It’s the last day of my 38th year on the planet. So it’s time to think about what my next theme will be. This past year has been the Year of the Delivery. You can see why I called it that and also what else I’ve focused on in the past over here.
I think that I have delivered on the promises I’ve made to myself and to the world over the past year. I’ve found an amazing woman and built the foundations of a really strong relationship. It’s been a very successful year professionally. I’m finishing up my first book (in fact, I’m writing this instead of working on it – so I should keep this brief). I’ve become a certified fitness professional. I’ve traveled to interesting places and met fun people. I got to help marry off my brother and bring in a new sister-in-law, all on the other side of the Atlantic. I’ve written a lot of articles. I taught myself how to design webpages with WordPress and have created 5 of them. And there’s more, but all in all, I delivered.
When I was younger, I often felt I had to work hard to be prepared for the future. Whether it was planning or studying or practicing, I had a feeling that I wanted to be ready when my chance came. Now, I didn’t really now what I meant by “my chance”, but gosh darnit, I was going to be ready for it! In many ways it was a valuable mentality because it helped me focus on developing competence and confidence in a lot of different areas.
But it has also held me back, because I will often think that I have to prepare more before I’m ready to move forward. For example, I’ll think of reaching out to another successful author or speaker to connect and hold myself back because I don’t think I’ve earned the right to. Or I don’t speak with enough confidence about the work that I do because I know that I can still get better in the future. And so the focus on preparation can also be paralyzing.
Not this year. Tomorrow starts the Year of the Arriving.
Instead of thinking that I will arrive in the future, I’m going to work from a place of knowing that I’ve already arrived. I’m going to have confidence that I’ve put in the effort necessary to be successful now and that I don’t have shrink back.
Does this mean that I don’t think I have to put in anymore work? Hardly. In fact, I chose to go with Arriving instead of Arrival because I don’t think it’s a single event, but rather a daily activity. My goal is to show up every day and create awesomeness and influence myself, others, and the world in a positive way.
This year I don’t have to look into the future, I’m already Arriving.