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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance
What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

As much as I try new things all the time, I’m also an avoider, sometimes.  And it seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, although I’m really not sure why.  Maybe there are too many other things that I can use as excuses to distract me from the task at hand?

The whole idea of avoidance goes against who I am because I like to tackle things head on.  I’m not one to shy away from a situation, even if it might get “ugly,” confrontational, or intense.  I think one of my best attributes is that I’m never afraid to get in there and say what’s on my mind.

But maybe that’s the difference – I never avoid saying anything, but sometimes the doing is the hard part (mini ah-ha moment).

Some of the things I’ve avoided in 2010 are:

  • weekly weigh-ins
  • the scale
  • WORKING OUT
  • grading essays until the very last possible minute
  • organizing my closets

I do have to say that I’ve done each of these things sometimes, and some of them quite often.  It’s just the consistency that’s the problem.  So maybe what I really avoid is consistently following a healthy routine (minus the grading of essays,that’s just the bane of my existence no matter how you slice it).  So moving into 2011, I will stop avoiding and just do it.  Because I know I should.  Because I know I’ll feel better.  Because it’s time!

What will you stop avoiding in 2011?

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