I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions.
Sure I'd like to get in better shape and send a hand written card every week. I have lofty goals and grandiose dreams and plans to better myself, but I just can't fit them on a pretty checklist. I don't put a ton of stock into the first of the year. I like to think that any day is a good day to start fresh. That the mistakes of yesterday don't have to follow you into today.
What I am a fan of is focus.
Putting my attentions into a simple mantra that encompasses all that I'm hoping to be. For the past four years, I've settled on a word and used it as a little battle cry for the days I'm losing my drive. I like to stick my word up all over my house in hidden spots so that I can find it when I need it.
Every year since I started doing this, I've seen tangible results towards reaching the definition of my word. Of course it's not perfect. I mess us and take giant steps backwards, but I'm conscious of the word and that's enough to make me strive towards it each day.
This year, I want to get outside of myself.
I want to outwardly love other people. Go out of my way, go the extra mile, sacrifice what I want for what other people need.
This year, my word is willing.
Ready, eager, prepared.
Yup, I like it.
Here's to a year full of being willing to go above and beyond.
Happy New Year.
2011 - Illuminate
2012 - Attend
2013 - Get Down