What is a word of the year? Well put quite simply it is a word that you aspire to be more of, to become, to guide you, a word to live by.
I started choosing my word of the year in 2012, back then I was a bit lost, didn’t know my direction in life, in love, in family, in pretty much everything. I guess I was a big bobble head bouncing ever way I seemed to be pulled to. I was lacking focus, drive and discipline, but most of all I was lacking that zest for life.
I recall sitting and thinking okay pick a good word, wealth sounds good, I like wealth, lol what about happiness? That is a good word, who doesn’t want happiness? I hummed and hawed for sometime, every time I thought of a word, it just didn’t feel right, so I left it alone, who needs a word of the year anyways?
I am not sure when my word came to me, I just know when it popped in my mind, there was no doubt that one word would be my compass for the year.
My word for 2012 was ‘ clarity ‘ I know, I know, clarity? Boring word, but it was the word I needed, every time I was at a crossroads in 2012, I thought to myself, which direction will give you more clarity? And then I would go the direction. My year started out in a fog of confusion, but by the end of the year every thing was crystal clear.
The same held true for 2013, my word for the year was ‘ fearless ‘ Any time I felt that knot in my stomach of something that would scare me like riding down a scary section of trail mountain biking, making big business decisions, riding my horse with confidence to my first barrel in a competition, etc. any time I felt fear, I would revert to my word of the year and say to myself
“ be fearless” and wow, did it make a huge difference in my year, events happened that I could of never imagined.
I threw it out there and let the chips fall as they wish. I said I am going to ride my bike down this hill, I will go for big film projects, I am going ride my horse like I am competing in the Calgary Stampede.
So did I ride down that steep hill? Did I land a huge contract? Did I win a barrel race? Well yes I did, but that is not what matters, what matters to me is while I was at the top, sitting on my bike looking down, I chose to look fear in the face and said, “ get lost” .
Having a word of the year is a fantastic way to give yourself a personal compass, to guide yourself when you are lost. It can be any word you want, fun, happiness, strength, health, you will know when you have chosen the right word, it will just feel right, your word is just for you, only you have to know it and when you hit that crossroad, think of your word and choose your path from there.
So what is my word for 2014? It actually came to me in a phone conversation with a friend, I knew it was my word right away, if felt good to say it. I can wait to see where this word will guide me.
My word for 2014 is Limitless