While most people are thinking about what they achieved in 2010 or what they want in 2011, I’m doing neither. I’m completing what happened in 2010 and creating what 2011 will be.
Without going too far into detail, the act of completion is very different from what most people do when they think about the past. Completing something doesn’t mean finishing it, it doesn’t mean pretending something happened or didn’t happen. Completion is an act of creation – creating space. It’s acknowledging what you said you’d do (or wouldn’t do), accomplish or produce, and acknowledging what you actually did. It doesn’t matter whether you did what you said you’d do or not or succeeded or failed at accomplishing or producing something. It’s simply an acknowledgement of what you said and what you did. No make wrong, no guilt, no pomp. It completes your promises, puts the past in the past and creates a space for a new future.
Around this time last year I had a few things to say about New Year’s resolutions or “New Year’s Lies” as I like to call them. Until last year I hadn’t made a New Year’s Lie in more than a decade but last year, as I was gearing up to turn 30, I made an exception: I made a New Year’s resolution – and I resolved not to be one of the 88% of people who failed.
I have a deep regard for my word and wasn’t willing to say any old tosh and then give up on it within a month. I didn’t promise to get fit, lose weight or give up smoking. My New Year’s resolution for 2010 was simple: Learn more.
And I did pretty darn well.
I won’t go into everything but, in no particular order, learning highlights have been:
- Not reading fiction – reading books that are full of stuff to learn and know about. Book highlights were Good To Great by Jim Collins, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and most recently, the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.
- Becoming a qualified pre-school gymnastics coach
- Learning more about teaching flying trapeze
- Playing poker (although I still haven’t won!)
- Plotting and scheming and starting a new youth circus company, Airborne Circus (more on this later)
- Starting to learn about buying/letting property, mortgages and things
- Fully get over my breakup with my ex: Accomplished
- Be in a new relationship: Acted on but not accomplished
- Build my work and my influence and involvement with youth circus: Accomplished
- Learn about wine: Not acted on, not accomplished
- Ride my bike more: Accomplished (see here)
- Be healthier: Partially Accomplished (see here)
2011 is looking to be an exciting year.
Given the success of my New Year’s resolution last year, I’ve made another resolution for 2011. I’m keeping last year’s resolution to learn more and I’m adding stopping eating when I’m full. I like eating. I like food. And I think this may be tough. Not just because I don’t like to leave food on my plate but I’ve also been noticing something else over these first few days of January: I worry what my friends will think if I don’t eat as much as possible or as much as them. It’s an interesting insight to have. I eat more than I want because I don’t want people to think I can’t. I try to prove myself by eating. This year this stops. I’m not sure what I’ll have to break through but a breakthrough there will be.
I’ve recently started a new youth circus company, Airborne Circus, so obviously this year is going to be heavily influenced by that. It’s going to be a lot of work and a rollercoaster of a ride but I’m looking forward to it immensely. I’ve been teaching children for years and it was time to start doing it for myself. This is the year to get it off the ground, to be running classes and workshops and to establish Airborne Circus as a successful youth circus company.
I’ve also got an idea for a muse but that’s heavily under wraps at the moment, so I’ll just acknowledge that it’s in my mind as something else I’d like to get moving soon.
This year is also the year for me to get onto the property ladder and buy a house. The end of last year saw me starting to learn about property and the housing market and this is the year for it to happen.
And if that’s not enough I’d like to shift my work from working evenings and weekends to working daytimes during the week. Oh, and I’d also like to be in a new relationship. So to recap 2011 is going to be about:
- Learning more
- Not eating when I’m full
- Getting Airborne Circus up and running
- My Top Secret Muse
- Buying a house
- Working daytimes
- A new relationship
I’m going to be busy, I can tell already, but it’s going to be fun. So I’ll keep you posted.