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As am I, but you never know. Sometimes it is something simple. Relatively. ;-) Thank you though.
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Nick replied the topic: 01/15/13

It's been a while since I posted an update here. In that time I completed my 5th Nerd Fitness 6-Week Challenge scoring perfect marks. Of course, I set the goals to be achieved and keep them achievable for the most part. I am one speech away from completing my first Toastmasters manual. I'm a couple leactures short of completing Force 101 and Meditation 101. I've hit just about every goal in my PLP since I created it. I think I need to update it.

To effectively rewrite my PLP, I plan to post my status in several areas, then set some goals to achieve noting benchmarks and milestones. I'd like to plan it out for all of 2013. This will take some time to complete, so look for it in a couple weeks.

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

--Mahatma Gandhi
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Nick wrote: It's been a while since I posted an update here. In that time I completed my 5th Nerd Fitness 6-Week Challenge scoring perfect marks. Of course, I set the goals to be achieved and keep them achievable for the most part. I am one speech away from completing my first Toastmasters manual. I'm a couple leactures short of completing Force 101 and Meditation 101. I've hit just about every goal in my PLP since I created it. I think I need to update it.

To effectively rewrite my PLP, I plan to post my status in several areas, then set some goals to achieve noting benchmarks and milestones. I'd like to plan it out for all of 2013. This will take some time to complete, so look for it in a couple weeks.


Almost 4 years ago... Time to dust this space off so I can update my PLP again and set my sights for future success.

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Personal Learning Plan - UPDATE 2016-12-29

Name: NickD
Advisor: RiddleNox (Do I need a new one?)
Date: December 29, 2016
Rank working toward: Novice

Integrative Practice Hours

Date Completed by: Number of Hours:

Activity 1: Personal Physical Fitness - December 29, 2016 55 hours in last two months (10 hours count)
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 2: Karate - December 29, 2016 14 hours in last two months (10 hours count)
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 3: Individual Jedi Lessons - December 29, 2016 8 hours in since February 2016
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 4: Volunteer Service - December 29, 2016 6 hours in last two months
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 5: Toastmasters Leadership - December 29, 2016 5 hours in last two months
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 6: Toastmasters Communication - December 29, 2016 8 hours in last two months
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 7: First Aid Training - December 29, 2016 0 hours in last year
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 8: CPR/AED Training - December 29, 2016 0 hours in last year
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 9: Training my Padawan Learners (daughters) - December 29, 2016 2 hours in last two months
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Activity 10: Attending Christian Church with Family - December 29, 2016 5 hours in last two months
Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

Total Hours = ___52___

Institute Courses

Course: Intro Course.
Completed on: 2012-03-08

Course: Meditation.
Completed by: 2013-01

Course: Force 101.
Completed by: 2013-02

Course: Communication 101
Completed by: 2014-01

Course: Creed 101
Completed by: 2014-01

Course: Spirituality 101
Completed by: 2014-04

Course: Personal 101
Completed by: 2016-12

Course: Jedi Studies 101
Completed by: TBD

Course: Warrior 101
Completed by: TBD

Course: Situational Awareness 101
Completed by: TBD

Additional Goals:

CPR Certification: _Expired__ if none: Date of Completion:

First Aid Certification: _Expired__ if none: Date of Completion:

Personal Goals:
  • Reading
  • Read for a minimum of 4 hours a week
  • Use at least 2 of those hours to read strictly Jedi Training material
  • Use at least 1 of those hours to read strictly IJRS Course material
  • Writing
    • Take notes as I read
    • Write up reviews and essays about books I read
  • Courses
    • Complete last three Novice IJRS Courses by 2017-12-31
    • Complete a First Aid Course by 2017-12-31
    • Complete a CPR/AED Course by 2017-12-15
  • Toastmasters Communication
    • Complete two speech projects a month
    • Complete one training presentation project every two months
  • Toastmasters Leadership
    • Complete one High Performance Leadership project a year
    • Complete one major club officer task a month
    • Mentor another Toastmaster once a month
  • Blogging and Vlogging
    • Establish and Maintain Jedi Training Website/Blog
    • Establish and Maintain Coaching Website/Blog
    • Practice Vlogging
    Obstacles you face in achieving those Goals:Solutions to those Obstacles:
    First Aid training will cost time and money outside of work.I must discuss with wife and schedule in advance.
    Laziness and ProcrastinationCreate Incentives and Consequences in Nerd Fitness Challenges
    Skills and confidence to create and maintain website and blogAs a Toastmasters District Webmaster, I am learning a variety of these skills. Keep practicing and accept that it will be a work in progress.
    Fear of exposure and embarrassmentKeep doing things I'm scared of and be proud of who I am and what I do.

    "It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

    --Mahatma Gandhi
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    Nick replied the topic: 12/29/2016 - PLP Update

    And the DOCX version of my PLP.

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    "It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

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    Nick replied the topic: 12/29/2016 - PLP Update

    This looks rather dated... Time for another update!

    Nick wrote: Personal Learning Plan - UPDATE 2016-12-29

    Name: NickD
    Advisor: RiddleNox (Do I need a new one?)
    Date: December 29, 2016
    Rank working toward: Novice

    Integrative Practice Hours

    Date Completed by: Number of Hours:

    Activity 1: Personal Physical Fitness - December 29, 2016 55 hours in last two months (10 hours count)
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 2: Karate - December 29, 2016 14 hours in last two months (10 hours count)
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 3: Individual Jedi Lessons - December 29, 2016 8 hours in since February 2016
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 4: Volunteer Service - December 29, 2016 6 hours in last two months
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 5: Toastmasters Leadership - December 29, 2016 5 hours in last two months
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 6: Toastmasters Communication - December 29, 2016 8 hours in last two months
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 7: First Aid Training - December 29, 2016 0 hours in last year
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 8: CPR/AED Training - December 29, 2016 0 hours in last year
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 9: Training my Padawan Learners (daughters) - December 29, 2016 2 hours in last two months
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Activity 10: Attending Christian Church with Family - December 29, 2016 5 hours in last two months
    Evidence: NerdFitness.com Challenge Posts, Excel Spreadsheet Challenge Tracker

    Total Hours = ___52___

    Institute Courses

    Course: Intro Course.
    Completed on: 2012-03-08

    Course: Meditation.
    Completed by: 2013-01

    Course: Force 101.
    Completed by: 2013-02

    Course: Communication 101
    Completed by: 2014-01

    Course: Creed 101
    Completed by: 2014-01

    Course: Spirituality 101
    Completed by: 2014-04

    Course: Personal 101
    Completed by: 2016-12

    Course: Jedi Studies 101
    Completed by: TBD

    Course: Warrior 101
    Completed by: TBD

    Course: Situational Awareness 101
    Completed by: TBD

    Additional Goals:

    CPR Certification: _Expired__ if none: Date of Completion:

    First Aid Certification: _Expired__ if none: Date of Completion:

    Personal Goals:

    • Reading
    • Read for a minimum of 4 hours a week
    • Use at least 2 of those hours to read strictly Jedi Training material
    • Use at least 1 of those hours to read strictly IJRS Course material
  • Writing
    • Take notes as I read
    • Write up reviews and essays about books I read
  • Courses
    • Complete last three Novice IJRS Courses by 2017-12-31
    • Complete a First Aid Course by 2017-12-31
    • Complete a CPR/AED Course by 2017-12-15
  • Toastmasters Communication
    • Complete two speech projects a month
    • Complete one training presentation project every two months
  • Toastmasters Leadership
    • Complete one High Performance Leadership project a year
    • Complete one major club officer task a month
    • Mentor another Toastmaster once a month
  • Blogging and Vlogging
    • Establish and Maintain Jedi Training Website/Blog
    • Establish and Maintain Coaching Website/Blog
    • Practice Vlogging
    Obstacles you face in achieving those Goals:Solutions to those Obstacles:
    First Aid training will cost time and money outside of work.I must discuss with wife and schedule in advance.
    Laziness and ProcrastinationCreate Incentives and Consequences in Nerd Fitness Challenges
    Skills and confidence to create and maintain website and blogAs a Toastmasters District Webmaster, I am learning a variety of these skills. Keep practicing and accept that it will be a work in progress.
    Fear of exposure and embarrassmentKeep doing things I'm scared of and be proud of who I am and what I do.


    "It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

    --Mahatma Gandhi
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    Nick replied the topic: 12/29/2016 - PLP Update

    I have some great accomplishments the last few years. I've been tracking and posting about my hard work and progress at Nerd Fitness, but it looks like this log could use a little dusting off.

    Here's an update from September 2019 of my Epic Quest goals:
    rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/16806-jedinickds-epic-quest/&do=findComment&comment=2528067

    Karate
    I am testing for Black Belt Shodan on SUNDAY! It has been quite an amazing journey to get here. No way I would have thought I would ever get to it in 2015. In high school through college, I thought martial arts as too long and too difficult for what I would want to get out of it compared to my interests and goals at the time.

    Toastmasters and Coaching
    Toastmasters is helping me transition towards my coaching aspirations. I am always practicing coaching and mentoring other Toastmasters through speeches or one-on-one. I am working on my issues with speaking on video, which I feel is the strongest way for me to influence and inspire people in the digital age. One of my TM projects is to "write a compelling blog", which is one of my Epic goals.

    Epic Hiking this Summer
    Hiked Mt. Whitney again (2000 ft elevation hike and about 9 miles total in under 4.5 hours). Definitely considering the summit next time (6000 ft elevation and 10 hours each way). Mt. Mitchell was a breeze two weeks later, but we didn't hike up, just hiked about 2 miles around the trails near the summit. The view was pretty awesome as the clouds moved around the mountain tops.

    Extra Life Fundraising
    For 4 years, I have been participating in Extra Life, a charity raising funds for Children Miracle Network Hospitals to support kids with life threatening illnesses as well as those in financial dire straights. Through Giving Tuesday this week and a few key friend donations, I was able to break my fundraising goal for Extra Life! Made it to $1000 for the first time. I can't wait to get that gold medal in the mail. I have my two silver ones hanging in front of me at work to remind me of what I was working towards this year. I'm slowly getting over my issues talking on camera. That gold one is going to push me far next year. I'm planning to record more video throughout the year. That way I can practice my video editing skills putting together short highlight videos to post.

    IJRS and Jedi Training
    I completed all the Novice courses and started working through the exam and essay. I'm probably going to write entirely too much for these, but I want to do my due diligence. I had to put them on hold September through December with the other things going on, but after this weekend, I'll be focusing my writing efforts into those two projects and my coaching website and blog.

    Life
    I turned 39 in November. 10 years ago I could not have pictured how I have changed mentally and physically, but I had an idea of how I planned on changing with raising my kids, growing my marriage, progressing my career and education, and accomplishing or experiencing amazing things. Through it all, I've been setting up this second life for beyond 40 partly for myself, but mostly for my family with my kids growing into young adults, and the new and exciting adventures my wife and I will take them on, lessons we will teach them, and experiences they will have which will shape their young lives. By my 50th birthday, hopefully, they will both be in college or a career, out on their own, making their own way. That's 11 years away, which sounds like a lifetime, but right now, reflecting back, it feels like it is coming all too fast.

    I have done so much to grow myself, but that growth has an incredible impact to those around me. If you want to change the world, then start with the one in the mirror. When you share your experience and growth, then your change will influence others to change at an exponential rate. It is absolutely amazing.

    "It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

    --Mahatma Gandhi
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    Nick replied the topic: 12/05/2019 - PLP Update

    Personal Learning Plan

    Name: NickD
    Advisor: RiddleNox
    Date created: December 29, 2016
    Rank working toward: Novice
    Last updated (date): December 05, 2019


    Integrative Practice Hours
    (see Introductory Course, pp. 37–38)

    Activity Hours Completed by (date) Progress
    Personal Physical Fitness 10 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Karate 10 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Individual Jedi Lessons 8 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Volunteer Service 6 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Attending Christian Church with Family 5 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Toastmasters Leadership 5 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Toastmasters Communication 8 December 29, 2016 Completed
    Hours completed to date: 52 / 50


    Institute Courses
    (see Introductory Course, pp. 5–6)
    (Only the first three are in order; the rest of the Novice courses can be taken in any order you like, although we do suggest that Meditation and Force be taken early in your training.)

    Course Completed by (date) Progress
    Introductory Course 2012-03-08 Completed
    Creed 101 2014-01 Completed
    Jedi Studies 101 2018-07 Completed
    Force 101 2013-02 Completed
    Meditation 2013-01 Completed
    Communication 101 2014-01 Completed
    Personal 101 2016-12 Completed
    Situational Awareness 101 2019-02 Completed
    Spirituality 101 2014-04 Completed
    Warrior 101 2019-01 Completed


    Additional Goals:
    (see Introductory Course, pp. 39–42)
    CPR Certification: __ expires Jan-2021___ If none, est. date of completion:
    First Aid Certification: __ expires Mar-2021___ If none, est. date of completion:
    Personal Goals:
    Here we would like for you to set at least four goals for yourself to work toward as you progress through the Novice curriculum. These are in addition to the integrative practice goals and your coursework at the Institute. You may wish to consider personal development goals; family goals; work, school, or career goals; financial goals; etc. These goals may be clearly and directly related to your Jedi Path, or they may seem unrelated – but remember that one of the objectives of your training with us is to learn how to integrate your Path into every aspect of your life.
    1. Reading
    a. Read for a minimum of 4 hours a week
    i. Use at least 2 of those hours to read strictly Jedi Training material
    ii. Use at least 1 of those hours to read strictly IJRS Course material
    2. Writing
    a. Write about my reading
    i. Take notes as I read
    ii. Write up reviews and essays about books and articles I read
    3. Toastmasters
    a. Communication
    iii. Complete two speech projects a month
    iv. Complete one training presentation project every two months
    b. Leadership
    i. Complete one High Performance Leadership project a year
    ii. Complete one major club officer task a month
    iii. Mentor another Toastmaster once a month
    4. Website, Blogging, and Vlogging
    c. Jedi Training Website/Blog
    i. Determine Objective
    ii. Find proper format based on objective
    iii. Establish Website/Blog
    iv. Maintain Website/Blog
    d. Coaching Website/Blog
    i. Determine Objective
    ii. Find proper format based on objective
    iii. Establish Website/Blog
    iv. Maintain Website/Blog
    e. Practice Vlogging (Facebook Live, YouTube) for Website/Blog content
    i. Jedi
    ii. Toastmasters
    iii. Coaching
    iv. Fitness
    v. Extra Life Charity


    Obstacles you face in achieving those goals:
    In this section, please identify what you think might stand in the way of achieving the goals you’ve identified anywhere in this learning plan, and then begin to identify ways you can address these obstacles.
    Obstacles Solutions to those obstacles
    1. Time Management My free time is limited. I need to plan and schedule in advance and according to my priorities. Make sure I leave room for fun, or else I will procrastinate on the harder tasks.
    2. Procrastination Use Incentives, Consequences, and Penalties in Nerd Fitness Challenges. These are monetary at the moment.
    3. Skills and confidence to create and maintain website and blog Keep practicing and recording content. Work on editing video. Write often.
    4. Fear of exposure and embarrassment Keep doing things I'm scared of and be proud of who I am and what I do.

    "It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

    --Mahatma Gandhi
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