The New Year is upon us in all of it’s fresh and shiny newness. It brings with it the promise of a fresh start and the motivation to achieve. The drive to make resolutions is strong…or maybe it is the resolution guilt trip…we feel like we need to make some sort of resolution in order to feel complete or to be able to compare with others that are doing so.
I have the exact opposite approach! I am 100% against resolution setting, but 100% for goal setting…I do think there is a difference and I will tell you what it is in a bit, but the first thing I do to start my year is to brainstorm and pick one word. This one word encompasses what my year will be about…it reminds me of what I want to focus on and it is the drive behind my goal setting process. I love this practice of picking a word for each year…it is the jumpstart to my excitement for the new year and I truly utilize it all year long, unlike the dated resolution practice, this is one I stick to and am very motivated to do.
Two years ago I saw this video that talked about the “one word” philosophy and I was sold…I thought about my priorities and my season of life and what I wanted to remind myself about in the upcoming year. I wrote the words that came to mind down and narrowed it down to one. I then wrote this word on my planner, post-its and bathroom mirror. Last year I made myself a graphic tee with my word. This is the key to the one word…you must display it in places that you will see it often…it will serve as a reminder of your priorities, your goals and your purpose. It is so simple, yet so powerful and that is why I love it!
The other key to the one word is to tailor your goals around that word….for instance if my word is breathe (this was my 2015 word) I will make a goal to have a set rest time…to take breaks when needed and to remind myself to breathe 🙂 Your one word can most definitely fit into your priority categories that you use if you use the same system as I do of choosing 4-5 “categories” (or areas of importance/priority) and setting goals in each of those areas…and actually most of us probably come up with a word that already fits in with our priorities because that is what is most important to us.
So how do you choose your one word?
- Look inward. It is always a good idea to review over what worked this past year and what didn’t…and then where you want your focus to be…where do you want to be this next year? What is on your mind? What words describe where you are in your life? These questions will lead you to a few words I am sure…write them down.
- Look upward. Pray. God will lead you to your focus…to your purpose…you will be able to narrow it down to that one word I am sure.
- Look outward. Start thinking of how this word will look in your life this next year. Where can you put this word to be a reminder for you? What goals does this word lead you to in the priorities of your life?
I was and am amazed at how life changing this was for me. Resolutions always seemed to weigh me down and we all know they are hardly ever accomplished so it is always a huge let down. This is the exact opposite of what the whole process is supposed to be about, right? So this one word approach is revolutionary to me. It gives me motivation and drive and leads me to my goals and purpose. This is what the New Year is all about…a fresh start, a positive beginning and a blank slate…all with one word. And there you have the difference between resolutions and goals…as long as goals come with a purpose (your one word) and a plan (bite sized pieces in order to accomplish said goals)…you will have success and live with more intention and whatever progress you make will be made within the priorities in your life, making it so worthwhile and uplifting!
Will you join me this year? Will you pick a word for yourself? I promise you will not regret it and it will lead you to great things 🙂
So you might be wondering what my one word is this year. Well in years past my words coincidentally both began with B…2014’s word was balance (this was to remind me to not go overboard in one area of my life, but to spend time in all areas…this was especially important with a baby on the way)…2015’s word was breathe (this was to remind me to take time to relax and for me…to give myself grace and to just basically breathe…this was especially important because I had a brand new baby and a needy 4 year old). So in thinking of 2016 I chose the word ‘Simplify’. This word is to help me remember the peace that comes with simplicity…there are so many things in this world that complicate and dramatize things/situations and life…I do not want that…I want peace, I want to enjoy this season and I want less busy…simplify encompasses all these things for me in 2016.
I will have my 2016 goals up soon! They will be written with my one word in mind! Also these yearly goals with then be broken down into monthly goals and I will start with January…so look for all that New Year fun soon!
What is your one word for 2016? I would love to hear all about it!! Leave me a comment and your why for that word! 🙂