Thursday, October 10, 2013

What is One Little Word You Want to Improve On for the Next Year? ~ Day 9

ONE word?


No, "wow" is not it... I just said that because this is a loaded question.  I've had to really think about this one.  There are just so many things that need improvement in my life, that it was tough to narrow it down!

I threw around several as I was trying to come up with just ONE word...
  • Patience
  • Accomplish
  • Productive
  • Timely
  • Declutter
  • Sanctify
  • Knowledge
  • Unselfish
  • Calm
  • Priorities
  • Finish
  • Do
  • Embrace
  • Gratitude
  • Delight
  • Balance
  • Start
  • Serenity
  • Shine
  • Present
  • Harmony
  • Begin
  • Rivet
  • Concentrate
  • Render
  • Complete
  • Intention
  • Priorities
  • Focus  
I even made a Wordle of my choices....
A lot of my words are in the same family.  It is apparent that I am trying to be more productive and efficient.  I feel like I have so many good intentions and so many things that I need to do, but I am not always getting them done.  I then think I just need more hours in the day and I could accomplish more.  But I think it really boils down to what I choose to do and not do.  I really need to focus on what needs to be done and take care of things when they need it, rather than when it's more convenient for me.  I have a lot of things hanging over my head all the time because I don't just DO them.  I need more balance in my life.  I need to be more in focus and live in the present moment.  And I just need to DO it. 

Like I said, I really gave this a lot of thought because I truly believe there is power in words and maybe even more so in just ONE word.  Especially if that one word becomes our focus.  It will get imbedded into our sub-conscience and we will start to see results just because it has become our focus.  I am firm believer in goals and I can testify that when we write our goals down and read them frequently they almost magically come to pass.  I suspect the same thing will happen with this one word logic. 

I narrowed my choice down to four:

After really thinking it through, I decided that DO was my word of choice.  It encompasses most of the other three above and it really is what I need to concentrate on.  
Since I have chosen this word, I have already noticed a difference.  When I need to get to something, rather than just shoving it aside thinking I will get to it asap, it is becoming easier to not be so distracted and to just focus on doing it.  

I also learned from doing this challenge that there is a book written called, "One Word That Will Change Your Life."  The authors noticed how most people's New Year's Resolutions would crash and burn by about the third month of the year and be almost non existent for most by the end of December and so they came up with the idea to choose just one word for the year instead of a whole list of resolutions that seem to be broken anyway.  It is an interesting concept and one that I think I will adapt from now on.  I gave up on New Year's Resolutions a long time ago because they only frustrated me when I didn't have the success I hoped for.  I really like the idea of focusing on one word because it's so much more do-able than an entire list.  Especially if that word is chosen well and it encompasses many other aspects of your life.  There is a great article on the book and the authors HERE.

I am excited about this challenge and hope to report later that my choice of words was the right one!

I'm off to go DO!

1 comment:

Audrey said...

WOW! I love this concept! You go girl!


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