Resolutions 2014

This post was inspired by the annual thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, however instead I am going with a full list of goals I would like to achieve in life. First, I would like to comment on what makes a person successful. Success to me is not about achieving or accomplishing some externally set goal, such as the cookie-cutter getting a house, getting married and having kids. Milestones in life are arbitrary and driven by our values, facts don’t drive decisions, our personal values do. Whether you let someone else decide these for you depends on how much you need and value external validation. Since I am my own person —I think I can claim these goals as my own and will measure my success by my own barometer… I had to think about what goals I would actually like to have done for myself. Most of the goals in the lists that follow are tentative while a few are more long term focused. This list will likely be adapted in time, more goals added or made more specific.

The goals that I am more serious about and that I think are achievable within the next year are highlighted.

Health

  • stop drinking soda
  • eliminate all caffeine from my diet
  • start going to bed at a decent time … and not sleeping in
  • set up my bowflex weight bench and free weights
  • start keeping track of my weight (and body fat percentage)
  • run a marathon —or a few
  • grow my own herbs … and vegetables?
  • learn food preservation techniques
  • learn composting techniques

Finances

  • pay off my credit card
  • pay off my student loans (5-10 years)
  • save up at least 4 months worth of expenses
  • donate regularly to charity
  • start an RRSP —before I’m 35, ideally
  • improve the site … over time
  • write regular entries
  • write 1000 entries
  • add media? (pictures and video)

Mental

  • start meditating regularly
  • read on average 1 book a week
  • read 1000 books
  • learn to speed cube the Rubik’s cube
  • improve my memory, in general
  • learn a second language and maybe a third
  • get my Masters degree
  • learn to scuba dive … and go scuba diving
  • learn to surf
  • go hang gliding
  • go skydiving at least once
  • go bungee jumping
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • go kayaking
  • try rock-climbing…

Travel to…

  • Vancouver (again)
  • Montreal
  • Ontario
  • London
  • Niagara Falls
  • Kyoto
  • Venice
  • Paris
  • Bora Bora
  • the Taj Mahal
  • the Great Wall of China
  • the Grand Canyon
  • all US states
  • Sweden and the other Nordic countries

Miscellaneous

  • start volunteering
  • learn an instrument, piano?
  • get “good” at photography
  • get a driver’s license
  • learn a martial art
  • write some poems
  • learn to dance
  • get better at public speaking
  • own some suits
  • buy some land
  • go to a shooting range
  • bare all at a nude beach –of course I want to get into shape first