Not New Year Resolutions

As the first month of 2009 draws to an end, the dust on most of the New Year resolutions is settling, I start to re-look at all the goal lists I have made in the past, review what I have completed, and add the items I want to do going forward.

I don’t call these lists “New Year” resolutions because they often have longer time requirements to complete that a year and I don’t always start at the beginning of the year (Some are added in July).

So without further preamble, here is my current TODO list:

  1. Increase my gym attendance from twice a week to 4 times a week.
    This relates to losing some of the weight I have gained over the past few years and needs to be done in conjunction with following a healthier diet plan. Healthy eating and healthy lifestyle got me  partway there, will revise this under a new goal with some specifics soon. (August 2012)
  2. Get my Honours Degree out of the way.
    This requires starting it (currently in July 2009) and finishing it in one to two years. New company with new changes, may revisit degree options in future, but currently I have updated a few of my Microsoft certifications (January 2012)
  3. Get one business off the ground and start another one.
    This is half done with the start of Devmaxis (in partnership with three colleagues) and two business contracts secured. I would just like to have some more options outside of that businesses scope and therefore need to push for Darwinshome into its own niche markets.New Job, New responsibilities, New goals – Will revisit this one in 5 years  (November 2009)
  4. Do more for my online and offline communities.
    I’m sure, subconsciously, that this is a refection of one of Barack Obama’s statements working its magic. Doing more for my community (real life socially and in a Web 2.0 sense) is a broad way of saying I have many little plans that I just need to finish. This should help kick the brain into gear if I forget.
  5. Pay off my car.
    Some changes in work circumstances has placed me in a position to settle my car a year to a year and a bit early. So following up on actually doing that before August 2009 is a must.Finally paid off in January 2010
  6. Purchase a new high end personal laptop.
    I am still unsure as to what machine I want, and I have been looking very seriously at the new MacBook. But this is where spare cash comes into play – I will make this a goal to complete before the end of November 2009.New job gave me the laptop in November 2009
  7. Develop one application outside of work.
    Be it a twitter application, a Facebook application or a custom built web application. This serves twofold in that it helps expand my own skills and it could also be used to either benefit my business or social goals.
  8. Save enough spare to cash to take my wife overseas.
    USA would be nice, but my wife has her heart set on Europe – can you blame her? Italy here we come. Visiting Australia to see an old friend in October  2010 (Europe can wait another year)

I am sure there are more things to add (like “Blog More”), but for this post I think this list will do for now and actions do sometimes speak louder than words, here is the first step. I will update any on the list that I complete (if they can be “completed”).
Have a great 2009.

Then you will be a man…

Listening to the voice over quoting some poem during a new advert on Mnet – The advert informing me of the new Will Smith movies that they will be playing this month – I liked the poem so much that I went in search of it.

What do you know, it’s quite well known:


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling