My 2011 Resolution Report Card
Now that we are only a few weeks away from the end of the year I’ll kick off the “year in review” season by reviewing how I did in accomplishing my 2011 resolutions. This was the first year I publicly posted them (Facebook) in hopes of motivating myself to stick to them.
Here they are:
Resolutions for 2011
- Develop further understanding of my beliefs and faith
- Lead a healthier lifestyle in order to promote a longer and healthier life
- Do more to help my fellow man (while continuing to spread the word that the private sector is more efficient and effective than government)
- Continue to advance my education, furthering my skill set to make me a more valuable asset to an organization and myself.
- Decrease debts by 35%
- Resume musical studies
Grades for 2011
- C – While I now have a better understanding of my beliefs and faith, I did not make as much progress as I would have liked. This one will be rolling over to 2012.
- B – I was able to improve the numbers that we often relate to healthiness by about 10% for the year. There is still a lot of work to be done here.
- F – That’s right. I failed on this one. This year I closed my business, largely stopped working for free, and stopped writing about the wrongs of government.
- A – I earned a certification this year, boosting my credentials. I have also started my graduate studies looking to earn an MBA concentrating on IT Management.
- B – I have reduced my credit card utilization from around 80% at the beginning of the year to around 15%. I refinanced my hours shortening the term and reducing the interest rate 2%. Overall these and other changes amounted to a 17% overall debt reduction.
- C – I have been working on my guitar and piano skills but not to the degree I had hoped to.
Overall Grade: C
I think publicly posting my resolutions was a big help in keeping them in my mind as I felt there was the possibility that someone could hold me accountable to them. I plan to do the same for 2012 and encourage others to do the same. If nothing else, it is always interesting to see what people think they need/want to improve in a given year.