2012 Word For The Year

I’ve been hearing a lot of bloggers lately talking about their “One Word” for the year.  One word that describes the focus you want to have in 2012.  Ann Voskamp has done this for a while.  She had a year of “eucharisteo”, a year of “yes” and a year of “here”.  Other bloggers have chosen “balance”, “choose” or “courage”.

I’ve been thinking over my plans for the year.  I’ve set some goals and have others forming themselves slowly.  It all seems to come down to this: What I want to accomplish seems big.  Huge.  Impossible even.  I am scared by my own nerve.  I am choosing to do things this year that I’ve always wanted to do but never had the guts to try. (This thing is big.  Too big to share here just yet.  There will be more to come.)

When I think about it as a whole I freeze, which is what I’ve done for years.  I say I have this dream or that dream, but I don’t ever act on them.  I just dream.  Then I watch Modern Family while I fold laundry.  I do the easy, daily, has-to-get-done stuff that comes with being a mom.  But I don’t do the stuff that makes me come alive – the stuff that expresses who I have been created to be.  I thought to myself over Christmas Break this year, “Just do it, Heidi.  Be brave.”  I kind of yelled it at myself in my head, the way a really good football coach would – like Denzel Washington on Remember the Titans.

And inside I instantly felt free.  And excited.  And afraid.  And a little like throwing up.

I know that Nike phrase is cliche.  But there is a reason it stuck around.  We need to hear it.  It’s simple.  Most of us don’t do stuff that’s hard or scary or requires effort.  At least, I don’t.  I’m really good at being stuck in a rut.  I set up camp and stay for the long haul.  I talk big about things I’d love to do or see or create, but I don’t ever “Just Do It”.

So my word for the year is:

I’ve been reading a book called “The War Of Art” by Steven Pressfield that talks about how those who venture to make their living by being creative are so often found not doing what they love because Resistance blocks us.  Resistance can come in many forms, but it is driven and fed by fear.  Fear of failure.  Fear of success.  Fear of being too tied down.  Fear of being left alone.  We are afraid of whatever results may come and so we just don’t create.  We check Facebook.  We get an office job.  We fold another load of laundry.  We “need to prepare more” or “have so much on our plate” or “need to wait for inspiration”.  In other words, we make excuses.

And do you know how we overcome Resistance.  We get up and do our jobs.  Whatever that may be.  We write.  We paint.  We play.  We create.  Whatever we must do, we do it.  Whether we are inspired or not.  Whether we feel like it or not.  Inspiration will come and when it does you better have that brush in your hand or your fingers on that keyboard so you’ll be ready for it.

I have dreamed for a long time from inside the safe confines of my motherhood roles.  I have a lot of “somedays” on my list.  Someday I’ll travel.  Someday I’ll write for real.  Someday I’ll read this or go there or make that.  Well, today is someday and I’m going to do it now.

Switchfoot has a great song called “Dare You To Move” and it’s sort of become my theme song for the year.  I love these lyrics:

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next

Welcome to the fallout
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

So this year I will say to my creative self, my dreamer, “Welcome to existence.  What happens next?”

And I will ignore the fear.

I will overcome resistance.

I will do what I dream to do.

I will not be timid or lazy or safe.

I will move.

Just do it.

If you’d like more information on Switchfoot songs, albums or tour dates you can visit their website Switchfoot.com.  And just my two cents, their new album “Vice Verses” is freakin’ awesome.

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