It's still January so I'm continuing to think about beginning of the year goal setting. At our recent Tuesdays Together meeting one of the prompts asked us to choose a word of the year. It took a little mulling over to come up with it, and since then, my word of the year has become an important part of my every day routine. This is a significant shift from last year's word which I pretty much forgot about. It has been a persistent mantra in moments of drifting thoughts.
The word that I chose last year was WALK. It was my first full year in business and I wanted to fully enjoy the newness of everything. Choosing this word was a little ambitious for someone who can barely slow down to a jog in normal life and let alone in starting a new business. In some ways last year I did walk and it was a helpful reminder to take my time. This year already has a completely different feeling to it.
On New Year's Day I started filling out the Your Best Year 2016 by Lisa Jacobs and she asks some questions about what went wrong last year. I'm sure I could fill up a small notebook with things that didn't go perfectly but there was one overarching theme to all of those. I didn't have enough resolve.
When you put yourself out there creatively there are opportunities self-criticize. Self criticism is super important if you ever want to learn or improve your art or craft. But you can't let it linger. Getting stuck on the imperfections is prohibitive to the process of learning and growing creatively, as well as being generally productive.
That is why this year is all about resolve. The thoughts that keep us from moving past the self-criticisms of our work are the opposite of resolve. They are indecisive. They question and analyze things that cannot be re-done. They keep you stuck in a place of low self worth and zero productivity.
This year, I'm fighting back. While it is still important to analyze and understand how to improve and be better it is most important just to do. Sometimes I'll stare at my to-do list full of phone calls, blog posts, taxes, marketing, cooking, cleaning, etc and wonder how the hell I will get all of it done. That's when I remember my resolve to do more and think less. Pick something on the list, do it, whether you feel like it or not, then move on.
Resolve is the only reason I'm writing this blog post right now instead of binge watching How to Make a Murderer. You don't get where you want to go by just thinking up all the roads to get there. So we do as much as we can when we can even when it is not comfortable or ideal.
To me, resolve is a stubborn refusal to give in to what could be. We might want to sit down and wonder how much longer the to do list can possibly get or how much harder things could be or why things don't just fall into place. Resolve is the decision to move past all of those thoughts without another glance and get to work on what we can do, right now, in this moment.
What is your word of the year? If you wrote a blog post talking about your word of the year please leave a link in the comments! I would love to read it!