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The one thing that will make 2013 a fantastic year

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I am not usually doing a summary at the end of the year, and I am not usually talking about what I’ll be doing the following year. I have many plans and I have many goals, but I am keeping most of them for myself. It’s not that they’re secret, but it seems to me that if I don’t talk about them, I’ll be more focused, and I’ll have a better chance of actually making it.

But, I want to share a few things with you. In 2013, starting in just a few days, I’ll be:

That’s it.

I have been saying this for a long time, but I will finally start exercising again, and I will be focusing on eating healthy. I am a vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean that I’m a good chef or that I’m focused on eating what’s right for me. I am thinking of joining the simple fitness habit course, and my exercise of choice is running. I love running, but it seems that I am great at coming up with excuses that makes me do everything but exercise. I am going to remove all the excuses. I understand that the hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once I am doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop.

That’s what I want.

I am still writing every single day. And I’ll continue to write every single day in 2013. But, instead of just write, I will add a timer so I know that I’ll write for at least 2 hours every day. This way I know I’ll get a lot of work done, and I know that I’ll become a better writer. At the moment, I’m using the pomodoro technique (working in batches of 25 minutes) to be more focused. I am writing several stories, both non-fiction and fiction. I’ll tell you more about it in 2013.

Amazing things will happen. 2012 was a year filled with exciting things. But, I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. I love reading, almost as much as I love writing, but like my excuses for not exercising, I have been adding excuses for not reading. I can’t explain why, but, it’s what happened in 2012.

The one thing

I know that I have many goals, and that I have just shared a few with you. But, the one thing that will make 2013 a fantastic year for me, is that I am going to learn how to create healthy habits. I’m going to create one habit at a time, I am going to use 30 days to create each habit. That’s my one thing for 2013.

I will start creating one habit at a time. That’s going to be one habit each month, and 12 new healthy habits for 2013. I am making my list right now. And I can’t wait to get started. 2013 is going to be a fantastic year.

The reason I am kind of hooked on habits, is that I understand that if I just keep focusing on the good things in life, I’ll be more happy than every before. I’ll be more productive, I’ll be more creative, and I’ll be having a lot more fun. I believe that every single person in my life will have a lot more fun too. And, that’s why I have been reading a lot about habits lately.

I recommend:

So, now that I have revealed my one thing for 2013, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What’s your one thing for 2013?

38 responses to “The one thing that will make 2013 a fantastic year”

  1. Ambitious man !
    I wish you good luck in 2013. Thanks for all your post.

    • Thanks a lot Tom. I’m making each year better than the past year πŸ™‚

      What’s your goals in 2013?

      • Working on a content marketing implementation in the company I work for. Getting the whole company active on social media and getting the social policy implemented is also something I want to do.

        • That sounds like a great plan. Do you have a link to your company? I’d love to take a closer look at the site and what you do.

          • mmm, not really proud of the site today. It’s getting a major overhaul, due to this content marketing strategy. Aim is to have it up and running by March 2013. Anyway, here it is :

            • Your website looks good, and you have a lot of content, but I understand what you’re talking about. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem that it will be that hard to make it from good to great.

              Are you going to be using a blog / wordpress in 2013? That’s what I tell all my clients that they should be doing.

              • I have a private blog, and we’ll have a professional one, definitely. It’s one of the big changes we are implementing at Newtec, in which a number of key staff will start blogging.

                • That’s a great idea Tom. If you can get many of the staff to start blogging, you’ll get all the content you need to make it to the top. I am helping my clients with analyzing competitors and how they’re doing on both social media and search engines every single month, and I believe that’s the key to understand what’s going on.

  2. Andrew says:

    Happy advanced new year.You and your all stuff not only related your blog but also every blog writer happy new year .

  3. Ben says:

    Hi Jens,

    I like the idea of trying one thing at a time. You’re much more likely to achieve your goals than if you overload yourself.

    Great tips. Good luck with your targets in 2013 πŸ˜€

    • Thanks a lot Ben.

      I will keep you updated on my new habits. Some of them are not related to blogging, marketing or business. And, for January I might actually start the habit of drinking water every day. I am drinking way too much Coca-Cola Zero, so water will be my rescue πŸ™‚

  4. Mededitor says:

    Good luck. In my case, setting a specific number of hours for writing has not been an effective strategy. It might work for you, so try it. What I have found to be effective is to do the kinds of things that inspire me to write, such that I “catch fire” and the words come screaming down onto the page. If you aren’t inspired, why bother?

    • I have tried many different techniques, and what works best is to write when I’m inspired. But, I don’t like to wait until I am inspired, so I either just try to write to see what happens, or I just try my best to get inspired (by walking or doing something that might trigger it) πŸ™‚

  5. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, I like your idea of trying one habit at a time. That way you can better fit these changes in your life.

    Like Mededitor, I “catch fire” when I write and don’t want to stop when I’m burning bright. I may not get as much work done, but I feel I produce better quality this way.

    One idea to help you increase your reading is to try audio books. You may really enjoy listening to books while you run. It definitely takes your mind off of your running. You may find lots of inexpensive Audible books that are the audio versions of books you own on Kindle with Whispersync enabled books. I’m discovering that Kindle books I own but haven’t read yet are available for $1.99 on Audible because of Whispersync.

  6. Hajra says:

    Looks like 2013 might be eventful! I hope it is filled with all things wonderful and much more goal completions!

  7. Josh says:

    Hi Jens,

    I am with everyone else, a fan of creating one new habit at a time. It is far less overwhelming and much easier to structure that way.

  8. Kumar says:

    HI Jen

    I wish you my Best wishes for New year.Whatever you chose do just be consistent.


  9. Ravi says:

    Thank You Jens … And Happy New Year. Well whatever be your resolutions but i wish right things should happen.. Thank You

  10. Viola Tam says:

    Hi, Jens,

    I love your idea of being more focused. Seems like you have already had this plan of introducing just one new healthy habit at a time. Well done! My experiences with habits tell me that accountability is a big thing. I hope you have a system in place to get you keeping the focus.

    A personal coach, I believe, can help to inspire you and keep you accountable. Another point, rather than rewarding for your achievement, what about having penalty for not being able to stick to the habit?

    Good luck , Jens !

    Viola The Business Mum

  11. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens, this is a superb idea man and I normally see people writing about all these goals they have and how much more money they are going to make, while you focused on developing healthy habits, one at a time, 1 per month.

    Wow, I really think it is BRILLIANT!

    I wish you all the success in the world and hope 2013 keeps you accountable with your upcoming positive habits Jens.

    I do have a few lined up myself, like getting back to jogging, eating a bit healthier, sleeping a bit more (I normally sleep four or five hours at max) and well you get the idea.

    Take care and speak soon man!


    • Hey Sergio,

      I love my new healthy habits, it’s so much easier to start small, one step at a time, than going for everything at once. For the month of January, I am only focusing on drinking water every single day, and no Coca-Cola. It’s going great so far, I know it’s only been 3 days, but it’s working πŸ™‚

      PS. I have been jogging today. It was all ice and it was cold, but I’ve been jogging for 2 hours. It feels great.

  12. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    Sorry I missed this post but wanted to be sure and stop by.

    Ah, I think that by just taking that first step will, like you said, start creating the habits we need. I admire you for what you have in store this year. You know you are exercising my friend, you walk everyday. Hey, I walk everyday so that’s exercise.

    Someone else had asked me if I read everyday and I usually consider that meaning a book but I do read blog posts everyday and I’m always learning something new from them so I guess I could say that I do read everyday. I just need to be pickier about what content to read this year.

    I have no doubt that you’ll achieve whatever goals you set for yourself Jens. You’re really good about that.

    Good luck for what the new year will bring.


    • Hey Adrienne,

      You don’t have to apologize, I see that you have lots of things going on yourself. And 2013 is going to be an exciting year for both of us. I am working on my strategies right now, I have am active on two blogs right now, and my Norwegian blog is not that different from this one. So, I’m thinking that I probably should just translate the blog posts I write in English to Norwegian. That’s the easy way, but it’s not as fun as coming up with something completely different πŸ™‚

  13. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the information.

  14. Joy says:

    Publishing several books eh? Sounds great! I hope to read some of you work soon. Good luck to you, 2013 is going to be a good year for you.

    • Hey Joy,

      Yes, I am going to publish my first one in about a week or two, and then I just need to finish the second one in February.. I’m not sure how fast I’ll be able to finish the third, but hopefully it will be ready before the end of the year πŸ™‚

  15. Veronica says:

    Interesting list you got here. I’m definitely inspired. I just hope I have the time to do the same, nevertheless I’m wishing you the best of luch this 2013!

  16. Emilia says:

    Writing 2 hours a day is definitely a long time but with your resolution list it’s definitely worth it. Wishing you all the best for this year!

    • I usually write most of the day, but not for my blog or for my books. And that’s what I’ll be doing for 2 hours a day. It’s going to be hard to set aside that much time, but I’m doing my best πŸ™‚

  17. Calra says:

    Fantastic year indeed! Wishing you the best for 2013!

  18. Kent Morris says:

    Hello!,, Ah, I think that by just taking that first step will, like you said, start creating the habits we need. I admire you for what you have in store this year. You know you are exercising my friend, you walk everyday. Hey, I walk everyday so that’s exercise.
    Thanks for the post,,,,,

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