Happy New Year!! 2017 is here and a new year for some people means new beginnings, new habits to be formed or maybe even New Year resolutions. As posted last week in a post you can find here, I stopped doing New Year's resolutions and was introduced to choosing a word for the year for the first time in 2016. It worked better for me than resolutions, so this year I'm choosing a new word.
Last year I went over a few words because I decided FOCUS was the right word for 2016 but I didn't find it difficult to choose my word. This year was the same. It didn't take me long before I was sure I had found the right word. Not everyone finds their word that fast and some have a struggle finding their word which is when the Facebook group, my two friends set up is a great place to throw ideas around and get help to narrow it down.
This year I wanted a word that would help me reach new goals in all areas of life, be confident in my choices and words, try out new things - I thought of "possible", "fearless" and "courage" but I didn't feel they were quite the right word. Then one day the word BELIEVE popped up and I was like; "That's it! The perfect match!"
Believe that I can do this!
Believe that I can kick CFS' ass!
Believe that I deserve success!
Believe that I am enough!
Believe that it's okay to speak up!
Believe that it's okay not knowing it all!
Believe that I'm not like others!
Believe that I can run again!
Believe that I don't need to be perfect!
Believe that everything will be okay!
I think you get the point now! The word is written in my workbooks and I got a bracelet to be my constant reminder when things get tough.
I'm already embracing my word as I have started running already and I signed up for 3 races in 2017! One of which is today! I got a lot of projects and ideas which I'd love to see through this year, so I'm very excited to see what the year will bring. I believe it will be an amazing year!
Are you doing New Year resolutions? Choosing a word like me? Changing habits or something else. I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
Here's to an awesome 2017!
A new year is approaching and it's often a time where everyone is thinking back on the previous year: what went wrong; what went well; what can I change; how can I improve etc. It's also time to think ahead on the new year and what we are looking for the new year to bring.
When I was younger, I had New Year's resolutions and they lasted about a week or so and in the end I just gave up because what was the point?! Then I was introduced to two lovely ladies on Facebook, who formed a group for everyone who were interested in having a word for the year.
I wasn't sure what to expect but thought it was worth a try. Nothing to lose right? In December in the run up to January 1st., Michelle and Nicole were posting videos and tips for us on how to choose a word. Some people find their word straight away and for others, it takes a little bit longer. Some even change their word during the year. Either life changes or the word just doesn't serve them in the right way.
I chose the word FOCUS and it kind of sprung in my face when I started thinking through what I wanted 2016 to be. I did go over a few words before I decided on Focus but it just kept calling me. I had gentle reminders such as a bracelet with the word focus on it, my laptop screensaver and my Facebook cover was a photo with the word, my vision board had the word on it. (See here how to make a vision board).
I chose the word Focus because I wanted to be better at focusing on one thing/project at a time in stead of trying to start several projects at once and not finishing them all if any of them. The word kept reminding me throughout the year to do exactly that and not get distracted.
We got a business name sorted (Thanks Diann for your help!), our website and blog went online, I started a course in holistic nutrition - it's like it all came together on the path I have been trynig to find the last 4 years, since I got ill. Did the word help with this? Absolutely! What helped even more was the Facebook group where we could share our stories and struggles. We had all the support, we needed and most important of all: accountability.
Nicole and Michelle wrote an e-book about how to choose your word, and you will also find a few case studies with people who chose a word for the year, including my story. You can get the book free for your kindle here.
I have already choosen my word for 2017 but I'm waiting until January 1st to reveal it both here and in the Facebook group. Will you be choosing a word for 2017? Have you already chosen one? Let me know in the comments. If you want to join the Facebook group, message me on Facebook or comment here, and I will invite you to the group.