Last year I wrote about New Year’s Resolutions That Need to Die.
This year I am going to kill them.
With a simple keystroke I am going to bury resolutions six feet under.
Instead of a list of goals that need to be fait accompli by Dec. 31, 2014, I am going to focus on just one word. This is not easy for me, a type A person whose strengths are maximizer, strategic, and deliberative. Well, yes, I am being deliberate here in doing away with the list and replacing with a word.
For 2014, I am joining the community over at www.oneword365.com. Founded in 2009, by Alece Ronzino, oneword365 is a digital gathering or regular ordinary folk like you and me who are shaping their new year on the foundation of one word.
Here’s how they sum it up:
I will admit, not having a set of clearly defined goals is new territory for me. Am I selling out? Shouldn’t I have goals to aim for and measure my achievements by? My strategic self says, “Yes.” My creative self says, “I love this idea!” It is fluid, organic and flexible. It allows for innovation and multiple expressions.
The word I chose for 2014 is freedom.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts I received this year was “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. A key question she poses in the book hit me square between the eyes:
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
I thought of several things simultaneously and realized “A lot!”
I am not a timid person by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, just by virtue of being human, I can engage in negative self-talk, second guessing and speculative projection. Those are not qualities that liberate the soul and heart.
Without fear I would approach so many things differently and make different choices. I would be free to live more fully, to more completely appropriate the abundant life God intends for me. And so, I want to approach 2014 in freedom: freedom from some things, and freedom toward some things.
Freedom to let go of some crushing disappointments that I keep reliving.
Freedom to release bitterness and anger that keeps me from growing.
Freedom to take risks professionally and personally.
Freedom to speak up when needed and remain silent when appropriate.
Freedom to pursue my passions and gifts without assurance of the outcomes.
Freedom to let go of some hurtful relationships and invest in others.
I can think of several more, and I am sure as the year progresses I will recognize other areas where I can live and walk in freedom. I am excited about this and look forward to God’s guidance in this area in the months ahead.
What about you? If you were to pick a word for next year what would it be? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
If this idea intrigues you visit the oneword365 site and see what other words people have chosen, words like Grace, Heal, Gratitude, Happy, Embrace, Restore, Thrive, to name a few.
Every Blessing for 2014!