|A Chinese tiger. In other words, moi.|
Last week, on Expatria, Baby, I revealed one of the key things I'm planning to change this year as part of a series of NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches guest posts on expat 'new beginnings'. My resolution was to procrastinate less and finish more.
I soon realised there wasn't just one thing I wanted to change this year but a number. And not the bog standard resolutions: "I'm going to lose ten kilos" or "I will stop smoking"; but the less tangible, harder to measure goals that might bring about more meaningful changes to the way I lead my life in 2012.
With this in mind, here is my 'call to action' for the coming year. My 'manifesto for change', if you like. The 5 ways I plan to change my life in 2012:
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5. No longer settle for less. - Too many times I've tried to create happiness out of a particular situation that just doesn't stack up. That doesn't feel right. I'm not prepared to tolerate this any more. I'm going to stop acting as if everything is okay when it's not. It's not about being strong or proving I'm capable or a success when I'm not. It's about being honest and saying "Enough's enough. This isn't working. It's time to quit". The sooner I do, the sooner I'll be able to smile again. And smile honestly.
2012 is going to be about recalibrating this life. Moving forward with passion and purpose. Making improvements for the future, not just the here and now.
These are the ways I plan to change my life in 2012. This is my manifesto for change.
It's time to begin.
Do you have your own 'manifesto for change' for 2012? How do you intend to improve your life this year?