Read Part I HERE.
Just one word for the whole year?
Yes! Don’t you love it!?
Or maybe not the whole year. In my experience the usefulness of my word can die out after about three months or so. If that happens to you, just pick another word that has meaning and motivation right then. Don’t force it; go with a new word.
There are no “One Word per year!” rules.
Sometimes you’ll have a One Word Goal for a few months, pick a new word for a few months, then come back to the first word later. In later years a word may come back and be useful again for a few months.
One year I had four words at once: “Trust. Don’t. Be. Do.” Someday I may share with you what that meant, but like I said, it’s personal. Make it work for you.
What if you don’t have a word in mind right now? How do you find your word?
- First, think of your goals – just the ones you can name off the top of your head
- OR think of the few changes that would make the biggest difference in your life right now
- Now, what ONE action or attitude would make a big difference in achieving most of those goals or changes? (remember my example of my word ‘engage‘)
- Can you think of a WORD that describes that action or attitude?
- Verbs are good
- Something loopy that only you appreciate can be good – like a little joke with yourself
- It must be useful – when you hear your word you have to be motivated
- Don’t over think it – what one change in your attitude or behavior would make a big difference? What one word covers that?
So what’s your One Word Goal for 2013 and why did you pick it?