Have you ever selected a "word for the year"? The intent behind that one word is simplicity and focus - its easier to remember than a long list of goals, helps you focus priorities each day, and (in theory) will be more readily attainable. Many people pick those words out of routine but fail in keeping them (just like New Year's Resolutions). In this blog, we'll tackle some thoughts on your one word while I share what mine will be for 2021.
If picking that one word is simple and helps you focus, then why do so many people fail in truly sticking to it throughout a full, calendar year? Look at the title of this entry -- "my commitment for the year." The failure starts by drifting from your purpose as your commitment fades. It's so easy to select a word but it's so hard to commit to what it takes to keep that word. Take a quick look at this quote from the book Defined by Moments and pause to reflect upon what it says to you.
That statement hits me hard because it is easy to say but hard to do. Let's be honest, losing your focus is common when the hard times hit; but keeping that focus despite the mess is uncommon. Success requires that we transform the uncommon into common. As the definition above says, we must be patience under stress in order to purposefully move towards success. If you have selected a word, stop right now and look at the plan that you have written for that word. Let's turn to my personal example...
"Fitness" is the word that I have chosen for 2021. When you hear that term, the mind immediately goes to losing weight or getting in shape; however, my intent is much deeper. Before digging into what I really mean, I had to embrace the effort that will require. For instance, to gain physical fitness, I have to willingly choose to push myself and endure pain. The soreness from lifting weights is a breakdown in the muscle so that they can repair themselves in a stronger fashion. By saying "fitness," I am intentionally choosing pain and soreness - not the glamorous things we often envision by flippantly choosing a word for the year.
Specifically for me, here is my breakdown of the term "fitness" for the year 2021:
See how that word is not just a simple word? Can you feel the commitment that comes along with this term? Now, evaluate whether or not you have built that much effort around it. If not, now is the time to stop everything and expend the effort to bolster your chances at success. Constructing the commitment and daily disciplines significantly increase your opportunities at success.
Have you chosen your word or focus? Do you have the commitment and discipline plan with it? Now is the time...