Anyone else heard about the thing where you choose one word to go with you through the new year?
For a couple of years I only heard about it when the year was about halfway through and I forgot about it afterwards. It sounded cool: choose a word that means something to you (or pick a word from their list of ideas) and use that word to inspire or motivate your life.
Last year I joined in and chose the word “brave”. It was choice I wasn’t entirely sure of at the time, because it seemed rather cliche and possibly bland. Then there was the disappointing movie that had recently come out.
But I decided to go with it anyway.
Then Sara Bareilles came out with her song.
And Neil Gaiman posted his New Year’s Wish:
And all through the year, when I had a choice to do something easy or do something brave, it inspired me.
- I applied for promotions at work, even ones high above my current ability level. I started building relationships with those managers, putting a framework in place for the future.
- I dove headfirst into my romantic relationship when I didn’t know what I was doing, because growing and being in it with him is more important than staying in my comfort zone.
- I volunteered for extra work trainings to grow my skills.
- I said yes to acting in a Christmas show even though I hadn’t been in front of an audience in 15 years and didn’t know what I was doing.
- I set boundaries with people.
- I insisted on getting some medical assistance, changing doctors when the one I had wasn’t listening to me (and as the recently-returned tests show, I was right).
I really like how this year turned out. I like how “brave” became such a part of my life.
My new word for 2014 is another one I’m not totally sure of, so I’m going to go with it.
My word for 2014 is “energy”.
I think it’s partly about having more physical energy and focusing on things I can do to boost that. And partly it’s about rejecting negative energy and embracing positive energy. So it’s a word with more than one meaning to me.
Have you joined One Word in the past? Are you doing it this year? Share your word!