager of the necessary bits. (+Playtesting!)
    2. Bonus: Create a 2-pager, much like I did with Gunslinger in The West (which I feel is a better copy than the 1-pager).
    3. Bonus: It has been months – about time I updated the full version of this game with my evolving game design knowledge!
  4. Weekly Times Out
    1. I failed this in June, but with the goal of moving back to Vegas, going to take a crack at this again. Get out twice with others every week – this can be a digital meetup, so not too put upon here!

We look ahead, but never forget what has already come. May July be hot for you and I in feeling, action, and accomplishments. Until then, cheers.

Need to Decide? Read This

What to eat, what to wear, whether to get out of bed, or when to fall asleep. What jobs to take, tasks to do, or relationships to foster or let falter.

Decisions make our lives.

I have needed to make a multitude of decisions in my life, yet I have encountered something you are very likely familiar with: Indecision.

Analysis paralysis emerges from many causes: anxiety, fear or fear of missing out (FOMO), and more.

Whatever the cause, when you need to decide, read this collection that has helped me so very much in making life-changing decisions:


HALT before you make any large decision or have non-trivial discussions.

H – feed your hunger. Have something to eat, a cup of water to drink.

A – calm your anger. Hot feelings deliver burning, impulsive words that can scar.

L – accommodate your loneliness. Talk with a friend, search online for similar situations… it is dangerous to go alone, so take some company!

T – rest your tiredness. You are worse than drunk when tired, so at least nap if not getting a full night’s rest!

You good? Continue:

Ask the Right Questions

Whatever decision comes up most in these questions, do that immediately. When complete, repeat:

  • What makes all else easier or unnecessary?
  • What gives me the most satisfaction?
  • What creates more time?
  • What tangentially improves my skills? Relationships?

Tied or stuck? How about:

Hypothetical Feeling

You have two choices, X and Y.

Imagine and convince yourself you have decided to do X. How do you feel? Bad? Doubtful? Anxious?

If so, do Y and know you made the best decision!

High Quality > High Quantity

Being pickier when it comes to quality removes decisions that fail higher standards. Choosiness saves time and the need to make so many decisions.

Further, spending time on a few high-quality decisions is much more valuable than a lot of trivial nothings. Chores and daily habits come far distant second to keeping up relationships, investing finances, and deciding on employment and relocations.

Yet none of that matters if not executed on – if making a decision, do it ASAP. Even if the decision is imperfect, good now is virtually always preferred over great later.

Forgiveness and What Not

You are human with a finite amount of time and will to act in that time. So is everyone else. With that in mind, forgive yourself for making a decision not to do something (so long as it is a decision, and not laziness or avoidance).

Heck, enable yourself to decide not to do. “What not to do” lists – or better, “principles and policies” – can be more important than “To Do” decisions. So decide what not to do to clear the way for more important decisions to be made!

A final note to put fears and doubts aside: So long as it is not a catastrophic decision, you will be OK, as it is OK to fail (usually). So what counts as a “catastrophic decision?”

  • Anything that addicts or permanently changes for the worse your mind’s capabilities. (Certain drugs, brain damage, dogma, etc.)
  • Anything that hobbles or cripples your body. (Lost limbs, physical weakness, etc.)
  • Anything that brands you with a society’s Scarlett Letter. (Failing family, crime, overt perversions, etc.)

Set Yourself Up for Future Decision Success

By now you hopefully have made some decisions you can live with, that will not scar you catastrophically.

You can do better still. Start living by these pieces of advice to make you future decisions even easier:

  • Simplify. You are better for having less to be concerned about.
  • Long-term Yes/No. Relationships and activities are so important for your future need to strive to be of the highest quality.
  • Act now. It is the only thing you have to do – “JUST DO IT.”
  • Sleep adequately. It is the foundation of all health.
  • No added sugars. You are and will be worse for the simple carbs fogging your brain.
  • Meditate. Appreciate and reflect in the ways best suited for you.
  • Exercise. Even if it is a walk to meditate.
  • Zoom out, slow down. Chill. Busy-ness is poverty.
  • Journal. Take note of gratitude and record patterns. “Rubber Ducking” is a therapy all its own.
  • Fats and proteins. Brain and brawn. These will keep you young and vigorous.

Read more about the above in my 10 Themes from Tribe of Mentors.

Need to decide still? Read all this again. Bookmark it. Read again and again – this is a decision that will benefit you for a very long time as it has benefited me.

Cheers to all you are going to accomplish ~

May June Goal Review

April was a mess, so May came to assist in getting me back on track.

Not only am I back on the tracks, I have a dopamine hit driving me to some feisty ambitions πŸ”₯ The review:

May Goal Review

  1. Death Walk
    1. Won! Wrote some letters to be delivered if anything unexpected / unfortunate happens, along with figuring out that I really, really need to get to finishing some of my projects. I also got out of a… mismatched situation (I signed paperwork not to say more – just know it has let me be very much more relaxed!).
  2. Plan June
    1. Won! Doing some more traveling to visit fam in June while also restarting a work search (nothing too hectic, as I am fortunate to have some time already bought). Also in the process of getting some major work done on myself medically, so there is that to plan for!
  3. Seize May
    1. Won! Old castles, car trips, meeting new friends, being at the beach every day… My physical exploration has been solid. Intellectually, I have revisited creative projects of mine, letting me formalize plans that carry over into June.
  4. Rest
    1. Won! Quite literally stopped to smell the many roses with this one. Pet dogs, scratched cats, lingered on the water and sand of warm beaches… All qualitative – quantitatively, I spent 50% more time on leisure in May, so calling this a win 😁

June Goal Proposal

  1. Write 10 Blogs
    1. Only a month of blogs left written in advance. I might need more. Why? Because:
  2. Private Follow-up
    1. A private situation of mine that requires my full attention and dedication. It may actually blow half of June, all of July, and all of August away, so writing two months of blogs above is definitely called for πŸ™‚
  3. Weekly Time Out
    1. Time to see the family! Time to see friends! At least once a week, guarantee social and personal time out, something unique and significant!
  4. Publish “Gunslinger in The West”
    1. GitW has been a long time coming – I won’t go hunting for the original blog post mentioning it, but it has rules written, play tested, and even a bit of formatting and artwork done. Time to get a copy (even if it is an artless free-to-play) out publicly. Let me be ambitious here – they say the first publication is always the hardest! So here is to more work getting out there to come!

Gosh! Feeling better already. May has been a blessing, it setting me up for success in June. I am about to get after it – how about you?

Cheers to your own reviews!

April May Goal Review

How are you doing? Here’s me:

April Goal Review

April has been insane. A whirlwind. A trying time.

With some extra travel that resulted in a ruinous chest cold (cold, not COVID – took test), my misery made things sour both in my social and personal life. The sickness killed off more than my health. Spending days doing nothing but sleep and drugging myself enough to do a semblance of work at the day job, April has not seen much time spent doing anything else, much less attempting to “get my mojo back.”

Yet, all this has helped me take less for granted. I have learned further what “rest” can be. After I write this post, I will spend an afternoon with myself in some gentle breezes by blue water. Though sad, my future is much clearer now.

May Goal Proposal

  1. Death Walk
    1. I have taken these periodically since 2018 when a great friend and I had a teary conversation (tears all mine). Death Walks are incredibly important for putting things in order, so I will take one in May and get to acting on it.
  2. Plan June
    1. May is fairly flexible, yet I can begin major plans for June and even July. Visiting friends and family perhaps, getting major tasks scheduled. Though plans may turn out to be worthless, the planning will be invaluable!
  3. Seize May
    1. I have a unique opportunity to explore places far flung and see important friends long departed from. Like planning June, it is time to get it on the calendar to make up for lost time!
  4. Rest
    1. My time-tracking process had no equivalent entry for something like “smell the roses.” Now, days by the water, reading because I want to, and generally “chilling” – let me be no stranger to self care as I seek to forge a new self.

I think this feeling counts as “burn out.” So I take myself up by the shirt collar and give myself a good shake. Should I end up working on roleplaying games and writing in May? All the better – can count it as part of the Death Walk as I find out about myself.

You, take care. May be seeing a few of you very soon – cheers through then!

March April Goal Review

March Goal Review

  1. Settle In
    1. Won! Move made, though I lost the key to my storage πŸ˜‚ Glad I don’t need it for now! Exploring my new digs with abandon.
  2. 10 Write-Ahead Blogs
    1. Won! Blogs are on for the next two months 😁
  3. 4 More Gunslinger Improvements
    1. Failed. Did not touch on a single one of these. Feels like the time to do the “experience” and “settle” goals – how will I make this up???
  4. Travel Experience
    1. Won! And my-gosh did I win. Heck, I write this line over fish-n-chips that are 100% the famous English version. Going to need to pull back a minute on this as it took a lot of time πŸ˜…

April Goal Proposal

A break.

March needed a lot of time and took a lot of time and effort out of me, yet still landed a cool 75% completion rate – 75% when the tasks were already fairly ‘passive’ as goals go. As I write, I am… lethargic? Melancholic? Towards making up for the slippage in March or taking up new endeavors in April.

Maybe it is a seasonal thing – a little depressed under cold and windy clouds. Or burn out. Or perhaps April needs to serve as a platform for me to get my mojo back.

Whatever the case, I am taking April off, but will keep a log of what I do and how it makes me feel. That could prove useful soon πŸ™‚

All to your own goals! Cheers to them and your accomplishments here in April.

February March Goal Review

The 20s keep giving and giving. Birthday month misses on goals, invasions of Ukraine, jeezus. What is a guy supposed to write?

Sigh. Maybe we can get back on track what we can control.

February Goal Review

  1. Gunslinger Marketing Plan
    1. Won! After much research, there are only 4 options: Do it yourself; Hire it out; Get a publisher; Wait for having a critical mass of product or service (3-4 minimum). After careful consideration, I will be going for the latter – polish a bunch of projects into products, then airhorn all the goodies by hiring out the marketing process πŸ™‚
  2. 4 Gunslinger Improvements
    1. Won! Edits taken care of, art board made, and – replacing the blind reviews – I bought Affinity Publisher that allows me to make the game “pretty!” πŸ˜ƒ The layout needs some help though, so this will carry over to March…
  3. Blog SEO Improvements
    1. Failed. Inconclusive results from updating my tags, meta descriptions, and other tidbits about this website. I did get some organic pings while I was making the updates, but those fell off once the work was complete. Oh well πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. Private Ambition
    1. Failed. Only got about half of some 16-points I wanted to accomplish. Pretty lame. Also demoralizing. So I pivot come March!
  5. (Bonus) 30 Minutes Social Media Daily
    1. Failed. But we won’t hold this bonus against the total πŸ˜‰ Only sporadic posts made for a pretty lame outcome for this bonus! Yet frequent posting is a great boon for traffic, so I must keep this goal in my back pocket.

March Goal Proposal

  1. Settle In
    1. Getting a change of scenery, so 1) close up old places, and 2) settle into new digs. (This is a goal that is ‘given’, though still helps track that my attentions will be divided in March.)
  2. 10 Write-Ahead Blogs
    1. Get some extra blogs together. Did this back in December, though held myself to a different standard. This time, I will count 10 blogs – whether they are typical (like this goal post) or unique, they will count towards this goal this time πŸ™‚
      1. Your thoughts: What would you like to see more of? BITS and RPG design, or work and finance takeaways? πŸ€”
  3. 4 More Gunslinger Improvements
    1. Seeing a finish line in another month if I can work on this RPG 🀞 Improvements: seek and implement layout help, make pre-generated characters, formalize future additions (things I will not work on now), and get 4 alpha reviews (in plain text or in a fancy layout, either works).
  4. Travel Experience
    1. Spying back up to goal #1, I am holding myself to get out / experience 4 new things a week in March. Life is too short to take for granted – I better not let me down in this!

50% completion? Yuck! Have to do better than that in March. But does it even matter?

Screw it. I will accomplish all that is within my power, contribute elsewhere where I can. Cheers.


You have heard of SMART goals – now is the time for MAST goals!


Remember SMART goals? Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound goals were and still appear to be all the rage.

Yet. YET. What kinds of goals are not already pointed to the overarching desires and ends? Sounds like those are just excuses for busy work 😐

Sounds like “Relevant” is also “redundant.”

After this realization, let us consider:


  • Measurable – Quantitative values that ->
  • Attainable – Are within a person’s or organization’s means that ->
  • Simple – Are as simple as possible (see Occam’s Razor) that ->
  • Timed – Are bound by a realistic chunk of time (4 hours, day, week, month, quarter, rarely anything more or less).

So long as the goal-of-goals is seen like an isle on the horizon or guiding star in the sky, MAST goals provide the propulsion to get to that destination. On the chaotic sea of Life, the self can be an orderly ship, the MASTs catching the winds of opportunity πŸ˜ƒ


If one cannot be honest enough with themselves enough to not distract themselves away from their ends, I am of a personal doubt anything will help an excuse-maker not make excuses.

Yet, ends make the means. If SMART can get the important things done, so be it.

However, might I stretch again with a counterproposal of MASTER goals?


  • Measurable (quantitative)
  • Attainable (means exist)
  • Specific (i.e. simple)
  • Timely (happens ‘soon’)
  • Effort (makes everything else easier or extinguished [i.e. no longer required])
  • Real (applies tangible results towards a grander goal)

Until personal impulses can be controlled, drives recognized, time and effort itself mastered, MASTER goals provide better questions than a SMART goal.

(Doesn’t calling something “SMART” sound fundamentally patronizing too?)

Whether using MASTs to reach an end or using MASTERs to keep on track, one thing is clear: SMART goals are old hat.

I encourage you to 1) figure yourself out and what drives you, 2) set goals, 3) use MASTER MAST techniques to cut out the chaff of possible goals, and 4) get after it 😎

Let me jump the gun and wish you the best getting after your own goals right after this article πŸ˜‰ Cheers to your coming accomplishments!