The Post mid Year Resolutions

The Manifesto was inspired by New Years resolution goals, with the aim of making my hopes, dreams and targets a reality.  This blog was here to log my progress and keep me accountable.

Today I am being accountable – I have lost focus, with the pressure of work, the nights getting darker and time spent with the new girlfriend I have found my self-improvement goals have suffered

So I came up with a list of things I want to do:

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The best sports film motivational scene

Type in motivational video or fitness motivation in youtube and you get dozens of compilation videos using the same stuff from the same stuff:

  • Al Pacino in Any given Sunday - inch by inch, play by play.
  • Rocky six, where Sly is giving his son a kick up the arse with a motivational speech
  • Muhammad Ali

“I’m going to show you how great I am”

But they always miss one film off.  A film that got one lazy fat kid off the couch.

A film that inspired him to want to become a hockey player (but he didn’t as there were no rinks nearby for him to go)

A film that even to this today is the reason why he always looks amazing when the temporary rink is set up at Christmas time.

Yes, I am talking about the motivation speech scene in the Mighty Ducks sequel.

Ducks fly together…

As Team USA are losing after some questionable tactics from the opposition the kids resort to acting unprofessionally, resorting in roughing up the opposition, cheating and just generally messing about.

But Coach Bombay (Emilio Estevez), calls the team out on their actions.  He rallies the team calling on the need for them to behave in an honourable manner and the importance of being themselves.

And so the team is regrouped as the Mighty Ducks.

Who would have thought a kids film could have such a motivational scene, so anyway… Emilio nailed it.

Flying spitfires in Moncton, Canada, 1941

I have taken to sharing my photographs on this site.  However in honour of Rememberance Day, I decided to share some photos taken by my grandfather.



As I have a love for Canada, I decided to share photos that were taken on the train in Canada and in the town of Moncton, where he underwent training to fly a spitfire.



Are they doing burpees? – Must run in the family.



Barrack view at Moncton canada

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The barracks




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Various scenary


There were stories my grandfather crashed his plane.  I hope he wasn’t taking a photo while flying!




 A horse and cart

   house Main street of barracks - Moncton 1941   monctonscenary1

More scenary – Canadians if you recognise any of these places let me know.

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Train appreciation

Front end of train - 4 carriages from rear, Canada 1941 at 50 mph

Taken from 4 carriages to the rear at 50 mph.

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Various people met on the journey.

In the middle photo my grandfather is the one sat down on the furthest to the left.

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It looks pretty cold – we have no right to complain in the UK!


Going to Moncton to replicate these photos were I can is on my ‘bucket’ list.  Thanks for viewing these photos.


Donald Wilson

My angry year

“You’re a person who loses their temper easily…”

When a boss said that to me, I thought that was not like me at all.  I am pretty well laid back and from that statement I realised they did not know me at all.

Ironically I left the room in an angry state, then again they knew how to push my buttons.

Things continued throughout the rest of the year and occasionally I got angry.  It became clear that I had a problem with my emotions when I lost it during a meeting with the horrible boss.  I was just frustrated, I was not being listen to and I felt my skills were under utilised.  I was between punching them or crying – both would not result in great outcomes so I stormed out of the room.

I realised I had changed, I was an angry person, but what happened?

  • Perhaps it was my frustration that I was doing a job I was over qualified for.
  • Or that it had been years since I had any prospects with a woman.
  • My social life and hobby composed of going to the gym.

And this is why I was unhappy.

I did not want to be that person anymore, I wanted to go back to being the relaxed guy, the joker in the office.  And instead of being told that I had a short temper, I wanted to go back to being described as a ‘calming influence’

2013 was my angry year.

2014 was the year I would change and that is how the manifesto was born.

I used to be angry…

But then I thought “What do I have to be angry about?”

The Resolution Overview 23-10-2014

As I begin working on my post mid-year resolutions I decided I really need to keep a record of how I am meeting these goals.  So I decided to write an overview every so often to detail how I was getting on and talking about site stuff in general.

Go out and take more photographs

My camera now comes with me to work and I go out at lunch time to take photos.  Nothing too inspiring so far – though on my day off I drove past farm land and spotted a kestrel on the hunt.  It gracefully hover over the field and was still so I could get a shot, so I pulled over, admired it, then realised my camera was in my work bag… shit.

Get a new job

I have a job interview in November.  I have stopped applying, I should really keep up with that

Help girlfriend live a healthier lifestyle

My girlfriend keeps saying she is going to the gym.  She is still refusing to do work on her upper body as “it makes her shoulders click”.  I think I need to do stuff with her.

Stop looking after my friends so much

I have given friends lifts, but this is on the way to my own home.  I have thought about this objective – it may be better summed up by looking at my assertiveness, being able to say no to things that do not suit me.

Make own christmas cards

It is weird making christmas cards in october, but I am selling some at a charity event at the beginning of November.  Half a dozen so far, set target of 18.  Symptom of making christmas cards so early is feeling jolly and having christmas tunes going round my head.

Rehab my injuries and get back my fitness/motivation

I have taken my first active steps to sort my foot out.  Booked into see the doctor, lets see what happens next

Get rid of some of the clutter in my home (sell it)

I have become working on removing clutter from my home.  I have taken some items to shops and got some cash which has been useful for supporting my financial objectives.

Overall one of the downsides of having so many objectives, a full time job, a gym schedule and a girlfriend is fitting it all in.  At the moment I feel exhausted.

101 posts later…

Another 50 posts later…

It seems crazy that I was congratulating myself for managing to reach 50 posts 3 months ago.  100 posts seemed so far off and yet here I am – still coming up with content idea and maintaining a regular posting schedule.


I started the Manifesto of Perfection based on one simple goal

“Just write something”

But what should I write?  It took me a few days but then I realised I needed to follow the most basic guidance in the writers playbook

“Write what you know”

This was advice that just seemed… perfect.  I was wanting to achieve more from my life, so it seemed logical that I should write about self-improvement

I got out a notepad and created a scatter diagram about what I would write about.  There was probably about 20 posts worth of stuff – a dozen have made it onto the blog, the rest stuck in draft purgatory.

These ideas fell into for main themes:

  • Fitness – how I wanted to look and feel better
  • Nutrition – how I wanted to follow a better diet
  • Money – how I wanted to improve my job prospects and financial situation
  • Creativity – how I wanted to use my creative skills more
  • Sex – how I wanted to get back into the relationship game

I had developed the maintain categories I wanted to talk about.  So I decided the best approach was to create a manifesto to help me achieve what I want.

The hardest parts…

The difficult bit was continuing to write after my main initial ideas about self-improvement had been posted.  Some weeks it was a struggle and some posts make me question the relevance to my original idea – but I realise that a blog is an evolving platform that represents the writers journey through their topic.

I call this site the Manifesto of Perfection because it was a guideline to become a better person and how I planned to get there.  But it became more, it became a place for me to philosophises, talk about my struggles and my successes.

So thanks for joining me – I have developed my goals since starting up and perhaps by the 200th post I will have moved on further.

New to the site?  Read this page to see some of my favourite posts.