Operation Achieve Anything: Day Fifty-Three, Dateline 2-22-2018

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Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.
— Boris Pasternak

Hey Crickets, how’s it going on this freezing morning also known as day number fifty-three of Operation Achieve Anything. Yesterday, I shared details of my latest drinking binge which now that I think about it, might have been inspired by the default rut that I fall into as my birthday approaches. This isn’t a usual rut, in that I don’t necessarily become depressed, but is instead, more of a reflective time where I would rather think back over the completion of one more year than actually work toward my goals.

If I were to come up with an excuse for this annual birthday slowdown, I’d say that it’s more about resting up to buckle down and work after my personalized celebratory day. Then again, as a leap year baby, I don’t really get my own special day for another two years from now. Either way, it must be instinctual because I’ve noticed this growing sense of contemplation for a couple of days but didn’t make the birthday connection until today.

Thankfully, yesterday’s assignment was a fun one in that it wanted me to treat life like a video game. At first, I wasn’t sure what to do with this task since the lesson seemed to be more geared toward trying something new minus any hesitation or fear by treating this new activity like a game where the objective is to just have fun. At least that was my interpretation.

After looking at it again, the aspect where my efforts must go to a new activity must just be something that I made up in my head as the actual lesson is an attempt to promote more fun in your life by not taking anything too serious by trying to find a way to make your responsibilities seem more fun. For example, how you might inspire a kid to clean their room by turning it from a chore to a game.

As soon as the actual message of the lesson replaced my interpretations, I decided to take the task more literal and as soon as I finished with my responsibilities, I fired up Rocksmith which is an actual video game that I’ve been using in an effort to learn how to play the bass. At first, I felt this was cheating but then when I thought about my history with the game, I now see it as the perfect example of what the lesson is trying to teach.

I bought Rocksmith years ago in an effort to learn how to play the guitar but being old with fat fingers, and having never played an instrument in my life, I couldn’t keep up with so many strings involved. I then bought a bass with the hopes that it would be easier to handle four strings instead of six. At this point, I was only using the games instructional features because I felt I didn’t know enough to even think about trying the rest of the game where you actually play riffs to popular music or play music based games in a virtual video arcade.

I felt that I needed to get much further along in my lessons before any of the game aspects would be any fun but I struggled to get past a very early instructional challenge that required the use of a sliding technique while also attempting to play with multiple chords. This lesson was so early on that I felt like I was hopeless if I thought that I would ever learn a song.

It wasn’t until I made learning to play bass via Rocksmith a task to fulfill an assignment from the Achieve Anything… book that I doubled down on my efforts and committed to not giving up this time. I went through the same lessons and got hung up on the same exact spot and wasn’t making progress for days. It wasn’t until I said screw it and attempted to learn a song with my limited knowledge that I not only started to have fun playing Rocksmith as the game that it is, but it was also at this point where I really felt like I was learning how to play the bass.

It turned out that Rocksmith is smart enough to follow your progress and adjust accordingly to where it keeps you challenged while still being easy enough to help you learn. So, it wasn’t until I started to find learning to play bass to be a fun experience that I really started to feel that I was making progress in my efforts to learn, which proves the major points of yesterday’s assignment and fulfills the task at hand.

As for today’s assignment, it seems like a slip back to the “less talk more rock” line of lessons that I was getting super annoyed with back when I was sick with the flu. Only this time, I’m not as irritated because the actual task has direction instead of the “keep on keeping on,” approach where I kept getting told to keep doing the same exact this.

Today, I’m supposed to take a page from my notebook and draw a line down the middle in order to make a list on one side of five things that I’ve been putting off due to preparation then, on the other side of the line, list what’s holding me back starting along with a plan on how to stop prepping and start achieving the actual goals.

As always, you’ll have to wait until I check in with tomorrow’s update in order to find out what I managed to do to fulfill the needs of this assignment. Until then, it’s now time for my usual sign off where I say, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.  

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Fifty-Two, Dateline 2-21-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Fifty-Two, Dateline 2-21-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Fifty-Two, Dateline 2-21-2018

Good morning Crickets. Welcome to day number fifty-two of Operation Achieve Anything. Yesterday, I was a bit low energy due to a bout with binge drinking where I polished off a box of wine by myself over the past two days. This is my new pattern when it comes to drinking, I’m now down to giving into my drinking temptations only once a month where I buy a box of wine that contains thirty-four glasses of wine to then drink over half the box on the first night then polish off the rest throughout day number two.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Fifty-One, Dateline 2-20-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Fifty-One, Dateline 2-20-2018

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Morning Crickets. It’s day number fifty-one of Operation Achieve Anything and I have to admit that today I feel completely exhausted to the point where I also feel a bit uninspired. The problem is that I apparently took yesterday’s fifty day celebration a bit too far and stayed up until six-o’clock in the AM drinking boxed wine for the first time since back in January at some point.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Nine, Dateline 2-18-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Nine, Dateline 2-18-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Eight, Dateline 2-17-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Eight, Dateline 2-17-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Seven, Dateline 2-16-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Seven, Dateline 2-16-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Six, Dateline 2-15-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Six, Dateline 2-15-2018

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Hey Crickets. Welcome to day number forty-six of Operation Achieve Anything. Today’s going to be a bit of a rough one but not because I take issue with either of the assignments that I’m here to share. No, today’s going to be rough because the Achieve Anything… book has me tapping into more depressing areas of my life that may have been lighter back in my glory days.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Five, Dateline 2-14-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Five, Dateline 2-14-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Four, Dateline 2-13-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Four, Dateline 2-13-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Three, Dateline 2-12-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Three, Dateline 2-12-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Two, Dateline 2-11-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-Two, Dateline 2-11-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-One, Dateline 2-10-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty-One, Dateline 2-10-2018

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Good morning Crickets. Welcome to another day of nonsense as I bring you day number forty-one of Operation Achieve Anything. Today makes four days in a row of the same recycled lesson and three days in a row where the assignment’s been vague minus any real direction. So I think I’m going to make this one quick since I finally feel like I’m no longer sick and will be spending the day hanging out with the family.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty, Dateline 2-9-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Forty, Dateline 2-9-2018

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Good morning Crickets. It’s another super early morning for me as I continue to wind down my illness as I give you day number forty of Operation Achieve Anything. This will make three days in a row where the Achieve Anything… book has recycled its own content as filler with the lesson being, do less talking and do more doing. Where, again, other than stuff that’s just not important to me, I’ve never been a person who doesn’t finish what I start.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Nine, Dateline 2-8-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Eight, Dateline 2-7-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Eight, Dateline 2-7-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Seven, Dateline 2-6-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Seven, Dateline 2-6-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Six, Dateline 2-5-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Six, Dateline 2-5-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Five, Dateline 2-4-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Five, Dateline 2-4-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Four, Dateline 2-3-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Four, Dateline 2-3-2018

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Hey Crickets, welcome to day number thirty-four of Operation Achieve Anything. If you’ve been following my progress then you know that I’ve been a bit annoyed with the assignments as of late. To recap for those of you not playing along at home; my main issue is that I didn’t expect the Achieve Anything… book to be filled with so many overstated self-help concepts that have been around for decades.

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