I’ve been doing monthly challenges for a few months now (here are November and December‘s) and really enjoyed them. They give me a focus and play into larger goals for the year. But I often find that when I make goals, small or large, that they get forgotten, pushed aside, or lost throughout the year.
So in 2014, I’m not making resolutions or even holding myself accountable for a list of goals. I was looking for a way to articulate this when I came across this post on Olive to Run, opening my eyes to My One Word and revealing her word for the year. I took a few days to let the idea swirl in my head, and then saw today that Katrina had picked a word, too and finally committed to follow these ladies and do the same.
Without further ado, my word for 2014 is:
I want to BE a better runner, so I will set small (and some big) goals to make that happen.
I want to BE a in the moment, and will spend less time on the phone/computer when I’m at home.
I want to BE a more loving wife and daughter, so will aim to host family gatherings more often.
I want to BE more patient, so I will take time to breathe and calm down when I feel myself getting heated.
It may seem a bit scattered, but so am I. This is my vision: I want to BE. Not try. I want to use this year in helping me further realize who I am, who I want to become, and how I want to get there. I don’t want to feel like I HAVE to do things in order to check them of my goal list. I want to be active, but not feel guilty for taking a break every now and again. I want to reassess my priorities, my dreams, my ‘ten years down the road’. I want to find things that feel good, that challenge me, that shape me into a better version of myself – both professionally and personally. I want to do things that are inherent to my person, achieve goals that scare me, and motivate myself to get off my butt and BE the person I want to be instead of wishing, hoping, dreaming, or waiting.
Having BE as my 2014 word also allows me the flexibility to shift focus. Monthy, weekly, or even daily. I can focus on being a better listener, on being more assertive, on being grateful, on being a badass. I’m keeping accountable by logging my daily goal here.
See it. Be it. Believe it.
Let’s do this, 2014. I’m coming for ya.
Are you a goals or resolutions person? How do you hold yourself accountable?