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I’ve heard several blogs talking about picking a word of the year for your New Year’s resolution. I really like the idea, but last year I just couldn’t narrow down my choice to one. This year I’ve got it – my word is FREEDOM.
Freedom to make mistakes. Freedom to change my mind. Freedom to be silly. Freedom to do what I want to do. I tend to get way too caught up in doing what I “should” do. Going to work, paying my bills, cooking, cleaning, and all that stuff. Which is fine in it’s own way, but I spend more time on what I HAVE to do, instead of what I WANT to do.
I’m giving myself PERMISSION to have the freedom in my life that I envy in the lives of others. The freedom to CHOOSE to make time for the things I’m missing out on. Going on more trips, eating at new restaurants, learning new ways of making money so I can afford the things I want.
Freedom is allowing me to stop complaining about my life. I’m free to find a new job that is more align with my passion. I’m free to try dressing in a new way and even overhaul my whole wardrobe if I want to. Lately I’ve been trying many new foods and finding that my taste buds have changed and I enjoy flavors I didn’t before. Freedom allows me to say, “I’m different today than I was yesterday – and that’s WONDERFUL!”
My own inner critic was holding me back far more than any real-life criticism I received. If a person told me I couldn’t do it, I’d just say – “Yeah right –watch me!.” If I told myself I couldn’t do it, I was convinced that I was a smart person and I must know what I was talking about! By focusing on FREEDOM, I know that I’m free to change my mind, try again, or completely revise my old ideas. This focus word is helping me put things into perspective.
So what is your word for the year? And how does it help you? Share your ideas with me.