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A “One Word” New Year’s Resolution

January 4, 2011
Happy New Year!

What a year 2010 was. I have come to appreciate this time of year because it means a new beginning of sorts. I guess every day is a new beginning for that matter. Still for some reason the first days of a new year give an extra dimension to new beginnings. My usual “resolutions” involve losing the 20 lbs I yo-yo throughout each year, having more patience, and to quit thinking I am good at multi-tasking.

I have decided to focus onone word this year. Wellness. That is my resolution. Whatever I do and wherever I am…I am going to make sure my activities align with what I picture as being my best self — healthy, family-centered, and a good life/work balance. That is what speaks to me. Maybe instead of a laundry list of goals, I can handle concentrating on one word.

My wife, Kathy, was listening to the radio where they were discussing this notion of the power of a single word resolution On the show, one woman had chosen the word “listen” to concentrate on for the year. Listen to what your heart tells you. Listen and hear the people in your family and at work. Listen to the students you serve. This particular woman kept having some physical pain that she was ignoring. She decided, however, that since her goal was to “listen” that included listening to the signals her own body was telling her. She ended up going to the doctor where they caught her illness early enough that is saved her life.

Here are some tips on making any resolutions achievable:

  • Break into small achievable goals
  • Give yourself rewards along the way
  • Plan for set backs
  • Get a support network in place

So, if you could only concentrate on word for the year, what would it be. Family? Wellness? Listening? Forgiving? Understanding? Trust?

Jim

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean R permalink
    January 4, 2011 12:52 pm

    What a great way to look at a new year with optimism. I like it! I took a class late last year that focused on listening so maybe that just may be my word for the year! Happy New Year Jim!

  2. January 4, 2011 3:24 pm

    Thanks Jean! Happy New Year to you. Hope to run in to you soon.

  3. January 5, 2011 9:25 am

    What a great way to look at a new year with optimism. I like it! I took a class late last year that focused on listening so maybe that just may be my word for the year! Happy New Year Jim!
    +1

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