Last week my boss gave me a challenge.
More than productivity, or professional development or adjusting to a changing health care scene — she challenged me to have focus, goals, direction, determination — and one word to sum it all up.
She had seen a special on a national news channel about a man who was fed up repeatedly making New Year’s Resolutions and inevitably failing at them a few weeks into the year. He said we tried too much at once, split our attention, lost focus, and failed to reach our goals.
He had a new solution: pick one word.
Choose one word that you want to represent your year. Select a word that has deep meaning, either of things expected or hoped for during the year. Use this word to guide your decisions, focus your thoughts and let it steer your year.
I often choose a word in retrospect to define a year, but I have never chosen one in anticipation of what is to come.
What word will define 2014? What do I hope for twelve months from now? How can one word sum up so much time?
I’ve been challenged and I’m still thinking of my word.
I give you the same challenge: What is your word?