Last year, I chose a word for the year.
That word served me well. So well, in fact, that I’m keeping it. I’ll continue on my steady way in 2016.
But this year, I’m combining it with another word.
Determined. Last year I was steady. I worked hard, and I have a lot to show for it.
This year, I’m determined to make it pay off.
I will show determination in:
- setting my goals (far enough to stretch; not so far I won’t bother trying)
- achieving those goals
- sticking to my priorities (and reprioritising when necessary)
- saying YES to what inspires
- saying NO to what doesn’t.
That all sounds very work-oriented. But it’s not. For me, part of being determined is actually being determined to enjoy life. It sounds like an oxymoron – shouldn’t enjoying life be something that just happens, rather than something you’re determined to do? – but it needn’t be. I am determined to live my life for me and my family.
MY life for ME and MY family. Not someone else’s life. Not someone else’s comparison. No filling my life with stuff for the sake of filling it with stuff; no being busy for the sake of being busy; no doing things I’m not interested in just so I can talk about it and feel important later.
And no saying YES to doing things for others because they make me feel uncomfortable about saying NO.
I am determined.
I like the other meanings of determine as well. I will not always accept things at face value; I will determine the truth. I will not accept facts and figures thrown at me on the internet; I will determine their source.
I will give my time and self to worthwhile causes, but will determine boundaries. I will limit what I commit to so that my family always gets my best self.
I am determined to prioritise my health, my family, my writing and my sanity. And not always in that order.
I am determined to have a successful 2016. And I will go about it steadily.
Determined. I like it.
Determined to the power of steady. I like it even more.
2016, let’s get cracking.
What is your word for 2016?