A word of the year can be daunting to think about. It’s like a New Year’s Resolution but I think it is better. Gone are the days where you vow to eat less sugar or exercise more or the generic “lose weight”.
In the past I have never really been in to New Year’s Resolutions. I never stuck to anything I chose at the end of December past the beginning of February. I’ve actually completed two Whole30’s two January’s in a row. And both times as soon as it hit Day 31, I was eating whatever the heck I wanted again.
Lets talk about exercising as a resolution. Yes, I’ve been a very active person for the majority of my life but there are moments where I stopped doing anything. I’m actually in one of those now. I hurt my back and used that as an excuse to stop doing pretty much anything. I also use the excuse of wanting to work on my business in that hour or so that I used to go to CrossFit in.
So I moved on from the get healthy, lose weight New Year’s Resolutions and went for something different. A few years ago I made the resolution to go outside of my comfort zone more. This was the first time I was able to stick to something. I am an introverted extrovert. I like people as long as I know them already and they make it easy for me to be extroverted. Get me in a crowd with no one I have ever engaged with before and I panic. I am forever suffering the “alone in a crowded room” scenario. But I forced myself to go to events I wouldn’t normally say yes to and places I would never have gone without a buddy planted so that I knew I had someone to talk with. And yes, I didn’t die. Of course, I had those moments of sheer terror as I sat alone at a networking event for the entire thing. I had those scary moments where I thought everyone was looking at me and wondering why I was all alone. And then I had those great moments where I met new people and made amazing new friendships.
The following year I resolved to use my passport more. And I did. I traveled so much that year, it felt like I was barely home. It was amazing to see new places I had never been before and I keep planning new trips and adventures in the future. I still need to combine the going somewhere alone with my travels but baby steps right?
So why is personal growth and development easier to stick with than other New Year’s Resolutions? I think it has something to do with how you view the decision. Change is hard but when you pick small things that you can weave in to your normal routine, it seems to be easier to keep. And that brings us to choosing a word for the new year.
So why should you choose a word of the year?
A word of the year is simple in that it is one word that you can weave throughout your life during the entire year. You can remind yourself of why you chose that word and it tends to stick with you in both good and bad times during the year.
When choosing a word, be sure to think about how you connect with the word. It’s a very thoughtful process and shouldn’t just be chosen lightly. You need to reflect on the past year and what you think should be your focus for the coming year.
And don’t think that you have to only have one word. Often times few words work for you and that is okay. Perhaps one word works for you professionally but another word works for you personally. Why limit yourself? Choose two!
I had a difficult time trying to choose a word for 2019. I had heard of choosing a word before but this was the first year that I was committed to choosing one. Many words jumped out at me but as I thought about them, I felt like I was copying other people and their choices and not being my authentic self in choosing my own path. You know its always easier to walk in the footsteps that someone has already put down for you.
My word came to me at first on a mug (YAY RAE DUNN) but I denied it because I thought of that particular word as negative and pushy. I wanted my word to be about accomplishing goals but I didn’t want it to scream ARGGGGG!!!! I saw words like commitment and grace and I was bummed I couldn’t think of anything that clicked. I thought about heal for about a week because 2018 was a year of struggle and transition both personally and professionally. I really thought healing was a great choice but again this other word kept creeping back in to my life.
My word for 2019 is HUSTLE. And what sealed the deal for me was the top definition for the word on Urban Dictionary of all places. Crazy!!! But this word speaks to me and this definition is what I want my 2019 and beyond to be about in all aspects of my life.
So here’s to 2019.