My 2017 Word of the Year

The new year is upon us, and many people (myself included) use the new year to reevaluate, reset, and set some stellar goals for the year.  A trend that I’m seeing in many goal setting workbooks and tools nowadays involves choosing a word of the year.  This word is the word you use to inspire and remind yourself of your primary focus for the next 365 days.  There are so many words to choose from that I’ve often found it difficult to narrow it down to just one word for the year in years past, but this year I’ve managed to do it.  This year’s word of the year is: flourish.

The definition of flourish is:

  1. to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.
  2. develop rapidly and successfully
  3. to be working at the height of one’s career during a specific period.

Basically, this word completely sums up what I hope to do in 2017. 2016 was a year where, while some awesome things happened, I didn’t do a very good job of working to achieve any of my goals except for one (getting back on stage), and I find that very disappointing. I have nothing or no one to blame but myself. I have since forgiven myself for my failure that was 2016 and am ready to move on and embrace this new year with some new goals (and some of the same goals), a new game plan, and a fresh dose of motivation.  

I plan on making sure I write flourish in my goal setting books, as well as in places I might see it throughout the day like a post-it on my desk. This seems like such a simple, dorky little thing, but I truly believe if I stop and focus on the definition of that word and what it means to me rather than just ignoring it whenever I see it, it will do a great job of making sure my head is always in the game and that I’m thinking about my goals and the steps I can take to reach them. 

Stay tuned for a post all about my goals for 2017 and my action plans to achieve them.  Some are major, and some read like a to-do list, but all of them well help me become more of the woman I want to be in many different areas of my life. 

Do you have a word of the year? If yes, what is it and how do you plan to use it to help you in 2017? 

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