My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are a commitment to a variety of projects. I decided this year to embody the real meaning of resolutions. I recently shared that resolutions are a commitment, an individual makes to a project or reforming a habit. 2013 is the beginning of change!
2012 was a tough year! I started to make changes in December and will continue into the New Year. I always felt that waiting for a particular date to start something was an excuse and nothing has changed. I have been monitoring the changes I made and like what I see. I am setting new priorities and viewing many of my former resolutions differently. This time next year will either confirm my changes were good or I will be making more changes. I plan to monitor my progress closer and adjust more often. Progress is never a straight line.
My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are the following:
Volunteering – Since I am already volunteering, why am I continuing to keep it as a resolution? The easy answer is I want to stay committed to volunteering and I wan to build on what I started. I am motivated because it is fulfilling and I feel valued. I want to increase my commitment to this (feeding homeless) organization and add other organizations. I am keeping it on my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions to keep myself accountable.
Blogging – I have been blogging for over two years and I am still evolving. I learned what works and what doesn’t! I started to make changes in December and I am committed to making more to reach my goals. I used to focus on results and thought that was enough. I decided to change my focus and let the writing achieve the results. I am making a new commitment to writing better and longer articles. Stay tuned for more changes.
Time Off – Normally, this probably is not a resolution for most people. I am one of those people who never takes time off. In twelve (12) years, I have only taken two or three days off. As a teacher, I do not feel I need much time off. I have more holidays and vacation time than I ever had before. I only work four and a half hours a day. Compared to my former profession, I am semi-retired! I used to work three times that or fifty-to sixty hours a week. Normally, my wife and I take nice vacations overseas every other yea or visit relatives in New York. This year, we went away to the beach for a weekend and I am committed to do this a couple times a year.
What’s left? – I am still working on some of my former goals, but approaching them differently. My new teaching assignment has challenged me as well. This is probably the year of change. I think it is a good thing because it keeps me sharp. This is important as I get old(er)!
These are my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions! I did not give up on old resolutions and I will include any progress on those when appropriate. Failure only occurs when you actually give up. My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are my new beginning.
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My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are my new beginning.