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 months..
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.
You can choose whatever word you want. In the past, my Words of the Year have included Clarity, Progress, and Determination. I have friends who have shared their words with me. Some of their words are: Challenge, Forward, Big, Joy, and Patience.
Here’s what this looks like:
For 2013, my Word of the Year was BOLD. That was the year I started this blog and began working on my book, Remedy for Burnout. Guess what? Thousands come to the blog each year and at some point, it felt like the book was writing itself!
For 2014, my Word of the Year was INSPIRE. That was the year my book was published and became a #1 international best-seller, and I began mentoring others and speaking around the world on burnout.
For 2015, my Word of the Year was RECEIVE. A hard one for me, as it is with many people. Haven’t we all been admonished, “‘Tis better to give than to receive”?
But receive I did. I received the honor of giving a TEDx talk on connection that went viral. I received the thrill of enlarging my community beyond the medical people as I became known as “The Connection Doctor” around the world. I received the privilege of working with hundreds to help them find their joy.
Each year, I’ve written my Word of the Year on a big, blue sticky note and taped it to the computer screen in my home office.
This year? My Word of the Year is TRUST. Trust that in 2016, I will be serving others while honoring myself. Trust that I will make the right choices moving forward. Trust that all is well.
So this 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 of the Year for 2016! I’d love to see what it is.