365 Days of Courage #1: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are ..."

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It always feels SO good to have the blank canvas of a brand new year. As you make your resolutions or set your intentions for the year ahead, my wish for you and for myself is that we grow to become more and more of who we really are in 2019. Which, as the American poet E E Cummings so rightly noted, takes courage.

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There is something SO exciting and inspiring about the blank canvas of a brand new year.

I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions as they set too many of us up for failure. All of the excitement and enthusiasm has waned by the end of January and tends to be replaced with resignation and self-criticism. None of that helps us to live the lives we truly want to live.

What I prefer instead is to have a theme or word for the year ahead - this year my theme is Courage.

If you are enticed by the idea of choosing a word to inspire you in 2019, I highly recommend Susannah Conway's Find Your Word course. It is a free 5 day email course. In her description of the course, Susannah says:

"New year’s resolutions have never worked for me — in fact, I don’t know if they’ve ever really worked for anyone. They always sound like a list of rules that I know I will break by the end of January. They feel like a superficial fix to me. They feel bossy and rigid — I want to be inspired not instructed. Which is why I believe choosing a word as a guiding light for the new year works better because it feels so much more EXPANSIVE. A word can be embraced as a mantra, a meditation, a reminder, a promise. A word can be interpreted in different ways. A word can’t be “broken” — it feels gentler somehow."

You can subscribe to Susannah's 5 day Find Your Word course by clicking on the link below:

https://www.susannahconway.com/word/

I would love to hear what word you choose for 2019.

Tomorrow, I will talk more about what courage means to me and why I chose it as my word for 2019.