Courage, Fire, Tenacity

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by

Many in the blogosphere have shared their two or three words to guide them during this year. I am no exception: so without further ado, here are the three words that will serve as my guides for the upcoming year. I originally thought this post would focus on only one word, but two others popped off my fingers as I was writing this post.

The words, which make up this post’s title, are all intertwined.

Courage. When I was planning this post, courage was the only word on my radar. The year ahead sees me challenging myself in many ways, especially regarding what I reveal on my blog. Pushing oneself to expose one’s inner feelings and workings is not for the feint of heart. Right now, despite all I’ve revealed about myself in this blog, I’m too chicken to publish a post I’ve wanted to for quite some time.

I’m hoping to change that chicken into a jaguar and finally do it.

I cannot falter.

I cannot allow fear to rule me.

I also want to get ready to publish my book. Fear has kept me back, and I will do my best to get my book on navigating the medical system out. In 2014, I was courageous in soliciting agents, and I must continue the momentum to get my book out. Despite their rejections, the agents who responded seemed to genuinely like my work. This has encouraged me. I must believe this book has a place in the world.

Before cancer, I was fearless and goal-driven in many ways. But since cancer worked its way into my life, I’m less sure of myself. I no longer have that fearlessness in going for a goal. The “what-ifs” creep into my mind daily.

This year I will be turning the negative “what-ifs” to positive “what-ifs.”

Fire. I need to rekindle the fire deep within me and go forward with my goals. The embers of inaction have been burning quietly for years, but I’m hoping a dose of courage will ignite the flames.

I will embrace the flames and act in spite of my fear.

I cannot be afraid to go forward.

Tenacity. The other two words relate to the tenacity I’ll need in accomplishing my goals. An act of courage is a one-time act. I need to have long-term endurance and determination for many acts of courage that will outlast my fears.

I must not quit.

2015 is my own call to action.


Readers, What do you hope for yourself for 2015?

What’s your call to action this year and beyond?

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8 Responses to Courage, Fire, Tenacity

  1. Julie Goodale had this to say about that:

    Nice trio to guide you through the year! And I love the idea of turning chicken into jaguar – great alchemy.

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Julie,

      Thank you! I hope by the end of the year, I can say, ” I am jaguar, hear me roar.”

  2. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    These are great word choices. I’m especially fond of ‘tenacity’. And by the way, I finished up the post I’ve been chicken to publish, well, one of them! Might publish it next week, but we’ll see… You gave me the little push to at least finish writing it. Wishing you much success with all your dreams, my friend. Thanks for sharing your three words for 2015.

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Thank you kindly, Nancy. I’m so glad I gave you the little push to finish writing that post. I’m very curious now. I haven’t even written the post I’m too chicken to yet. Hard to begin. But you are inspiring me to get that thing done!

      Wishing you success as well!

  3. Marie Ennis-O'Connor (@JBBC) had this to say about that:

    Great choice of words to guide you. Wishing you courage in abundance this year.

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  5. Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

    Thank you Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer for including this post in this week’s Round Up.

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