Today marks the halfway point for January. How’s this New Year going for you so far? And how did we get here so fast?! I mean seriously, Father Time. Go home. You’re drunk.
Most people do some kind of planning for their upcoming year around New Year’s Eve or Day. As a recovering procrastinator, I usually do mine sometime in January. Taking some time to think about what you’d like to accomplish this year and who you want to become is super helpful to actually doing and becoming those things. Want to make your plans really stick? Write. Them. Down. You’re something like 40% more likely to do what you set out to do when you’ve written it down.
So, what do you do going into a new year? Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you set goals? Plan your year? Just wing it?
After years of abandoned resolutions and goal setting sessions that were lost in the shuffle, I joined in on Ali Edward’s ‘ONE LITTLE WORD’ movement in 2016 and I’m a BIG fan. The concept is simple: choose a word by which to guide your decision-making and actions for the upcoming year. Rather than a resolution or concrete goal, choosing a word allows you space to change and shift throughout the year. When faced with a decision or potential action, you can ask yourself, “Does this fit within my word for the year?”. If it does, then carry on my friend. If not, reconsider what you’re asking yourself to do. Choosing w word also has the benefit to encompass all areas of your life. It can apply to work life and your family life, to your relationship and friendships, to your big dreams and your day-to-day. Sometimes I choose TWO words. Okay, every time. I’m a rebel like that. This year my words are CONSISTENT and DISCIPLINE.
CONSISTENT. Because the only thing I’ve ever been consistent with in my life in breathing air. And that is the honest truth. I suppose I also consistently mother my children, but even that is questionable some days. Consistency is everything. And I fall short here. This year I’d like to be more consistent in my business building, in my parenting (can somebody say ‘queen of empty threats’), and in how I schedule my time.
DISCIPLINE. Because I have none. I’ve somehow managed to get through thirty-four years of this life with the will power of a four-year old. If there is a cookie in my sight line, I have to eat it. If I should be going to the gym but it’s snowing, you’ll find me snuggled on the couch. As a genetically undisciplined person, you can bet parenting very young children and building a business and a blog from home has been, what’s the word I’m looking for here….challenging. I’ve faltered, I’ve floundered, but I’ve yet to find my discipline. A very wise, very successful business woman once told me to think about what my ideal day looks like and then do the things that will lead me to that. So I’m starting with some routine in my life. An evening routine first, then I’ll add a morning routine. After all, you have to walk before you can run.
How do you choose a word?
Think about the season of life that you are in and how that season may evolve throughout the year. Are you starting a new business? Are you a new parent? Have you just retired from your career?
Think about what you’d like to accomplish this year and the parts of your personality that may be road blocks. Do you want to travel but budgeting is not your best skill? Are you working on your anxiety but meeting new people gives you hives?
You can choose literally ANY word but here are some great ideas:
Joy, Hustle, Empower, Mindful, Present, Explore, Enjoy, Experience, Kindness, Cultivate, Contentment, Realistic, Sustainable, Create, Forgive, Faith, Clean, Open, Learn, Seek, Balance……
What will your word for this year be? I’d love to hear what you choose and why so be sure to connect with me here on the blog or the social media universe. And as always, if you know someone who this content will speak to, please share!