Go public with your resolutions for 2015
It’s New Year’s Eve — have you made your resolutions for next year? I think I will stick with just my typical goal to constantly try to become a better person.
Personally, 2014 will be a tough year for me to beat. It was a year of discovery and rediscovery. I spent far more time with family, including important people in my life I haven’t taken the time to see in years. I exercised more, I became more involved in our community and I quit drinking booze. Along with my team, we have been making better newspapers.
In 2015 I am committed to continue down all of these roads.
It is so easy to create excuses. One of my all-time favorites is, “I’m too busy and just don’t have the time.” Another is, “I’ll get that done tomorrow.” I have utilized these wonderful excuses many times over the years.
My daughter Sara stopped me in my tracks when she announced to me that she is cutting way back on her Facebook time. Why? She would like to use that time to read more books. Facebook seemed too superficial to spend so many hours of her life. What a beautiful thing to learn — a good lesson from your children.
Our time on Earth is so finite. The reality is, we do have control over how we invest much of our time. I challenge you to chart what you are doing every 15 minutes of your waking hours for a full week. Then add up the hours you spend on your top 10 activities. Even chart your time during working hours. I’ve done it a few times over the years. It is amazing how much time I have wasted on non-work or trivial activities while at work.
The most challenging and rewarding accomplishment in 2014 for me came in July. As regular readers of my column know, that is when I decided to cut alcohol out of my life. It wasn’t easy, although I am still sober.
There was nothing I looked forward to more after a long hard day at the office than stopping at a local establishment for a drink or five in the company of mostly strangers. And then I would come home and have a nightcap. My favorite byproducts of my abstinence include waking up without a foggy head and, more importantly, gaining evening hours of my life to prepare a healthy meal, talk to family and friends, read and accomplish chores around the apartment.
OK, to be honest, I don’t really do much cleaning and laundry in the evenings after work. Who would? If I moved those chores from my weekends, it would allow me that much more time for fun times outdoors. Hmm, I think I just came up with my New Year’s resolution.
As the last hours of 2014 wind down, I encourage you to reflect on your own accomplishments. Make a list, and hopefully you too will be pleasantly surprised.
And if you want to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions in 2015, I suggest you go public. It’s been my secret for success. Announce your resolutions to your friends and the world. You will gain encouragement and inspire others around you. Here’s to a fantastic 2015!
Michael Bennett is publisher of the Post Independent.
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