For the past few years, I’ve watched people take the “One Word Challenge” at the begining of a new year. Basically, inviting people to bag the idea of setting a list of goals and resolutions to keep track of, and instead choose one word that would be emblematic of your over-all motivation or goal for the year.
Frankly, I’ve never had the discipline to do it before (and maybe therein lies the bigger problem). So I was grateful when my friend Tauni challenged me to really do it this year. It made me sit and actually think about it.
And here’s why. Like most everyone out there, I try to be and do too much to too many people. And I hate the burnout that comes when I do that. Too often, I was getting distracted by so many little things that by the time I circled back to the most important things/people/responsibilities I wasn’t able to give them my best self/effort.
This year my goal is to put the Essentials first: making time for personal devotion, family, time to exercise and eat right, and helping the people closest to me. You can read more about my thoughts of starting with the essentials and still being able to fit in some of the “nice-to-do” things on the list too in my One-Word Challenge post at SNAP Creativity.
A few weeks ago, I also started reading Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and didn’t even make the connection until this week that it goes hand in hand with my word of the year. His book talks about focus and making choices – which means saying no to a lot of things so that your emphasis is on the biggest goal and most important things in your life. That emphasis is personal and different for everyone, but finding it and defining it is important to do for yourself, since no one else can do it for you.
I’m excited and hopeful about seeing where this focus takes me. I’ll probably continue to take on too much and drop balls here and there, but hopefully progress will be made with more peace of mind to be had a long the way.
Anyone else out there taking on the One Word Challenge?