When I think of everything I would like to accomplish, this year and in my life as a whole, most of it involves me biting the bullet and just going for it. It's not that I can't do things, or don't have the drive or resources or wherewithal....I just that I don't do things, for unfathomable and rubbish reasons. Too tired, too busy, too (and so it goes).
2009 was a huge improvement on 2008. But there is still work to be done.
Tom originally suggested I use the word "progress" as my aim for 2010, and I liked that - because I definitely want to be moving forward, in many areas of my life - but the more I thought about it, the more the word "action" just kept jumping around in my head. And then I read this:
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” - Pablo Picasso
"Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living." - Anais Nin
Oh yes. Oh yes.
So, what does ACTION mean for me?
Action means contacting interviewees for my next Tumbler articles.
Action means going to the library and writing on Saturdays, instead of going to the King's Road.
Action means going for a run or doing yoga instead of tucking into the reserves of Christmas chocolate and watching Come Dine With Me for two hours (CDWM is TV crack by the way).
Action means having a positive and confident attitude instead of a defeatist one.
Action means getting up earlier and walking to work instead of relying so much on the tube.
Action means writing as much of my novel as I can.
Action means revamping this blog.
Action means ironing my clothes.
Action means submitting for Open Arts Cafe.
Action means applying for an Arvon course.
Action means realising what is worth fighting for, and what is not.
Action means thinking a bit more about the future.
Action means reading more.
Action means doing what I say I will do.
Action means uncovering and unleashing my full potential.
Action means no longer saying yes when I really mean "no thanks".
Action means being strong.
Action means discipline, and being accountable.
Action means choosing to see the positive.
Action means following up and following through, on everything.
Action means realistic expectations, and meeting them.
Action means decluttering.
Action means getting organised, responsible and socially useful.
Action means getting ideas out of my head and into the world.
Action means being the best writer, and the best person, I can be.
And guess what? I bit the bullet last night and did the first thing on the list. And now I have two interviews lined up and ready to go.
This feels really good.
Here's to a year full of ACTION!
“Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, their lack of good fortunes or the quirks of fate. Everyone has within them the power to say, “This I am today, that I shall become tomorrow.” The wish, however, must be implemented”. - louis l’amour