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Forget Resolutions, I’m Picking a Word.

In years past, I’ve sometimes made New Year’s resolutions and sometimes not; but as noble as the idea sounds, I’ve always felt they are rather pointless because they just wind up being a source of disappointment by highlighting a person’s shortcomings in the end.

That’s depressing.

I found this article about skipping New Year’s resolutions and simply choosing a word for the coming year.  It can be anything – noun, verb, adjective – just one word.

I have to say I really like this idea – it’s the opposite of depressing!

I think picking a word for the year could be an optimistic, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, and (dare I hope?) motivating thing.  All the things that people wish for in a resolution.

I cannot fail at a word because it’s just a word.

A word can have multiple meanings, and allow for more thinking outside the box, compared to a resolution.

It could be fun to discover new ways to define a word in relation to your everyday life.

After much pondering, I have chosen a verb as my word, mainly because I feel the need to be active somehow.  My word for 2013 is Create.   It has a number of meanings and its origin (creatus) is related to the word crescere which means “arise, grow”.

I’m sure I will become aware of many ways Create applies to my life during my daily routine throughout the coming year.  I can’t fall short and I won’t forget my word by the middle of February.  =)

Feel free to join me in choosing a word for 2013, whether it’s Create or another word that speaks to you.  (And if you do, please share your word in the comments!)

Happy New Year!

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11 responses to “Forget Resolutions, I’m Picking a Word.

  1. Leila December 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Very cool to go with a word. I think I’ve managed to keep my year goals super basic cos from last year to this, I actually fulfilled a lot of my goals. I’m working on a list of 5 goals for 2013. I’m gonna add a word…which is amazingly hard.

  2. wanderoneday December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I like the idea of making one word the focus for the new year. “Create” is an excellent choice, and one I think would have described my 2012 pretty well, but for 2013 I think I would have to go with “Explore”. Good luck “creating” awesome things in the new year!

  3. Cation Designs December 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Less disappointment with self = always good. I hope your next year is indeed full of creativity! I don’t know if I can abandon resolutions for a word just yet, as I think I need the structure, but I certainly like the idea of having a theme! Happy New Year!

    • Brooke January 1, 2013 at 10:44 am

      I still set goals for myself, but they are usually more short-term. I suppose it’s because I work better under pressure and would wait until the last minute (meaning the last week of December) if I set a year-long goal, hehe. By choosing a word, I hope to start a habit. =) Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Ashley January 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I think my word is going to be Write. I want to finish writing at least one novel and pick up the old blog again…with a fresh new look. 🙂

    • Brooke January 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

      That’s a perfect word for your year. And hey, even if all you do on a day is “write” a grocery list, you still wrote something! I’m so glad you are going to pick up your blog again (and get it transferred back so it’s more visible). =)

  5. Karen January 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I am very intrigued by this idea, and although I still will put my 2013 goals in writing (eternally optimistic here!), I have come up with a word, too. It is SMART (yes, all caps), and it actually is a concept I was thinking about doing a blog post on – so now I will for sure – sometime soon!
    Happy New Year, Brooke – I know your 2013 will be well served by your word of the year! Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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