Week 1

I just finished week 1 of the no T.V. challenge.  I’m shocked at how productive I was in just one week.  I’ll be sharing more on social media, but it was the first time in a long time that I felt really good about my productivity at the end of the week.

The secret really lies in my lists.  I’ve been told to do this before and I’ve tried to do it but never with any success for some reason.  On Monday, when the challenge started, I started creating lists of the 3 things I HAD to get done each day.  By Wednesday, I actually pretty much knew what I wanted to accomplish by the end of the week so I created the lists for Thursday and Friday.  I had a free movie ticket that I had gotten for donating blood so on Thursday, when I finished with the Thursday list, I started on the Friday list.  I was able to finish 95% of it (enough that I knew I could finish the rest by the end of the day) in the morning so I went and saw the movie.

For reference, I didn’t put movies on the no T.V. list for a few reasons.  1) I have to pay to go see movies and I’m cheap, so I won’t be out of control watching movies all day.  2) A movie is once and done.  It’s not like a series that I will binge on if I like it enough.  3) And most importantly, there’s no way I’m waiting until next may to see The Last Jedi.  I’m not that crazy.

Once I finished my lists each day, I either read or did some research or got some work done around the house as we’re about to move.  I’ve read more pages in my current book in the last week than I did in the 2 months before.

It’s only been a week and already this challenge is having a better effect than I imagined.  Because I’m not zoning out on the T.V., I’m also actively coming up with ideas all the time.  It has really been a huge blessing and I’m so happy I decided to do it.


A Year Of Growth

For a long time I’ve been trying to limit how much T.V. I watch.  I’ve been towards the end of seasons or whole runs of T.V. shows and said I would watch less as soon as it’s over, only to find something else to watch.  So a couple of weeks ago I made a tough decision.  I decided that as soon as the seasons were over for my favorite T.V. shows, I was going to start a year of no T.V. (thank you, by the way, to the producers of Blind Spot for making at least part of this journey really easy with that terrible season finale.)  This isn’t a self righteous, “I’m better than you and I want to share it with the world” post.  I’m doing this because I recognize a flaw in my methods and I need to fix it if I ever want to get ahead in life.

My goal is to see how much I can learn and accomplish in that year without the distraction.  I’m actually really excited to see the result.  It will also give me something to write about for a year (I’ve been stuck for a bit as those of you that read this blog may have noticed.)  This won’t be a “what’s Cameron up to today?” kind of blog.  The blog will be used more for the deeper things that I learn through the process.  I will use my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts for the more play by play updates if you care to follow.  You can click the links on this site to find them.

Here are my goals for the year:

  1. Be able to homeschool the kids by the end of the year
  2. Pay off at least 20% of our mortgage
  3. Pay off ALL non mortgage debt
  4. Build our businesses to earn $30,000 per month
  5. Build a house for a pastor down in Colony 89
  6. Read at least 25 books
  7. Get my black belt in karate
  8. Buy an investment property
  9. Build 12 houses for people in Colony 89
  10. Create a 501c3
  11. Build a school in Colony 89 (at least break ground on it)
  12. Break ground on a youth center in Colony 89

For those of you that don’t know, Colony 89 is a community in the outskirts of Ensenada, Mexico that we serve at.  Some of these goals I changed a couple of times and struggled with. I know they are ambitious, but I figure if I fail to reach the actual goal I will be much closer than I am now.  I don’t want to set my goals too low, as I don’t know exactly how this is going to play out.  Perhaps the time I gain won’t be the sum of the time that I watch T.V., but will be exponential since it will be more productive.

I will also create a private Facebook page for anybody that cares to join me on the journey.  I started on May 23, but you can join in the fun anytime.  I’ll say the same as I do when I encourage people to fast, do what you can.  If you only do it for a month, imagine what you can accomplish in that month.

The rules are simple.  I welcome you to keep me accountable.  No television, Netflix, Hulu, etc.  I do watch quite a bit of Youtube for learning things for my business, but I try to limit other content.

One last word on the social media part of this.  Those of you that know me know I don’t like a lot of attention.  I don’t need to be in the spotlight.  I’ll be sharing a lot on social media in order to edify those that watch, to share with you what I learn and bring you in on the journey.  I believe we are all taught so that we can teach others and that is my goal, not to have thousands of people watch me not watch T.V.  Even I would be bored with that.

I hope this journey blesses you as much as I think it’s going to bless me.