The New Year is just around the corner and I have a quick little test for you. (Don’t you just love pop quizzes?)
When I think about my plans for 2015, I am…
a. Not setting goals. They never worked before and it is a waste of my time.
b. Evaluating my past year and setting new goals based on my accomplishments last year
c. Feeling totally overwhelmed. I’m not sure what I accomplished last year (maybe survival?) or what I want to accomplish next year. Maybe I’ll just take a nap and think about it later.
During the holiday season I’m
a. Kicking back and sleeping in, over-eating and over-spending. After all that’s what holidays are for, right?
b. Holiday? What holiday? I’m keeping my nose to the grindstone. Holidays are just like regular work days, except now I’m also exhausted from cooking, shopping, cleaning…
c. Enjoying some time off with family and friends. I have a system in place and know the steps I need to take each day to keep things running smoothly.
This time of year, people love to ask you, “Are you ready for the holidays?” Trying to do it all can be exhausting. I know. This is especially true for women. We’re trying to energize and renew relationships, honor family and spiritual traditions and work a job or run a business. We’re trying to balance all those spinning plates in the air and cringing everytime we hear one crash.
Distractions are everywhere; elaborate Pinterest style decorating, shopping for the perfect gift for everyone and attending every holiday extravaganza or event. As we are pulled in every direction, finding time to connect with family and friends in meaningful ways is a challenge.
My One Word for 2014
There are lots of ways to bring calm and order to the chaos. One way is to create focus. In 2014, I created focus by picking one word to define my upcoming year. It was a north star. An intention to align with. A lens through which to view my world.
My one word for 2014 was adventure. It was a reminder to incorporate the spirit of adventure into everything that I did. It seemed the perfect word for a year in which I retired from a 21 year career of school counseling in order to move forward into a new business of writing, speaking and coaching.
How did this word influence my year? It gave me something to look for and focus on. It also gave me something to intentionally create. As I made plans, I made sure that adventure was a part of each goal. I planned celebrations and get-togethers with friends and family. I traveled and visited new places and made new friends. I signed up with a business coach for the first time ever as I ventured into the new territory of taking what had been a part-time activity and creating a business.
Once I began focusing on adventure, I saw the word everywhere I turned; in my daily devotional, signs along the road and in conversation with others. It narrowed and highlighted my attention for the year. At one point as I was journalling about the word adventure and how I was incorporating it into my life, I realized that the word itself advised me on how to best use it. In order to add adventure to my life, I had to venture out into new territory, new places, new relationships. While adventure can sound exciting, it can also be a bit scary as I moved outside of my comfort zone. I can truly say that focusing on that one word made a huge difference in my life.
My One Word for 2015
As I move into the new year, I’m already planning for my one word that will guide me forward. While I haven’t yet decided on my word, I’m considering and trying on various possibilities. I’m reviewing the past year and planning for the future.
What about you? How will you create focus for the upcoming year? What will your one word be for 2014? Want to develop your focus? Change your world? Join me for a free teleseminar on Finding Your Focus and One Word for 2015. Sign up here: http://acalledwoman.com/teleseminar