Many people who know me know that I am highly motivated by a fresh start. If I say I'm going to start something at the beginning of a week or the beginning of a month then I mean it. So, it is no surprise that New Year's Day is my favorite holiday. Every year I am refreshed an renewed at the beginning of the year and its an exciting thing to anticipate.
A friend of mine posted about this One Word Challenge on his Instagram account a few days ago. In essence, each new year, you choose 1 word to sum up your goal for the year. What I love about this is that its simple. A very streamlined version of your traditional new year's resolutions.
I'm not one of those people who knocks anyone for setting new year's resolutions or claiming a "new year, new me" mantra. I encourage it. I know how hard setting goals and actually sticking to them is. That's why I'm all about this One Word thing.
The ultimate goal in this challenge is to find a word that can be used to guide every decision that you make in your life. This is good stuff man! So here are the rules according to @eazydoesit3:
- It can only be ONE word. No more.
- The word must be an action verb. Yes, I know most verbs are action verbs but try to challenge yourself. Words like "live" can be too easy. Try to break down your goal to a very specific action word.
- Make it something that's easy to remember. Write it down somewhere visible.
- It should be able to be applied to several areas of your life.
I started off with thinking about my goals for each area of my life. I want to get a promotion this year, I want to lose 50 lbs this year, I want to travel more, I want my finances to be in order. And after I had those in my mind, I thought to myself, what is it going to take for me to get there? A plan.
That's my word. Plan. It can be spread out over each goal. It is absolutely an action verb that is going to require tangible evidence that I actually DID something and I can use it to guide my decision making in the new year. Its perfect for me and as soon as I came up with it, I was instantly motivated to get ish done.
I encourage everyone to be down with the One Word Challenge. Take some time before the new year to narrow down your goals and aspirations for the new year. Let me know how it goes! In the meantime, be fabulous and have a happy new year!