Do you make New Years resolutions? Not me. I always have good intentions to get in shape. Then, by February I am sitting on the couch eating guacamole and chips, watching The Biggest Loser.
Instead of a resolution I choose One Word. One word helps keep me focused for 365 days.
There is only one rule for my word, as should be for yours: My word must mean something deeply to me, or I will just forget about it, and end up doing nothing at all…or eat a huge heaping bowl of guacamole and chips.
Every year I wait.
I wait for my One Word to speak to me. Some years it’s been a load roar, and other years it’s been a soft whisper. This year, my word took its sweet time showing up.
I’ve been feeling out of sorts for awhile now. Like I am forcing myself to get out of bed and participate in this thing we call life. So much so that I almost chose Sleep as my one word.
It could be the shift between a stay-at-home mom to full-time working mom again, the stress at work, trying to get along with those who don’t want to get along, the wanting to do more but really I am tired and don’t want to do anything, the missing my kids, the feeling of doing more but getting nowhere…sounds a lot like life, right?
Although with all of that above drama and stress, I am blessed. Because it could always be worse.
With a quietness, my One Word whispered, “Gratitude.”
Once my heart kind of settled on the word gratitude, I was hit with obvious signs to confirm it. Gratitude was the only word I could choose for 2016.
“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” -Robert Holden
And, that’s what I need, I want…to be more present, Robert.
So, now what? After choosing your One Word, I would suggest displaying that word around the house so that it is always in front of you.
Let’s face it, life gets busy. We “forget” what our goal/word is for the year. It gets shoved to the bottom of the to-do list. If your word is ever present, in front of you, you are more likely to “remember” and not lose your focus.
This could come in the form of a framed quote centered around your word. It could be a hand-stamped necklace with your word, or in my case, a gratitude bracelet. Put you word written on sticky notes around your house, make a desktop wallpaper for your laptop, or go to extremes and tattoo your word on your forearm. Whatever works for you; I won’t judge.
Also, don’t forget to share your word with others. Encourage others to choose their word. This is your tribe of like-minded people. They will be your cheerleaders in 2016.
Some of my One Words that I have chosen in the past:
2009: Be, as in “just be in the moment.”
What’s your word for 2016?