I’ve been struggling over the last few weeks trying to nail down what my “word of the year” for 2013 will be. I think too much about it, of course. I should just go with my intuition and grab what comes to mind first. But, then I think, “No. This word is a big deal. It guides my decisions for the entire year.” It deserves some attention and contemplation.
I’ve been choosing a “word of the year” for the last 3-4 years. Trading in the resolutions for a single word was something I learned from Christine Kane. She now even has a free download to help you discover what your might want your word to be. Check out her toolbox here.
Last year, my word was “create”. And, “create” I did. I created a lot of things I didn’t finish. Story of my life. You know how you have that stab of inspiration? That high of motivation? And, you fly with it without even stopping for air?
And then, you run into a wall.
Sometimes that wall is boredom.
More likely though, the wall is fear.
Fear of the wicked voices in your head saying, “Who do you think you are?”
So, I stop. Move on to something else. Something I am more capable of. Like Pinterest or something. Something safe. I mean, you can’t mess up on Pinterest.
Well, this year, I’m fighting that voice. I’m standing up to the old hag in order to finish the things I’ve started. I’m casting my sword and shouting, “Stand aside oh wicked one! Here I come!”
If I can push the wickedness aside, I should be able to:
*reshape and resubmit my book proposal to another publisher
*sign up for that art retreat I really want to go to in California
*write and submit some articles for magazines
*open an Etsy shop
*get my body into prime shape (the wickedness has been telling me that I’m old and can’t do what I used to do – dang her)
*say what I need to say (the wickedness says to just be quiet)
*finish the writing e-course I created and actually get it out there!
This is only the beginning! With courage by my side, amazing things can happen.
If you had courage for this upcoming year, what would you do?
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings