It’s that time of year, again. The time we sigh, grab our bootstraps and resolve to be better, do better, and live better in the coming year.
Yes, we’ve all made New Year’s Resolutions, and the truth is, they simply don’t work.
By about February 24, we realize exercising every day and eating a fresh salad for lunch three times a week is not as easy as it sounds.
My business mentor Christine Kane encouraged me to try an awesome idea that I want to share with you. It has worked to inspire me every year since I adopted it.
So, the idea is to pick just one word to guide you throughout the coming year. Yes, that’s right. Just ONE word. Call it your Word of the Year.
You can choose whatever word you want. In the past, my Words of the Year have included: Clarity; Progress; and Inspiration. I have friends who have shared their words with me. Some of their words are: Challenge; Forward; Big; Joy; and Patience.
For 2013, my word of the year was BOLD.
I wrote it on a big, blue sticky note and taped it to the computer screen in my home office.
When I started Love Medicine Again, complete with webpage, blog, and social media profiles, I BOLDLY stepped out of my comfort zone and took several giant steps forward.
Every time I interviewed a world-renown doctor to discover his or her secrets to running a fulfilling medical practice, I focused on my Word.
When I finished the first draft of my upcoming book, I told myself, despite the butterflies in the tummy, to be BOLD.
BOLD reminded me to be braver, to reach beyond the safety zone of familiarity and trust my vision.
BOLD gave me the courage to help other doctors renew their faith in medicine.
BOLD was my companion anytime I reluctantly stepped into the unknown.
So on New Year’s Eve, instead of writing out a list of impossible-to-keep resolutions, why not try picking a single word as your guide?
I’d love to celebrate your word with you! Click here to go to my Facebook page and share your word for 2014!