For each of the last three years, I’ve asked you to describe your year in one word. While you can’t encompass an entire year’s worth of activities, feelings and experiences into one word, it can help you simplify your daily routine and allow you to focus on what’s most important to you.
The individual words I’ve used to describe those respective years have been:
2013 – Intentional
What have your words been?
When I look back at those years, I believe I’ve been able to live that year with a focus on that one word. In no way am I saying those years were perfect. They were far from it. But, I made strides in all aspects of my life because of the focus on that word for the year.
We can’t live by our past accomplishments. We should always be improving our lives, one day at a time.
We should, however, relish our past experiences, learn from them and make changes going forward to hopefully not make the same mistakes but to improve on our successes.
Describe the past year in one word
When you look back at 2015, did it live up to your expectations? Did you accomplish what you had hoped?
If not, why didn’t you? Was it because of things out of your control or was it because you didn’t have a consistent focus each day of the year? Maybe it was both.
Did you set a word at the beginning of 2015 to guide you through the year? If not, that’s okay. Don’t dwell on it. Learn from it.
Describe your year in one word
For 2016, what word will you use to focus each day? You can describe your year in one word. What will it be?
Maybe it’s something related to work, personal relationships or spirituality. If you can find one word to describe every aspect of your life in 2016, use that. If not, you could pick separate words to describe each aspect of your life.
After you choose your word, take a piece of paper and write it at the top. Then, write ways your can apply that to every aspect of your life. Keep that paper with you at all times. Maybe keep it in your wallet or your purse.
Look at it often to remind yourself of your goals for the year.
My word to describe all aspects of 2016 is going to be “consistent.”
I believe by being consistent at work, with my family and friends, with God and with myself, that I will achieve great things in 2016.
If you catch me not being consistent during the year, please call me out on it. I know I won’t be perfect but that doesn’t mean I won’t strive for perfection.
Question for you: How will you describe your year in one word?