We’re almost a week into the new year. That means that about 75 percent of those who made resolutions this year are still working at them. Way to go!
But let’s face it, most resolutions are short-lived endeavors into weight loss, organization and better money management. And really, if you are going to make big life changes, why wait until the first of the year?
That said, I love having yearly goals — but they have to be backed up with a plan to make them happen. With a plan, you create a personal blueprint to your success. That’s huge. My goals this year are big. But they are also backed up with detailed plans to make them happen. And if it works, it will be an amazing year.
But I decided against making any resolutions this year. In my experience, they just don’t work for me — so instead, I am sticking with my yearly goals, action plans and a fun new year-defining idea.
Did you make any resolutions this year?
Word of the Year
So, that fun new year-defining idea? It’s actually something I first heard about last year. Word of the Year takes the spirit of betterment, and crafts a whole new way of looking at it. Basically, you choose a word that embodies what you want for the current year, and then you try to live by that word all year long.
In 2013, my word was Joy. After a horrific end to 2012, all I wanted in 2013 was to have a joyful existence for myself and my family — and that’s exactly what happened. We found joy in so many shared experiences. We made big decisions and changes that furthered the joyfulness of our lives. And in the end, we had a fun, joyous dinner out to celebrate the end of the year. We truly lived our joy.
This year is different — I still want joy. It’s become a firm part of our life. But I also want more from life and career.
My 2014 Word of the Year is Thrive.
It embodies everything I want from this year — to thrive in spite of past obstacles and to grow from them. This year is about bursting forward in life and making it my best year yet. With big goals, huge plans and a lot of exciting things planned, this year I want to live the spirit of thriving.
Did you choose a personal Word of the Year? What is it?