My 2014 Word

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.


adjective: willing
  1. 1.
    ready, eager, or prepared to do something.
    "he was quite willing to compromise"
    synonyms:ready, prepared, disposed, inclined, of a mind, mindedMore
    • given or done readily.
      "willing and prompt obedience"
      synonyms:readily given, willingly given, ungrudging, volunteered More


Ready, eager, prepared.


Yup, I like it.

Here's to a year full of being willing to go above and beyond.

Happy New Year.

2010 - Prioritize
2011 - Illuminate
2012 - Attend
2013 - Get Down


Donovan Doins said...

My word for the year is: gen·tle (jntl)
adj. gen·tler, gen·tlest
1. Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
2. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft

Just feel like so much of life has become harsh. My verse for the year is Philippians 4:5