A few years ago I had the word “courage” for my word of the year. It felt right and throughout the year when I was starting a project the word would pop into my head, giving me that extra push to just do it. Courage to finish. Courage to try.
The word didn’t have anything to do with being perfect or worthy enough (which we all are and don’t let anyone tell you differently). It had to do with moving forward and letting go of expectations for me. The courage of putting myself and my work out there.
Last year I decided to do it again and picked a word. Got my word. And you know what? I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. It didn’t settle in my core. Nor did I pull it out when I needed reminding of what I was capable of. Seriously total blank on the word for 2019.
So 2020 new year, new decade. I want to feel that excitement over my word again. To bring out when I have doubts. I know my word for 2020 has to be something I feel in my core for me to remember and act on it.
There are posts telling you how to pick your word. Yes, I’ve read them. Here is what I’m going to do to find my word.
- What do I want more of in my life this year and less of? I want more joy, more creativity and to push boundaries. I want to worry less about the future and what if…. So I guess I also want to live more in the moment.
- What feeling do I want or need to have to push myself forward? I want to feel I’m a creative being. That I’m pushing boundaries and limiting regrets. To show up and support others in making things happen for myself and them.
- Is there a characteristic I would like to have? Yes! I want to be more of a risk taker. Just try it. Do it. Give it. Failure is moving forward embrace it. It shows I tried.
- Brain dump of words and see if any jump out at me.
So now to sit with my thoughts and see what words lead me in the direction I want (or need) to go. A word this year that will settle in my core and I can refer to when in doubt.
Let me know if you have a word for 2020 and how you went about capturing it. When I figure out mine I’ll let you know!
You can always start now!