1. Be Brave:
My word for this year is, brave.
I didn’t do half as much as I could have last year, and while there have been many lessons in that mistake, I’ve learned enough to know that refusing to grow is a form of disobedience.
I’ve also been reminded that Satan is the ultimate F—boy and he is a liar.
I could literally feel the ulcers forming by how much anxiety I self-inflicted on myself with all of my worry, doubt, and fear. It’s exhausting.
I’m exhausted and I’m ready to turn the page.
2. Reject the Fear of Success:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson
Sure, the thought of experiencing anymore rejection in 2017 tore me all the way up, but mixed in there was a deep fear of thriving.
Sadness, pain, and the internalization of rejection are like toxic family members: unhealthy but familiar. I get them. They’re my normal. Sometimes, like those family members, they’re my friends.
Joy may be a bit too much.
In fact, what if joy is conniving? Mean? A sociopath? (like some of those toxic family members?)
Crazy, right? Well I’ve left that crazy in 2017.
And how can I move on so quickly, you ask?
Well, Wordies. I’m tired. A year of fear did more damage than good (because obviously) and by the time 2017 ended, I found myself yearning for light and freedom from the foolishness that clouds my mind.
Thus, I’ve found that I cheated myself last year and most certainly blocked blessings by refusing to make waves.
And I’m over it.
3. Write, Regardless:
This 2018 I’m coming for all the competitions, applications, courses, grammar, and writing help.
In fact, I just used my T-Mobile Tuesday code to sign up for a free four-week Social Marketing class at Shaw Academy.
I have so many skills and I can write—goddammit I can write, and I want to and will monetize, grow, and pay it forward with this skill set of mine.
I am in competition with myself. This year is all about doing the opposite of what 2017 Randie would have done.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out that’s a whole lot.
4. Faith + Work x Faith + Work:
I believe in God and I believe that God likes when we do the work that is required for us to obtain the things we want.
Not like in a Trump/GOP/Evil Mike Pence kind of “do the work” way, but the kind that will cause us to leave our comfort zone, take a few chances, and have lots of faith.
Do we all know the story about the person who prayed to win the lottery every day, and when God finally answered (S)He was deeply fed up because the person doing the praying had never bought a lottery ticket?
Yea. That’s not me.
I’ve resolved to do the work this year and there’s a lot of it.
I got the idea to reflect on my mantras after April/@ReignofApril on Twitter did a thread.
It was inspirational and motivating to see everyone spell out their dreams and mantras on the internet, (where it’s usually such a mess). And I think taking the time to declare what you want does wonders.
So, how about you Wordies? What’s your mantra, vision, and goal for 2018?