If you had to choose one word to describe your focus and intentions for the coming year, what would it be?
A few years ago, I read a novel entitled Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber. Rather than resolutions, the main characters each chose a word for the year. The word was to be something they wanted to focus on, strengthen or embrace. I loved the idea and for the past 3 years as part of my yearly goals I have, also, selected one word for the year.
Last year my word was focus and for the two years before that it was gratitude.While it seems simple enough, once you settle on a word and shape your goals for the year – that one word seems to be a flashing red light at times. The first year I chose gratitude, two days into the new year I lost my youngest uncle. Gratitude was the furthest thing from my mind – but throughout the entire ordeal it was there. A reminder that I had intentionally decided to focus on gratitude no matter what and I had to hold myself accountable.
After careful consideration and thought, I have decided that my word for 2014 will be support. I want to focus more on giving genuine support to others and on the vision of Divas With A Purpose being a site dedicated to supporting women in the different aspects of their personal and professional life.
As I look over the goals for Divas With A Purpose, I am excited about some of the series that I have planned and the updates and enhancements to the website that I will be making in the coming weeks.
Ways to Determine Your One Word
- Without being deliberate, begin writing down words focused on what you would like to do and be in 2014. It could be specific activities you would like to accomplish; characteristics you would like to embody and embrace; habits you would like to break; anything that comes to mind when you think about the coming months
- Review that list and circle any words that stand out to you.
- Reflect on what you truly want to accomplish in the coming year and compare to your circled words. Does anything jump at you? Is there a resounding theme?
- Sometimes your word may come to you immediately and other times you may need to meditate on it and seek guidance and input from others
Have you chosen a word for the year? Share it below in the comments.