I have made no secret of my love for the one little word (#OLW) concept rather than focusing on a New Year’s Resolution. I find tremendous comfort choosing a focus word to guide me. However, every year I struggle greatly with the choice of the right word. Perhaps because my life is such a mess. Contemplating that mess led me to consider choosing the word “prioritize” as my one little word. After all, if I do not set my priorities in order (every single day) then things become even more chaotic (difficult to imagine but true). Even more important though, I need to really think about those priorities, because it is so easy to let others set them and I can quickly lose sight of what is important for my mental and physical health as well as happiness — not just the work that needs to be done for my too-many-roles (because they will never be done after all). That led me to choose Question as my one little word for 2018.
I need to question my priorities, because I find myself neglecting my health and happiness. I need to question my choices because life keeps getting harder rather than easier. I need to question the motives of everyone because far too many people in my life do not have my best interests at heart.
I teach my students to question and I apply those techniques to the news I consume, the marketing tools presented to me, and so much more, but I do not do enough questioning when it comes to my personal life and my personal choices. May my one little word help me do better in 2018 and, therefore, lead a better life.
Note: While searching for my #2018 OLW I reviewed my previous choices and I still love what I wrote last year about Light (2017). I still feel that is the strongest of my #OLW essays although 2016’s choice of Cool can still make me laugh. Simplicity in 2015 was also a good choice although I have failed on every level to follow through with that goal. Have you thought about finding your own one little word to guide your future?