In 2017 my mantra was “Do less with more focus.” For too many years I was doing soooo much…trying to be everything to everyone…and in the process completely lost sight of what it was that I loved doing. I completely fell victim to the thought process of, “if I’m good at it I should be doing it…”. by saying yes to everything I was spreading myself too thin…I was doing too much half-assed and not enjoying any of it. So last year I decided to re-focus all of my effort into only those things that truly made my heart happy. Narrowing my focus, saying to myself, I know I can do it all but I’m choosing NOT to do it all, felt amazing and allowed me the freedom to focus without guilt.
“Fearless” was my word for 2018. For the first time in my professional life, my head and my heart were in synch…working towards one goal. This was an amazing place to be. Was it perfect? No. Was it easy? No. It was hard and it was stressful and it challenged me in a way that no other opportunity could…and I loved every moment.
This years word?! Courage. Truth be told I hated it at first. Courage? I’m not scared. Why do I need courage? And then it started popping up here and there, revealing itself to me…
“The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t want.”
“Ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.”
“Having courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Having courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
“breathe in courage and exhale my fear.”
So yeah, the universe pretty much sold me on embracing courage especially given the thought process of how fearlessness and courage are so entwined…it seems like the next logical step in this process of self discovery…and ya’ll know how I love a good process!
Courage feels like a purposeful decision, courage feels like the following through on the groundwork I’ve so carefully laid, courage feels like empowerment and certainty in who I am and where I’m going.
Do you have a “word of the year”? If so I’d love to hear what it is! Why is it the word you’ve chosen for this year!? Drop me a note in the comments!