Friday, February 7, 2020

My Word for 2020 by Dr. Sharice Bradford

In last month’s blog, I talked about New Year, New What?  I shared how I now come up with a word to guide me through the year.  I also stated that this month I would share what my word for 2020 is.  But before I share my word with you let me ask a question.  How are those resolutions coming?  How many people can honestly say that they have stuck with their resolutions and are just as on track and excited as they were when they made those resolutions at the end of the year?  Do you even remember what the resolutions were? 

Well as I shared, I thought long and hard about what my word for the year would be.  My process of choosing the word was a result of years of failed resolutions but also reading Shonda Rhimes' book The Year of Yes!  The year after reading that book my word was yes.  For those of you who haven’t read the book, it is a must-have for your library. 

Anyway, on to my word for 2020.  My word for this year is DONE!  Yep, DONE!  Not as in done with life, or done with living, however, done with the people, places and things that no longer serve my life and those people, places and things that have contributed directly or indirectly to me not living up to and owning my full potential. 

I have to make a disclaimer here.  I am not blaming anyone.  My life, my choices.  However, I realized as I was deciding what my word would be that there was a lot that I allowed, and a lot that I accepted that was not serving me, or my purpose.  So I decided to purge.  Just like cleaning my closet, or spring cleaning the house, I decided that I would rid my life of some things and some people that needed to be released.  I decided that I would be DONE and that I would let the word DONE by my guide for 2020. 

I have to admit, DONE was a scary word.  I required some restructuring of some relationships.  It required a change in employment, which became a change in economic status.  It required me to sit in some things I had allowed to get out of control and fix some things that had been broken. 

DONE required that I restructure my entrepreneurial efforts.  Entrepreneurship may be hard, but it is worth every effort, every failure, every setback, every sleepless night.  The victories and the successes made it so much more worth the effort.  I also decided to be done with happiness and regret.  The victories and successes make my choice worth the effort. 

I decided that DONE would guide me through 2020.  The reality is that my 2020 will be whatever I make it and that starts with being done with everything that does not serve my greater and/or higher purpose. 

If you decided to choose a word for the year, what is it? 

Learn more about Dr. Sharice Bradford via her website at and follow her on Twitter @CoachSharice7 

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