No Lip service
It seems 2010 barely took her coat off before being signalled by time she had to make way for 2011. How many of us can look back at the last 365 and say we employed Nike's motto? Yes! OK good on you, but I can put money on my fertility that that yes wasn't met in unison.
I've decided (if not vehemently) that 2011 will be a year of shutting my mouth and putting those syllables into action. Often times you're asked (especially by people you haven't seen for a while) 'what you doing now?' and you feel inclined to open up primarily because you don't want to look like you've been a bum for the last five years (when in truth you probably have!). You drop a few conceptual endeavours that you know have been no more than apparitions to sound like you've made progressive strides in life. The problem of doing this is when you see them again and they make reference to your eccentric pursuits, more often than not, you're liable to provide a tangible explanation as to why you haven’t (if indeed you haven't) achieved or gotten closer to the goals you set yourself.
I've reiterated this message to people whose over zealous nature obliges them to share their exploits with every mammal bearing hair and reproductive organs, only to be left red-faced when enquired of - having done little to make it happen! Here's how I see it; postpone the lip service and you're not accountable to anyone! If your exploits flop, no one knows and personally they really don't need to. Only after making considerable progress does it make sense to divulge – no one likes a 'talker' like one of my littlens would say.
Take me for example; I wanted to embark on a particular programme in a particular part of the world which I happened to disclose to a few people (which becomes considerably more after you take into account 'word of mouth' promotion). Come the time of starting the programme, a few hiccups along the way made it impossible to go. I'm then left with a group of people who were expecting me to be elsewhere, looking bewildered as to why I wasn't – cue the generic response when asked "It's a long story…" *Sigh*. Needless to say I've learnt!
So as 2011 gets ever nearer, one can only point out the obvious and say time indeed is ticking, and fast! Those I want to's need to become I'am's (without paying a penny of lip service of course) and so what other better time to fuel the drive to make that change than the prospect of a new year.
I believe at the start of every year we're given a fresh Energy Allowance (EA). EA? You look baffed. OK. Think of it as the 'pumped' feeling of effervescence you get as a new year looms. I'm sure you've come across this type of guy: "Yeah, Yeah, next year I'm only on big man tings - clothing label, music album, makings millz" Hmm...you know the kind I'm referring to - hype talk personified. Anyway, the new year symbolises (for most) the start of a new beginning, a chance to do things differently and channel that EA more on what you what to achieve.
Sadly, like T-Mobile credit, your EA starts dwindling as the year passes and it becomes increasingly difficult to sustain the same enthusiasm throughout the year. A few will be able to disperse their EA sparingly, by engaging with people that support and encourage them through processes like networking, training and experience to boost their skills; prospects that ultimately adds to the energy, drive and determination needed to succeed. However many of us won't; not because we lack ability but because we dissipate our energy on worthless exercises and by this I don't mean Fitness First. Exercise in terms of 'sideshow distractions' towards our goals, be it pointless conflicts (rifts, argument, beef etc), prolonging stagnating relationships/friendships or entertaining people, places or procedures that are not replenishing our energy supply but rather sapping it. By the end of the year our enthusiasm is little more than a grain of rice in a soup pot – then you check your balance only to hear 'I'm sorry, but you have run out of credit'.
But alas, here comes your £10 top-up voucher in the form of a new year with the promise of new challenges, good and bad with a fully topped up EA. If you know you didn't use yours effectively in 2010, reassess and ask yourself why! Like the government, see where you can make 'efficiency savings' by cutting out the waste. I started by doing some phonebook contact cleansing – I swear it's therapeutic! Straight fact though, if the person isn't adding to your life, are they worth holding on to? Focus your EA on your aspirations over your arguments, your dreams over your dramas. And remember, this isn't a race for 2011, sheeeit, 2011 is merely a lap. It's a lifelong commitment that doesn't end til you draw your last breath. Spit in the face of procrastination (don't worry you have my permission) and get moving - besides, you said tomorrow yesterday. Tomorrow is now today and will soon become yesterday.
So if you've been strolling and moaning about how you're not getting any closer to your goals, slip off those boats and flats, get your Air Max 90's on, stop the chatting and JUST DO IT!