Word of the Year - More Meaningful than a Resolution
Hello and Welcome to 2019!
New year, new ambitions, new goals, new adventures to be had!
People see a new year as a new start to life, a chance to start new habits and make changes. To accomplish this, many people come up with resolutions. These resolutions are goals or benchmarks that they want to accomplish in the upcoming year. I used to make a list and create these all the time!
Over time, I would lose focus on the resolution, or something would happen that would cause me to falter from it and, next thing I knew, I forgot it and moved on to other things.
I know that I am not the only one who has experience this. Commercials and television shows use this trope all the time, getting people excited about weight loss or cleaning or studying something new, only to fall off the bandwagon and sing the tune “I will try again next year”.
It was for this reason that the last couple years I did not set any resolutions. I just let the new year pass and continued to live my life…
…Until this year. Someone on Facebook posted a link to a website that discussed a “Word of the Year”. I did some research on the idea and came to this conclusion: A Word of the Year is not a promise that can be broken or a goal that can be strayed away from, but way to light your path to your endpoint. It is a focus point to help keep you on track. It is not something that will beat you down if you do not succeed at a certain rate, but something that will give you the drive to continue.
This was the website that was posted and what I used to come up with my word. Going through the 5 steps recommended, I came up with a word that I thought fit perfectly with what I have coming up this year:
In 2019, I will conquer our move, a new job, my health, wedding planning and anything else that comes along my path. This does not mean that I have to complete something, just that progress is being made to the best of my ability. I can keep this word in the back of my mind and when I am having a slow day or I am getting frustrated with an aspect of planning, I can sit quietly for a minute and focus on this word, reminding myself that, yes, I can conquer this task.