My 2012 To-Do List

Those of you that know me know I’m incredibly goal-oriented.

Quite simply, if I don’t have a goal, or if I’m not working on achieving that goal, I’m not a fun person to be around.

Seriously, if I go more than a day or two without doing something productive for myself, I’m cranky, irritable, and downright unpleasant.

Which is why I have a very simple rule for myself:Β 

Do something, every single day, to make myself better.

With that being said, I thought you guys might find interesting to see what I have planned for myself in 2012.

And this isn’t one of those New Years Resolution type posts, where I lay out a bazillion different things and accomplish approximately zero of them.

This is what I fully intend to accomplish over the next 12 months, and by releasing this information, I have you guys to help keep me accountable.

Here we go!

Mission Statement

My mission statement for the year is pretty simple, albeit broad:

“To live a focused, purpose-driven and prosperous life.”

Some of the key words here include:

  • Focused – Focused on my goals, focused on making the most of my time here on Earth, focused on living in the moment and being present, etc.
  • Purpose-Driven – Look no further than my manifesto from last year. I may re-write that at some point in time to show subtle changes in my thought process, but the bulk of this still stands, especially with regards to business.
  • Propserous – While many might assume this is solely about money, that’s only one measure of prosperity in my mind. Yes I run a business and the goal is to make money, but prosperity is shown in your relationships, the “health” of your business, etc.

Quite simply, if I do the things I outline below, I think this will be achieved on all fronts.

MR the Athlete

I don’t intend to compete in powerlifting forever. However, I have set some fairly serious goals for myself, and here’s my “action plan” for achieving those goals going forward.

  • Train consistently 3x/week.
  • Track recovery and trainability daily using theΒ BioForce HRV software.
  • Videotape all training sessions and provide mash-ups to review technique, if RPE’s are appropriate, etc. (Note: I log all my training HERE if you are interested).
  • Foam roll/static stretch nightly.
  • Massage and ART as necessary.
  • Bike/low-intensity cardio for 20 minutes on off-days.
  • Lift in two powerlifting meets this year.
  • Perhaps most importantly, enjoy my time training and the pursuit my goals.

MR the Husband, Dad and Human Being

I’m going to write a post about this at some point in time, but quite simply being a great husband and father are at the top of my priority list.

As I get older I definitely get more reflective, and I’m forced to consider what’s most important in life. While I’m obviously passionate about fitness and helping people get better, I also realize at the end of the day my family is the most important thing in my life. They are my legacy.

And there’s more to it than just saying that – it’s actually acting on that priority and proving it time and again.

With that being said, here are some of my goals for family time.

  • No work whatsoever after 8 pm.
  • Focused and dedicated “work” time during the day to allow for focused and dedicated “family” time in the evening.
  • Attempt to get as much done during the week so that there’s minimal work to be done on the weekend. This line can definitely get blurred as an entrepreneur, and sometimes work has to get done. But again, this can be a goal and something to strive for.
  • Weekly swimming lessons with Kendall. If I wasn’t so pale I’d look pretty darn good in swim trunks!
  • Date night with my wife 1x/month (this sounds easier than it is!)
  • Help out as much as possible with daily chores, tasks, etc.
  • Review my goals daily.
  • Write in my gratitude journal daily.
  • Shut the phone off entire on the weekend.*
  • Read for one-hour per day.

I don’t want to get to into all this as it definitely borders on the line of personal space, but hopefully you get the picture here.

*Side Note/Rant: I‘m starting to hate the phone.

It’s not that I’m anti-communication – in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. But am I tired of being on call, 24/7, with no boundaries between life and work.

I’m kind of stuck here unless I get another phone strictly for personal use, but there has got to be a way to slow down the barrage of texts, phone calls, etc. that I get every weekend that restricts me from being fully present in my time with family and friends.

This will be continued later, I’m sure…

Robertson Training Systems

This one is easy, and the one you are most familiar with.

Quite simply, this is what I will accomplish on the consulting side of my business.

  • Blog 2-3 times per week.
  • Podcast 1-2 times per month.
  • Newsletters sent out 1-2 times per week.
  • Write 12 articles for T-Nation.
  • Write 12 guest posts for the International Youth Conditioning Association (something I’m extremely passionate about).
  • Answer 30-40 questions on the Elite Q&A board to help lifters get healthy and lift as pain-free as possible.
  • Speak at 12 events this year to help trainers and coaches take their performance to the next level. Believe it or not, my calendar is already almost full!
  • Host the 2012 Midwest Performance Enhancement Seminar. Again, I’ve almost got all the details ready to roll out and it’s going to be the best one EVER!
  • Continue to help my online training and consulting clients achieve success.
  • Develop 2-3 new products. This should be pretty easy and I’m actually quite certain it will be more in the 4-6 range by the time the year is over.

I think that’s it. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but that’s a pretty good overview of what I plan to accomplish for RTS in 2012.

Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training

I still get frequent queries from people in the Indianapolis area who either:

A – Don’t realize I own a gym, or
B – Don’t realize I own a gym in Indianapolis!

Regardless, here are my IFAST related goals for 2012:

  • Continue to grow and develop the semi-private side of our business. This is our bread-and-butter and we’re killing it right now, but we can always do better.
  • Fill up our current bootcamp times so we can continue to help people achieve their fitness-related goals. We have a huge opportunity coming up on this front, so hopefully that will hit sooner rather than later!
  • Give 2-3 lectures to local coaches, trainers, and parents about sports-performance training, and why their current training methods need to be adjusted.
  • I have some specific targets for our staff with regards to total monthly sessions, revenues, etc., but hopefully you guys understand I’m not totally comfortable sharing that here. I’d like to think I’m pretty damn transparent, but not quite that transparent! πŸ™‚

And if you want to learn more about IFAST, follow this link.


So there you have it – rather than crappy New Year’s Resolutions, those are things I’m absolutely, positively going to do in 2012.

What about you?

Anything you’d like to share or throw out there?

Let’s be honest – a little extra accountability never hurt anyone. Let’s hear it so you can make 2012 your best year ever, too!

All the best



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  1. That might be the best and most motivational action list of goals and accountability I have ever read. It is making me rethink how I’m attacking 2012 myself. Way to keep pushing the envelope Mike!

    • Thanks Chris! I’m always doing my best, and always trying to get better.

      It’s far from a perfect process, but at least now there’s some accountability involved!

      Best of luck to you in 2012!

  2. Hey Mike,
    On the phone bit, my buddy is self-employed and he bought a track phone and uses it on weekends. He uses phone and text, then no one can bug him except those he shares the number with. Best of 2012!

  3. Great list, Mike! I always enjoy your blog and think this list is full of achievable challenges. Best of luck to you as you push through and work to fulfill them all this year!

    • Here are 3 that are all in the works:

      – A one-day in-service DVD I gave up in Chicago
      – Program design software (can’t talk to much about this yet)
      – A program for the masses similar to EC’s Show and Go

      This all should honestly be done in the first half of the year – from there, we’ll have to wait and see πŸ™‚

    • Awesome, Mike! Thanks for the sneak peek. You always put out quality material, so I can’t wait for your products to come out.

      BTW, program design software? Fascinating!

  4. Heya mike, great post, love your optimism!
    About your phone problems – there are blacklist applications for smartphones that allow you to very effectively filter your calls and messages. You can create either a list of blocked numbers for the app to intercept or a list of numbers the app will let through (one allows all numbers except the blacklisted to reach you, the other allows only the numbers you specified to reach you, and noone else).
    I couldn’t live without that app on my phone, beyond useful πŸ™‚ only downside was that i had to jailbreak my iphone to get a good app, the ones on appstore aren’t good.

  5. With a wife and three kids under 10, I can relate to how hard it is to get a date night!

    I received a Dinner for 2 award at work and the my wife and I are trying to figure out when we can go out.

  6. Excellent post. I too made some new years resolution. I started a blog ( to help me track them.

    Your blog is bookmarked on my Mac and I really enjoy reading it. Keep up the good work – you are making a difference.

  7. Mike, since you’re so well-known for single-leg training, is any chance you’ll produce a program for those who want to get big and strong but can’t do the barbell lifts due to spinal loading, other health issues, or equipment limitations? It would be nice to have the option.

    • That should have said “a program that focuses on single-leg exercises”. Sorry about that.

      Or, will the program design software include that kind of an option??

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