The toughest word yet: DO
Resolutions are set-ups for failure. Even goals most often are de-motivating when applied to new starts. The concept of choosing a word (or 3 words for many) to focus oneself for the year seemed a very cool idea when I first read about it in 2009.
First, a quick re-cap of these words:
2009 = (stay) genuine – listen (first) – (seek) clarity
2010 = simplify – connect – achieve
2011 = serve – income – focus
2012 = Why
2013 brings me face-to-face with something that has challenged me all my life. That is doing … it … it has encompassed new ideas, homework, sending a thank you, making a call, saying what needs to be said, worrying about what others think, starting.
I have great ideas that people confirm as unique, interesting, fun, useful, but beginning is just so difficult for me. I am plagued with the feeling that it must be right, perfect before moving forward. I want to see the result before I begin. Worse, I want to know it will succeed or turn out huge.
At the crux is the all powerful fear of failure and how that will be perceived.
I’ve read too many books; listened to great people; I still find it so hard to Do.
2012 was a great year that found clarification in my Why. It was weird (coincidental?) how a good number of things came about and in December, crystallized as to the direction I should go and for what reason. Facing me is the challenge to do it.
My DO list is exciting. I will let the results speak for how I succeed in doing – it – in 2013.
Please feel free to share your word(s) and leave a comment.