If you’ve been reading this blog once in a while, you’re probably aware of my audacious New Year’s Resolution.
This year I promised to double my exercise, double my philanthropy, double my time off and double my income. [Tweet this article and add your endorsement.]
I also promised to update you every three months or so on my progress.
Doubling my exercise was easy. I only put in about 20 to 30 minutes three times a week in 2011. So, as I reported in my first quarter blog post, getting twice as much exercise was as simple as exercising every day. Mission accomplished, although I returned from Thailand in May with a bruised heal. I had a slight motorcycle accident if there is such a thing.
Doubling my giving through Rotary
Philanthropy for me is a combination of donating money and time. I began my year as President of the Rotary Club of Troy, Michigan starting July 1 and have more than doubled my philanthropy as I got ready for the position.
Of course, I donate money to the club, but even better, I’ve been spending time securing donations from donors and benefactors using a concept called OPM — Other People’s Money.
I’m also using my skills as a sales trainer to teach my fellow Troy Rotarians how to be better salespeople for the club. We’re always in persuasion mode when it comes to recruiting new members and securing donations.
All this giving feels fantastic!
In the third quarter of 2012, I’m going to report on how I’ve been able to double my time off in 2012 and in the fourth quarter, I’ll tell you how I doubled my income. I’ll report on my progress in this space.
Hopefully, my progress will encourage you to making positive changes in your life. You can start anytime or tee up a fantastic New Year’s Resolution of your own!
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