Resolutions are Out, Words of the Year are In
By Leslie Radford
It’s the roaring 20s! In the past, we’ve all made resolutions. Some of us have actually resolved them, others were never accomplished. It’s disheartening to look at your year in review and realize that your goals haven’t been met. That’s why words of the year are so popular. They are not a specific resolution that you will beat yourself up over during the year if you try to accomplish and/or fail to do so.
Coming up with a word to define your new year will set an intention. It’s a word that sets the precedence for how you want to direct your year. Also known as a “focus word,” it encapsulates what you need more of, what you want to focus on, or where you need to improve in the year to come; Your “theme,” so to speak.
Everything you do within the year will be centered on this one word to get you where you need to go. A word of the year provides an anchor and inspires you to consciously (and even subconsciously) consider it when making decisions. Your result will be based on your intention. If the potential result doesn’t fit your theme, then is it worthy of your time and energy and how does it affect your overall goals?
When choosing your theme for the year, consider the previous year. What do you need to improve or work toward? What word can help motivate you to get there? What do you want more or less of?
For example, if you are indecisive in your decisions maybe your focus word could be Action. If you need to focus on your revenue stream, Abundance would be ideal. Maybe you need to get your act together in general, Organize could be appropriate.
Once you decide your word, look for the theme in everything you do. Put it on your vision board or somewhere you can see it to remind yourself of the big idea you are working toward.
There are thousands of words that could motivate and inspire you to become a better person, a leader, an influencer, a business person, or whatever your heart is telling you to focus on for 2020.