2017 Word of the Year: Peace

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My 2017 Word of the Year: PeaceSo it took me longer than it should have, but I finally came up with my Word of the Year.

I’ve done this before and found that it really helped me keep focused on my ultimate goal. Nothing material or specific, but an overall state of mind that I aim for during the year. For example, I’ve used the words “Renew” and “Grow” in the past, and it really amazes me how those words can show many facets throughout the year.

One of my biggest challenges over the past few months has been that of dealing with fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of rejection. Fear of acceptance. Irrational, I know, but there it is.

I’ve decided that I no longer want to be the biggest obstacle in my own path. I no longer want to keep myself from taking the steps necessary to achieve my far-sighted goals.

Ok, great. Now what?

Easier said than done, I’m afraid. (wait, I just said “afraid”… that’s fear!)

I’ve been asking a lot of questions lately, and having difficulty coming up with answers. Constant questions are stressful and I’m ready to find solutions. That was when I’d first thought of the word “Peace”. Resolving any gray areas in my own mind, acting on the confidence that comes with that and achieving my goals.

I then read an excellent article on fear (How to Get Over Your Fear When Starting A Freelance Business) and knew that was what I needed to overcome in order to move forward. I began to look for words that were the opposite of fear. “Fearless” was the first one and that wasn’t strong enough for me. Besides, it’s a cop out.

“Courage” was suggested next, but that isn’t right either. Courage is doing what needs to be done in spite of the fear, not removing the fear completely.

I then saw… “Peace”.

There it was again.  I guess it was a sign!

When you are experiencing fear, you cannot experience peace. When you are experiencing peace, there’s no room for fear.

So “Peace” is my word for 2017. How will this word play out over the next 12 months? Good question. I’m looking forward to finding out!

~R

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