One word to live by

Over the past two years, I have accepted  the challenge of thinking about the “One Word” that I would like to live by and allow it to shape my life for that year.  Looking back, I have realised how difficult that can be.  Two years ago, my one word was Consistency and this past year it was Joy.  It’s not easy to declare that this is where I want to go and then carry it out.  In the busyness of life, you can easily forget.  That’s why I love this time of year too, because it provides time toto reflect and then dream and then hope for coming year.

Below is an excerpt I wrote as a guest blog for One Word 365.  Consider signing up on their site and taking on the challenge for 2018.

Einstein said that life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.  First of all, focus on where you want to go.  Do you know where you are going?  Your commitment this year is like a journey.  There will be challenges that you will need to overcome.  As you do that, you will become stronger, more resilient and once victory is within your reach, more sure. 

Secondly, consider what you need to do daily to reach your goal?  I found it helpful to break up my big dream or vision into bite size portions.  What do I have to say ‘no’ to so that I can say ‘yes’ to this goal?  What do I need to do weekly to go where I want to go?  Remember that a  journey is composed of stops and starts, of rest-breaks and accelerations.  Do I need to re-evaluate on a Sunday evening or plan ahead? Finally, who do I need to ask to remind me about that?  Accountability does many things:  it keeps you engaged; keeps you responsible and it helps confirm your thoughts and ideas.  I read recently that there is a close link between vulnerability and courage. Therefore, I would love to urge you to be vulnerable with someone.  Take that risk!”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause…”  Theodore Roosevelt

Looking back over the past year, it is helpful to take some time and reflect on these questions:  How did your commitment go this year to move in the direction you intended to move in?  Did you stay the course and grow?  If you struggled, what could you perhaps change going into 2018?

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