This was originally posted by me at The Ramblings of a Titanium Don.
Last year, I ended 2011 by stating my plan to make actions rather than resolutions for 2012.
I feel that taking action, rather than making a resolution, is more powerful, and far more easy to work with and on. I am not just putting out some idea for what to do that I might try, I am going to take action.
My New Year’s Actions for last year:
- I will act to more frequently show gratitude for the things I have, the people in my life, my health, my job, and all the other things for which I am grateful.
- I will act to treat the people around me as I wish to be treated.
- I will act to focus on positives, and ignore negatives. I will act to spin out a positive from a negative.
- I will act to work on the now, and not dwell in the past nor pine for the future.
I believe that I have done a pretty decent job with these. And rather than create new actions for 2013, I am going to restate these, and add one or two. Having learned quite a lot from actions of the past year, I also know these can and should be made more concise.
As a part of taking actions last year rather than resolutions, I began to blog weekly. I created my Pathwalking series, to explore the idea of finding and walking my own path in life. In order to experience the actions I set forth at the end of 2011, I use the blog to share what I am learning as I undertake this journey.
I recognize that these actions are something that can be applied daily. That was the intent. They are not grandiose, they should not require any truly life altering acts. They create simple things easily done that I think will better my life.
It is too easy to resolve to do something big and life changing. And the complexity of big and life changing ideas can quickly become too difficult and thus overwhelming, and as such get abandoned.
The actions I have taken, and will take further, are simple. But in choosing these simple actions, I am setting myself up for success. And success, I have been learning, will build up bigger and bigger, no matter where you start. So why not start small, and allow for some exciting escalations of success?
I am far too good at self-sabotage. So doesn’t it make more sense to set myself up for success, instead of failure? The only conclusion I can reach here is, yes, why not allow myself something I can easily succeed with?
So before you make that convoluted, hard-to-follow resolution, why not choose a simple action to better your life for the coming year?
My New Year’s Actions for 2013:
- I will express gratitude frequently and unreservedly.
- I will treat others as I wish to be treated.
- I will focus on feeling positives, and finding positives in any negatives I encounter.
- I will live in the now.
- I will feel as well as think.
- I will focus on abundance.
Happy New Year to all!
My guess is the Mayan working on the calendar finished, and didn't bother to start the next, thinking something like "someday, idiots will believe this end to be THE end." Funny.
Hard to believe that 2012 is ten days from its conclusion. This has been a tumultuous year. Not just for me, but for many of my friends and my family. Beyond my own circles, it's been a pretty wild year for almost everyone, it seems. Unusual weather, economic insanity, instabilities...lots and lots going on out there.
As I have often blogged about in various forms over at The Ramblings of a Titanium Don, people need to do more on their own to take control of their own lives, and their own destinies.
At the end of 2011, I determined that I would not make a New Year's Resolution. Instead, I took a New Year's Action. "Do or do not" resonating in my head in that gravelly Muppet voice, I determined I would blog weekly. And thus was borne Pathwalking. For the next 51 weeks I posted every week (with a couple exceptions every Wednesday) all year long. Here is the most recent post in the series. After much consideration, I am determined to continue Pathwalking into next year. Also, following a lot of encouragement, I intend to put together my posts for publication as a book, too.
With 2013 about to commence, I need to take another action. Like the weekly blog - I need to create something I can/should/want to do.
Having turned 40 in September, I know that it is in my best interest to get back into shape. I need to treat my body better. I think that this will help me feel better about just about every aspect of my life. And so - my New Year's Action for 2013 - exercise. I need to go to the gym at least 3 days a week. I WILL go to the gym at least 3 days a week. When the summer comes, I will take advantage of the swimming pool at our complex. Also - I intend to acquire a new bike. I miss cycling.
New cycle for the world according to the Mayans. New cycle continues for ME. Thanks for coming along!
As 2010 draws to a close, the evidence of its craptacularity for so many of us leads me to request that, please, please, can we have a good year in 2011?
Let's wrap up this spectacle of craptastic happenings and have a TRULY great new year!
Thank you in advance.
Your humble servant,
(For those scratching your head and pondering the meaning of that - remember I was going to the post office that fateful November day I was hit by a car crossing the street).
Anyhow, I get to the PO without incident, and there is a single postal worker at the desk, and a nice old lady doing something. Ok, this should be quick.
Right. I have no idea what the nice old lady was doing, but almost every sentence began with "And can you check on this" or "And can I also get that" or "I just need to buy this" or "Can you tell me if there is enough postage on this" etc.
Ten minutes, two people behind me now, and $80 later (I am not making this up), she hands over a stack of letters, and turns to depart. As she leaves, she utters the following to the woman at the counter:
"Thank you for your patience, dear. Oh, and I will be back for the rest in just a little bit."
The mind boggles...
Yes, it sucks that, like everyone else, the people who run LJ experienced lay-offs today. I believe, however, if LJ were going bye-bye - we'd not be hearing about the lay-offs til it was already gone.
I love this site. I enjoy staying in contact with the numerous people I know around the country via LJ. I am an optimist - I believe that, yeah, the firings suck and are not a good sign - but LJ isn't going anywhere.