2017 is going to need a stronger word of the year.

If you’ve read my blog before, you might know that each year I assign a word of the year to give myself direction and purpose. It gives me not so much a resolution, but more a thematic approach to the areas of my life where I feel some development is in order. Back in 2013, I needed to get myself in the mindset of Decisiveness. The following year I embraced my Creativity. I had a year of Asking in 2015, and followed it up this year with recognising and respecting Value – mine and everyone else’s.

With that kind of track record, this year’s going to need a really, really good one. Also – and I feel it’s now reached the point of being self-explanatory shorthand – 2016, you guys. 2016.

This year’s theme can be tricksy. It will need some definition. What is it?

Chance.

Let’s be clear: I’m not talking about ‘leaving things up to chance’. I think that’s the opposite of what a person like me needs; perhaps my worst self-development trait is sometimes being  nervous of making things happen and so waiting for others to offer. Which, realistically (cynically?), they won’t. That path leads only to entitlement, I think  – or at the very least a belief that everyone is able to SEE into your SOUL and magically KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. Don’t go there kids. And stay in school.

No, this Chance is chance in the sense of:

Give yourself a…

Give this new situation a…

Take a…

This chance is learning to live with uncertainty. Learning to accept the ripples in my stomach not as harbingers of a maelstrom but as currents leading to a wildly exciting white water ride. I have one or two things up my sleeve for 2017 that are massively out of my comfort zone, and for once I’m making this a reason to do them rather than an excuse not to. It’s the greatest testament I can think of to truly having recognised my own value – and with it embraced the possibility of failure. Because if you truly think you’re offering something positive to the world, then failure is a disappointment but not a devastation.

I’m proud of my accomplishments and achievements, but I recognise I could challenge myself more. By committing myself to the possibility of failure, I also give myself the best opportunity to succeed. There are dreams that are tired of being dreamed, and simply want to be lived.

And in the year ahead, I fully intend to give those dreams a chance.

 

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5 responses to “2017 is going to need a stronger word of the year.

  1. You have no idea how much I admire you, Alex. If you don’t mind, I’m going to wallpaper my life with this post. Maybe it will help me kick fear out of the driver’s seat. Bring it, butterflies!!!

    • Alexandra Roumbas Goldstein

      Hey, I wrote it so it can serve the same purpose for me! 😂 You’re a sweetheart, and I’m glad our blogs found each other! x

  2. Yes to this. Such a powerful way to live and how I live my life pretty much every day. Just go for it all, girl! So glad you’ve seen what we can all see: so much talent and amazing energy. Happy New Year and hope to see you for more fun in 2017 xx

    • Alexandra Roumbas Goldstein

      Aw, thanks you! I am very lucky to be surrounded by excellent and inspiring women that fill me with happiness and hope. (Hint: you’re one!). Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family! xx

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