Do you have a word of the year? Do you even know what a word of the year is? I didn’t until last year. The concept of a word of the year is a fairly new concept (at least in my opinion), and replaces the idea of a New Year’s Resolution. Just knowing that immediately made me excited, because I kinda suck at sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. No, just kidding. I totally suck at sticking to them, and then I end up feeling like a failure.
Your word of the year is not a task that you can put on a to-do list – like how I resolved to work out 3x a week most years, and then failed each of those years. It is a word that you choose to have as a focus for the entire year.
Your word of the year is always at the forefront of your mind and is involved in every area of your life. As you go about your day to day life, you’ll find yourself having a mindset shift. You’ll start to evaluate all that you do and how your word applies to it.
Picking a Word of the Year
For some, picking their word is easy. They just automatically know what it is they want to focus on. For others, it’s not so easy. It might be difficult to narrow it down to just one word, or even just come up with one word.
I initially struggled when trying to come up with my word. I tend to have a hard time narrowing things down and just couldn’t settle on one word. Basically, I was very indecisive. Then, in December, as I started to make some plans and set some goals for 2018, it became very clear what my word was.
My 2018 Word of the Year
Balance. I was craving balance. I wanted to have time with my family, and have time to devote to my business and my team – without feeling like I was neglecting the other. I wanted to reach the goals that I set for my business and for my family, but I didn’t want to continue feeling like I was being stretched to the max. As I looked at my list of goals, the majority were related to my desire to have balance.
It’s March…How’s It Going?
We’re in our third month of the year. Unfortunately, 2018 came in like a lion. It’s been challenging, for lack of a better word. But, throughout all of the challenges, I have not lost my word. Life’s challenges may have taken me off the beaten path and I still have goals to accomplish, but my focus on balance has not gone away. In those moments when I was able to be productive, and do those tasks that align with accomplishing my goals, I have been able to focus and make little changes that help me work towards balance.
Best of all, despite the challenges that I’ve faced in 2018 thus far, I have not felt like a failure. Balance isn’t something that I resolved to do 3x a week, and then failed in the first week. I will admit that I do want to make changes in my life to improve my health – including eating better and working out – but I haven’t worked out once this year. I’m not proud of that, but I also don’t feel like I failed. I know that when the time is right, it will happen.
Balance is something that I knew wouldn’t happen overnight, and something that I will continue to work on each and every day – probably well past 2018.
Do you have a “word of the year”? I’d love to hear it! Come on over and join my online community here. You can follow the ups and downs of my journey to achieve balance.