Though I can’t pinpoint who started this trend, trading New Year’s resolutions in for single words seems to be all the rage. And why shouldn’t it be? Aren’t full-on resolutions antiquated? Forbes says only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. 8! The concept is this: choose a single word to set the tone for your year, to inspire you, and keep you motivated. Unlike a resolution that can be broken, a word gets us back on track if we fall off the wagon.
I recently read Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose, and the author mentioned how she also sets one word resolutions. What I loved about her approach to this method was that you can decide on any word you’d like…and it doesn’t necessarily have to be just ONE word! To pay homage to her Twitter career, she decided on #BanBusy which is kind of amazing. It’s a personal nod to her professional life yet is still playful with a powerful message.
How to Set One Word Goals
- Be true to yourself. I know that I will not find motivation in a one-word resolution of fitness or meditation. Those things, while I’m interested in them, are just not going to be at the top of my list. I need to find a word or a message that truly will help remind me of what I’d like to accomplish this year.
- Plan ahead. If you are going on a camping trip for two months, choosing a word like adventure is too easy. Challenge yourself within reason.
- Find accountability. The best part about the Bloggers Get Social community is accountability. You can always post your progress with us in our group or blog about it! Ask for comments on your post, make your goal know, and let us cheer you on!
We asked members of the Bloggers Get Social Facebook group what words they chose for 2016, and here’s what they said:
What will your word be?
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