Monday, January 17, 2011

My New Year's Goals

Resolution - A solution. A firmness of purpose. A wrapping up. In other words, an ending.

It's easy to make resolutions and very difficult to keep them. Not everyone has the iron will and determination to say, "There is something in my life that I don't like, and I'm going to completely change it, right now," then follow through on it. I admire those who can, like my father.

In a rare point of fact, I have kept the last New Year's Resolution I made, several years ago. I decided I wouldn't make any more New Year's Resolutions. Things have been just a little bit simpler for me ever since.

I am setting a few goals for 2011. I am going to first give myself a tool to help me measure how I'm doing. I believe this could lead to some big improvements I've been wanting to make. So, without further ado:

  1. Begin each day with a short task list to get done today, and check each one off as I complete it.

  2. Move more and eat less. Keep a record; if it isn't written down, it didn't happen.

  3. Try to write daily.

  4. I have a cell phone and people with whom I wish to maintain contact. Connect the two.

  5. Be very deliberate in what I buy to read. As Lisa and I put our library together, I am finding more and more books I have yet to read. There are a few authors -- Jim Butcher, Lee Child, and Dean Koontz among them -- whose releases we will purchase in hardcover as soon as possible after their release dates; everyone else should wait while I work on the backlog we already own.

I think I can do this.

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