I’ve never actually gone through with selecting one little word (OLW) for the year. I think that I was always intimidated by the thought of trying to pick a perfect word. How could I choose one word to be my touchstone for the entire year? What if my OLW was really a dud? What if I realized that I’d made a horrible choice? So, I never committed to a word, but continued to envy those who did.
I hadn’t thought much about OLW when a word randomly popped into my head. That word was “confident” and I don’t know what prompted me to think of that word. I was just puttering around the house, the day after Christmas. When the word popped into my head, I started to think about that word and how it made a lot of sense to use this as my OLW for 2021. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was the perfect word for me.
I often fall victim to imposter syndrome. Maybe I shouldn’t say that I fall victim to it as much as I allow imposter syndrome to move in and take up residence. I open the door and usher it right in and allow it to stay for awhile. On more than one occasion, I’ve allowed imposter syndrome to prevent me from achieving my dreams. I need to be confident. I need to embrace confidence and use it as my armor when imposter syndrome comes knocking. I need to remember to be confident as I embrace a new year and all of the possibilities. I need to prevent things like imposter syndrome from taking root.
Soon after the realization that I actually had an OLW, I read a blog post from fellow teacher-writer Christie Wyman. Christie blogged about choosing a word of the month instead of picking one word for the entire year. Christie’s blog can be found here and after reading her wise words, I started thinking about how “confident” could be my overarching word for the year, and then I could focus on a word related to being confident. Maybe “assertive” could be a word for one month and “fearless” for another. Every month’s word would support my quest for confidence and prevent my OLW from becoming stale.
So, as 2020 nears an end, I’m ready for my OLW and it’s supporting cast of related words that I think will help me defeat my nemesis, imposter syndrome!