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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

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As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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TequilaMitch in Atlanta is doing 10 things including…

think before i speak

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TequilaMitch has written 3 entries about this goal

No progress

I haven’t had much progress lately. I feel like I’ve been under a lot of stress, and that’s when I act without thinking. It’s like I’m on autopilot, going through the motions. On the other hand, it’s quite amazing what you can get done when you turn your mind off. You wake up one day and BAM! you wonder how it all happened.

Carried away, or nothing to say.

I’ve noticed that when I start talking about things like music, movies, etc., I get carried away and ramble without thinking. But other times, I’m thinking too much and not saying anything. I’m at the extremes. I want to get control of this, but I wonder how.

Always reacting, never acting

I’ve realized that after a day at work or a night out with friends, I’ve said a lot of dumb things – stories at the wrong time, bad jokes, etc. I feel like I’ve been on auto-pilot the whole time. I never really think about what I say, i just react to what others say. If there’s a silence, sometimes I try to break it, but most times I leave it at silence because i have nothing to react to.

Time to shut off the autopilot and go into manual. I want to listen to what other people say, think about it for a moment, come up with possible reactions, and consiously choose what I say in response.

I have no idea how to start doing this. My guess is that I’ll try to wait at least 1 second before speaking, to say things in my head before I say them out loud. Or maybe repeat (in my head) what I hear other people say. Maybe that will break the cycle and give my brain more time to think.

TequilaMitch has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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