Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Years Resolutions

The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes back to 153 B.C. when Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors/entrances, was placed at the head of the Roman calendar (January comes from Janus). He is depicted as having two faces: one to look forward to the future and the other to look back on the past. He became a symbol for resolutions and looking for forgiveness from enemies and exchanging gifts before the beginning of each year.

But enough with history lessons - its that time of year to make resolutions and stick to them. Knowing from experience, you have to write down goals to achieve them (and nothing puts the pressure on like putting it in a public forum). Here are a few New Years resolutions - some are hard and easy, but I want to achieve all of them:

1) Read one book per month (on my list: Outliers, Team of Rivals, etc)
2) Learn one new skill per month (on my list: cooking a pork shoulder)
3) Making 20% more money
4) Lose 24 pounds (2lbs per month through the Wii Fit diet)
5) Take two nice vacations (on my list: Costa Rica, Oktoberfest, etc)
6) Being in the office less (16 day max per month)
7) Coming up with a business idea

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