New year resolution for the year 2017

I have decided to record down my new year resolution for 2017 so that throughout the year and even beyond, I can look back to see how my progress is and any way of improving it. I have decided to record them in 2 tiers. The first tier will be a generic overview of the things that I would like to achieve and the second tier will be my proposed way of achieving them. This way, I will record the steps I would like to take and see if they are effective in achieving the goals which I have set out to accomplish for 2017.

Work

This has been a constant headache/worry for me. I see the people all around me progressing but I feel that I am getting nowhere. For this new year, I plan to stick to what I want to do. I have tried listening to people at church, but it is really ridiculous. I do not feel happy at my current work situation at all. My girlfriend does not agree with what I want to do, but I feel that this is my own pursuit of happiness, and something which I really want to do. I don’t know where this will lead me, but this is what I can think of doing at this present moment in time. I have decided to do whatever I want to do.

What does this mean in terms of my planning? I plan to apply for a trading job in March. The trading job aligns with my view of the world and outlook on work. The world similar to the financial markets is a cruel and harsh place and it is the same as to fight for what you want. There is an online course and trading simulation. At the end of 4-6 weeks, they will decide whether or not to take me in. In the interim time, I plan to read up more on the traded products and learn more about trading. At the same time, I will look for jobs to apply to as well. It is better to be on the look out and find another job as well just in the event that I do not qualify for the trading job. I don’t know what the future holds so I don’t want to think that I will definitely get the trading job. I have been disappointed too many times and I wish to have some back up plan. That’s all I can say for now, as I don’t have a crystal ball to peer into the future. If there’s anything to say, is that the work prospects look bleak, but I have to give it my all and try my best. Because if I don’t do so, nobody else will care. I will have to do it myself.

Interests

I will probably divide this into 3 sections. Will start with computer games first. Think that there are quite a number of upcoming games which I would like to play, and I need to ensure that I do not get too engrossed in playing games. Many a times I wish myself were in the gaming world and that were reality instead of what I have right now, and being in a gaming world is a good distraction and escape but I need to bear in mind that sadly, this is the reality and not the game world, so I need to control my time spent on playing games. Currently am replaying the Witcher 3 with expansion set, see how long I take to finish. The other game releases in 2017 are tentative anyway and I guess see how it goes.

Secondly is music – keyboard lessons. I plan to try this again after the Japan trip in January, which means I aim to kick start this again in February. I need to not think so much in terms of the costs as my gym payment should be finishing soon and that will free up some free cash flow which I can use to channel to pay for the lessons instead. Hopefully I can get back the same instructor as last time and to allocate some time and energy for this.

Lastly – martial arts. This is something which I have always put on a back burner alongside keyboard lessons. This one is trickier than the keyboard lessons. Main considerations are money, time and tiring (ie I’m lazy). Haha, will see how I organize my time first. Might be the case that I’m trying to do many things at the same time.

Love/Relationships

For the new year, I plan to be a better boyfriend and to love and care for my girlfriend more and more. Honestly I have many things to work on and they are summarized in the below points : to have better communication so that she can understand my words and meaning, better understand her, speak more honestly about what I think and feel and to lead her better spiritually. They are not going to be easy but these should lead to a better relationship. Also, sometime soon I need to plan for a ring and proposal.

For family and friends, same as always, to spend more time with them. I guess especially so for family, I feel that I have not shown enough care and love to them. I think this needs to be a conscious effort, as it doesn’t seem like a natural thing to do, but it is something that I must do. As time passes, my parents are not getting younger, and eventually one day, they will be no longer around. Likewise for my brother, as he starts working as a lawyer officially and he start his own family, we won’t see each other that often. I really do need to be mindful of this and take note.

Health/Physical fitness 

Same as everybody elses’ new year resolution to be fitter in the new year, I am no exception. In addition, I have decided to flesh out physical goals which can be seen and met. I have signed up for Men’s Health Urbanlathon 2017 and I also aim to achieve silver for my 2017/18 ippt window. How do I go about to achieve my goals? Assuming I still have my current slack work schedule, I aim to workout (ie go to the gym) at least twice a week and go running or do some cardio activity once a week. For my ippt, I will need to work on doing more push-ups and train my running.

As for my health, I hope that I am still healthy by God’s grace. The thing which is slowly seemingly to cause me trouble are my knees but this is really something which I cannot control. There are many stories out there which have perfectly health people who have been stricken by some terrible illness or disease. People who eat very healthily or exercise regularly can get cancer while people who smoke regularly or gorge on food and alcohol stay healthy. It doesn’t make sense but that’s how the world is. It just doesn’t make sense and so this is not within my control but is entirely up to God’s will for me.

Finances

This one is going to be tricky. I have big item expenditure and losses from FX trading this year so I did not save as much as I liked and I actually dipped into my savings from previous year. Hopefully, I do not end up net loss for 2017. I aim to formally track my savings and to do better in terms of recording for this year. I aim to save at least $1,200 per month, which should total up rounded to $15,000 savings by the end of 2017. This will include savings from my earned income and dividends received. I will probably still take losses from FX trading but I suppose I need to further limit my trading. I have decided not to pump in further cash into my trading account at this moment and focus more on the learning aspect of things. This should help to hone my trading acumen and not place so much emphasis on trying to earn FX profit from this. I also have tracked my monthly expenditures, and I aim to bring it down over the course of next year. It will be difficult, but i need to be more discipline. I know that even if I do achieve the aim of saving $15,000 next year, my overall savings is still quite little. This is something I can’t help but as everyone says, Rome is not built in a day. I need to start somewhere, brick by brick. I need to be patient and persevere in this.

Spirituality 

To be honest, this is a constant struggle. It is always difficult to read the bible and pray on a consistent basis, especially with my current state of mind and thinking about how the world works and God. To me there is a huge disconnect between what is said in the bible and what is happening in the world, and I struggle a lot to reconcile that. This is going to prove difficult but I must persevere in this, because Jesus is the one true God, and this is the only way for salvation. Things are not too good at church and bible study group, really status quo. At least I have someone to talk to on a monthly basis regarding christian stuff. But I can only rely on myself for this. I have to get through this. Hoping to see if there is opportunity to go for baptism next year. See how things go and is dependent on God’s will for me.

Knowledge/Worldview/Readings

This is yet another area which I can further improve in. I need to find the motivation to read more consistently and also to read a greater variety of books. In 2016, I have been reading mainly  investment/trading books but I hope to read a greater variety in 2017, such as more Christian books, non-fiction and fiction books as well. I won’t set a hard rule on how many books I read per quarter as I think this should be a leisure activity and so we shall see how it goes. Hopefully I will be able to diversify my reading a bit. I also hope to be able to read up on things which I need to know and perhaps take up some Coursera courses to learn more about things. This one requires further looking into.

I really hope to be able to travel more in the world. Looking into my passport in preparation for the upcoming Japan trip, I realized I have not really traveled much. This is mainly limited by my number of leaves and my disliking to spend much. However, I do think that travelling distresses and clears your mind to learn more about the world and to remember that I am but a small thing in this large world. Hopefully 2017 will be a better year for me in terms of this. For now, will probably have to rely on YouTube videos to “travel” the world with my virtual eyes.

Others

As per each year, I would like to be a better person, someone who is useful and can contribute to society. But I know that deep down, I am not a good person. Everyday I feel the rage during rush hour, when things go against me, etc. I feel stressed and angry inside. Despite this, I believe that this is something good to strive towards each year despite failing, same as Christianity. This is a jumbled mess as it seems that quite a number of things are connected, like my mood, to my thinking, to how I feel at the moment, etc. Honestly speaking, this is as specific as I can get as I haven’t got a faint clue of what practical steps I can take to achieve this. I can only hazard a guess as to what I can do to improve my current situation:

Stress/Mood:

Probably need to take more deep breathes to calm down, listen to calming/soothing music and perhaps take nature walks to get away from things and need to allocate time alone for myself.

Confidence:

I knew long ago that I don’t have much confidence in myself. This is not helped by the meagre achievements I have done. I need to trust myself more, and not be affected so easily. I realize that I constantly doubt myself and this does not help me at all. Course of action for this? Unclear. I have no idea what I can do to increase my confidence in myself. Watch more YouTube videos?

Contributions to society:

This is something which I perhaps have been procrastinating or so with work sucking the life out of me. Even without it, I can’t say I’m doing much nice things to care for my family. Probably should try to show more attention and care to my parents, especially since they are not getting any younger. Might perhaps also try to do some volunteering activity of some sort and set up some donation thing so that at least someone can benefit from the monetary contribution.

That’s all for my 2017 new year resolution. Preferably I should do a quarterly or semi-annual review to see how I’m faring against what I set out to do for the year but we shall see how it goes. Anyways, happy 2017 everyone!

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