New Year – Planning for Year 2014

In last December, I spent some time reading the first few chapters from Gretchen’s book. The author reiterated about how every new year resolution should always begins with a preparation in the first place, and I completely agree with her. For that reason, during first few weeks of the year, this is what I have been engaging from my end.

At the time I started to list down my goals, the list became excessively lengthy and overly ambitious eventually. I neglected to consider the strategies, and only later realized I dreamt too much out of it without literally planning about it precisely. Some may already have a list of 101 things to do, or to accomplish this year, except for me. This year, I intent to step back, focus on what’s more important and choose to fix wisely – taking my best time to spread out the master plan and attaining smaller steps gradually.

In year 2013, I established a handful of specific goals for myself. Some were feasible, whereas others became greatly challenging and I struggled so much, especially on the financial side. Instantly, I perceived that I need to consistently reconcile my plan to adapt to the unexpected situation every now and then. Despite my long-winded, dynamic list of unintentional lifetime wishlist, I have to keep in mind on having short-term alternative plans likewise.

It’s all about the process, not the end product”.

This came from Austin’s new book, and it cleans out my cloudy thoughts. Legitimately, we discovered a tremendous knowledge along the process and we should feel gratified about it, regardless of the outcome and the consequences. We learnt in our heart that we’ve tried our best and worked acceptably hard for it. Those experiences that we shared, successively turned our life way better than before.

Digging to 2013 retrospectively, I had two substantial instabilities that I wish to develop and strengthen this year (I presume most people had the same in their list too), and that is:

Health, and Financial.

It’s a common goal among us, nevertheless I affirm these two are the most critical.

In my humble opinion, both principles apply to any other goals. Comparatively, you’ll resemble yourselves in a better situation to achieve your dream, or anything that you always wanted to do in life, when you’re healthy and when you’re out of debt. In any respect, you’ll have your freedom – and that is what real life means. You’ll have the tendency to appreciate your life even more and those people around you.

Hop on back to reality, some of these will NOT be in my plan within 6 months of duration from now:

  • Travel overseas – this may sound absurd for those who’ve known me well enough, but I got to be honest; I have just recently cancelled my trip to Cambodia this month, and I took this opportunity to fill up my ‘freedom fund’ instead. Nevertheless, for a person who remarkably loves travelling like me, I won’t be skeptical for any upcoming short trip, road trips, or even a couch surfing perhaps?
  • Quit my job – I hate to admit that I won’t be able to sustain my life for now without a job. This year, I determined not to use any of the credit cards, decreasing the pile of debts, build up emergency fund and spend lesser on clothes or unnecessary things.
  • Planning too much of things or having too many goals to achieve, at a short period of time –  this is self explanatory right?
  • Continue becoming a couch potato, and I would stop becoming any form of potato for that matter. This is where my health planning fits in.

I’m going to write more in detail and share about my health and financial planning in separate posts. In actual fact, I have already started to do some research, outline some ideas and taken some small actions in the very beginning of this year. Besides my personal life project plans, this blog will also go through several makeovers. The groundwork is still in planning and I will keep posting on the changes occasionally.

My simple 2014 Manifesto: “This year, I decided to act on it rather than keep dreaming about it”.

Finally, here’s some of my favorite inspirational people, do check them out! 🙂

“As you all can see the ball has stopped half way to its porch. It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or close ourselves down for fear of getting hurt. Cause that’s what New Year’s is all about, getting another chance. The chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be. So when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight, but all year long”. – Claire Morgan in New Year’s Eve

Currently Listening: Jose Gonzalez – Step Up

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