I am going to confess here that I have never written even one New Year’s resolution for myself. I’ve never started going to a gym or yoga class in the first week of a new year either. If I’m honest, I have to admit that it is probably because I did not trust myself to actually repeat said action for the next 365 consecutive days. It seemed daunting to me, and not wanting to feel like a failure, I just never engaged in this public practice. Instead, I watched everyone around me confidently voice their resolutions for the year and then slowly (or sometimes quickly) abandon them without another peep.
But, this year a friend shared an idea that resonated with me; one that I could get on board with and just felt right.
The idea is to pick a word – just one word – as yours for the year ahead.
As I listened to and read about, others’ words that inspired them, I realized that they were, for the most part, all nouns. That didn’t work for me. Nouns are words that identify something, and I have no problem naming things I want to do or accomplish or change. The challenge is actually doing. So, I decided to choose a verb, an action word.
So, in the beginning – of my new year – is my word: COMMIT. Commit is a word that encompasses resolve, strength, dedication, responsibility, and accomplishment, and implies drive, initiative, and action.
This year I COMMIT to being as accountable to myself as I am to others. My word will guide me in the direction I want to take and the choices that will get me there.
Want to join me? What’s your word for 2020?