I went a completely different direction with my one word for the coming year. This year my word is based on newfound confidence in myself and my abilities.
This yearly process of picking a word was inspired by my friend Melanie over at Southern Melle. Melanie, in turn was inspired by Alece at OneWord365.com. The idea is to come up with your “theme” for the year, or as Alece puts it:
Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway.
Choose just one word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
Why did I pick success? I had named 2011 my “year of no fear“. 2012 was a year of extreme fear, which led me to pick “courage” as my one word for 2013. Once I learned to conquer many of my fears I needed to gain some self-confidence, which was my word for 2014. I learned not to second guess myself and to own my decisions. 2015 was the year for hope. During that year I practiced believing, even in the absence of proof, that things would get better. And what do you know, they did!! Brave was my word for 2016. I decided to keep it going for the next two years. Now I think I can be brave without the word as a reminder. Next it was time for me to be brave enough to find my own peace, which was my word for 2019. I needed inner peace to trust the present and have hope for the future. Peace to change what I have control over and accept what I don’t. I really think I’m getting there.
Which brings me to my word for 2020: success. Why that word? Because I am learning to celebrate the small victories and build on them to larger victories. I am learning that even a failure can be turned into a success, if I choose to learn from it. I am learning that I AM a success.
What is your word for the new year?