(Im)possible

I first came across the idea of an Impossible List from Thomas Frank (College Info Geek, https://collegeinfogeek.com/about/meet-the-author/my-impossible-list/). The original idea of an Impossible List is from Joel Runyon and can be found on his website at https://impossiblehq.com/impossible-list/

Those guys can explain it better than I can, but it’s essentially a list of goals. Not like a bucket list of things that you’ll do “some day”, which never comes. An impossible list is something that you continually work at by making the impossible possible. It’s a testament to the things you have achieved and those which you strive to achieve.

Even if no one else reads this, it’s here for me as a reminder of the things I want to accomplish. Each time I tick something off it gives me confidence in my abilities and pushes me further than I thought I could go.
Habit Goals

  • Read 1 book per month for a year. Currently behind as of 05/09/18:
    • Fatherland, Robert Harris//
    • A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking //
    • Forces of Nature, Brian Cox //
    • Only Human (Themis Files), Sylvian Neuvel //
    • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari //
    • Homo Deus, Y. N. Harari //
    • Firefall [omnibus of Blindsight and Exchopraxia], Peter Watts not yet finished
  • Stretch every morning for 7 days
  • Have only cold showers for a week (29/05/18)
    • Cold showers for a month

Skill Goals

  • Learn to ride a 125cc bike (do CBT)
  • Juggle 3 balls for 30 seconds straight
  • Hold a handstand for 10 seconds
  • Learn to pick a lock
  • Learn to do a backflip
  • Learn Jiu Jitsu (first session on 11/06/18, second session on 20/06/18)
    • Attend 5 sessions

Sport/ Fitness Goals

  • Conventional deadlift 180kg (26/11/18)
  • Squat 150kg (29/11/18)
  • Bench Press 100kg (2 plates)
    • 110kg
  • Get a meet total of 400kg+
  • Overhead Press my bodyweight (~67.5kg)
  • Run a sub 6 minute mile (current best is 6:15)
  • Complete 15 pullups in a single set (completed 04/07/18)
    • 20 pullups
  • Complete a Tough Mudder
  • Join a rugby team at uni (joined Sheffield Engineers Rugby FC)

Academic/Professional Goals

  • Get a 2:1 or better overall in first year (Achieved a 1st!)
  • Get a summer placement at an engineering firm

Travel and Adventure Goals

  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit New York and go to the top of the Empire State
  • Visit California Redwood National Park and see Hyperion (tallest tree in the world)
  • Visit NASA Houston, Texas
  • Visit Madrid (August 2018)
  • Visit New Zealand and go to Mt. Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe)
  • Go interrailing around Europe
  • Visit Budapest
  • Visit Japan

Fun Goals

  • Compete in Ninja Warrior UK
  • Go on Saw the Ride at Thorpe Park
  • Complete an 8 pint pub crawl

Crazy/Amazing Goals

  • Witness a rocket launch
  • Go skydiving
  • Bungee Jump over water
  • Ride in a helicopter

Lifestyle/ Experience goals

  • Cook for 5+ people (made pasta for 5 people of course)
  • Take apart a bike, clean it, then reassemble it
  • Buy a new car
  • Wild camp for a night (i.e not on a campsite)

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