I’ve been told I lack follow through.
When I would share with family that I was applying for a new job, or wanted to get a certification for a new career, I got questions like “what’s wrong with the job you just got?” Or, “what about that Interior Design thing you were working on last year?”
You see, I really like variety. I also really like starting things.
Some of that love of variety is healthy ~ it’s good to try new things, to grow. It’s an aspect of my personality I’m learning to celebrate. The flip side, though, is that starting new things can cause me to neglect the old ones.
Choosing a theme word each year helps set the tone, guide my choices, and generally keeps me “between the lines.” 2019’s word was COURAGE, and boy, did I need it.
So many changes were coming my way, and while most were things I chose to do, I still needed courage to step into those decisions. Consistently asking myself if I was living courageously helped me accomplish some big things.
For instance, I:
Get this: prior to reflecting on 2019, I felt like I’d not accomplished much.
Why? Well, back to that interior design thing... you know how upset people get on one of those “fix my house” shows when 50% of their budget is spent on things “behind the drywall,” like replacing all the knob and tube wiring? Or, when building a new house, a ton of time and money go into the foundation ~ it’s easy to think the walls will never materialize.
That was my 2019. So much work went into the foundation and things behind the walls, and it's easy to forget how much is there.
So my word for 2020 is:
I chose TRANSFORM because it is a verb that implies never being finished. Following through isn’t about completion, it’s about constantly growing ~ with intention. I want to be intentional about growing in wisdom, skills and the energy to lead others to do the same.
In 2020 I want to transform my thinking and actions in the following areas:
I invite you to join me inside my Facebook Group, where I will share and teach how an Intentional Optimist approaches these topics, and challenge you to TRANSFORM your life in 2020!
This will be a big year, setting the tone for the rest of the decade.
Laughing at the days to come…