I’m not funny. I’m just brave – Lucille Ball

Do you remember the word I decided was going to be my “word of the year” this year? BOLD.I’m a little over a month in and have learned some lessons along the way. I thought I’d share them with you and see if you were inspired to create your own word. There’s no rule stating you can only do this on January 1st.

Lesson 1 – Being intentional with something new takes effort.

I’m surprised by how often I have to remind myself that I’m supposed to be bold. Every time I have an interaction, I find myself asking myself the question, “Is there an opportunity to be bold here?” I wonder if anyone has built an “Intention reminder app,” it would be great for my phone to ping me at random times and nudge me into boldness. Where might you need a nudge?

Lesson 2 – Asking myself to be bold is making me have a serious conversation with my inner critic.

I had a teacher at my last job, Antonia Galindo,who shared with me the idea of the “Itty bitty shitty committee.” It’s that imaginary jerk that perches on your shoulder and tells you “no” or “you’re not good enough” or “who do you think you are?” or my personal favorite “they will judge you if you do that.” By bumping up against my inner fears on a regular basis, I’m also getting regular practice at shutting up my I.B.S.C., something I’ve struggled with for years. Do you? Continue reading “I’m not funny. I’m just brave – Lucille Ball”

Good Intentions

I learned this year that many of my friends set an “intention word” for the year. Not a resolution but a theme, a guide to center them throughout all the twists and turns the upcoming year will inevitably deliver. I was inspired. Now I have a word – BOLD!

My first BOLD move is to start this initiative. The team at The Amplify Lab and I have plans to highlight people who we think are doing interesting things or have ground-breaking ideas. We’re going to ask thought-provoking questions and share with you thought leadership that piques our interest.

Please join us in our initiative to learn about some amazing people and ideas, find out more about what I’m up to, and what we’re doing at The Amplify Lab.

But before I go, what is your word? We’d love to know.