Today is New Year’s Eve, and people are already buzzing about their resolutions for the new year. Every year starts off the same, armed with a list of ways you’d like to improve your life. It’s not really a bad concept, since we all have areas in our lives where we could use improvement. Where most people go wrong is they set goals which are often difficult to achieve and take a long time to reach. They start off with a bang the first week of January, but get discouraged with each passing week until they’ve given up altogether by the time February rolls around. Why does this happen? Our culture wants to see immediate results, so when that doesn’t happen, we throw in the towel. Well, I’m here today to tell you to stop the nonsense. Just say no to new year’s resolutions this year!
Maybe you think I’m letting you off the hook this year by telling you to forget resolutions this year, but I assure you that is not the case. I still think it’s important to set goals for your life, so that’s why I’m suggesting for you to choose one word instead. Just one word that will inspire you, bring you into focus, and give you a vision for your future.
One word to become your theme of the year, and guide you to becoming a better you.
One word to challenge you to make positive changes in your life.
Sounds simple, huh? Yes, but trust me, it really works! I started this a few years ago after reading an article about this concept, and I was amazed at how much it changed my life. Why? It is so much easier to concentrate on one word rather than a long list of goals. I found myself thinking of it on most days, and reflecting on my progress often. Also, by choosing one word, it can cover multiple aspects of your life, instead of focusing on just one.
For example, my first year of choosing a word, I chose the word SERVE since I wanted to devote my time to serving others. It led me to volunteer for local organizations and my church. It encouraged me to serve friends and family by inviting them to dinners at my home and hosting parties. It inspired me to think more about being a good wife and serving my husband as well. When something came up that needed to be done and I didn’t want to do it, the word SERVE would come to mind, and it would motivate me to make a better decision. I love how choosing one word simplified my goals for the year, so I decided to stick with it.
My word for last year was CHANGE. I know that the purpose of choosing a word of the year is to inspire change, but I really wanted some changes in my life, so that’s the word I chose for that year. Guess what? It gave me the courage to quit my job, start this blog, and pursue dreams for my life I had forgotten about long ago. I told you this really works!
So, what word will you choose to focus on for this year? Here are some words to get you started.
Not sure what word to pick for you? Spend time reflecting on your life and the changes you’d like to see happen this year. Think of the characteristics you would need to make those changes happen. Then pick one of those words to become your theme of the year. It’s that easy!
Know your word for this year? Way to go! Let your friends and family know you’re committed by sharing your word with them, or feel free to share it in the comments below if you’d like. I’d love to hear it!
Happy New Year!