Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My New Year's Resolutions & Tips For Your Own

  Well, glad everyone seemed to enjoy the funny resolutions.  As are the more serious ones, and the ones that can inspire some of you to try and keep. lol  Good luck with all of yours.  Wish you all the best.  I guess I'll start with my resolutions and then proceed from there.

My Resolutions:

1.  To try to better myself as a whole...or in one specific aspect of my life. 

2.  To spend more quality time with my kids. 

3.  Strive to learn something new every single day. 

4.  Earn more money...and manage my money better. 

5.  Go out more...and meet more people. 

6.  Write short term, and long term, goals and post them where I can read them everyday.

7.  Manage my bi-polar better, and not be as depressed and down this year.

8.  Manage my time better...and try and spend less time on the computer. lol

9.  Surround myself with more beautiful things; like art, music, movies, etc.

10.  Now that I'm over my ex-wife...try and date more. (Easier said then done)

11.  Live my life the way I want, and not how someone else expects me too.  (Fuck the Haters)

12.  Take time and enjoy life more.  Don't dwell on the negative.
For you out there who have trouble coming up with resolutions...or ones that you can stick are some helpful tips:

*Do something you love to do, and that you do best, every single day.

*Do something just for you every single day.

*Strive to learn something new every single day.

*Practice professional courage by stepping out of your comfort zone.

*Listen more than you talk.

*Develop a method to track your life goals, your daily engagements, and your to do list.

*Try to continue to learn and grow.

*Take up a new hobby or activity this year.

*Take yourself a little less seriously.

*Fix what is broken and don't fix what ain't.

*Keep in the company of positive people.

Realistically, I know that the New Year will not be problem free, but I can control my attitude about whatever comes my way. Stay positive.
Here's what everyone should know to make their New Year's resolutions something other than another set of wishes and dreams that go nowhere, and that might remove incentives to ever try again:

1. Get a little bit happier first. It is now rock-solid science that being in your most positive frame of mind and functioning is the most powerful predictor of any type of success.

2. Learn how to put yourself in the most positive frame of mind at all times.

3. Don't set too many self-regulation (willpower) goals at once. If you pick just one willpower goal - like exercising in the morning - and focus for six to eight weeks on just that improvement, all other self-regulation behaviors will improve, too.

4. Prune dead wood in your social and professional life. If your network is full of people whose behavior and values are contrary to what you are striving to accomplish, you stand a strong chance of failing. Don't make it harder for yourself than you need it to be.

5. Fill your environment with positive "primes" (cues) that set you up for success. One unusual tip: change your computer passwords to reflect your goals, and consider getting a vanity license plate or an email address that does the same thing.

6. Do hard things. While you are doing hard things, take more risks. The happiest people among us have also been found to be risk-takers, who don't quit when the going gets hard.

7. For women only: Get some goals that are yours, and yours alone this year, and then carve out time to actually pursue them.

8. Have goals, if you don't already. The happiest people wake up every day to clear-cut goals, short-term and long-term, that involve building relationships with others, making a difference in the lives of others, and making the space you inhabit a bit kinder and brighter. What a great way to enter 2011!
And here are a few more tips you may be able to use:
Try something different
Experiment and challenge your personal aesthetic and style sensibilities
Inspire yourself
Visually stimulate yourself as much as possible
Dress like you mean it...wear clothes that make you feel confident
Surround yourself with beautiful things
Make your creative environment your own
Create your reality...Don’t hold yourself back

Pick any of the following resolutions to dramatically enhance your life on many levels:

I will remember to be compassionate starting with myself - daily.

Remind myself I will never know all there is to know about anything, ever.

Be patient with myself to allow life lessons to fully integrate into my life before moving onto the next lesson.

I will practice feeling emotions more than thinking thoughts.

I will remind myself to forgive myself for what ever I need to forgive myself for to release any need to feel guilt or shame so that I do not spread guilt or shame to anyone else.
And last, I got these off another site...don't remember which one now...but credit goes to them.

10. Getting in shape:  We can survive the Zombie/Robot Apocalypse if we drop some weight and improve our cardio.  Yeah, all us chubby nerds are gonna go to the gym 3 times a week, tone up, lose this weight, actually fit into a cos play costume that doesn’t include “The Fat” in front of the costume name. (You can call your weight loss challenge: The Crusade to see my penis without the use of mirrors.)

9. Improve that relationship status on Facebook: Talk to a girl.  A real flesh and blood girl, not that robot you’ve been working on in the basement, not that “lady” on the 900 number that keeps telling you to “spank it” between fits of hacking-smoking cough.  Try that cute girl at Starbucks, or that nice check out lady at the grocery.  Just be cool, not creepy.  If your not sure where the creepy line is, go practise in the mirror.

8. Save money:  If you haven’t heard yet, anyone under 30 had better take care of their own retirement fund because Social Security ain’t gonna make it that long.  you have to think  small, but consistent.  Build it up slowly over time and suddenly you have a bundle.  Wait and try to do it all in a couple of years and you’ll drive yourself crazy.

7. Drink Less:  Lots of us over indulge when we do indulge.  Most of the Internets greatest videos are about people that drank too much.  So think about changing quantity for quality.  Maybe you should think of it this way.  “I’m gonna drink less, but I’m gonna drink much better stuff when I do.”

6. Quit Smoking:  For me this falls under my lose weight resolution, in the smoked meats category that is Southern BBQ.  For those of you that smoke cigarettes, you have my support if you need it.  Quiting smoking is a tough one.  Get the help you need to make it happen, quitting will improve your health, and your pocket book.  There was a joke or two for this, then that 900 lady started hacking a lung again and mood changed.

5. Manage Stress:  Stop trying to manage your stress and start relieving it.  Don’t start masturbating in public and point to this article, but do something.  I’m not talking about origami or banzai tree pruning, take up fencing or stage craft sword fighting lessons.  Go to a skeet range or take archery classes.  If you gonna learn something to help relieve your stress, make it something that will help when the zombies or aliens come.

4. Eat better:  Everyone says eat more greens, the vegetables, not the Orion slave girl.  Why can’t some super scientist make a vegetable that tastes like hamburger?  Have you ever had one of those God awful veggie burgers that vegans try to slip by you?  Think of the money that could be made by some guy inventing the brussel sprout that tastes like Porter House.  Forget that damn rocket jet pack you scientists promised us 50 years ago, get on the meat flavored vegetables!

3. Spend more time with family and friends.  This doesn’t mean getting your mom and dad set up on Steam or an Xbox live account to play games.  Well, it doesn’t mean you can’t do that as well as visit, take trips, see a show or movie or just take them to lunch.  Get past the “Hi, how are you” talk and learn who they are.  You will be surprised what you find out.

2. Volunteer more.  This works better in groups.  Find a group that does charity work as well as enjoying a hobby or pastime.  The 501st is a great example of Cos players and Star Wars geeks that also do great community work with many children’s charities.  No reason why you can’t combine the two.

I guess one of my resolutions should be to learn to count because that’s only nine resolutions.  Screw it, you finish it in the comments below.  I have to figure out how to get out of those other nine resolution.


  1. That first picture sure made me thing about myself. I'm working hard on myself since I broke with my last girlfriend a few months ago but my main resolution this year is to stop wasting my money on useless stuff when I feel like I'm somehow rich and end out a few weeks later not being able to afford stuff I'd really like to have. This way, I might be able to plan myself a trip like last year! Thanks for the tips tho.

  2. I don't even bother trying to lie to myself about resolutions anymore, in 30 years I've never kept a single one and I don't see myself breaking that hot streak anytime soon.

  3. Great tips in general but aren't they a bit too many on a personal level?

  4. great post. it was really uplifting to read. brb, going to seize the day.

  5. I can't think of any biggies. There's nothing I want to change about my life right now.

  6. Very good read. Thought provoking.

  7. I can never do resolution. I always end up breaking them anyway.

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  9. great post and great blog. you got some writing and motivational skills there buddy

  10. I have many of those in mind already

  11. Yea man, great tips!

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