Welcome 2018! It’s hard to believe we are ushering in a brand new year! It doesn’t seem like that long ago, I was making my list of goals for 2017. Each year, around the first of January, my husband and I take some time to think about things we would like to accomplish or improve on during the coming year. We also like to reflect on our goals from the previous year. While I’ve had some minor success achieving my goals over the years, I’m gonna be honest with you – more often than not, I’m in the exact same place I was when I wrote them down. The goals I tend to set for myself are often vague and general.
Does anyone else do this? Are you a goal setter? Do you start each January with a ‘New Year, New You’ mentality? Setting goals can be super motivating and the beginning of a new year always seems like just the right time to start.
I’ve only recently noticed that I choose goals that are not easily measured. I suppose I think it saves me from facing “total failure” at the end of the year when I’m reflecting on how well I did or didn’t do. For instance, I have been known to set the goal ‘Go to bed early’ instead of a more specific goal like ‘Go to bed at 10pm.’ ummmmm – early is subjective! Undefined goals allow me lots of wiggle room when I’m rating my progress for the year. And while playing it safe is definitely easier on my pride, (again -who likes to fail??) it makes it hard to summon motivation to work towards those goals and harder still, to feel like I ever actually achieve them.
In addition to padding my pride, and fear of failure, I find that I just can’t commit to setting specific goals. I have so many different inspirations, aspirations, interests and hobbies that it’s really hard for me to narrow down my focus enough to make a concrete decision about anything – even something as seemingly simple as selecting my goals.
So, this year I’ve decided to try something new and participate in the One Word movement. The idea behind One Word is to pick a single word that you would like to focus on throughout the year. You can choose any word that speaks to you.
I love SO many words! Grace, Joy, Shine, Focus, Bright, Hope, Blessed, Intentional, Renew – the list goes on. But, because I feel like I’m in constant limbo, lacking intentional direction right now, it only makes sense that my word for 2018 is:
I’m excited to explore commitment in various aspects of my life. And I’m desperate to narrow my focus and have some direction!!!
I plan to use this blog as a place to log my journey as I learn to focus on my word and to commit to personal growth. I am excited to see where this takes me!
Have you ever participated in the One Word movement? Do you have your word already chosen?? If you haven’t ever tried it, I invite you to choose One Word and see where it takes you!