2011 Resolutions

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I’m not normally one to sit down and make New Years’ resolutions because I’m a big believer in constant, ongoing self-improvement as opposed to a big bang of improvements once a year.

That said, I’ve also learned that sometimes you need to simply draw a line in the sand to kick-start your motivation to actually accomplish tasks from that crazy-long to-do list you have. And that’s where I am. I spend too much time thinking about the things I want to do, and not enough time actually doing them. So here we go.

  • Come up with a set of New Years’ resolutions. Done.

  • Engage with people more often. I spend a lot of time hanging out in my head, and not enough time building relationships with people.

  • Improve relationships with people I already know. It’s really easy to put relationships on auto-pilot or the back burner. I want to be more intentional about growing relationships with people.

  • Publish my first book. Working on it, but I want to actually complete it and get it out to people.

  • Do my first speaking engagement. I’ve wanted to go on the speaking circuit for several years now, but was never intentional about trying to make it happen.

  • Take instrument lessons. Either drums or guitar. Or both. Maybe piano too.

  • Launch my first desktop app. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while as well. It’s time to do it.

  • Hit my weight goal of 180 lbs. I was almost there a couple of years ago, but the medication I’m taking made me gain some weight back. I want to be intentional about slimming down.

What are your resolutions for the new year?

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced Software/DevOps/Security engineer, currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at , and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at AWS in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.