As many do for the start of a new year, I spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure out a goal or plan for 2017. Being in a state of personal and career transition for the last several months depleted a lot of energy and focus that I might normally have for an exercise like goal-setting. I’ve felt at a bit of a loss. But then the yoga-loving corner of my brain said why not set an intention for the year like you would at the start of a yoga session?” Boom! I instantly knew what my intention would be: I AM BRAVE.
I already started this journey with the baby steps of leaving a career that I spent over a decade building, to explore what it would be like working for myself doing something I feel passionately about. Basically, I wanted to help people feel happier in their personal lives and careers.
Carving this path is intimidating and scary. However, focusing on being brave allowed me the following opportunities:
- Giving myself permission to fail
- Finding compassion for myself when I get stuck in analysis paralysis and procrastination
- Letting go of perfectionism that will only slow down the process
- Asking for help from others who are more knowledgeable and experienced
- Appreciating the small moments of growth
- Going along for a ride in which I don’t know the destination
Here’s what being brave started to look like at the end of last year: If I didn’t want to do something because it sounded scary, I had to either (1) do it anyway, or (2) come up with a better answer as to why I shouldn’t. I was not allowed to let fear be a contributing factor in my decisions. This year I want to take the next step and initiate journeys that will ultimately leave me feeling empowered. We can’t grow unless we feel uncomfortable first, right?
So here I am. And thanks for reading my first ever blog post. I look forward to a year of being brave in my thoughts, actions, and intentions.
If you were to set one intention as your lens for 2017, what would it be? For reference, some of my favorite yoga intentions are I am patient, I am calm, and I am grateful. What resonates with you in your journey right now?