Now that 2020 is officially done, can we all just say WTF was that? Like, seriously. And trust me, I know that entering a new year doesn’t magically erase all the bad from 2020 but I hope we are moving into better days.
However, on a MUCH lighter note, HAPPY NEW YEAR my loves! I’m wishing and praying that the new year will bring more love, joy, peace, and happiness to you and yours.
Let’s talk about “Word of the Year” for 2021! Have you ever picked a word of the year before? I started this alternative to New Year’s Resolutions with my mom a few years ago and she encourages me to continue this practice.
So what is it exactly? Instead of choosing a lot of different New Year’s Resolutions, you will select a single word to be your overall focus of the new year. That one word can help you set intentions for each area of your life and organize all of your goals for the year.
For example, let’s say that your word of the year was “nourish” you might have sub-goals to nourish your relationships with family members or friends, or goals to nourish your body by healthier eating habits, or your mind and soul to be a become a better version of yourself. “Grounded” could mean you’re setting intentions to slow down and learn how to be more present allowing yourself to feel centered and balanced.
Basically, this one word can be the “theme” or umbrella all of your goals for 2021 falls under!
To keep your word of the year front-of-mind, place it in prominent places as a friendly reminder. Such as, your planner, journal, phone screen, phone notes, fridge, etc.
My 2021 Word of the Year: Fearless
You know what holds a lot of us back from even trying to go after what we want in life? It’s not always money, resources, or our education.
Fear is so powerful that it can literally stop us from achieving our goals. It feeds false thoughts that keeps us away from taking advantage of and/or seeking new opportunities. We believe we’re not good enough, not smart enough, not talented enough, just not deserving of things we want, etc.
I think we’ve all felt this before — we’re human. Having fear is natural. But letting fear stop you from being who you are or kill your dreams is a terrible thing to do. Inevitably, you’ll start to feel stuck in life, wanting more but will be unmotivated, and overall unhappy.
How am I so sure? I’ve been there. Most of my life, and even till this day. I let fear of not being good enough or worthy enough of something better stop me from trying, from even dreaming.
But here’s the thing, fear is just that…only fear. Nothing about it is substantial. In fact, some say fear = false evidence appearing real. It’s something we imagine and fabricate in our head and tell ourselves is true, but it’s really not.
For 2021, I’ve chosen FEARLESS as my word of the year. As I reflected on 2020 and the years prior, I realized that there were moments in my life when I overcame fear (unknowingly) and accomplished things that my mind told me I could never do. And as I reflected on those moments, it made me ask myself “well, imagine wtf you could actually do if you were consciously fearless?”
When I was able to overcome the fear of failure, or not being good enough, or this fear of being dismissed and misunderstood because of my mental illness, and actually put myself out there in the world, I flourished. I found out that I was good enough, smart enough, and more than capable.
I’d be lying to you if I said I no longer have fears, but I know not to let it hold me back.
How My Word Will Guide Me in 2021
- Continue to acknowledge and identify my fears as they arise so I can challenge them and gain clarity on my emotions in those moments
- Work to change my relationship with fear so it no longer can control me
- Continue to live authentically with my mental health
- Dare to dream for more for myself
- Trust and believe in myself and my instincts more
Most importantly, I will allow my fearless mindset to inspire, motivate, and challenge others
Need Help Picking Your Word for 2021?
No sweat. Download my free worksheet to help guide you to choose your word of the year! There’s also 100+ ideas to give you a little inspiration too 🙂
Reminder: Pick one single word that captures what you need more of, what you want to focus on, or what you need to improve on.
Let’s start this year off with goal setting, manifestation, and intentions!