Over the last couple of years, I’ve been thinking choosing a “word for the year” is pointless. It seems by March most of us have forgotten the word and abandoned our mission. However, the word “transformation” literally came to me in a dream and represents what I want to do in 2020. This year, I want to transform many aspects of who I am, what I do, and how I do it.
During December and January, I spent a lot of time reflecting. Just like choosing a word for the year, I have avoided reflection, thinking it was a waste of time. I’ve always wanted to put the past behind me and move forward. However, what I found is reflection is a wonderful tool. Reflection allowed me to uncover how to move forward in a way that will produce better outcomes.
You’ve probably heard the saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome. Reflection allowed me to see what I had been doing over and over. As I looked back at my blog posts, I saw a trend. Things I wanted to do or stop doing last year are the same things I wanted ten years ago. TEN YEARS AGO! I began writing a book which triggered a lot of memories. As I pondered the last 20 years, I discovered another trend. I noticed what I loved doing, what energized me and what depleted me and what was holding me back. This breakthrough allowed me to transform my mission and gather courage to shed the security blankets I kept tightly around me. It’s a little frightening, but also extremely freeing to finally pull back the covers and start to shine.