New Year’s Resolutions

I like today!  While I feel big changes and resolutions can be made and met on any day, there is nothing wrong than picking the 1st day of the year to reflect and plan.

That’s what I did today.

At the coffee shop I learned the Brazilian custom of wearing white and tossing a white flower into the sea on New Year’s eve.

I gave it my best effort.

I stood on the bridge in Puerto Madero and tossed 1 small flower into the Rio de la Plata.

I asked for more:

Love

Patience

Strength

Health

Resolution

Peace

Content

Humility

Learning

Excitement

Adventure

Travel

Family

Friends

Animals

Good Beer

Great Food

Big Laughs

Happiness

All of these facets are currently part of my life and I wish for them to grow.  My action plan to insuring said growth is taking shape.

Here’s to 2010!! Let’s make it a good one, shall we?

I got this email today from Neil Strauss.  Good stuff.  Real good stuff!  Thought I’d pass it on..

Happy New Year Aaron,

Today, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, by popular
demand: update a previous email.

Yes, I’m trying to finish the next book, which is due this month.
(And, yes, you will all be the first to know what it’s about!) But
I’m taking a break today to share this because I think it’s important.

New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to set your intent for a
positive, fulfilling year of growth and accomplishment. But, on the
other hand, when the year ends, if you haven’t completely fulfilled
your resolutions, it can be frustrating. This usually happens
because New Year’s resolutions are often too vague, and don’t
include practical steps that lead to a clearly defined goal.

So today, by all means, make your usual big-picture resolutions.

But, in addition, I’m going to suggest you make some
sub-resolutions.

Each of these sub-resolutions is designed to give you a long-term
benefit (some of them even for a lifetime) with a minimum amount of
time and effort.

In fact, each of these sub-resolutions can be completed in anything
from a few minutes to, at the very most, a few hours. And they’re
all either free or very cheap.

For most of you, many of these items fall into the category of
things you’ve “been meaning to do.” Since chances are that you’ve
already accomplished at least a few of the items on the list below,
there’s no reason why you can’t take half a day this week and get
at least six more of the items below done.

So, in the interest of the betterment of your future, the
management of your life, and the fresh start of a new year,
here are:

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SIXTEEN THINGS YOU CAN DO IN ONE DAY TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
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1. Register your full name as a web domain if you haven’t yet.
You never know when you’re going to want your personal website.
If www.[yourname].com is already taken, don’t worry – there are
alternatives.

For example, who owns jamesjoyce.com? Answer: A bar in Dublin beat
the author’s estate to it. But there are always other options, like
hyphenating the name and getting james-joyce.net or james-joyce.org
(check those sites now if you’d like), or choosing less common
TLDs (or end letters) like .ws or .me. For more information,
godaddy.com and networksolutions.com are among the most popular
sites to register domain names.

2. Call your cell phone provider. Ask if you can get a better
calling plan based on your usage. This way you can afford to do the
next item on this list.

3. Subscribe to a newspaper or magazine. Choose a topic that you
don’t know about – be it politics, fashion, culture, or technology
– and sign up for the best periodical covering that topic. Rather
than choosing the most popular magazine, select one that offers
the most in-depth and interesting coverage, like Wired for
technology or Foreign Affairs for politics or Mental Floss for
culture. Yes, you could read it all online, but it’s great to have
a physical magazine to read when you’re on the subway or on an
airplane or waiting in line somewhere.

4. Get a passport if you don’t have one. If yours has expired, get
it renewed now. You never know when that great travel opportunity
is going to occur, and you don’t want to get stuck at home while
your friends are at some great concert at the Acropolis in Greece.
If you’re in America, you can simply go to most post offices with
two acceptable photos of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a
valid form of photo identification. You can find more information
here: http://travel.state.gov/passport. And, for those of you
who’ve read Emergency and qualify for a passport to a second
country (if, for example, you have a parent or grandparent who was
born in Ireland), take advantage of that opportunity now, before
the rules change.

5. Back it up. Most people don’t take the time to do this,
and regret it later. So copy your entire hard drive onto an
external drive immediately; if possible, download a program like
Acronis True Image that will simplify the restoring process and
regularly make backups (or for Mac owners, start using Time
Machine or SuperDuper). Also backup your cellphone, PDA, and
any other personal-information-storing device.

6. While you’re at it, make photocopies of your credit
cards, passport, drivers license, social security card, birth
certificate, and other important papers. If you keep a journal or
anything similarly irreplaceable, photocopy that. Keep these in a
safe deposit box, parent’s house, locked file cabinet, or any other
secure location, preferably outside your own house. They’ll be
invaluable in the event of theft, loss, fire, or any other
unplanned incident.

7. Look through your refrigerator and cabinets. Read the labels on
the food. Stop buying anything high in saturated fats, trans fats,
cholesterol, and sodium. And start shopping healthier today. Here’s
a handy free e-book from the government on how to eat healthy:
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/pdf/DGA2005.pdf

8. Get business cards. Don’t have a business? It doesn’t matter.
Sites like vistaprint.com will send you 250 free ones (though
there’s a shipping fee of under $6). Never hurts to look
professional. And if you know the number close from Rules
of the Game, these will come in particularly handy.

9. Sign up for US Airway’s E-Saver, Southwest’s Ding, or any other
airline program that offers last-minute, low-cost travel options so
you can take quick weekend getaways whenever you feel like it.
Flights can be as low as $15.

10. Check your credit report for identity theft, or any other
misinformation or errors that could harm your financial status and
options. You are entitled to one free check a year at
www.annualcreditreport.com.

11. Learn how you work: I’m often asked at signings what books I
found the most useful for learning The Game. Here are the ones
I’ve recommended:

Mastering Your Hidden Self by Serge “Kahili” King; The Art of
Seduction by Robert Greene; Introducing NLP by Joseph O’Connor and
John Seymour; and a book on evolutionary psychology, such as The
Red Queen, Sperm Wars, or The Selfish Gene.

12. Make an appointment to get a physical checkup. Head off any
potential medical problems that may hinder an active, fun year.
Also recommended: make an appointment with a dentist to get your
teeth cleaned if you haven’t done so in the last six months. You
may also want to call for an eye exam if you haven’t had one in the
last five years.

13. This is not for everyone, but some of you–and you know who you
are–definitely need to do this: Throw out all your socks. Every
last one. Now go buy new pairs that actually match and don’t have
holes in them. You’ll feel like a new man. Remember, get black
socks. White socks are for athletic activities only. I don’t want
to catch any of you guys here wearing white socks in the bars or
clubs!

14. Get prepped: You’ve read Emergency by now, so go sign up for
a local CERT class (or an equivalent if you live outside the U.S.).
It’s free and will teach you the basics of survival and disaster
preparedness so you can be a local hero. Plus you’ll get a nifty
green uniform like in this photo: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/
While you’re there, enter your zip code in the box to find CERT
classes in your area.

15. Buy a suit. (Or a dress if you’re a woman.) But don’t just get
any suit or dress. Get one that’s slightly closer to the size you
want to be this year, whether it be a little bigger or a little
smaller than your current measurements. Try it on every Saturday
morning as a reminder to yourself to get in shape this year;
until, one day, it fits perfectly, and you wear it out and feel
like a million dollars.

16. Then decide to actually become a millionaire. You can find out
how much money you’ll need to save here:
http://partners.leadfusion.com/tools/kiplinger/savings01/tool.fcs

And, afterward, it’s always good to find out what you’re worth:
http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/networth/networth.html

Alright, get cracking.

And have a great 2010.

Talk to you all soon.

Best,
Neil

P.S. Hope you had fun last night.

P.P.S. None of the above constitutes an endorsement of any of the
websites mentioned or the content therein. They are provided
solely as possible starting points to make the implementation
of these subresolutions easier.

P.P.P.S. I resolve to give you even more P.S.’s in 2010.

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