New Year’s Resolutions for 2010 January 04th, 2010 by Rick Salsa, No Comments

So far, 2010 is off to a good start. I always like to start the new year off reflecting back on the previous one. For me, I’ve dubbed 2009 the year of learning. I’ve met a lot of smart people and learned a lot of things about life, business, and so much more. For 2010, its going to be the year of doing. To quote a wise warrior, Yoda:

Do or do not. There is no try.

With that said, I thought I’d do something a little different. This year I’m posting my resolutions online, for all to see and call me on. I’ve always come up with a few resolutions in my head. Then I’d never go back and review how well I’ve done. I believe goal setting is an excellent motivation tool, but to be effective, you have to write them down and review them regularly. So, this is my plan this year. So let’s get to it…

  1. Compete in my first triathlon

    I’ve wanted to do this for a few years now, but just haven’t committed to it. Now I feel I’m ready for it. The plan is do something late in the season (late summer, early fall). Not sure if it will be a road or off-road triathlon yet. Within the next few months I’ll decide which one I want to compete in.Along with this will come additional goals leading up to this one. Definitely need to drop some weight and work on my mobility  as well. Swimming is going to be my weakest sport, so I’ll most likely work with a coach on this one to help get my stroke down.

  2. Read more books

    Early in my career, I used to devour books monthly. They were mostly technical books at the time, but my knowledge base soared during that time. Lately I’ve been doing most of my reading online, but I’d like to read more books again.I’m shooting for a total of 10 books by year’s end. I also want to vary it a bit more and not only read tech books. There are a few I’ve got on my Amazon wish list, but I’m always looking for any good recommendations.

  3. Eat out less Make healthier food choices

    I love to eat out! Weekends are usually when I fall off the wagon. Running around with the family, being too lazy to cook, too many excuses to just pick something up or stop into a restaurant.

    This really ties into my first resolution. In addition to cutting down on eating out, this also means less designer coffee and more tea if I’m working at a coffee shop (and no desserts!). I’d also like to add some variety to my diet, and explore some more vegetarian options for my proteins (instead of the usual chicken, meat, etc…)

  4. Increase net worth by at least 10%

    2009 was a good year. The markets started to recover and the strategy my financial planner and I had in place worked well. Some tech stocks paid off really well last year and I see those continuing on their run for a while still. I’m young, not too overly aggressive with my picks, and with the economy on the stateside soon to pick up, I think 10% for the year is reasonable.

  5. Blog more often

    Enough said.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll come up with more as the year goes on, but for now I think I’m off to a good start. All the best in 2010. Now let’s all go out there and crush it!


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