Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Top 10 Moments of 2018 (and, as always, honorable mentions)

WOWZERS... 2018 was nuts!! I had actually taken the entire month of December off because of the crazy I am now reminded of happening while making this list. Good news, with 30-days off I am chomping at the bit to tear into 2019.

However, before I get into this coming year and everything I have in store... Let's take a moment for my annual look back through the top 10 moments of 2018. **Also, if you are curious about the previous years, all the links are at the bottom!

Honorable Mentions:
*) Shareholders (My first real trip to see Walmart at that next level... It was so fun and ultimately set the tone for what all was going to take place the rest of the year)!!

*) My son's first real concert: Imagine Dragons (He had an absolute blast... Got a high five from the lead singer, caught a HUGE balloon that dropped from the ceiling AND a tour shirt)!!

*) My youngest learning to ride a bike (At nine years old she told us she never wanted to know how to ride a bike but then one day she just decided we were going to learn AND she did)!!

*) Speaking to 1,000s (I honestly don't know how many folks I have spoken to before this year but with several massive events in 2018, this was the largest year to date)!!

*) Weddings (So many special weddings this year but two in particular that I had the chance to be a part of, that being my youngest sister and my sister-in-law... Also had the hottest date)!!

Top 10 Moments of 2018:
10) Cuba (Though the trip was a result of my aunt wanting the entire Berg clan to go on a family vacation as her last wish, it was an amazing trip and brought my first DDW of 2018... Cuba Cigars)!!

9) Kids Sports (Though I didn't snag a good pic for this post from the youngest's soccer season, Football and Club Volleyball were in full swing. Watching the middle play club with her momma as coach was so good for my soul... AND BOTH IN OUR NUMBERS!)

8) Launching the MDA (The Modern Day Agoge was the daily program to help individuals live out the principles of The Spartan Code... So many saw life change through this tool, also, big thank you to all that supported me in that process)!!

7) RISE Together (With literally no extra time this year, I still felt led to go ahead and start a podcast/show interviewing Walmart associates and discussing leadership lessons from the trenches of retail.)!!

6) #SparkChallenge (No clue where to start this... What started out as an idea really late at night, spawned into a national trend. Half a year later and I still receive new Sparking pics daily from literally all over the world)!!

5) Walmart World (Ultimately because of the success of the Spark Challenge, and by meeting some incredible people at exactly the right time, I found myself on the cover of the official Walmart magazine... AHHHHH, I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT)!!

4) Meeting Doug (What started out as a funny social media request turned into a reality... Via the Spark Challenge I had the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the President & CEO of the largest company in the WORLD: Doug McMillon *Probably one of the nicest men I've ever met)!!

3) Selling The Spartan Code® (Though in some ways this is very hard, it is extremely exciting in several others... 2018 will forever be the year I sold my first company AND the year I partnered with the largest company in the game: SPARTAN *HUGE News coming in 2019)!!

2) My #3 DDW: Shake Chuck Norris' Hand (Out of over two hundred DDWs on my list, "Chuck Norris" is the only one that requires meeting a specific person AND it was literally my number three on the list... I still can't believe this happened... Shook hands, talked, got a book autographed AND THEN GOT PUT IN A CHOKE HOLD)!!

1) My Personal MDA (Trying to decide what was number one this year was ridiculous and honestly the top five are probably all a tie for first but this one was probably the single greatest change I have made in my life to date... 2018 will forever be the year that I got serious, got focused and got it done. This will be its own blog soon and honestly a whole talking series in 2019 but to give a you a quick recap: I made four new goals each quarter based on my core principles... Discipline, Integrity, Sacrifice and Courage. I lost weight, reconnected with God, payed off debt, read 50+ books, wrote my own book, learned to align myself each day and so much more... I'm not done though, get ready 2019)!!

As you can see... This year turned out even bigger than I could have ever planned and because of that, my hope and prayer for the upcoming year is to be content with each season by learning to celebrate the process. 
May I learn new things about my wife this year... may I be ever more present with my kids and look for one-on-one opportunities... may I continue learning and try to find ways to support others in their dreams... may I focus on developing new habits that help me move closer to my longterm goals and most importantly, may I learn to celebrate it all!!

The Berg's

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**As promised at the beginning... Here's the past seven years if you're actually interested201120122013, 2014, 20152016 and 2017!!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Top 10 Moments of 2017 (and, as always, honorable mentions)

With so much that has happened this year and even more happening RIGHT NOW... I'm both excited to post this and yet sad to realize it is only my third blog post in the past 12-months (there will be many more this coming year, get ready!)

In a nutshell, 2018 is going to be crazy!!  We have spent the entire year laying groundwork to finally launch the 'Modern Day Agoge' (Spartan Code's monthly training plan) THIS MONTH!!  Not to mention, I have started yet another new position, still within the Walmart family but new focus, AND yes with all that and the fact that my family is still my number one priority, it's going to be a bumpy ride.  

All that being said... Let's do a quick look back into the top 10 moments of 2017 (Reminder that not all moments are great but they are the biggest "moments" of the year).

Honorable Mentions:
*) Dallas Cowboys (This past season has been a big let down, however, last seasons' playoffs were also in 2017, so they balance out)!!

*) "Sonic Ice" in My Kitchen (Big birthday present from the wife... It's amazing, look at that 23 flavors in a glass over rabbit turd ice)!!

*) Visiting Home Office (Got invited for a meeting and we made the most of it... Been back several times since, so that's cool)!!

*) Salt Plains (Yes, Finally made it... Haven't been since I was their age)!!

*) The Beard ("It renders handsome men better looking and ugly ones more frightening")!!

Top 10 Moments of 2017:
10) Fixer Upper (Took off seven days from work and busted out more jobs than I ever want to do again: Built a new fence, Painted the entire outside, Cleaned the vents, Power-sprayed everything concrete, Installed a new HVAC Unit and got a new roof put on)!!

9) Having Too Much Fun at My Job (My VPI: The InflataBull & the Campaign to Share 1,000 Smiles)!!  **P.S. I did happen to take a new position this year as well... Facilitator at Walmart Academy (I equip all managers and supervisors in Northeast Oklahoma to be awesome!)

8) Camping Trips (This has become a very big Berg Family tradition with THREE camping trips this past year (Turner Falls, Robbers Cave and Tenkiller) with two more already scheduled in '18)!!

7) Milestone Moments (Blacksmithing a blade with my son for his twelfth birthday and Supporting my daughter as she ran for class office)!!

6) Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey & New York (Six states down in our quest to 50 by 2024, Jackson's graduation... Also thankful we were able to attend the Berg Family reunion, since that's what got us out there)!!

5) Another DDW: Running the "Rocky Steps" (Oh Yeah, with my daughter!)!!

4) Dog Attack (Not at all a happy moment but one that has changed our lives... I couldn't get the nerve to post the ER photos, they are so scary and bad... No clue how Court and Jock made it out, not to mention and never want to think about Charleigh being completely untouched)!!

3) Surge Leadership, LLC AND NOW Spartan Code, LLC (So much work but finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, at least for phase one... Modern Day Agoge, starts THIS month, you can sign up for more information right here)!!

2) Berg Family Fun Nights (Though we have dinner together every night, BFFNs are still are most favorite and we have had some doozies)!!

1) Falling more in Love with My Wife AGAIN (53 Dates in 2017, below is one of our first date of the year at Looney Bin and our last date at Baskin Robbins... Here's to 54 Dates in 2018)!!

We are so blessed, and I mean that in every meaning of the word, may I often take time to reflect at these moments to never lose sight... May I always remain thankful for this season and the next!!
Curious about the past several years... Here's six201120122013, 2014, 2015 and 2016!!

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