Yearly round this time, I give you a phrase or a phrase to encourage my new 12 months, one which I’ll maintain with me as a reminder because the 12 months passes on.
This isn’t something novel. I first heard about this from a good friend who I reconnected with after school. He informed me he truly tattooed the brand new phrase yearly on himself, to which my response was:
“Is the phrase of the 12 months this 12 months, CRAZY?”
I wouldn’t take it that far (plus, wouldn’t he finally run out of room?) however the concept of a phrase of the 12 months has been with me for 5 years since, and it’s a neat little mechanism for conserving myself in test.
My phrase final 12 months was “have a good time” as a result of my poisonous trait is to perform one thing after which instantly begin the subsequent factor earlier than I actually have a probability to benefit from the second.
Having the phrase written in my thoughts (and tattooed on a Publish-it Observe by my desk) turned a delicate reminder to assist me decelerate and turn into extra grateful for the issues that occurred this 12 months.
I’ll share my 2023 phrase with a narrative. Maybe it will encourage you to pick a phrase that can assist you get unstuck subsequent 12 months. 😊
One of many hardest challenges…
I ever needed to overcome as an entrepreneur was writing my e-book, Will It Fly? Though it was self-published, which meant I may transfer it a lot sooner than conventional publishing strategies, the e-book nonetheless took me over 2 years to finish.
Why did it take so lengthy?
As a result of I wasn’t being me.
You see, proper earlier than beginning to write this e-book in 2013, I learn a ton of books from one in every of my favourite authors, Malcolm Gladwell. As I used to be absorbing his books, I used to be additionally absorbing his writing model.
His books are so well-written, I believed that to ensure that my e-book to be simply pretty much as good, I needed to write similar to him.
From fascinating scientific research to the informative connections he creates between them, I got down to just do the identical, and sadly, it stopped me in my tracks.
After 3 months of absolute frustration, I stop writing.
“I assume I simply wasn’t meant to put in writing this e-book,” I informed myself.
Quick ahead to six months later. A good friend requested me how my e-book was coming alongside, and I informed him the story. Then he mentioned the next:
“You’re not Malcolm Gladwell. You’re you. Why are you making an attempt to put in writing like him? Write such as you.”
It appears so apparent years later, however as , it’s simple to fall into these traps.
Quickly after that dialogue, and in addition with the assistance of a writing coach I employed, Azul Terronez, I used to be writing like me, and the phrases began to circulate.
This coming 12 months, 2023, I’m writing a brand new e-book. This time, it’s with a standard writer, and as an alternative of placing the “it have to be like all the opposite nice historically revealed books on the market” spin on it, I NEED to proceed to be my genuine self throughout all of my work, particularly right here with this new e-book.
I’ll share extra in regards to the e-book later. For now, that is my phrase of the 12 months to information me all through 2023:
Your Name to Motion
Now your flip. What’s a phrase to softly nudge you all through subsequent 12 months, to maintain you on monitor and remind you about the place you’re going?
Write it down and place it someplace you’ll see it. Right here’s to you and an incredible 2023!