A big trend that is taking the New Years Resolution setters by storm is the “word of the year.” The basic idea behind it is that you pick one word to sum up what you want to feel or achieve that year. It’s an interesting idea that adds a new level to the normal annual setting of goals and resolutions.
Last year my word was “flourish.” While I did establish that flourish was the word to keep in mind, I did not do a good job of making it a point to ensure I was, in fact, flourishing. Sure, I did lose a few pounds, but not nearly as much as I intended. I also successfully trained our little puppy, learned a lot about myself and my relationship with my husband, and constantly set little goals, hoping to achieve them. I also did a great job of not putting together action plans, being completely unmotivated, making poor choices when it came to how I spent some of my time and managed to accomplish so few of the large goals I had my eyes on for 2017. Clearly, while my intentions were good (aren’t they always?), my execution was not, and therefore I do not feel like I flourished in 2017 at all.
This year I oped for a word that will hopefully solve all of the issues I had with getting things done in years past. My word for 2018 is:
Let’s be real here: The reason I didn’t succeed at my goals last year is simple. While my dreams and goals were big, my focus was zero. Or to put it more accurately: my focus was on the wrong things. I was definitely more focused on the negative. On the “woe is me, I’ll never have enough time, money, energy, etc to get my to-do list done and my goals accomplished” mindset. I’m the type of person where if I start to get stressed or feel negative about something, there’s a solid chance I’ll shut down. Since I spent most of 2017 with my focus on my “have not” mindset, it’s only natural that I failed at what I wanted to achieve.
Change the focus
This year I’m not only going to focus on the goals I want to achieve, but I’m also changing my focus to be more grateful, positive, and come from an abundance mindset. I talked a bit about this in my 2018 goals post, but I want to spend my mental energy appreciating what I have rather than looking to spend and acquire more stuff. Does this mean I’ll be on a year-long no buy? No! It just means more thought will go into all purchases I make as I focus on other things.
I will focus on my health and fitness goals, and keep in mind all of the work and steps I need to take to reach them. I know goal weight is in this year’s realm of possibility as long as I focus on the right things and stay away from the wrong ones.
I will focus on hard work and growing the Diva and the Divine brand. As with all things, you reap what you sow, and I will be the first to admit that I was a lazy sower this past year. I wanted the reward but wanted it to magically happen without putting the work in. Obviously, this approach did not work, so I am changing my habits and focusing on getting the work done. Only when I do the work should I expect the results I desire.
I will focus on the positive in all things. Rather than getting angry about the fact my husband left yet another used tissue on a table or didn’t put his dish away, or the next time Gracie pees on the floor instead of her potty pad I will focus on love, staying positive, and being thankful. Rather than wasting a ton of time poking at my phone, I will focus on the things that will help me learn and grow like picking up a book or playing the piano.
I will focus on my goals, what I want to do, and who I want to be. With my eyes lazer focused on the prize, I have no doubt that 2018 is going to be a successful year full of reaching goals, happiness, and positivity.
Do you have a word of the year? Let me know in the comments below!