The new year is coming and once again we are bombarded with NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. We are told that we should make them without knowing why we should, if they are realistic for us, or if we really want to be resolute in anything for 2009. The number one reason we do not accomplish our goals or let alone begin them is because they have no meaning to use AND we are in a place where it is easier (in our mind) to tolerate the pain rather than inflict more pain to get out. An overweight person will only loose wieght when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain to become free. Those in an abusive and unhealthy relationships will leave when the pain from staying is greater than the fear to leave.

Well I came across Day Zero – The Home of the 101 Things to do in 1001 Days Project this past summer from a friends FaceBook update. What an interesting and extravagant concept, I thought. Most people have a hard time thinking of 3 goals to accomplish. Now, I’m not talking about mundane goals but goals that have meaning for you and that have significance concerning your passions. Picking up your kids from school would not be one. However, becoming a significant part of your child’s life would be.

What are your passions. I wouldn’t dare say that we have 101 passions but there are enough desires of our hearts, interests, hobbies that we just never got around to indulge, and just for the ego that will fill 101 slots. I am in the process of completing mine. This is not something that you will just finish in an hour. You are going to have to take a few days on this and this is why I am writing about it before the first. So here are some categories to help you get started.

  • Health – do you need to loose a certain about of lbs.?
  • Lifestyle – Are there any negative aspects of your lifestyle that you need to turn away from and positive lifestyles you need to embrace.
  • Family – Who do you need to spend meaningful and significantly more time with?
  • Personal – What are some personal development things you need to do to better yourself?
  • Hobbies & Interests – What have you been wanting to learn more about and get involved in on a part time  basis?
  • Passions – What have you been wanting to do all your life but never had or took the chance to do so?

A few last thoughts. Be sure to write it all down and put in a place where you will see it everyday. This is remind you of your schedule. Also, these goals do not have to be significant to the world but only you. Maybe you want to read a classic such as “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky or one of my first influential books, Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time. These goals are for you because your passions are your own. So take your time in figuring them out. Besides, you have 1001 days to accomplish them. To put it in perspective that’s accomplishing 1 every 9-10 days or so.

Special Note: 101 in 1001 is a great opportunity for newlyweds and especially engaged couples to learn more about each other. It is an opportunity to sit down and really open up to each other about accomplishing meaningful goals together.

Write some comments about your thoughts and things that I may have missed.