As I told subscribers in this week's newsletter, I have not always been a goal setter. However for the past five years I have joined Ali Edwards in choosing one little word for the year. I have loved choosing one little word each year as a sort of guiding word, a word to keep in the front of my mind.
Usually I find my word pretty easily. Many people say that the word finds them. Often I'll have a short list of possible words. Then over a few weeks one of those words just keeps coming up. I might notice it in print or find myself saying it. I also notice multiple meanings and discover ways it might fit my upcoming year.
Past one little words for me were:
- 2010 SIMPLE - That year we sold our house and moved to a loft. We simplified our belongings and our life. It was a life changing year.
- 2011 FOCUS - That year I really got into photography. I bought a DSLR and started practicing. There is the obvious meaning of focus in photography but I also really focused on my hobbies that year.
- 2012 LIGHT - I continued to to work on my photography skills by looking for light. We also worked on eating light. We joined a CSA and I learned to cook more.
- 2013 MORE - After spending several years simplifying I was ready for more. No matter how much you enjoy minimalism there are things you want more of....more fun, more laughter, more nature, etc.
- 2014 HABIT (of course!) - This turned out to be another life changing year. I spent a lot (all?) of my time on my year of creative habits project.
Some years my one little word is a big part of my life like simple in 2010 and habit in 2014. One year (2013) I felt like I may have picked the wrong word or simply didn't incorporate it into my life enough.
This year for the first time I've had trouble finding my word. I've been waiting, thinking the right word would come. I had my short list but none of them were standing out to me. Today Ali posted the list of words that people have chosen as their one little word this year. (She also had Liz Lamoreux read the list. Liz does a beautiful job with this every year. It is worth a listen.)
Looking over the list today, my word found me. BELIEVE. Last year, I spent a lot of time "faking it until I make it" and there's nothing wrong with that. It works. But this year, what if I stop faking it and just BELIEVE in myself? BELIEVE that things are possible. BELIEVE that they will happen. BELIEVE my instincts.
When I look back on the goals I wrote earlier this week, it would help for me to BELIEVE. I need to BELIEVE that:
- I am an artist.
- I am a painter.
- I am a writer.
- I am a photographer
- I am a runner.
- I am a yogi.
Now obviously I am not all of those things today but I BELIEVE that I can be. And I wonder just how powerful that belief in myself might be this year.