Yearly round this time, I provide you with a phrase or a phrase to encourage my new yr, one which I’ll maintain with me as a reminder because the yr passes on.
This isn’t something novel. I first heard about this from a buddy who I reconnected with after faculty. He advised me he truly tattooed the brand new phrase yearly on himself, to which my response was:
“Is the phrase of the yr this yr, CRAZY?”
I wouldn’t take it that far (plus, wouldn’t he ultimately run out of room?) however the thought of a phrase of the yr has been with me for 5 years since, and it’s a neat little mechanism for preserving myself in verify.
My phrase final yr was “have fun” as a result of my poisonous trait is to perform one thing after which instantly begin the following factor earlier than I also have a probability to benefit from the second.
Having the phrase written in my thoughts (and tattooed on a Publish-it Be aware by my desk) grew to become a delicate reminder to assist me decelerate and turn out to be extra grateful for the issues that occurred this yr.
I’ll share my 2023 phrase with a narrative. Maybe this may encourage you to pick out a phrase that will help you get unstuck subsequent yr. 😊
One of many hardest challenges…
I ever needed to overcome as an entrepreneur was writing my guide, Will It Fly? Though it was self-published, which meant I might transfer it a lot sooner than conventional publishing strategies, the guide 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 guide in 2013, I learn a ton of books from one in all my favourite authors, Malcolm Gladwell. As I used to be absorbing his books, I used to be additionally absorbing his writing type.
His books are so well-written, I believed that to ensure that my guide to be simply pretty much as good, I needed to write identical 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 give up writing.
“I suppose I simply wasn’t meant to jot down this guide,” I advised myself.
Quick ahead to six months later. A buddy requested me how my guide was coming alongside, and I advised him the story. Then he stated the next:
“You’re not Malcolm Gladwell. You’re you. Why are you making an attempt to jot down like him? Write such as you.”
It appears so apparent years later, however as you recognize, it’s simple to fall into these traps.
Quickly after that dialogue, and likewise with the assistance of a writing coach I employed, Azul Terronez, I used to be writing like me, and the phrases began to stream.
This coming yr, 2023, I’m writing a brand new guide. This time, it’s with a conventional 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 guide.
I’ll share extra in regards to the guide later. For now, that is my phrase of the yr to information me all through 2023:
Your Name to Motion
Now your flip. What’s a phrase to softly nudge you all through subsequent yr, to maintain you on monitor and remind you about the place you’re going?
Write it down and place it someplace you recognize you’ll see it. Right here’s to you and a tremendous 2023!