Happy 2020!!! I get really excited about each new year, but this one feels like it’s going to be big. I have loved talking to so many people over the last few weeks who are reflecting on all that they’ve done through the last decade and all that they hope to do in the next one. I also have dreams, big dreams, of pathways I want to explore, adventures I want to have, and milestones I want to reach. So as I jump into the new year, I’m thinking a lot about how I will actually get there. Candidly, I am really great at meditating, dreaming and visualizing, but less skilled when it comes to taking action and making things happen.
For the last few New Year’s I’ve chosen one word to focus on rather than a series of goals. I wrote about this last January and the surprisingly profound effect it has on how my year unfolds. This year I keep coming back to a theme of needing to get more uncomfortable, doing things I’m resistant to when I know I should, pushing my bounds, leaping into what scares me, and being okay with trying and failing and failing again, knowing a win will come. That’s where the magic happens. That’s where we learn the most about who we are and what we’re capable of. Often easier said than done, but that’s why my word for 2020 is RISK. Take the risks or risk missing out on what’s possible.
I started this weekend by bundling myself up and going for a run in 30-degree weather. I hate being cold!!! Of course, I was glad I did it in the end. I always am, but I waste a lot of time talking myself out of things first. This year I’m talking myself into taking the risks I need to make the next ten years live up to the dreams I’ve spent so much time investing in. We all should. If there is one thing a change in decade reminds us, it’s that life can pass quickly, and we owe it to ourselves and the people we love to make the most of the time we are here. What will you risk for yourself this year? What is the one word that you will choose as a reminder to live the life you feel you were meant to?