Tomorrow is no different than today as it relates to goal-setting and self-promise making. Still, each year, people chose this day to make huge (and often unobtainable) changes in their lives. From losing weight, saving money, finding love, and a host of other well-intended resolutions, people hope that the coming year will be “their” year to accomplish all these things and to finally reach the pinnacle of their self-imagined happiness.
I set some goals last year and limited the amount so as not to go insane in the pursuit of reaching them. I did better than I ever have. I also did something that, for me, was a life-changer. I changed my “life word.”
Up until the end of 2013, My life word had been, “hope.” Hope is a fine word. It still applies in my life. To me, however, hope implies waiting, not action. Hope was about waiting for life to come to me, and I was still hoping.
For 2014, I chose the word, “fearless,” as my life word. I started out the year with the best “Suckuary” I’d had since Suckuary began in 2001, mostly in part to a life-changing song by Pharrell Williams called, “Happy” and my determination to reclaim January as part of my life. For the most part, it worked.
I kept the momentum going after a promotion in March and a trip with my BFF to Maui. Most of that came about because I would look at a pile of obstacle to things I wanted or wanted to do and say to myself, “WHY NOT?” Then I’d go do it.
In May, I became a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001. That may not seem like such a big deal but I had to go to Philadelphia to train and take an EXAM (I really haven’t done that since 1991). Still, I attacked that test fearlessly. I had nothing to lose except pride. I trusted my instincts. AND I PASSED.
Then I spent the next six months traveling 25,000 air miles for work. I questioned whether I had the stamina for all the travel, but I managed and I had some great experiences, especially when I was traveling by myself. I was fearless and I embraced my new reality.
I could list so many things of how living fearlessly has changed my life. I am more outgoing, I’ve had wonderful new experiences and met some great new people. I enjoy my job so much more than I ever could have imagined, because every day I approach it fearlessly.
I am grateful for all these new opportunities that I didn’t hope for, but chased down. The Year of Fearless changed my life, so, with that in mind, I’m going round 2 with “fearless,” in 2015.
You haven’t seen anything yet!