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Last week I wrote about 2014 being the best year of your Life because … How’s your thoughts about that progressing?
I’ve amended my list a few times over the last week as I thought some more about the year ahead and more importantly did some budgets. Both money and time budgets.
Keep in mind there is a balance between not doing enough to feel you have achieved and having such a big list it actually demotivates you because it’s just so BIG. For the ones that are really big but need to be done I am breaking them down into quarterly goals. That has made them seem a lot easier to achieve.
Right now I’m reading, and really enjoying, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin. An amazing man that in my mind shows that modern man does little with his life. Modern man may be good at one or two things in his lifetime but Benjamin Franklin and others of his ilk were excellent in several vocations.
In my opinion we have taken retirement too literally and stop being useful when we do. When you stop being useful and contributing surely you run out of Purpose and slowly fade away. Why would you do that?
What I like about Benjamin Franklin was he was constantly trying to improve himself and lead a “virtuous life”. It’s something I like to think I’m working on too.
The following are the 13 virtues he tried to improve upon every day and every week for most of his life. I thought it might be useful to give you some ideas to help make 2014 the best year of your Life.

  1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.
  6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
  11. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates

If you are one of those back at work today have a great day and a successful week. If you’re still on holiday go for a walk this morning, look up, take some big breaths, relax and keep a note book handy for all the important thoughts you will have.
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