What is your word for 2020?
What is your word for 2020? Mine is “Begin.”
According to Merriam-Webster, it means, “To do the first part of an action: go into the first part of a process.”1
We all have those actions that we know we need to take in order to grow and develop. Sometimes, starting them is the hardest part.
That's why my word for 2020 is "Begin." I decided to implement BEGIN last week.
I thought, "What do I need to just 'begin?'" My goal was to begin a new career doing something I enjoy and making more money. I had already filled out a Request Information form, but when an admissions representative called me, I made excuses not to talk to her.
So, what stopped me the last time I wanted to begin? The unknown. I thought, “How much time will it take? What is it going to cost? How can I possibly incorporate one more task into a schedule that is already too full?”
How did I overcome my fear? By beginning. I filled out a new Request Information form, and when the admissions representative called, I made the appointment for that same day! She told me I only needed to schedule one hour. One hour is nothing.
After discovering I only needed to go to school Monday through Thursday from 9 to 2:30 for the program I chose (or 5:15 to 10:30 for the night program), I thought, “WOW, I can do that! I could complete the program in just ten months!”
After meeting with the financial aid department, I discovered something else. I can actually afford the monthly out-of-pocket costs. Also, I didn't have to wait to start. I was told I could begin two weeks after I had my paperwork completed.
My advice to you is to have your 2020 word be BEGIN. Don't wish for it, work for it.
1 Begin. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/begin