2014 Intentions and My “Stop Doing” List

2013 was an incredible year. Full of new experiences, a new job, and a lot of self discovery. The word that I used to set my intention and goals for 2013 was “fun”. I wanted to have fun with my work, projects, and in life. That meant taking more risks, letting loose, and having a laugh when things went south. I definitely did a lot of that.

Now as 2013 has come to a close, I’m refocusing my energy and intentions on a new word for 2014. I’m going to borrow a word from a friend of mine because I love it and really resonates with me for this year. The word is “thrive”. This year, I’m going to focus on thriving in every aspect of my life including my career (of course), my relationships, my community and my goals.

In the beginning of the year, it’s easy to ride the high of enthusiasm and energy that comes with a new year but I’m going to commit myself to a few small habits that will help carry me to the end of 2014. I want to look back on 2014 saying that I really did thrive in every aspect of my life.

To kick off the year, instead of creating a list of things I want to do, I’m actually going to start with a list of things I want to stop doing this year.

Matt’s Stop Doing List

  • Stop complaining
  • Stop making excuses for not reaching my goals
  • Stop skipping regular daily exercise
  • Stop playing small
  • Stop creating barriers to my own success
  • Stop eating unhealthy food because it’s convenient
  • Stop wasting time
  • Stop avoiding writing
  • Stop using busyness as an excuse for not getting things done
  • Stop overcommitting

What negative habits do you want to stop doing this year?

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  1. Great post, Matt! I want to stop leaving things until the last minute and focus only on the people who seem to care to have me in their lives.

    Cheers, happy new year!

    1. Hey Tefy, thanks for reading the post! I like your suggestion. I’m going to add not leaving things until the last minute to my stop doing list. Happy New Year!

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