I’ve never been a fan of resolutions. I think it’s great to set goals, but people set themselves up for failure. It’s fine to state change, but you must make a plan on how you’re going to change. Take baby steps instead of diving in head first.
Instead of resolutions, I’ve decided to make a list of Ambitions. These are things I’d like to complete during 2014, but I won’t be upset if they do not come to fruition.
- Read more. My Stephen King Challenge should definitely keep me entertained during the year. But I would like to read at least 3 non-fiction books dealing with business, particularly the writing business. Currently I own Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas.
- Write more. This blog will assist in creating content, coming up with ideas, and getting a general word output everyday. I have a few ideas in the works, but nothing finished. I need to remember to work on something every single day, whether it’s an outline, just putting the idea down on paper, or even a bit of prose. Every little bit helps.
- Be mindful of the things I put in my mouth. No innuendos! I mean food. Also, this isn’t necessarily to watch my weight, but it’s more about tasting food. I destroy food, ravish it, swallow it whole practically. Not only is this unhealthy, but it takes away from the pleasantries of food. Food is to be tasted, enjoyed, not simply chewed and swallowed.
- Exercise more. For a brief time, I used to exercise every single day. It started with 15 minutes on an elliptical. Every 2 weeks, I increased the time by 5 minutes. Soon, I was doing 35 minutes everyday. By this point, I remember LOVING to work out. I remember getting excited, hyped that I was gonna wreck my legs and buttocks in order to feel that high. I didn’t lose any weight. In fact, I started eating more, but I didn’t feel the drag. I miss that feeling of moving around, not feeling weak.
- Move out. I live with my parents currently and it isn’t the greatest arrangement. Kids were definitely meant to leave the nest. I don’t know how other cultures do it. Thankfully, my niece (who recently turned 18) has talked about moving out together. She and I get along great: we have the same humor; we like a lot of the same television shows and movies; have the same internet habits; we are hygienic; and we have the same sense of ‘clean’ when it comes to chores. We’re in talks to see how we can make this happen.
So what about you guys? What Ambitions are you working towards in this upcoming New Year?
Oh. I didn’t want to forget.