Many of you are familiar with Ali Edwards' concept of One Little Word®. For those of you who are non-scrapbookers, the theory behind One Little Word® is to choose one word to focus on throughout the year instead of making general resolutions or proclamations.
I participated in Ali's class in 2011 and that was the first year that I chose a word to focus on. My first word was balance, followed by yes, dare, and finish. Finish was my word last year and I loved it! For most of the year, I used its literal definition - "to bring a task to an end" - and that really helped remind me of my goals and helped me stay focused on finishing a bunch of household projects that had been undone for years.
My previous words had been more complex and I thought of them more as guiding principles as I parented, or worked, or strove to work on relationships. But I found last year that I focusing on a word that grounded me in the physical sense in my home was hugely beneficial. I'm a planner, an organizer, a thinker, and a worrier. Those traits are wonderful at times but they sometimes don't translate into getting stuff done.
So when thinking about words for this year, I was immediately drawn towards action words. Words that would help me get my crap done, like finish had last year.
And so my word for this year is do. As in don't just plan and organize, but also do. Take the action needed to complete the goal. As in stop spinning my wheels worrying about the future, and do things that will help me reach the goals I've set.
Do also immediately reminded me of Maya Angelou's famous quote:
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
I love this quote so much that I almost chose the word better. Maybe next year.
But I know that this year, I want to do. And if I can do better at the same time, I will be doubly successful.