Look at those above resolutions, some of the most common ones according to TIME Magazine. Chances are you have been a "victim" of these before... Isn't there something a bit off about these?
They are super vague!
That's a problem when making changes. How likely are you to follow through with vague goals? NOT VERY FREAKIN' LIKELY. Let's have a look at some of these.
Tavel somewhere new: This is so vague it could mean flying to Beijing, China or it could mean driving down the road in your city to an area you've never been. Well, you did travel to somewhere new!
Lose weight: Your intentions are probably much higher, but if you got to the end of 2015 and you had lost only 1/2 lb...does that count?
Quit smoking: A very noble goal...but when? Sometime in the new year? Chances are with such a vaguely worded goal, it won't happen.
Be less stressed: Great idea! How do you plan on measuring this? Taking a bath every 6 months?
I think you get the point. All these resolutions lack specificity. You need to be specific when making resolutions, or your inner slackass will make up excuses when its too late! "Well, I did visit Backwoods, SC when I stopped at the gas station there on our family road trip to see Grandmom. I'd never been there before!"
So yeah, its time to get concrete, and get to my own New Year's Resolutions! And, by telling you my missions, it actually helps me work toward them harder (yes, that's a real thing). And I will try to make it as concrete as possible.
So without further adieu, my primary missions for 2015:(I decided to use "missions" rather than "goals" because Benny from FluentIn3Months.com mentioned it, and he feels at least for him, it makes a goal that much more necessary by calling it a mission. So let's try it!)
MISSION #1 - Release New Music: I will release new music, maybe a new album. The plan is Summer '15. It depends on my final judgement call whether it will be EP or album.
MISSION #2 - Practice Instruments Consistently: I will create a schedule for practice. I'm thinking around an hour a day, or at least 30 minutes daily. Perhaps a mixture. This won't be every instrument every day, but probably 1 or 2 per day.
MISSION #3 - Learn 4 Languages Simultaneously: I will be studying Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Russian. My mission is to reach at least A2 level (according to the European CEFR fluency scale) in each language. Why? I've always found these countries fascinating, and I want to learn more about their cultures and people, and what better way than learning the languages and speaking with the people?
"4 languages at the same time? You can't do that!" - Says who? I'm gonna give it a shot for a year and come to my own conclusion. I know a guy who's done it, so it is certainly doable.
MISSION #4 - Exercise Consistently: I don't care so much about losing 5 lbs, gaining muscle or whatever. In the past, I was super dedicated to counting calories, etc. What I've learned is that I just feel better when consistently exercising, and I've been very bad about it lately (the past year). So, I've already started making changes. I am quitting my current gym and joining a brand new one. Change of atmosphere :)
MISSION #5 - Practice Healthy Caffeine Consumption: Originally, I was just going to start 2015 off with 1 month of no caffeine. But I realized that this thinking was just the same as ever, a temporary fix in order to get the most "bang for your buck." But that's not really healthy, is it? Aside from a test of self-control, that has no long-term benefits at all. I want long-term health, and I think the answer to that is first of all not drinking tons of coffee, but rather maybe drinking some coffee in the morning and then replacing the other "through the day" coffees with green tea or rhooibos tea or something non-caffeinated. Green tea and rhooibos are very good for you. This is instead what I will be practicing through the year.
See you in 2015!