|Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.|
~ Raymond Lindquist
On a scale of fab to flub, 2010 was just fair on my end, not good...not bad, just another 365 days. I’m happy to enter a new year, but not for an imaginary clean slate. Ushering in the year has convinced me of the immediate need to toss the resolutions ritual to the wind and intently focus on things that really…I mean really…matter to me. This decision made me more energized than I've been in a long time. It seems to be working well for me so far, someone who has honest intentions but is easily distracted and not always with good reason.
How will this differ from making resolutions? Sure, this may be a matter of semantics, but the thought of making half-hearted plans is a process I can’t engage in anymore. Several areas of my life have suffered solely due to a lack of attention on my part. Years have flown by and no matter how enthusiastic I am in the beginning, layers keep peeling back that reveal something deeper is missing. The stress of trying to achieve goals that are way less important by the time June rolls around (that’s if I remember them at all) is over.
This is just my take on it because the harsh reality is that I always fell short in the past. Last year I accomplished as much as I put my mind and energy to, which I’m not totally satisfied with but guess who’s responsible for that…hmmm...
It finally dawned on me through battling frustrating mental fatigue and a kick in the virtual pants while following Rosetta's 31 Days to Reset Your Life Challenge that creating yet another list is not necessary, focusing on improvement is where progress can flourish.
My 2011 Blueprint will serve as a daily reminder and, more importantly, open the gate to a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment:
- make introspection a habit, this will help me continually learn more about myself
- bear sweet fruit through loving boldly
- act on ideas when they first come to mind, otherwise there’s no valid reason to fret when someone else brings them to fruition
- revive the entertaining and socializing CG
- feed my creative side, starve inaction
- eliminate recycled "romance"
- demonstrate appreciation and love for those who have my best interests at heart
- put time into being a better friend, sister, aunt and colleague
- no more pouting in disappointment, set realistic expectations
- continue to ignore negativity, make seeking truth a priority
- familiarity doesn't automatically make something good, step outside of that invisible holding pattern and get busy!
- get my curves back in check :-)
There's a drop of selfishness, smidge of catch up time and a truckload of focus/action involved and I'm finally prepared to get down to the nitty gritty! I'll probably post something on each of these, there's a specific reason they're on my priority list going forward. To hold myself accountable, I'll place this list throughout the house and not milestones along the way.
Have you recently let go of any familiar habits or things that no longer served you well? Has it resulted in a noticeable difference?
Much love, peace and advancement in the year to come!