I came across the concept “word for the year” last December and was a little skeptical about it at first, to be honest. I guess I didn’t truly understand it. But a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon quite a few blog posts about it and it finally made sense.
The word you choose is simply an inspiration. It’s not like a list of New Year’s resolutions you end up forgetting by February and feel guilty at the end of the year for not accomplishing most of them. A word is simply there as a reminder of what you need to focus on throughout the year.
It got me thinking. What should be my word? So I asked myself two questions.
What do I want less of in my life?
Most of my decisions are based on fearful thinking. And I’m not talking about that rational, healthy fear that stops you from getting into trouble or risky situations. I’m talking about fearing absolutely everything, big or small. Fear of public speaking. Fear or being myself. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of being vulnerable. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. And so many other stupid little fears that control everything I do or don’t do.
What do I want more of in my life?
Then brave came to my mind. And by brave, I don’t mean jumping out of a plain or moving to another country. For me personally, being brave is not being afraid to be who I really am, showing up for a new class, saying yes more often or pursuing a dream of mine. Being brave doesn’t mean having no fears. It means having fears but living in spite of those.
The fact that I am choosing a word for the year doesn’t mean I won’t set any goals or resolutions (a blog post on that might be coming later this week, so keep an eye out for that). It is simply something to keep in mind when I’m doubting myself or trying to make a decision. I want to start making more decisions from a place of love, not fear. Fear never leads us to a good place.
Do you have a word for the year?