I don't like setting New Year's Resolutions. 1) Because I don't like the idea of doing a 180 less than a week after holiday craziness and 2) I don't believe January 1 is the only day we can choose to make a change. (In fact, I like to use my birthday as the day to set goals and intentions for the year, but more on that another day.) However, I DO like picking a word that I'd like to define the year to come.
In 2016 I chose "Grateful." It helped to remember that was my word when days were long or challenges came up. Very few things are all bad and attempting to find gratitude even in shitty situations (and especially when I didn't want to) was a learning and growing experience to be sure.
This year my word is...
While working with my coach (yes, even coaches have coaches), one of the first things we realized is how often I made excuses for things I wanted because I was afraid. I was afraid it couldn't happen. I was afraid it wouldn't work out. I was afraid no one would like it. I was afraid I'd be bad at it.
The "it" was different, but the excuse was the same. And I like excuses as much as I like New Year's resolutions so here we are.
If I'm honest... choosing to live this year "fearlessly" scares the hell out of me. (I know I know.) But to me FEARLESS doesn't necessarily mean "having no fear." It's feeling that fear, acknowledging that fear, and then doing it anyway.
Change can be scary, but you know what's scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.
-- Mandy Hale
So here's to the big, scary, exciting things to come in 2017! Happy New Year!