New Year’s Resolutions are great. They can be valuable to us if they’re SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). But since I love making mini goals all throughout the year, creating resolutions every January just doesn’t really happen for me. Instead, I like to go with a New Year’s resolution alternative by choosing a word or phrase for the year.
I like the idea of choosing a word for the year for several reasons:
- It can cover a range of different areas of your life.
- It’s something you can keep coming back to, day after day, and discover new definitions for and meanings behind it that pertain to you.
- Success with a word of the year is really about embodying that word—it’s something you can continually work toward, every day of your life.
- A word or phrase for the year can help you understand the person you are and the person you want to be, and help to connect those dots. It can set you along the direction and path that is right for you, right now.
Choosing the right word for 2015
I hadn’t given too much thought to which word or phrase I would choose as my 2015 New Year’s resolution alternative until it came to me, just last week. In my experience, you can’t spend too much time trying to carefully choose what word or phrase is the right one for the year; if you do that, I actually find that it’s much more difficult to really be it or live it. Instead, you have to come by it more organically—and you’ll know it’s the right word or phrase for you when you see or hear it!
Last week, I was talking to Mr Science about how I hoped that the people we had been out with earlier that day didn’t get the wrong impression about me: I was concerned that some of my mannerisms and interests had come off as snobby.
And Mr Science said this to me:
Who cares? This is who you are—if people consider that to be “snobby,” that’s their problem. You have to be who you are. Own it.
That, right there, was when it clicked.
That’s exactly the right phrase for me for 2015.
One of my favorite words of the year in the past was confidence. That word was perfect for me a while back, and at this point in my life I have a great deal of confidence in myself and my abilities—which is awesome! But as someone who critiques for a living, I am also aware that there is always room for improvement, and always ways in which we can grow and change.
I still want to grow and change (and do any of us really have a choice in that? We might as well enjoy the process!), but I also want to make sure that I own who I am, right now—without apology, shame, or guilt.
So that’s what I’m focusing on this year as my New Year’s resolution alternative: owning it.
Do you like to make New Year’s resolutions? Are you interested in a New Year’s resolution alternative? Have you ever chosen a word or phrase of the year? What will your resolution or word of the year be for 2015? Share in the comments section below!
Edited to add: Check out my “owning it” articles throughout 2015:
- How I’m Owning It in the First Quarter of 2015
- How I Owned My Hate for Cilantro & My Love for Dressing Up
- How I’ve OWNED It in the Third Quarter of 2015
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