2018 Word of the Year

Hello friends! I hope you are excited for an adventurous 2018. I certainly am.

I always like to start each new year by designating a Word of the Year. It helps clarify my goals and intentions and provides a good foundation for my actions in the coming year.

Over the holidays, I like to take time to ruminate about what I want the next year to look like and what I’d like to accomplish.

I ask myself such questions as:

  1. What am I most proud of from 2017?
  2. What disappointments did I experience?
  3. What personal obstacle do I need to overcome or make significant progress on to reach next year’s goals?

After much introspection, this usually allows a theme or word to surface that will serve as a guide – a compass of sorts – over the next year.

In 2018, my word is:

Prepare.

As a creative, focus-challenged adrenaline junkie, I’ve always struggled with creating time to do careful preparation for events, projects, etc. I have often overlooked or procrastinated on the planning phase, opting instead for the thrill of reaction-based, last-minute scrambling. I can’t really explain why I do this. I think I must take pride in coming up with just-in-time solutions that work … that whole “I work best under pressure” claim.

But as I gain wisdom with age, I’m finding that careful preparation will almost always offer the most successful, professional and prosperous results in the end. And it certainly will reduce stress and anxiety.

So this year my word is designed to help me focus on the necessity of careful, proper planning in every area of my life.

Can I plan or anticipate every single thing that will happen this year? Of course not.

Do I need to allow room in my schedule for flexibility, fun and adaptation? Certainly!

This is simply me recognizing that being prepared whenever possible will help create the margin I need to have more flexibility and fun in my life.

Some of you “born organized” people have long understood the need for good preparation and planning. Bear with me on this … this has been a long journey for me. But I’m making good progress and am excited for what this discipline will make possible for me in my personal and professional life.

So now I’ll turn it over to you.

What is your 2018 Word of the Year?

Word of the Year

Last year, I joined the bandwagon and designated a Word of the Year to help guide my thoughts and actions in 2012. Little did I know how one word would change my life …

My word for 2012 was “available” and some of my goals were to reach out to others, offering them my undivided time and attention; to embrace and be grateful for each moment with the ones I love; and to look for more opportunities to serve and minister to others. God had some BIG ideas for how I would make myself available in 2012.

1. He called me to quit my full-time job as a public relations director so I would be more available to my family and this blog ministry.

2. He called me to join the Air National Guard, so I would be available to serve my country once again.

3. He called me to take the reigns as praise and worship leader at my church, so I would be more available to use the gifts he gave me to serve others.

4. He called me to step out and travel more with a local singing group, so I would be available to stretch and grow and move out of my comfort zone.

Needless to say, my Word of the Year had a HUGE impact on my life!

This year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what my 2013 Word of the Year should be and I’ve decided on …

This year, I want to build others up, not tear them down with gossip or critical words.

I want to build my physical strength, so I can pass my military physical fitness test with flying colors (pray for me)!

I want to build more self-discipline into my life. Hello early-morning wake-up calls and fitness and nutrition changes.

I literally want to learn to build more stuff. I have a long list of home improvement projects to tackle this year. Of course, you will get a front-row ticket to the good, the bad and the ugly of it all here on LROL.

Now, let me ask … do you have a Word of the Year for 2013? If so, I would love for you to share it in the comments section. If not, I would encourage you to get one. It can change your life!