I’ve never been one who makes a list of New Year’s Resolutions. I always work better with setting goals. Several years ago, I read an article about an alternative to resolutions. There was no list making involved, it was so simple, it was one word. Choose one word that could give you strength, provide guidance or challenge you.
Over the years, I’ve chosen: perseverance, peace and patience. Last year it was faith. It turned out to be the perfect word choice for 2013. I was faced with some challenging health issues and by hanging on to my faith I was able to make it through a difficult time.
This year my word is commit. The first thing I did on January 1st was commit to writing at least 500 words a day during the month of January. These words are exclusive of e-mails and blog posts. As of today, I’m happy to report I have over 19,000 words written on a new project. It’s too soon to tell if this project will turn into anything, as it began as a writing exercise, but it has morphed into something more.
By committing myself to at least 500 words a day, I’ve now made it a habit, just like my daily workout. I plan to continue my new habit through the month of February and see where it takes me.
If you had to pick one word, what would it be?