My One Word for 2018 (maybe two)

Every year I get to this point and am stumped. What is the one word for the year ahead? You climb this mountain, stand at the summit and shout out your word hoping the universe shouts back some tips. As I read through past posts, I realized perhaps they are still areas of growth. I still need to focus on the necessary (#oneword2016) and I’m not sure I was as fearless as I wanted to be in 2017. Maybe I need to work on the action piece or perhaps a quarterly revisit will help.

Back to the word.

As I have been reading Creative Confidence by Tom and Dave Kelly this week, the pieces started falling in to place. The authors define creative confidence as the combination of thought and action: “the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out.” It feels like a perfect fit for many reasons. One it builds on last year’s word of fearless but it also focuses on action. As much as the ideas come, the fear creeps in: fear of being judged, fear of failure, even fear of success. Tom & Dave address it so well in chapter 1.

In our experience, one of the scariest snakes in the room is the fear of failure, which manifests itself in such ways as fear of being judged, fear of getting started, fear of the unknown. And while much has been said about fear of failure, it still is the single biggest obstacle people face to creative success.

So for 2018 I want to live out my creative confidence. A year of new ideas and the courage to bring them to life and push the fear aside.

Here’s to wishing you each a year of action!

6 Replies to “My One Word for 2018 (maybe two)”

  1. WOW- I cannot tell you how much I relate to this post. I absolutely love that idea of “creative confidence!” I stop myself from acting on ideas all the time for the fear of failure. Ugh. We have to stop! Keep sharing those ideas you have throughout the year on this blog. I’m going to add this book to my Goodreads list… thanks so much for sharing!

    1. It is such a big piece isn’t it Katie. I almost started writing a post just about that fear of failure but I stopped myself. A quote from Seth Godin’s book Tribes always stuck with me that we don’t fear failure, we fear how others will respond to our failure. Dang social acceptance! Looking forward to catching up on the blogs of the group. Thanks Katie.

  2. I love your one word (maybe two)! I have issues with creativity. I kind of wish I had read your post before I chose my one word for the year. Mine is #resilient. I suppose that with some of the projects that I have planned for the year, I can try to improve on my creativity. Thanks for putting some ideas in my head.

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