Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Putting my word of the year to work




I'm a worrier. An over-thinker. Prone to anxiety.

I get anxious when I meet new people, when I drive places I've never been before.

I get cold, sweaty, shaky, and sick to my stomach.

So you can see why I chose brave as my word of the year for 2014. I can focus on that one word and it feels like I'm chanting "you can do this" over and over to myself.

Yesterday I had a chance to put my word to good use. I drove somewhere I'd never been before (and my GPS tried to mislead me, but I out-smarted her) to work with people I don't know very well, doing something I'd never done before.

It went better than I could've hoped. I definitely chose the right word for me right now. And to remind myself of the importance of this one word:


Andy said...

A good mantra. My wife deals with panic disorder and general anxiety. It's a nightmare for her at times.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

YAY! I'm glad it worked out. Keep up the good work.

I'm not doing so well--I ate something bad tonight. :-(

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I like the mantra of being brave. It can be applied in so many ways and to so many different situations. Some friends and I just bought a "brave" bracelet (http://thebravecollection.com/pages/shop) for a friend who is facing a difficult road ahead of her.

a/k/a Nadine said...

So true, Nilsa. That bracelet is very cool. What thoughtful friends you are!