I stole this post title from Pete, but it seems appropriate here too. And probably where you are. And you. * looks around at readership *
Revisiting 2012 in my mind, I did some good stuff. In no particular order, and not all-inclusive:
- Taught more classes
- Made more money from my art than ever
- Have stayed ‘profitable’ with my business
- Started walking regularly
- Lost around 30 pounds and kept it off
- Helped a friend begin a new life
- Gave a dog a home
- Found family
- Gained confidence
- Gained vision
- Improved my art hugely
- Began to think positively about the future
And now, in the beginning hours of 2013, I can look ahead with these next things in mind, again, not in any order:
- Sell more art
- Keep walking, and add more fitness
- Work harder on the things that are important to me, and phase out things that are not
- Do Tough Mudder
- Achieve business clarity (accounts, inventory)
- Stop selling myself short
This stuff is all achievable. It’s not a list of resolutions*, it is a list of things that WILL happen. The only way they won’t is if I were to shrink up and stop doing what I do. The only way is forward. I have no doubt this is going to be a hard year – I don’t have small goals – but 2013 will be one I continue to focus on the LESS NOISE, MORE LIFE mantra, but also add in:
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
The above is a deceptively strong set of words. I start here, in this moment, in this place; I have everything I need, so I will use it; I will do what I can – this includes pushing myself beyond what I believe I can achieve.
Bring it, 2013. I am ready.
*I saw a guest on BBC Breakfast say that only about 10% of resolutions are kept beyond a month anyway. Terrible odds and terrible devotion.