I’ve been thinking about choosing a word for 2019 that will reflect what I want to accomplish as a whole, in all things.
If you know me, I’ve been told I come across as a confident individual. For the most part, I believe that to be true in most areas of my life. I am very sure of myself and my talents, however, there is always room for improvement. I was discussing this past week with a friend what it is to have a “growth mindset”.
To me, it means you are constantly evolving and becoming better. To evolve in the direction that I want, I believe it needs to be done holistically, and taking into account all areas of my life. I don’t want to have a growth mindset in one thing that will ultimately eclipse or deteriorate those things I find important. It all needs to fit cohesively like the pieces of a puzzle. Meaning, I won’t jeopardize the people I love or the things (non-materially speaking) I find most important in order to reach certain goals and aspirations.
So I started thinking about what I wanted to work on developing during the next 12 months, a guiding theme so to speak, to propel me into being the Rockstar that I am and keep going when I want to call it quits. As I reflected on what I wanted my word of 2019 to be, and after much introspection, I realized I have sometimes not advanced on a goal because of fear.
I have experienced many types of fear. I’ve felt the fear of failure and what that would represent to myself and how others would view me after. I’ve felt the fear of success, mostly what success will ask for in return for showing up in my life. I’ve felt the fear of being vulnerable with others. Fear, I believe, has kept me from transcending to my higher self.
In his book, The Motivation Manifesto, Brendon Burchard said something that resonated with me:
I won’t let others stoke fear in my heart. I choose to remain true to who I am and where my dreams direct me no matter the hardship I might incur. I remember it always: Fear wins or Freedom wins, and I choose Freedom.
My word for 2019 is FEARLESS. My aim in choosing this word is to not get caught up in the thoughts that arise out of me putting myself out there, but centering on the fact that, by being fearless, I am living up to my true self and potential and, probably most importantly, I’m doing so unapologetically. It doesn’t matter that I’m not perfect at something NOW, or that I can possibly fall flat on my face if I walk too fast, because only by practice can I become the type of awesome that I want to be later.
Have you chosen a word for 2019? If so, what made you choose your word and what does that word mean to you?