New Year’s Resolutions are motivational and inspiring, but for the most part they never even make it to February. Ironically, it’s because we’re setting ourselves up for failure from the get-go.
Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember a few weeks from now anyways! Choose just ONE word. One word you can focus on every day, all year long. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you as a person. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your every step.
So many of us create New Year’s Resolutions that represent solutions to fix our current problems in our life. “I am overweight, I need to lose it.” Or “I didn’t commit to my morning routine, I need to start that.” It’s no wonder we fail every year- If you’re always trying to fix things that you hate, as soon as you mess up once, you’re ready to throw in the towel entirely. Why do so many of us choose to focus on our weaknesses for the entire first month of the year? It’s such a negative approach.
The difference between a New Year Resolution and focusing on our word for the year is that there are no concrete goals involving either success or failure, but a theme that guides you through not only the year but through life.
Last year I didn’t make ANY New Year’s Resolutions. I decided I wanted to be healthy, so looking back, I basically focused on the word “healthy” in all areas of my life. Healthy lifestyle, healthy habits, healthy mindset, healthy relationships. . .you get the picture. As I looked back on 2018, I realized that I was able to implement that word successfully in all those areas of my life.
This year, I have decided to take the same approach. My word for the year is “intentional,” which is defined as “done on purpose” and in my case, done with a purpose. I strive to be intentional with my time, intentional with my health and fitness, intentional with my husband, intentional with my kids, intentional with my personal growth, and intentional with my spending.
Change the way you think. Select one word this year to focus on with your heart and see what happens. You might be surprised to see how one small word can make a big difference.
Find Answers: Ask yourself questions to uncover the theme behind your desires. Find out what you need, if you feel challenged or blocked in any way. Decide if it’s about needs, feelings or discarding something.
Be Open to Receive: Sometimes your word may come out of the blue. You can find it in a title of a book, a story or lyrics of a song. Be attentive to discover.
Make Your Word Visible: Once you have selected your word, it is time to notice it often. Create word art, print and stick in around the house. Turn it into a screensaver or as your smartphone background. Use it as your profile picture or get a bracelet engraved with it. These constant and consistent reminders keep you connected.