Purposefully to a New Touchstone


Rather than make resolutions for the past few years I have chosen a guiding word that I try to focus my mind and energy on each year. My guiding word for this year has been purposefully. It was the word I chose last December to be the guiding force for my decisions and life this year. I really liked having the word to reflect on several times during the year to keep checking myself to see if I was living my life the way I wanted to, purposefully.

As this year is coming to an end and I am looking towards the New Year I am thinking of what my word will be. I have several ideas.

Maybe motivated. I am searching for a word to propel me forward this year. I felt last year’s word was perfect to slow down and think about what I was doing and the state of the world as it felt like it was changing. This year I want a word that moves me. Inspires me.

I just looked up synonyms for motivated. Ambitious. Aspiring. Zealous. Enthusiastic. Those are all great possibilities.

Do you choose a word for your year? Have you chosen a new one yet?

 

27 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    This is a great idea. In the past year I can see where “focused” directed my thinking and actions. I didn’t choose that word however.
    The saying “Be the change you want to see in the world” inspires me now, but I don’t have that distilled to one word, at least not yet.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I love that quote!

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    2. I see where the challenge is – is there one word that can capture your passion and/or goals in many areas of your life?

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      1. koolaidmoms says:

        Yes! I am trying to keep it higher level to cover all areas. But haven’t hit the perfect word yet.

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  2. A. JoAnn says:

    I have been doing this for a couple of years. This year, my word was “simplify.” (lol) I have had some success, not totally there yet. I think this is a great way to stay focused and mindful

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      That’s a great word! I try to do check-ins about once a quarter. I have my weekly, monthly and yearly goals right in my calendar. Sometimes I make it sometimes I don’t but the are always right in front of me.

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  3. Last year our word was Kindness. We haven’t thought of what this year’s will be but we do try to follow what the word represents throughout the year. We have a chalkboard door that we write our yearly word on and sometimes we add a quote on it to keep us focused on that through the year. The quote this year was ” No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      What a great idea!

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    I like the idea of having a specific guiding word for a year!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It helps me focus if I can have one word rather than a lists of I want to…..

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        That’s right! It is easier to focus on one “subject” than having a whole list. You won’t get anything on the list done but focusing on one goal helps to reach it.

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Yes! Thank you.

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  5. themomfred says:

    I am stealing your word, zealous, I love it and this idea. Thank you ❀️

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Glad you like it!

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  6. What an intriguing post – I’ve never thought about a word for the year. I have so many things that I want to focus my life’s purpose on – family? love? committed (more for work)? Hmmm…something to mull over between now and the end of the year… Great idea!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Maybe a word that could focus on them all? Purpose? Intent?

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  7. Great idea. I select “Gluttonously” for next year. Let’s see if I can live up to it. πŸ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I love it! πŸ˜‰

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      1. πŸ™‚ There’s more chance of me managing it than if I chose a more healthy word.

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  8. David says:

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That declaration can be reduced to the word “exemplify”.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Nice!

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  9. Bernice says:

    I do not make resolutions. But I love the idea of picking a “guiding word”. I may give that a thought!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I started because I didn’t like resolutions bit wanted a guiding thought or word. It helped focus my goals. πŸ™‚

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      1. Bernice says:

        I am fairly disciplined which is why I do not do resolutions. But the guiding word for your year is interesting!

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  10. lcetter says:

    What a great alternative to resolutions!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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