I’ve been studying everyone else’s New Year’s Resolutions for days now, daring myself to THINK BIGGER. To try some new things that will stretch beyond my comfort zone, be uncomfortable and maybe even scary. I’ve been inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s new book, The Happiness Project. Just released, it’s already hit the New York Times bestseller list. Kudos, Gretchen. She’s clearly tapped into something – namely, everyone’s desire to improve themselves and thus become happier.

Ten Challenges for 2010

Here’s the list I’ve come up with so far. If you want to make suggestions, please feel free. Just don’t suggest sky diving (agh!) or snake handling (phobic fear – never):

  • Take a nonfiction writing class (am checking out the terrific Bethesda Writer’s Center)
  • Take an improv acting class (found one at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre. Hat tip to Justin Thorp for this idea)
  • Write EVERY DAY (freewriting and blog posts count)
  • Join the sports club a 10-minute walk from my office and do weights every other day, even if for only 20 – 30 minutes
  • Take 3 yoga classes a week (means getting up at 6 AM some mornings)
  • Stop procrastinating and start to tick down my list of BIG TO DO’s (launch the updated Kindle edition of my book is #1)
  • Write more for Mashable and other blogs
  • Think positive everyday (i.e. silence the inner critic and be thankful for)
  • “Make meaning, not money” (courtesy Guy Kawasaki)
  • Put to rest some energy and morale-sucking family issues (in the “life is short” department)

I suppose these do sound like resolutions, but I’m finding it more motivating to think of them as challenges. More later. Rather than, er, procrastinate, I’ll post now.