In my search for a meaningful new years resolution to kick off 2016, I stumbled across an article that recommended choosing a word to live by vs. an unattainable goal. The article recommended selecting words like “connect” “bold” and “authenticity,” the idea being that this word then acts as a guide for your decisions throughout the upcoming year. For example, you may ask yourself, “should I really go on this last minute trip to Paris with two of my best friends?” Well, if your 2016 word is “adventure,” it’s a pretty easy decision, right?
At first, I was skeptical about the idea. Selecting a vague, open-to-interpretation word for the upcoming year felt like I cop out, and I needed 2016 to be damn-good year if I am going to accept turning 30 in July. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that choosing a word (and sticking by it) would actually allow a new years resolution to touch more areas of my life. I started to picture this word as a north star, a compass for making sure I come out on the other side of 2016 feeling accomplished and satisfied. I was sold.
So my word? *C R E A T E*
Yes, I plan to execute my word in the ways you would expect – spending more hours of my day creating and contributing content outside of my 9-5. But I mostly chose this word because I want 2016 to be the year that I create new opportunities for myself, both professionally and personally. I recently stumbled across this Shonda Rhymes quote and it is one of the most purely true statements I’ve ever heard.
“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”
2016 is the year for creating leadership opportunities.
2016 is the year for creating a relationship that’s meaningful and fulfilling.
2016 is the year for creating moments and memories with my family and friends.
2016 is the year for creating my voice.
What will your 2016 word of wisdom be?