My 2014 Processes (No More New Year's Resolutions)

My 2014 Processes (No More New Year's Resolutions)

How many times have you been asked, “What are your resolutions for the new year?”

A few of my personal favorite replies:

  • “Nope, already finished them all"
  • “Not dying”
  • “Doing whatever Drake does”

Why didn’t we start these habits or desired outcomes at the time we wanted that change to happen?

What’s different? No clue.

But I have noticed 2 key things about creating positive changes in life:

1- The Process, not the outcome, helps you throughout life.
A few years back, at AppSumo our goal was to get 3,333 members to join our previous course How to Make a $1,000 a month business. In January of 2013 it seemed like an extremely daunting goal. When we finally reached it in October, I got a bit confused and saddened about what to do next. When I reflect on it, the hardest times accomplishing the goal were the most
rewarding, not the
anti-climactic part of finally reaching the goal.

2- Knowing your destination helps.
The first night of my trip to Goa, India I tried to scooter home but had no idea how to get there. It took me 45 minutes. The next day I looked up my destination and plotted a way to get there. It took me only took me 15 minutes. That’s a 3x improvement, 300%.

These two points seem to conflict...and they do...but they also play together nicely.

Setting goals is always a good thing. They help you to have something to look forward to. But it’s the journey / process / in-between or “the liminal” that is rewarding. It’s a 2 for 1 special.

The start of the New Year is a nice separator of time for us to think about what we’ve been doing and where we want to be.

Instead of putting pressure on yourself to lose weight, get more money, etc., really focus on building processes / habits that you can work on for 2014 and beyond.

This year I wanted to focus on developing a process to help me create resolutions with ease every year. 🙂

Here’s is my process (you can print/fill out this ghetto worksheet and follow along):

1- Write out Health, Wealth, Love.

  • Health: Are you exercising? How’s your eating? Are you feeling good about how you dress?
  • Wealth: Do you have the things you want? Are you in a job you like?
  • Love: How are your relationships with your friends, parents, significant others?

Write out NO MORE THAN 3 GOALS in each category.

Here’s how mine looked:
Health Wealth Love New Year Resolutions

I did this over a delicious Mexican breakfast meal.


Then I picked 1 thing that mattered per category. You can still do your other ones but keep it simple to make it more likely to accomplish.

2- Write 3 words you want to describe yourself this year.

Mine are: Open-minded, Simplicity and Having Fun. If you write too many things to do and can’t remember them, you’ve committed too many.

3- What would you be scared to do next year (ht Adam)?

For me this is making a rap song. Tried once already 🙂

4- What if this were your last year on Earth?

When people ask, "What would you do if you had 1 day to live?" it feels too short and it's hard to take it seriously (aka rob a bank or have Roman orgies). But a year is ample amount of time to do almost anything. This year I’d like to fly on a private jet (anyone else???).

(Here's how I did with my 2013 goals)

* * *

So what do I want to do in 2014? Here’s my process written out:

Simplified 2014 goals:

1- Look for a life partner (Love)

2- Get new in-house product to generate 1,000,000,000 pageviews and $1 million this year (Wealth)

3- Weigh less than 160 pounds and have more defined arms (Health)

General feelings:

1- Open-minded
2- Simplify
3- Fun

Detailed to-dos:


  • <160 pounds
  • Long distance bike ride
  • 30 second handstand
  • Setup and USE home gym
  • Do a monthly floatation or massage


  • Fly on a private jet
  • Decorate and feel good about going to our office
  • Continue to update
  • Get Okdork to 50,000 subscribers


  • RV trip with brother
  • Work abroad for 2 weeks (Thailand trip with Neville)
  • 5 day boating trip
  • Spend a month away from austin in the summer
  • Make a rap song
  • Do a handstand
  • Take a zoomba class
  • Summer NOT in Austin
  • Do a Best Day Ever day meetup
  • Attend 2 seminars

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Now that the hype of New Year's Resolutions has passed. Here are a few steps to take to build lasting, realistic goals for yourself.

1- SIMPLIFY. I met a guy once who had a ton of goals for how he lived his life. I asked him to tell me them and he could only remember a few. The point is to pick less, so you’ll remember and really do the ones you want to accomplish.

2- Reinforcement. Print this out and put it in a place you are CONSTANTLY seeing it. I put mine on my sticky notes on my computer and see it almost every day I work.

3- Visualize. Add the activities tentatively to your calendar. Easier to start visualizing the things / processes you want to happen.

Ultimately as you go through life choose the actions that give you the best story!

If this year was your last, what’s one thing you want to do? Leave a comment on Okdork.

For 1 commenter, I’ll work with you to help make it a reality 🙂 BIG Congrats to Nathan Scott—the lucky commenter! We're going to work to make his cartoon/comic a reality!


P.S. Here's a ghetto worksheet here for you to print/fill out your own 2014 goals.

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99 responses to “My 2014 Processes (No More New Year's Resolutions)”

Daniel Wallock
April 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Truly awesome post. Your blog has inspired me to start my own! I also created my own goals post. Noah, I would love if you checked them out:

Thanks, Daniel

Shaun ling
October 18, 2014 at 4:58 am

Setting mine for 2015 !

February 26, 2014 at 12:41 am

Travel around the world with a motorbike experience the world mile by mile, similar to what the two boys did in the documentaries Long Way Down and Long Way Around. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest ways to achieve the nomadic lifestyle. 🙂

January 29, 2014 at 4:27 am

Listen man, if you want leaner arms, you just have to be motherfuckin stronger. There is no other way. Just training and eating well wont help. This Noah is not strong enough for Lean Arms Noah. So what is the solution?

1. Get up your testosterone by anaerobic training thrice a week
2. Eat high protein Tacos and get 9 hours of Sleep
3. Fuck at least thrice a week.

Email me, I'll give you simple short cuts to overcome habitual barriers and sort your shit out. This is not a sales pitch. I'm your customer.

Pete Bruce
January 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

anyone else besides me having trouble sticking to their processes?

Joel Alain
January 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

@Nathan (#comment-911225)

Congrats for winning! That is one insane opportunity to shine: you'll be helped by none other than Noah! Good luck my friend 😀


January 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

If this year was my last, I would want for my younger brother to learn to be on his own. He's in his late 20's. :/

Noah Kagan
January 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

What things do you want him to learn?

January 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Great article!
1) Go on that ecotourism trip I always talk about, connect w humanity abroad, create meaningful memories.
2)Show my art in a gallery, coffee bar, anywhere outside my fb album, aka safety bubble.
3)Find somebody to share my year of awesomeness with.

Brad Mills
January 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Lately I've been using the 5 Minute Journal that I got in one of Tim Ferriss's Quarterly packages. It helps you stay focused on your goals and reinforce your desired life every day. I've been doing it weekly now instead of daily, but it helps you program your life.

Ross Davies
January 17, 2014 at 5:43 am

My last year on earth!?

Learn a new language (italian) by spending 2 months in Italy, I've been to lake como before and loved it. Would be amazing to spend my summer around there.The goal being to be able to spend a full weekend only speaking Italian.

Winter I would spend in Canada, have always wanted to go and I love to ski so that would be amazing. The goal being to be able to go down black runs with ease.

Im currently setting up a new business which should /will make me a recurring income of £4,000 a month. If I have that I can spend time with family and friends and visiting places I'd love to visit. The goal being to not have to work whilst I travel but also means that my family will have access to that monthly income when I pass away.

Lastly and possibly most importantly I'd get married to my g/f so we could share the adventure together!

Look forward to seeing everyone's responses.

January 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Great post Noah. If this year were my last, one thing I would want to do would be to quit my job and travel around Australia with my family. Cheers!!

Alan Barnes
January 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hey Noah Like this simplified version, going to give it a crack. Love your goal of making a rap, are you a rap fan if so I would love to send you two albums from a New Zealand rapper, as thanks for pointing me to some great stuff, especially Adam at Mybodytutor. Is there a physical address I could send them to?
Cheers Alam

January 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hey Noah, first of all thanks for your openness and honesty in your posts!
Making some big choices in 2013 (leaving corporate job, leaving relationship), 2014 for me is about taking the next step in ‘wealth’ (growing business) and ‘love’ (more time with family and taking my dad to his motherland Indonesia for his first time in 40yrs).
Cheers from Amsterdam

January 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

If this year was my last, I'd travel around playing the country songs I've written, in as many old folk's homes as I could.

January 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

Last year on earth... I'd (I'll) save 100 lives.

January 16, 2014 at 4:12 am

If this was your last year, a business idea would be the last thing on my mind. I'd want to see all my family members and friends across the world and impact them with a message to kill their fear and strive for whomever and whatever they want to be...the time is very short. So yeah, lotsa trips and visiting.

January 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Great post! If it were my last year I'd go to Italy, rent a Lamborghini and drive it all over the country for a week while eating the best food in the country, see the best beaches and drink the best coffee/espresso! Oh and Gelato too of course!

January 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

If this were my last year... I would hire a private yacht (skippered) and invite friends and family from my entire life to sail to different parts of the world. People could join the tour at different stages free of charge.

Scott Britton
January 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Nice man.

Last year: create something that helps others when I'm not around.

This would probably be a detailed account (maybe book of sorts?) of how I've overcome my personal limiting beliefs.

I'd choose to write about this because it's been the most empowering thing in my life that I can remember and a ton of my buddies are limiting their lives because they haven't been intentional about crafting a resourceful belief system.

If I have one more, I'd also hope to fall head over heals in love...cause that's the best and love is my #1 emotional need!

January 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Learn to really hustle and sell effectively to grow my service business or freelance revenue to re-gain my location independence.

The big goal of this for 2014 is so I can meet up with my closest friends I made living in Argentina over in Brazil for the World Cup.

January 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

This may be cheating, since it's a a super-goal, but if this were my last year, I'd want to spend it leaving my mark. It's a super-goal because it means several smaller pieces of a whole coming together, such as make an impression on my kids so they remember me and live a good life, have my immediate family taken care of financially, and spend time with the family who is too far to see as often as I'd like. But, broken down into the three categories, I'd go with:

Health: Get closer to healthy weight (can't eat an elephant in one sitting), to have the time to spend with my family, and take part in other sports/activities I want to do that I currently can't safely, like hockey.

Wealth: Work on at least ONE of my side-project ideas, if only to get the wheels going, and drive motivation by watching it grow.

Love: Spend more adult time with my wife (i.e. not in "we've got two kids around us at all times") to get to know her even better, and appreciate her appropriately.

** CRUDE LANGUAGE WARNING ** Sorry, it's where my brain goes when fired up...

Ultimately, in three simple words? "OneFucking successful guy". Crude, but to the point.

Thank you for this post and process. It definitely gave me food for though, and nourishment for action. Seriously. After reading this, I thought to myself "Fuck it. This is the year of fucking DOING shit, not TALKING about doing shit".

January 15, 2014 at 6:55 am

This Year:
Create a new outlook on life by shifting my paradigm
Fail hard and fast to construct an epic learning experience
Learn from the two above to blaze a new trail

Noah Kagan
January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

Hey michael

Any more specifics on it...

January 15, 2014 at 4:37 am

Market the hell out of my company's online products... so I can start my passion project of a Border Collie Hotel & Rescue Centre 🙂

Noah Kagan
January 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

Anyway you can start helping the dogs sooner?

Jimmy Corrigan
January 15, 2014 at 3:56 am

Thanks Noah

I almost missed your ghetto worksheet

You always inspire me.

Be less passive in using my public image saving lives

Proactive and effective

Although I'm grateful for the countless lives I've been able to save, the possibility of saving just 1 life by reaching out is priceless.

If you end up making a difference in peoples lives be careful...

it can be heart-breaking, addictive, and fulfilling

Noah Kagan
January 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

Awesome goal!

January 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

Health: Learn wing chun as a way of actively meditating
Wealth: Start a blog about productivity/self realization and get to 5k€/month in revenue
Love: Spend 6 months in Brazil and make many Brazilian friends

January 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Seriously if we had a year left we'd work?


Yoga every day.
Surf or cycle every day.
Lots of hugs.
Learn to tango.
With Kate, travel to: Patagonia, Scandanavia, Ireland, live in Italy and cycle.

One thing?

Actually I'd make sure Kate had enough money to live off. Have at that, Noah!

January 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

To become conversationally fluent in spanish.

Lily C
January 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Noah, love this post, love your blog and truly value all that you put out into this world! 🙂 Your post reminded me of the concept of 'desire mapping' - something Danielle Laporte talks about in goal-setting... lead with the emotion of how you want to feel, and then create the process to achieve it. (

If this year was my last what would I do?... I'd want to find a partner in crime to share a year of adventures with! Life's more fun with someone to reflect with, laugh with and cheer you on so why not go out with a bang? If you want to help make this a reality, I'd consider you an angel!

Ben Pressley
January 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

If this was my last year, I would buy a storage container and convert it into a small shop and build myself a wooden boat.

January 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm

If this was to be my last year, I'd want to finally sit down and revamp the Wishlist / Kris Kringle site I run. It would be a lasting gift to my family (who I created it for in the first place) and, if I got it to a good enough place, a gift to the wider community as well. I really have no excuse for not doing this already, except that it's a large and daunting task and I keep putting it off!

Marty Jackson
January 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I will get my start up sailing charter business running full steam with an actionable plan to have it grow in my absence and fund my 6 year old daughters education through to when she wants to stop university. Then fund her start up! It will also fund my wife's lifestyle of leisure and teaching.
Noah... I may be able to help out make that 5 days on a boat goal happen....

Sal Coombes
January 14, 2014 at 6:28 pm

My last year would be spent shipping my work, regardless of being complete or perfect. I have 4 key online projects I've been sitting on for too long as I waste too much time in fear and doubt. This would ideally earn me enough money to fly to the US and arrange to personally meet and thank my most influential mentors (Noah Kagan, Lewis Howes, Pat Flynn, Chalene Johnson and Michael Stelzner). I would make a movie/documentary video of this experience.

Sukhneet Singh
January 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for the powerful post Noah!

This year, I'd like to inspire 1k people to make some change in their lives, even if it's as small as reading again.

I'm doing this by building my foundation through the Art of Change. I contribute:

1. 1+ blog post per week
2. 1 podcast interview per week
3. 1 motivational snapchat per day

Got the systems working. Now it's a matter of keeping them up and improving every day.

Joseph Putnam
January 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I'm not gonna lie, this post helped me a lot with goal setting. Why? Because it simplified the process. I realize that part of the problem is there are tons of things I want to accomplish but only so much I can do this year. By dividing up a finite number of things for things year, everything seems much more attainable and focused.

Jayden Lawson
January 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Play a round of golf at Augusta National Golf Club, which is verging on the impossible.

January 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

If this were my last year, I'd spend my savings on watching cricket in as many different countries as possible - going by the international cricket council's scheduling, I think I would be able to make at least four: Australia, South Africa, England and India. I love cricket.

Michael Young
January 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

My last year? Well at least you don't F around.

Even though I live in paradise I'd want to travel and see as much of the world as I could while trying to ensure that my family isn't left in the lurch monetarily when I was gone. In other words, I would need a location independent business.

I think that I am finally visualizing the process and will have it down on paper by 21 January so we can begin the action. I have stutter stopped a few times last year but this is the year. Thanks for all the help Noah. I still owe you a few tacos.

Caleb Gammon
January 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I want to create $3000/month income so I can go get lost for a few months in Europe.

Robin Wolfson
January 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I would launch my new business without fear of failure or "what-ifs": bring my creative (and fun) idea and product into the hands and on the bodies of those interested in living their lives more as their true selves.

Joel Alain
January 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

GREAT goals Noah, I love them. I really like reading blog of uber successful people since they always push harder than 99% of people, it's really inspiring and it makes you realize that your goals are not hard enough.

I love the 30 sec handstand idea. Last year in July, one of my monthly challenge goal was to do a full 10 sec peacock pose ( and having such a clear, fun, hard goal to look forward was really a great motivator for me to train (training to have muscle is really working for me).

For me, my goals for the years are amazing. This is the first time in my life that i do such a comprehensive, measurable and purely enjoyable goals and I'm thrilled about it (i had crazy goals last year but I didnt make them hard enough or geared toward my passions). So my most important goal for 2014 is:

- live the 4-Hour Workweek doing what i LOVE and make at least 10 000$ per month by December 31st

I used to think "it was too late to jump on board", which is a scarcity mentality. But last year, many many things clicked in my head and i decided that i was going to live that crazy lifestyle and ignore all "common sense". I also subscribed to your program "Make your first $" and I am doing amazing progress. My next step is "negotiate a coffee" and GOD IT'S HARD. Lol. The fear of being judged maybe? I'll do it this week since I can't wait to know what's coming next (oh, and by the way i loved the 100 pushups challenge)

PS: "long distance bike ride" is not measurable 😉 Where will it be (Grand Canyon, Grece, etc), by when (before April 15th), and how many miles would you like to accomplish (150 miles)? How many subscribers do you have on Okdork? Can we keep you accountable? 😉

So thanks Noah for being such an inspiration and good luck!


January 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Love this fucking article! If this was my last year to live, I'd travel the world and stop being so damn careful with my life: I'd take bigger risks, experiment (and I don't mean with drugs), and I'd stop guessing and start asking.

Health: Get over 165lbs.

Wealth: Launch an successful online fitness product.

Love: Find a significant other.

Laure Merlin
January 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

And as intended already, I'd go back after ten years to the land that claims to hide the real Arch with Moses'belongings, the land of King Solomon and Queen Sheba, the land of my husband and therefore, of my kids who never saw such a strange awesome spot on Earth.
No i wouldn't go help, I know them enough to understand how much me they can help me, mine and all the seekers 🙂

Ryan Bonhardt
January 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Hmmm if I had one year left to live...I think I'd teach other people to live as if they had the same condition, through my actions of course.

I'd talk (blog, post, all that fun stuff) about what I cared about, which in this case would be living this year like its your last year, if it wasn't maybe it would be about reforming education to focus on application and understanding personal passions, callings, and desires. People would listen, become enthralled and maybe even pay me for my ramblings because they would feel the passion and fire burning inside. It'd be contagious.

I'd jump in and learn everything I wanted to. I'd focus on quantity over quality in the sense that I'd enjoy every minute of it and want more, and I wouldn't worry about failing. I'd just be learning and creating.

And I'd focus on quality over quantity in my relationships. I'd enjoy the meetings of coffee with my friends, awkward encounters out at bars, and pranking my roommates. I'd say what I wanted to and not be worried about what others thought. And I'd give my most and be most present to my loved one that gave me the same in return. I'd cherish every moment I had with others, because they would be limited.

And hell I'd travel and surf (especially in Floripa Brazil), because well thats what makes me happy. And I wouldn't be scared of flying because well hell again, I'd be dying soon anyways so what would a couple days early matter.

And I'd go to this soccer tournament this weekend with all my old college teammates. Maybe I should start all this, this year, now, maybe this is my last year.

January 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

The one thing I would do would be to gather all my favorite bloggers and authors into one room, drink some whiskey and wine with them and enjoy hearing their stories about their lives and share my own on how they have helped change mine.

Kwin Peterson
January 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

Seriously. I'm assuming that this is my last year ever (I hope that like most assumptions this is wrong, but more than 56 million people aren't gonna make it). #morbidbutmotivating

With that in mind, here's my list:

1 - Keep current on life insurance premiums 🙂
2 - Retire debt
3 - Build a recurring revenue business that my wife or kids could run from anywhere (joined HTMYFD last week)
4 - Set an example for my children by doing new and scary things each week and talking to them about it
5 - Take a memory-making family trip
6 - Spend meaningful time with each family member each week

Live or die, it will be quite a year.

Noah, I'd love your help with #3!

January 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

I would insure that I bring to life all my creative projects. Everything from business ideas, to product lines, to developing deeper level content about my industry. I would insure that nothing was left, un tried.

They say the most abundance place in the world is the graveyard because too many people take their ideas down with them. What would I do with my last year, insure that I did everything I could to bring everything out from my head into the world 🙂

Jamie Hibbert
January 14, 2014 at 11:12 am


A very emotive year, looks like I have limited time in my current job as my back is giving up the ghost, then to finish the year a dear friend. 2 days b4 Christmas lost a 3 month battle with cancer, leaving a young family and devoted husband.

My focus has been changed I prioritize family before everything, not wanting to own a flash motor and big house anymore:

1. More quality family time
2. Improve my eating habits and get to target weight
3. Be financially self sufficientwith enough to enjoy family holidays and provide a loving home.
4, get my fishing blog earning money to improve confidence in my ability
5. To focus and find a new venture to step towards achiving the above.

Avi Siegal
January 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

Run a half-marathon.

January 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

This year I would like to get my vision for my company in full effect. Meaning, I want my company to look and function that way that I want. Not the way other people want.

Zach Grove
January 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

Man...if this year were my last, I would definitely have to write and promote a rap song as well...with some deep scary stuff tied in. Trying to help people who feel like me get free. And get in the room with some producers who can teach me how to compose and sample melodic choir voices for the beat. Do some all nighters just practicing and enjoying the experience getting better at something I care about.

Good stuff Noah! Hope you hit your 2014 goals.

January 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

If this was my last year to live, I would do the exact opposite of everyone else: I would cram in as many selfless deeds as possible. I would organize "Make the Homeless Smile" flash mobs. I would arrange for celebrity musicians to do surprise hospital performances for children with terminal illnesses. I would try to get 1 innocent person out of prison. The only selfish acts would be to spend time with my family and measure success in terms of laughter.

Knowing that, in real life, this could actually be my last year to live, I intend to do as many selfless acts as possible.

Thanks Noah.

January 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

One thing I'd like to in 2014 is to write a direct response email campaign that makes 10k in the first hour after sending.

January 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

Thanks, Noah! I enjoyed the read.

If this were my last year on Earth, I would like to build a profitable business to pass on to my daughters after I am gone. That would be my legacy.

January 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

I'd teach 1 million people how to solve the Rubik's Cube to show them they can break down barriers and achieve what they think is impossible.

January 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

I vote for giving the consulting to Nina Mehta as she is doing rather than talking about doing. Go Nina!

As for me - simplify is a good one (too many clients), as is work less (and have more fun), I could travel more I guess but I like Austin in the summer ;P

My first test for 2014 is creating a product that is entirely outsourced. I have a neat wp plugin concept in mind and am in the process of hiring a coder since I am not allowed to code it myself... we'll see how it goes.

Here's to 2014 being kick-ass for everyone!

January 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

I read through the 38 other comments. Come on people, the last year, ever. What do you really want to do. Starting a company is nice, but the last year is a time to go and live, not for starts.

I would quit the day job, even though it is nice and pay is OK.
A few things need to be put in order, then rack up the credit cards. I would teach the kids to ski, and surf. See Australia and New Zealand. Do old train rides with my son around the world. Finally learn to sail and take the wife and kids around the Caribbean for Xmas.
I would wind it up with a round the world cruise on a nice ship, tons of great food. At least part of it with just me and my wife.

Ethan Anderson
January 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

Let everyone I care about know: how I feel about them, and that I've made peace with God, and that I hope to see them in the afterlife!

January 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

To start a for-profit tea company that gives education (ideally a school) back to impoverished children.

That would be a great legacy to leave if it was my last year on earth.

January 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

Pick one, big, hairy dream, map out the steps to get there and DO IT.

Jason Rector
January 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

I would pay to hear your rap song 🙂

January 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

Ride/hike my horse all of the time, all over the place.

Leo Neave
January 14, 2014 at 9:34 am

The one thing I want to do is finally be able to leave my job. I know I'm not going to be rich but I want to work at something I love.

Recently I've started filming some YouTube videos and, although not massively successful, it has garnered attention from the right people who are wanting help making videos. Hopefully this can become a profitable route but I need to learn how to sell myself for this to be successful.

Nathan Seven Scott
January 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

It's been a dream deferred for years, but I recently embarked on the creation of a cartoon/comic. My goal is to complete a series, become the voice for a few characters, appear on The Ellen Show and have celebrities contribute their voices. Since I have no plans to have children, this will be my contribution to the world. My legacy. I would LOVE to have you help this become a reality Noah. Will you support my endeavor? The cartoons are super cute!

Daniel Park
January 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

I want to make a $1,000 a month business!

Maria H
January 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

Love this post. One thing I want to do this year is finish my make a $1,000 a month business plan and meet you...

Laure Merlin
January 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

The way you point out that enjoying process and setting goals seems contradictory but play nicely together is absolutely brilliant Noah! This is such a hidden key to change and success, thanx a ton for giving it!!!
If it was my last year, I'd just take what I'm doing to the next level : my app to help people deal with kids in the best of ways, to improve dramatically kids life in all cultures and for generations to come, and unschooling my own kids, that is build on their drive, like visit Iceland or build electrical stuff or raise an Ara...

January 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

If this year was my last I would rent a beach house in Malibu, time frame at least a month, the month has to be during winter where I live(Indiana).

January 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

Im learning to sail with a sailing club after I retire from corporate jobbery on Jan 31st. Sometime mid or late 2014, Im going to live as a pirate on a small yacht, sailing around the tranquil sun-bleached beaches in the British Virgin Islands. A friend did a trip like this and described the freedom as the greatest trip he did in his life. ive read about retirees who live on boas in this part for months of eah ear because the waters are so calm and safe. Every island you sail up to more beautiful than the last. if you want to join me to accomplish your 5 days goal, email me. I will know more specifics after I learn to race sailboats and after my retirement and my girlfriends graduation and med school plans solidify, and i get my AARP membership card. At 27.

January 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

Hey Noah, first of all thanks for your openness and honesty in your posts. Making some big choices in 2013 (leaving corporate job, leaving relationship), 2014 for me is about taking the next step in 'wealth' (growing business) and 'love' (more time with family and taking my dad to his motherland Indonesia for his first time in 40yrs).

Meredith M Howard
January 14, 2014 at 8:14 am

If this were my last year on earth, I would do exactly what I am doing now. I am creating a business that will efficiently, effectively and profitably serve the clothing needs of women in my age and stage (35-45, suburban with kids). The fashion industry has to be one of the most inefficient industries in the world. I want to improve the process and the product.

Armando Espinoza
January 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

Get more business for my company, make it grow, 3 clients per month would be a good goal.

We develop premium branding and web design.

January 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

you're missing one important header : give.
satisfaction can only be found in serving others as well as yourself
appreciation for your own self growth is only enhanced when you add giving to others

Pete Bruce
January 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

If this was my last year I would like to spend the winter in Austin. Have always wanted to visit and am sick of the cold weather. Thanks for another great post!

Daniel S
January 14, 2014 at 8:00 am


I would grow my start up so my wife and son would have the financial freedom to live happy secure lives without me.

I would also spend as much time with them as I possibly could.

January 14, 2014 at 7:43 am

If this was my last year on earth I would focus on launching and growing my dream business/website project to the point where, with little maintenance, will support both my family and a big party in my honor. That will be my legacy that I leave behind, one that I hope will inspire people to launch their dream projects.

Nina Mehta
January 14, 2014 at 7:38 am

Hey Noah, this looks like a great list. Focused, targeted and honest. There's another activity to help with this. I once did a 2-person question and answer exercise to help you discover what you want. It's intended for couples but I did it with a stranger which I actually found much easier. It goes like this:

Me: What do you want?
You: A bicycle
Me: You can have a bicycle, what else do you want?
You: Ice cream!
Me: You can have ice cream, what else do you want?
..... [20 questions later]
You: A life partner
Me: You can have a life partner, what else do you want?

So what happened here are a few things:
.You get asked what you want
.You get to hear from a second party you actually can have what you want
.You hear yourself articulating what you want
.You hear someone supporting you
.You hear someone vocalizing that the things you want are possible (even if impossible)
. I get to hear what you want
. I get to give you something

In fact - I even built a text messaging app that will be your partner:

The best thing found in this exercise was actually voicing what I desire. Often we think "I'll know it when I see it" but we have so many opportunities in life, every second, every moment of the day are thousands if not millions of opportunities, going by. Life partners, job opportunities, taco bars, etc. I find that speaking out what I desire and hearing I can have it, really help me focus and hear myself saying what I want. Days and months later, those thoughts ring through my ears and when I see the opportunities pop up in a sea of opportunities, it's really reach out and grab for them.

Good luck Noah and same to all the tacolistas out there. Let me know if you try the app!

Nina Mehta

Yamile Yemoonyah
January 14, 2014 at 7:37 am

If this was the last year of my life I'd want to find a way to help indigenous/native american/first nations artists in the US and around the world to sell their creative work online (without middlemen) so they can support their families and communities.

January 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

Last year on earth: I'd walk the Camino de Santiago from Le Puy, France to Muxia, Spain.

James Davis
January 14, 2014 at 7:21 am

If this was my last year..... such a tough question... I have a young family so I would want to make sure I made the most of our time together. For my business I would like to see "The Fitness Blogger Network" finally start paying me back for my time and investment over the last few years... I also love photography so would it would be great to document my last year with a new Fuji's a lovely looking camera 🙂

January 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

I would like to develop an e-book on "fitness motivation" - tips to create a consistent workout schedule
and better nutrition habits.

January 14, 2014 at 7:15 am

If this were my last year, I'd want to be location independent and work remotely while I travel 🙂

Nice post Noah

Rachel Taylor
January 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

The one thing I would love to do this year is make 6 figures in my business, but if this was my last year then money wouldn't really be of a concern as I wouldn't really need it if I was no longer here. So in that case I would love to do something to help others and give back to the world, maybe volunteer in Africa or something similar.

Jim Jenness
January 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

I have moved back to my hometown so I am where I need to be. In 2014 I need to find a way to make it financially viable.

Kwin Peterson
January 14, 2014 at 6:40 am

Private jets are really dangerous...they ruin you for flying commercially!

Arielle Levitan
January 14, 2014 at 6:38 am

I want to use the knowledge I've gained by practicing medicine and learning about the proper use of vitamins to help at least 100 people feel better, loose weight if they need to, and live healthier lives.

January 14, 2014 at 6:30 am

If this is my last year I will travel the world taking my fitness meal delivery company ( global and build an amazing team that can take the company forward long after I am gone.

It won’t be all work I’ll travel all over Asia and South America, visit family in South Africa and basically force myself to enjoy myself while my team grow Mealtek. I’ll also finally get myself fit again (after a few injuries and surgeries) and have one or two final games of Rugby.

Noah you are awesome thank you!

January 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

I'd create a 60-second explainer video that "enlightens" the world. We'd all be little buddhas, haha

Jason Womack
January 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

1- Live +one month away from Ojai with Jodi and Zuma (Love)
2- Build membership program to +200 members, generate at least $1 million this year via membership + workshops (Wealth)
3- Complete Santa Barbara triathlon in the top 3 again (Health)

January 14, 2014 at 6:23 am

Last year? Visit family & friends back home in Portland. Kill my wantrepreneur & just do it already -also? I wanna learn to code - I've started on hour of code for my students & it's def fun at that level.

January 14, 2014 at 6:22 am

I will immediately quit my job and totally live the adventure of the creation of my business to become financially
free (to do in max 6 months) then I will share how I did it (last 6 months), so that I would empower as many people as possible
before my last year is over.

January 14, 2014 at 6:16 am

Move closer to Mom before she gets to the final stage of dementia.

Alex L
January 14, 2014 at 6:07 am

Launch a new industry that improves and saves lives (be a baller in every sense of the word).

Zee bhimani
January 14, 2014 at 6:06 am

1.) Learn how to salsa
2.) Hit $1 million sales
3.) Get to 170lbs lean.

Peter Bouzek
January 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm

More resolutions:

1. Automate all bills paid each month. Change all income to direct deposit.

2. Find alternatives to gluten and sugar. (So far Stevia and Oatmeal are the best.)

3. Kill Wantrepreneur.

Tyler V
January 13, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Thanks Noah! If this year were my last, I would take a trip to each country where I know old friends, influential teachers/profs, and family.