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 faculty. He instructed 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 examine.
My phrase final 12 months was “have fun” 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 Notice by my desk) turned a delicate reminder to assist me decelerate and change into extra grateful for the issues that occurred this 12 months.
I’ll share my 2023 phrase with a narrative. Maybe this can encourage you to pick a phrase that will help you get unstuck subsequent 12 months. 😊
One of many hardest challenges…
I ever needed to overcome as an entrepreneur was writing my ebook, Will It Fly? Though it was self-published, which meant I might transfer it a lot quicker than conventional publishing strategies, the ebook 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 ebook in 2013, I learn a ton of books from certainly one of 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 assumed that to ensure that my ebook to be simply nearly 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 do exactly the identical, and sadly, it stopped me in my tracks.
After 3 months of absolute frustration, I stop writing.
“I suppose I simply wasn’t meant to jot down this ebook,” I instructed myself.
Quick ahead to six months later. A good friend requested me how my ebook was coming alongside, and I instructed him the story. Then he stated the next:
“You’re not Malcolm Gladwell. You’re you. Why are you attempting to jot down like him? Write such as you.”
It appears so apparent years later, however as you understand, it’s straightforward 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 movement.
This coming 12 months, 2023, I’m writing a brand new ebook. This time, it’s with a standard writer, and as an alternative of placing the “it should be like all the opposite nice historically printed 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 ebook.
I’ll share extra concerning the ebook 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 observe and remind you about the place you’re going?
Write it down and place it someplace you understand you’ll see it. Right here’s to you and an incredible 2023!