The knowing doesn’t make the doing any easier.
A blog about selecting my 2018 Word-of-the-Year.
A pet peeve for me has always been the total focus on why something is important. Training classes at work would focus on the why something was important, but not tell you how to actually do it. Even now, so much self-help writing focuses on the why… why you should have a purpose in life. Why you should live a healthy lifestyle. Why you need to be resilient, practice gratitude, have a strong network of friends. It’s often backed up with solid research; I’m not debating these things are important!
So little time in these writings focuses on how to do, or be, that/it. How do I find my purpose, become more resilient, eat healthier, make friends, be more active – day in and day out? I feel like shouting every time I read a new why-focused article – “Yeah, yeah I get it. Stop telling me why it’s important and help me figure out what I actually do!”
I’m a planner. I think through things, have check-lists, create multiple scenarios in my head, and set goals. I’m rarely spontaneous. But, I have friends who just jump into action – whether it’s work or play. They seem to be fine, they adjust as they go; and sometimes it seems they do more.
This year I want to focus on the doing. Implementing the How-to be more active, be resilient, eat healthier, maintain a strong support network, live a purposeful life. I want to turn the whys and the thinking and the intention into actual execution of the plan. I want to learn new tools and techniques for turning intention into action and creating new habits. I want to savor life moments – time with friends, good food & conversation, quiet times. I want to continue to practice positivity and obviously Kick Cancer.
A Word-of-the-Year is helpful to remind me of what I want to foster in myself in the upcoming year. It’s part of my whole (possibly anal) set of tools – vision board, affirmations, and a value-based action plan with measures. I’ve found it can be more powerful, and longer lasting, than a New Year’s resolutions.
At first I thought my word of the year was Action. But with some wonderful inspiration in the Find-Your-Word-of-the-Year 5-day workbook and Facebook group from Susannah Conway (susannahconway.com), I found a more meaningful word. It is a bit more complicated as it also incorporates 2 things to be and 2 things to do. But I think it fits where I am and what I want in 2018 – turning intentions into actions and beginning to soar in this new retirement lifestyle.
So my word of the year 2018 is:
savoring – optimistic – activating – resilient
This year I will soar: I will activate the plans (learn and do the How-To) and still savor the quiet moments (balance being with doing). I will be resilient in my battle against cancer and stay optimistic (practice positivity).
Do you have a Word-of-the-Year?
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