But rather than doing a list of "Eighteen Things To Do in 2018" or elaborate New Year's Resolutions, I am going to chose my "One Word."
One Word is an idea that you whittle down what you want to accomplish, and how you want to live your life into a single word. Surprisingly it's easier to do than you think. Finding your word is kind of like looking for a spouse. You know it when you see it. ;)
I first discovered this idea from the site MyIntent.Org. And you might have seen this running around your Facebook feed, because that's where I first ran into this. Thank you, Facebook Ads! Mainly this site is selling a product which is a glorified washer on some hemp, an idea that the inner 90s kid inside me loved. But the idea struck me. Imagine finding a word that resonates with you and puts you in a mindset to live your life leaning in the direction you want to go. Even if you are tripping over your own feet somedays, leaning in the right directions means that after you fall and dust yourself off, you are still a little closer to your goals.
A YouTuber I was watching as I fell down the planner rabbit hole I was recently on credited this idea to a woman named Ali Edwards. Doing some research, she has a great resource for this idea (probably because it was hers.) She also sells workshops and planner goodies to coordinate with the process. But fair warning...most of the stuff I found from her had a large bent toward the products she was selling. But the idea...choosing a word to direct your year...well, that's free. But if you're interested in how she embraces her word, her video is below.
I wanted my word of 2018 to spur me on and push me toward action. I wanted something powerful and strong. So my word of the year is....
Why? Because I wanted to stop planning and start completing. I wanted to execute the plans I already have sitting at my fingertips, and I want to carry out all the ideas I have stuffed into notebooks in my office.
You may also realize that the word "execute" has a darker side too. It can also mean "To carry out a sentence of death." And there are some things I plan on cutting the cord on this year. I plan on killing off the negative voices I listen to far too often. I am going to assassinate my martyrdom tendencies, and I am going to sever ties with toxic people and outlooks in my day to day life.
If my ideas are worth going for, I'm going to execute them. If people or places are toxic, I'm going to execute my connection with them. Life is too short, so I don't plan on wasting it.
I want 2018 to be about getting rid of the guilt and garbage and carrying out my goals. This year I will be executing my own plans in order to consciously curate the life I am ready to embrace.
My word is "Execute". What's yours?