My 11 new year resolutions for 2016

I’ve always enjoyed the thought of new years resolutions. I’ve made plenty, but none come to mind that have changed my life. I’m sure they have but I’ve never documented them. I tend to make resolutions at timely points in my life. Like in 2007, over poker games with my friends Paul and Mark where I resolved to travel and take on off-track athletics challenges. That was truly life-changing, and here I am 8 years later living in Italy with high performance sport a huge part of daily life.

This year to make myself more accountable, I’m putting my resolutions out there for all to see.

Here’s goes…

  1. Don’t get ruffled when things don’t go the way I might want. Address the challenge, make a decision and move on.
  2. Start and finish projects that are worthwhile and benefit someone. Most important though is to not leave them as ideas. I’ve had so many ideas but have only ever started a few projects. Embrace the fear of failure. Failing is as good as succeeding.
  3. Reduce my digital footprint. Wait. No. To clarify, not so much as reduce my digital footprint but more like raking-the-sand behind me. Delete unused and no-longer-wanted files, apps, accounts and artefacts I’ve left all over my devices and the internet. A digital cleanse.
  4. Take daily action to eliminate my tight back, hips and and twingy calves which sometime dominate my every waking moment
  5. Listen to more music. And play more music. Every day.
  6. Read more. Write more. Read one book per month. Write something once per week.
  7. Allocate 30 minutes a day for meditation and relax.
  8. Eat vegetarian meals twice per week.
  9. Because I value good usability let the makers (like website owners) know where they can improve interaction with users.
  10. Try a new activity or reconnect with an old one once per month.
  11. Demonstrate daily that I value important relationships in my life.

With thanks

I value having the capability to reflect on what I’m doing in life and where I am going. I am grateful to my sister Sophie and my partner Alan who are always there to bounce ideas off and help steer me in the right direction. Outside these two special people, I find myself checking in on the work and ideas of Kevin Rose who inspired me to write this post after reading about his new years’s resolutions on Medium and more recently from Derek Sivers and his ideas about success and giving.



Author: patbirgan

Australian living in Italy and managing the AIS European Training Centre. In my spare time I like to watch, write, tweet, commentate, manage, immerse in all things athletics.

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