LEAP (verb): to spring free from a surface or over an obstacle.
I chose “leap” as my word for the new year because I’d like to take more chances in life, especially in my ongoing creative career
endeavors. When it comes to my creative work, I like to sort out every single detail and run through each possible snag and scenario before putting myself out there. I think much of this is due to the fact that it’s no longer just a hobby, I am attaching my name and my word to something, and I want it to be the best that it can be. I am new to the world of entrepreneurship and each experience and outcome is a first for me. The fear of rejection and error is natural. I know that I need to just ride those waves of emotions and take the leap by putting my work out there and allowing myself to be vulnerable. One can do only so much preparation before the testing phase is overdone and the time has come to liberate it. Releasing my work and ideas is scary and exciting all at once, and it will allow me to receive the feedback necessary to improve and thrive.
While I won’t stop prepping, I also know that we cannot anticipate every scenario. We must allow for trial and error too. Over-preparing and obsessing over minutia and endless possibilities tends to hold me back and stall my original timeline (IE: opening my first handmade shop!). That’s where “leap” comes in. Creatively, I’d like to leap more, prepare/obsess less. I am comforted in the knowledge that after the leap, I have the option to fix and adjust things as needed. That may actually be the best part: after the leap. I’m going to move out of the comfort zone of the beginning stages, and leap into a creative livelihood and a place of exploration! This sounds much more thrilling than the comfort zone bits; I’ve spent enough time hanging out in that spot already.
I know from my own experiences as well as witnessing others’ that the most exciting and fulfilling things in life are usually born out of what happens because of the leap, so this year I intend to keep little reminders of my word up around the house in hopes of sparking excitement, change, and fireworks in leaps and bounds. 🙂
P.P.P.S. What will you pick as your word for the New Year and why?
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