Our ONE WORD: Why we didn’t do New Years Resolutions

Plain and simple, we are goal setters.  We want to do something, we set goals.  Just like I talked about in the last post, Eric and I have lots of SMART goals that we’ve set for 2014 and I shared a few of the big ones!  But, even though we set goals for ourselves throughout the year, and occasionally use New Years as a launching pad/resetting time for some of our goals, we decided to do something a bit different this year.

  My One Word - Growth

We decided to have ONE WORD to inspire our year, for all of 2014.  Picking one word seemed like it would be difficult.  After all, how can one word really capture everything that we wanted out of 2014?  How could one word make sense with all of our goals?  How could one word really inspire us?

And then, we decided to just give it a try.  It was simple.  Surprisingly simple.  For as great as 2013 was, we faced a bit of adversity and learned a lot in the process.  So, once we made up our minds to pick just one single little word to be our driving force for 2014, the decision was made and our words were selected.  In all honesty, I was totally curious what Eric would pick.  In fact, I was wondering if it would even work if we both picked one word rather than a single word together.  After all, we had joint goals.  Should we have a single one word too?  Nope.

After literally less than a minute thinking, I looked at Eric, who had a look of resolution on his face rather quickly, and asked… “Did you pick your word?”  His immediate response, yes.  He told me “Growth.”

I was truly taken a-back.  There’s no way that could be!  Then he looked at me, and as he saw my wheels turning and an internal conversation starting to take place, he asked… “Did you pick your word?”  The conversation in my head suddenly came to a screeching halt.  I looked up.  And I replied.  Yup.  “Growth.”

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that we picked the same word because most of the time, we’re on the same page about things.  But, with having joint goals, and having very distinct individual goals, I really didn’t expect it.  But, I don’t think there could’ve been a better result.

For everything from growing our businesses, to growing our family, to growing our relationship (we believe that’s a never-ending process)… “GROWTH” apparently was just a perfect fit to both of us.

If you haven’t heard of the idea of “One Word” instead of resolutions, you should definitely check it out!  This link will share with you the 3-step process of picking your word, as well as what it means to have one word.  It’s pretty powerful stuff.

So, Happy 2014 to you all!  I’d love to hear what you “word” is or resolutions are!  It’s so fun to be inspired by others!

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  1. Gloria R. says:

    My husband and I did the same thing. It seems like such a logical way to make a New Years Resolution or one anytime. I found that even at the strangest times my word nudges me, prods me and make me do it. My word is “MOVE”! I mean this both physically and mentally and it was the perfect word for me who has been complaining about feeling stagnate and bored. Now my husbands word is “LISTEN”. We have been married many, many years and ahe worked away from home a lot. Now that he’s retired, he feels he has to start paying more attention at home. Of course, I wholeheartedly agree. :) But I find when he listens to me then I am more apt to listen to what he has to say back. It keeps the
    channels open,
    The fact that you both picked the same word is fantastic. Growing together is the best thing for two people any time. I wish you well on you resolution and best wishes for a wonderful
    New Year ahead.

  2. My word for the coming year is “forward”. I seem to be stuck in the past and I need to move on. I like your word.
    God bless

  3. I love this idea! If I could pick a word it would be “Focus”….Hopefully I can get that down with two lil boys.. ha. Yeah. I have a full year right?!

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