A curious thing happened while I was reading one of my favorite blogs called The Lettered Cottage. They had a post about a Word of the Year. Layla, the author of the blog says it is a New Years resolution and that you should choose one word that, “has the potential to inspire you and create intention in your life, all year long. “ You can read her blog post here.
That got me thinking, if I had a word, what would it be? I left that thought rattling around in my brain for a few days. When another friend of mine posted on her Facebook page that it is the year of the Dragon. I thought, “I’m a dragon, that must be a good sign.”
So keeping in mind those two things, I have chosen my Word of the Year. It is “growth.”
There are so many things I want to accomplish this year. Both in my business and private life, I want to move forward, and accomplish new levels of success. I want to take a look at myself and ask what I can do better. It can be hard to sit down and really think truthfully about yourself. What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses? What don’t I want to admit to myself? Sitting down and pondering these is a good first step down the road to growth. Owning those weakenesses is not only harder but it is the step needed to change, to grow. If you don’t, you become stuck, like air inside a house that hasn’t seen fresh air in months. Stuck is not what I want to be. Not in life, not in my photography.
growth to me means changing the little things about yourself that bother you.
According to the Chinese Zodiac “Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.”
Don’t know about you other Dragons out there, but it is true for me. I’ll hit something hard and be passionate about it for a while, then burn out and loose interest. So I want to grow into a more organized, more proactive and more productive and less of the soaring and crashing.
This year will be hard and challenging, but I if I work hard enough and push myself, I will grow.