I love the fresh start a new year gives you. Sure, it’s just another day, but it feels like something brand new and shiny. So many people say you shouldn’t make resolutions . . . well, that’s part of the fun, right? Today, though, I want to look at a different tradition, the tradition of choosing a word to base your year around.For 2018, I actually have two words. These are the words that every activity will be measured again. I highly recommend doing this for yourself.
Choose a word that really sums up what you want out of the year. Then do something to keep it at the forefront of your mind. Make the word your password for the computer, write it on sticky notes and leave them everywhere, or add it to a mantra that you say every day. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you can do over and over to keep the word in your head.
Let’s take a closer look at my two words for 2018.
2017 was a tumultuous year for many and while it wasn’t an awful year for me, it was a difficult one in many areas. I found myself struggling with personal relationships and public ones. At the beginning of the year, I ditched a bad “friendship” and working relationship, which resulted in some serious backlash that followed me for the rest of the year. Other personal relationships ended up being very one sided and I felt used and depressed about it for a while. So, choosing the word “peace” for my new year was very deliberate.
For me, peace means that I will measure things against how much peace it brings me. Will planning a baby shower for a picky, demanding person bring me peace? Probably not, so I won’t do it. Will taking friends to the lake to show them around be a peace-inducing event? Most likely, so I’ll do it.
Rather than engage in petty squabbles, I choose to let go of things this year. That may mean fewer friendships or different friendships. It also has an impact on which events I’ll attend and where I will spend my time. The idea is to eliminate much of the hurt and unpleasantness that was endured this year and to create a sense of peace that will foster positivity.
It’s easy to fall into a scarcity mindset, especially when you’ve lived it for a long while. I’m aiming to turn this year into an abundant year. This doesn’t just mean money, though that is certainly part of it . . . it’s also about being open to receiving. I want abundant love, health, joy, and, of course, finances.
In this case, I think it’s a real mindset thing. That sounds a little woo woo, but when you choose your activities, what do you have in mind? In many cases, we look at how it will make us feel right now. Playing a game, watching a movie, or reading a book may be fun and make you feel good in the moment, but is it leading you toward abundance? This year, I want to cut through the extras, the time wasters, the energy drainers, and focus on things that will be beneficial in the future.
What does this look like? Well, it means I plan to cook better meals and schedule my time better, to create an abundance of health. I’ll work at night instead of watching TV with my husband, which will open me up to financial abundance.
These are my two words for a terrific year. What are your words for 2018? I’d love to hear what words you’ll be focusing on and what they mean to you.