Welcome to 2019. To be completely honest, I’ve never been much of a “New Year’ fan. All the hoopla about making resolutions that wind up broken before winter winds stop blowing. I grew tired of the marketing cry of an entire industry telling us we weren’t thin, fit, rich or organized enough and that we should focus on that by buying into what they were selling. They somehow took all the joy of a fresh start out of it, and made it yet another expectation we needed to meet. So I stopped making resolutions a few years ago. Instead, I followed a growing trend of choosing one word for the New Year.
The thought behind the ‘one word’ thing is that you choose a word at the beginning of the year that fits who you want to be and how you want to live. Then you focus on it all year long. Since I first discovered this resolution replacement, lots of new movements have popped up around it like OneWord365, MyOneWord and One Little Word. I personally discovered it as an art journaling exercise a few years ago. It really doesn’t matter where it originated, what matters is that it holds so much more promise than making resolutions. I’ve found that it’s much more inspirational and motivational than a list that pretty much points out the things I don’t like about myself and my life and how I need to change it.
Last year my word was ‘empowerment’. I focused on the word and making changes that empowered me and my business throughout 2018. The cool thing is that there is no failure. No broken resolutions. And no feeling that you fell short of your goals. Which in itself is empowering.
This year I did a lot of thinking about my word. I needed something that inspired me to take some chances and make changes but to also step outside of my comfort zone. So what word did I chose?
I chose the word reach because it has a dual meaning. First, it means to stretch out in order to touch or grab something. Stretching is good, it means I’m not sitting still, that I’m working toward going beyond where I am now. Second, it means to arrive at something. As in reaching a conclusion, goal or pinnacle.
Better than resolutions
The cool thing about choosing a word rather than making resolutions is that it’s not something you can fail at. Rather, it’s something you can think about in relation to what’s going on in your life at any given moment. Which fits our lives so much better if you think about it. It’s no wonder resolutions get broken. Our lives on February 2nd can be drastically different than it was on January 1st when we made them. A word transforms, grows and changes as you, your life and your business does. It can also help when trying to determine which direction to take when you reach a fork in your path. Overall, it’s a much healthier approach to the New Year.