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2017: I Only Need One Word

From everything I’ve heard, most people are ready to bring on 2017 and be done with 2016.  I can’t say I’m necessarily one of them, as there have been some awesome things that have happened personally and for our family.

We’ve spent a lot of time together with our immediate and extended kin, so that’s a great thing.  I’ve progressed professionally by expanding into the NICU, good for the brain.  The new website design was launched and has grown, rewarding creatively.

And…we’ve managed to stay put for more than 2 years in one place since 2010:  Alaska!  Now that’s impressive.

So, overall, I really can’t complain!

Resolutions 2017

It’s now that time when we all ponder what happened to our New Years Resolutions from last January as we prepare to set new ones.  Did we make them, keep them, or can we even remember them?

I didn’t write mine down, so I fall into the forgetful category.  I blame it on menopause.

Anyway, I’ve been pondering what I want to accomplish in 2017.  But, rather than writing out a detailed laundry list of  “to do” items, I’m going to try a different approach.

I heard about it listening to the “Delilah” show on the radio commuting this week.  It’s really very easy. The premise is that most all your aspirations can be contained in 1 simple word…

One Word

So what is that magic word?!?  The one that makes achieving everything you want to do miraculously possible?

Here’s the trick:  That word is different for everyone.

It has to be a word that is motivating and means something to you!  You have to discover it for yourself.

I did this exercise as I was thinking about what I resolve to do in 2017.   Considering all aspects of life, I came up with goals for personal, physical, professional, spiritual, and creativity.

I can see them all clearly!  Such as being in great shape at an ideal weight kayaking Resurrection Bay.  Or videos for recipes and books I’d like to write in conjunction with the blog.  I can visualize time with my family, serving at church, and enjoying nature.  These visions paint a vivid picture of what 2017 will look like.

Now the trigger word.  Since those ideas are coming to life, there has to be a word that will bring them back instantly when said.  The path you think about is the one you will take.

I came up with “Thrive”!

The association is strong, exciting and motivating.  I see what I want to do clearly when I say it, and apply energy towards it.   I put it on the bathroom mirror, my I-phone cover and in the car!

Why is that my word?  Dunno, it just struck me.  Perhaps it’s because when achieved, for 2017  I’ll be thriving!

What’s Your Word

It’s such a simple, powerful concept.  I’m hooked!  Gone are those long lists lost in February, because unless I lose my mind (entirely possible), I know exactly where to find my “New Years Resolutions”.

Now…I challenge you to give it a go.  Think of what you want, find a word to capture it, and use it daily to help along the path.  What word strikes you?  Remember, it’s unique and meaningful to you.

(And I’d love to hear what it is:)  Good Luck, and Happy New Year!

2017 Winter Wonderland Alaska

  • January 13, 2017

    I love “thrive!” That’s a good one. Mine was going to be “curate” (as in edit out the things in my life that don’t need to be there) but I settled on “Focus” instead because I can’t seem to do much of that—squirrel!
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    • January 14, 2017
      Janet Bowman

      Ok, I literally laughed out loud at “squirrel”! I love “Focus” (I need that too–Moose!). And “Curate” is an interesting concept. I also need to purge my life and garage from a few things. Thanks for the comment!

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