I heartily recommend making friends with your thesaurus.
In order to help myself stay on track and to help myself “hang in there”, I often choose a word and repeat it throughout the day, using it as a mantra. I choose a word based upon what I need that particular day, such as feeling confident, secure, fearless, or whatever type of strength that will help me make a small movement forward.
As a result, I’ve come to love my thesaurus (I have several!). I prefer the kind that has words listed conceptually rather than alphabetically like a dictionary. I like the conceptual listings because I have an opportunity to view other words that are similar but yet a shade different than the synonym I was originally looking for. Oftentimes, I’ve found an even better word in a grouping either preceding or following the original word group.
In case you don’t have one in book form, a thesaurus is included in Word (and other word processing programs) and you can one online. I prefer one that I can hold in my hands because, as I said in the preceding paragraph, I can scan word groupings that I can’t access as easily using either an online thesaurus or the one that comes with word processing programs.
Lately, the word “grit” has resonated with me. I use it when I’ve hit a snag and I feel that I need to dig in and plant my feet securely so I can push back against Life. Other times, the word “resolve” seems more appropriate, mainly when I’ve stumbled and need to brush myself off and try again. The word “steadfast” has also been a good one for me, especially when part of me is whining and wants to quit because I don’t seem to be making any headway. Saying “resolve” to myself throughout the day helps me give it one more shot.
Your homework today is to jot down a handful of words—three to six of them. Now pull out your thesaurus and have fun looking up synonyms for them. Make a note of the ones that resonate with you. Use these as often as you need them. Write them out on sticky notes and post them where you’ll see them frequently. Look at the words in the groupings that come before and after the word grouping in which your word appears. Be prepared for happy surprises and learning interesting new words!
For extra credit, grab your dictionary and look up the exact meaning of the words that strike a chord with you. Of course you probably already know the meaning, however, the dictionary often lists alternate and even archaic meanings. I enjoy using a dictionary that also lists the etymology, the roots and origins, of the word. It’s very interesting, indeed!
Have fun with this!
I’m so proud of you!