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A New Year’s Revolution

1/1/2013 2:38:00 PM

Tags: new year resolution, new you, better you, self help, fighting demons, bettering myself, bettering yourself, Dan Chiras

Fireworks Above CityThis is the time of year many of us swear off old habits and swear in new replacement behaviors we know we need to help us clean up our acts.

For many years, my resolution has been the same: to be more patient.

While many readers and colleagues probably view me as a patient and kind person, that’s been my public persona. In the flesh, on a day-to-day basis, I have, for years, suffered from a lack of patience and irritability. I’m conquering those demons with the help of my children and my partner and students — and a lot of self determination. While I still suffer bouts of impatience, I’m well on the path to being the person I want to be.

But that’s beside the point. What I’d like to talk about today is replacing the typical new year’s resolution with a new year’s revolution — an extreme makeover of the self.

I propose that all of my readers who are aspiring to create a new, more comfortable, more successful, more loving, and more patient self join me this year in revolutionizing who you are — transforming yourself for the better.

Over the coming year, I’ll present many new ideas, one per week, if all goes well. That's 52 ideas in all, that could help you become the person who you have always dreamed of being. My intent in all of this is this: It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

Even older readers who have struggled with and conquered or given up and succumbed to personal foibles can join in … It’s never too late to polish up your act.

So, join me, if you would. I’ll tell of my experiences in radically reshaping myself over the years and present practical ideas that helped me and could help you create a better you. Even if you don't make all the changes, by the end of the year, you'll be a better person — one you can be proud of knowing.

Contributing editor Dan Chiras is a renewable energy and green homes expert who has spent a lifetime learning life’s lessons, which he shares in his popular blog, Dan Chiras on Loving Life. He’s the founder and director of The Evergreen Institute and president of Sustainable Systems Design. Contact him by visiting his website or finding him on .

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