2011: A New Year, A New You!

by Dr. Christopher on January 3, 2011

Transitions such as births, deaths, seasons, and holidays bring opportunity.

An opportunity to feel emotion, analyze, and reflect.

The New Year is no different.

With nearly everyone you know making resolutions, you’d think that year after year, we would all be able to create an ideal life.

Year after year, you make a decision to lose 20 pounds, run a mile, get a raise at your job, or be closer to your spouse.

How many years in a row do you make that resolution?  Or each year, are you coming closer to the life of your dreams?

Are you a victim or a creator?

A victim is someone who has things happen to them.

I got cancer.

I got fired.

My boyfriend left me.

I’m overweight.  I’m unfit.  I’m not good-looking.

A victim was born into genes and a way of life that he has no control over. 

Opposed to having things happen to you, a creator (like YOU!) makes things happen in life.

I chose cancer as the breaking point to changing my lifestyle.

I chose to get fired to realize it’s not what I want to do in my life.

I chose to be single to be a more lovable person.

I chose to be lean.  I chose to be fit.  I chose to be good-looking.

A creator may not consciously choose the situation she is in, but it’s always a spiritual choice to learn the lesson at hand so that you can create the life of your dreams.

Out of the thought seeds in your mind, you plant the desires that you like, visualizing what your dream life looks like.

Post-2010, is your seed of life growing?  In what direction do you see it growing in 2011?


Chris Guillebeau has been doing an annual review since 2008.  He takes two weeks to simply reflect where he’s been and where he is going.

Briefly, I’d like to do that publicly here.  My hope is to inspire you to do the same.

What didn’t go well in 2010?

  • I lost someone I deeply cared about.  Lesson learned: Subconsciously planting seeds that “being alone” is in your genes will eventually culminate in you being alone.  If you don’t actually want to be alone, your beliefs are not congruent with your desires.  Result: I fixed beliefs that weren’t serving me.
  • My health sufferred as I was not feeling at 100% on a daily basis.  Lesson learned: When placed in an undesirable environment, it’s important to set yourself up for success.  Surround yourself with success.  Result: I have a plan.  Getting a bi-weekly CSA share delivered to my town forces me to eat fruits and vegetables.  Buying hundreds of dollars worth of meat from a small, local farm (or from eatwild.com or texasgrassfedbeef.com) forces me to clear room in the freezer and eat the meat.  Being around healthy, fit people (Find an “affiliate” in your area of the world in the left-hand column) forces me to exercise when I might feel too tired to do so. 

What did go well in 2010?

  • I found happiness again after “what didn’t go well in 2010.” 
  • I opened a chiropractic practice without any business education and minimal start-up savings. 
  • I started this blog to help inspire the greater population on how to achieve health as a foundation for happiness.
  • Most importantly, I’ve dreamed and chosen exactly what the last ninety-four years (assuming I’ll live to 120 like we’re all supposed to) of my life will look like. 

Looking forward …

I’ve outlined exactly what I want in these areas of my life in 2010 …

  • Writing – write 52 blog posts by the end of the year and finish an e-book.
  • Business – treat 50 patients per week.
  • Travel – travel to 2 new places by the end of the year.  (Going to Hawaii at the end of January!  Let me know if anyone there would like to meet for a hike!).
  • Financial – pay off student loans.
  • Relationships – when push come to shove, love comes first with all people I meet.  To meet more spiritual, health-oriented, fun-loving people in North Jersey despite the reputation that Jersey Shore has given us.
  • Health – get back to eating paleo 6 days a week, reduce some of my nagging injuries, and visually gain more lean muscle mass.
  • Learning – continue to practice guitar and get more efficient at fixing chronic pain.
  • Lifestyle – take days off whenever I feel like it and to hike more.
  • Legacy – to live up to the “best chronic pain doctor” in the tri-state area by getting more and more patients out of pain.  Also, to create a health center like never experienced before.  More on that in ten years or so.

Theme for 2011 …

I didn’t have a theme for 2010.  Brainstorming post-2010, the year was Taking Root

I planted some seeds that now just need to be watered.  I’m making steady income in practice.  Humbleobserver.net has gotten 4,187 total views, with 144 views on the busiest day, and 1,124 views in the busiest month of November, which also happened to be the month of the popular posts on community and depression

Although not all of the viewers are consistent readers, it seems I’m attracting more readers who resonate with our discussions here and who desire health as a foundation for a purposeful, happy life.  Observing some of the relationships I’m involved in, it seems I’m becoming the compassionate, unconventional, and truthful Dr. Christopher that I imagine in my heart.

Observing the seedling of my life piercing the ground, the theme I’ve chosen for 2011 is BIGGER.

I want a bigger plant, a bigger life.  Bigger means treating more patients, educating more people, spending time with more friends, and loving more of my family (that’s you!).  It means doing whatever I have to do to feel the inspiration of life on a daily basis.  It means being who I am at the expense of what anyone else thinks or says I should do. 

Your turn to reflect … create it.

What didn’t go well in 2010?

What did go well in 2010?

What are your goals “Looking Forward”?

What is your theme for 2011, driving your choices and actions?

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Chaplain Donna January 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

What a great post Chris. I hope that you can reach all of your goals this year. I hope Ms. Right comes along soon, or your eyes are opened to whats already there. You are so right, there is nothing like love!

becky johnsen January 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I could do a lot of “preaching” here….but I won’t. I will just say that for me 2011 is about NOT being self-centered, but adopting Oprah’s attitude “Use me, Lord, til you’ve used me up.”….in other words Serve Others. I am going to give it my best shot!

And….hard for me to limit my posts:-) You are such an amazing young man that I know you will find love!

Christopher January 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Thank you for the wish Chaplain! I said this one to someone earlier today … believe it was the Beatles, “All you need is love,” right?

I wish that you reach all of your goals this year too!

Christopher January 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Becky, I appreciate you. You already give so much of yourself, even to me. Please remember to let me help you too. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Not sure how to let you know that I have a big smile on my face then to make a bunch of them!

Sean Pastuch January 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

Hey Chris, I LOVE the victim/creator portion of this post. That is exactly how I tell all of my patients to live their lives. Nothing happens TO you, it happens BECAUSE of you. Love you brotha, keep up the good work. I’m going to see if I can figure o ut how to subscribe to your posts.

Christopher January 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hi Sean, I’m happy that you like that portion. Perhaps because I remember being inspired by the “manifester” that is your Dad. He was right.

You subscribe by simply clicking “By Email” under the word “Subscribe” in the right hand column underneath my little biography. You can do it Sean. Put your mind to it. That is sarcasm.

Still love you though.

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