For the last two years, I've been in the habit of choosing three words to guide my next year. (You can read the posts explaining my word choices for 2012 here, a check-in post here, and the words for 2011 here. For another blogger's take on the process, check out Sandra's post at Always Well Within.)
But this year I'm doing something a bit different–choosing one word. That's because this one word has been pulling at me for a month, insisting it is the word, and the one and only word that will mark my 2013. In general, I am a "more is better" kind of person, and such is the case with choosing words for the year–why choose one when choosing three is so much better?
My word won't let me do that this year. And so, with no further introduction, here is that pesky word that won't let go of me:
I want to be:
Fearless on the page.
Fearless in my personal life.
Fearless in my career.
A Course in Miracles says that you've got two choices: love or fear. So, by definition, this year is going to be about offering a whole lot of love. But to me, the opposite of fearless goes even deeper than love, if that is possible.
To me, the opposite of fear is faith.
Faith in my ability to splash words on the page. Faith that this is the bottom line of what I need to do in the world.
Faith that good will triumph over evil. That somehow, someway, we will transmute horrendous events like the Newtown Sandy Hook massacre.
Faith that love really does trump fear.
I'm not at all sure I know how to be fearless, and I'm guessing that's why the voice within was so insistent that I choose this word for 2013. Because lately it seems that little things have made me anxious. That fussing over my writing is easier than just letting the words flow. That obsessing over the possibility that something bad might happen is more common than enjoying the moment.
And, somehow, that wise voice within knows that striving for a practice of fearlessness is the antidote to all of the above. I'm not about to go jump out of an airplane or climb Mt. Everest. The kind of fearlessness that most interests me is the kind where I meet the demons within. The ones who say the words I put on the page are silly. That nobody will think my novel is funny. The ones that remind me how many other talented writers there are in the world.
Yeah, those. Responding to them fearlessly is my number one task this year.
So that's my word for the year. Are you choosing a word or words for 2013? Please share it or any thoughts you might have about this in the comments.
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