A Stream of Consciousness Sunday post to kick off the New Year. The past month I’ve read a lot of posts about New Year’s Resolutions, how to make them, how to keep them, how to ensure success. The past several years I’ve decided that instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I would pick a word for the year; a word that I could focus on throughout the year. Actually, I usually end up with more than one word.
In 2013, my words of the year were BALANCE and DELIBERATENESS. I said “I will be DELIBERATE in everything that I do in order to create more BALANCE in my life.” During the year I somehow lost focus on those words. Life kept going and deliberateness kind of fell by the way side and balance was nowhere to be found. Life was happening and I was just reacting and letting things fall by the wayside without much thought.
In 2014 I want things to be different. I don’t want to react to life, I want to be more proactive. I’m tired of life happening to us. I want to be consistent so that I can follow through to meet the goals that I’ve set. I also know that in order to do that I have to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances. I can’t let perfectionism get in my way and I need to accept when good enough is good enough. I haven’t decided on my word(s) for 2014, most often it happens organically, a word or words just show up and make sense. I wonder if I should renew my commitment to BALANCE and DELIBERATENESS… I’ll have to sit with that and see how it feels, it’s like breaking in a new pair of shoes. If these words don’t feel right, the right ones will come along.
During one of my runs I heard the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and I immediately texted one of my good friends with a link to the YouTube video and said that I thought that should be our word for 2014. I’m still thinking about that one too… Maybe 2014 is the year I find out how big my brave is.
Did you set any resolutions? Do you pick a word or words for the year? Share them with us in the comments.