The problem with setting a New Year Resolution is that they just don’t work. Many people quit by the end of January and fewer than 8% of people achieve their resolutions. (See infographic below.)
So this year, instead of setting a New Year’s Resolutions, I’m setting a One Word New Year’s Intention! This is my first year choosing a word, but it feels exciting and freeing. Instead of setting a resolution to lose weight, get organized, save money, and blog more frequently, I’m choosing a word that will help me develop the mindset I need to achieve my goals.
Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Choosing Your One Word Theme for 2015:
Choose one word that resonates with you to be your theme for 2015. It sounds easy, but can be hard to decide on which word to use. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you discover your word.
- What’s not working in my life? What needs to change?
- What’s standing in the way?
- What type of person do I need to become to reach my goals?
- What qualities and characteristics would someone who achieved these goals have?
- Write down as many words that come to mind. Look up your favorite words in the dictionary and thesaurus. Do you still like them? Did you discover any others you like better?
Let your list rest for a night and come back to it with fresh eyes the next day. Circle any of the words that stand out for you. Try to narrow your list down to 2-3 words that really resonate with you. Think about the words and how they might help you create positive action in the various aspects in your life: physically, mentally, spiritually, relationally, financially, and emotionally.
By now your word should be pretty clear to you. If not, relax and pick one. You can’t make a wrong choice.
Books on choosing one word. When I heard of this concept, I loved the idea, but I wanted more details before choosing my one word. I read through several blogs and dug into a couple of books. They were both quick easy reads that were helpful to the analytical part of my brain, but ultimately I chose my word based on what felt right. (Affiliate links)
The Word I Chose:
I chose the word steady to be my word for 2015. I have a tendency to be “all or nothing” and frequently burn myself out. In 2015 I want to focus on steady progress, like the flow of a stream. Not in a hurry. Not standing still. Not stopping and starting again. Continuously moving. This year it is my intention to remain steady, working towards my goals at a pace I can maintain and still enjoy life. Slow and steady wins the race!
Letting Your Word Guide You Throughout the Year:
Keep your word front and center throughout the year. Doodle it on a note card. Set reminders in your google calendar. Print off a poster of your word. Put it on the fridge, your bathroom mirror, or make your word the screen saver on your computer. Share it with your friends, family and other people who will help you be accountable to living out your word in the coming year.
Find Your Tribe:
Share your word with your friends, family and other people who will help you be accountable to living out your word in the coming year. Find other people who have also chosen the same word to focus on.
Comment below and let me know, “What Word Did You Choose and Why?”
Happy New Year!
:) Heather Stephens
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