Picking a Word for the Year

December 16, 2009

I’ve been a huge fan of blogger Christine Kane for a couple years. When I first discovered her blog, I was amazed at all of the great bits of wisdom that she dispensed.  Not only is she a talented blogger and performer (I’ve seen her live and she’s great), but she’s also a creativity consultant and success coach.

One of the things that she’s done the last couple years with her blog readers is to have them pick a word for the year. In her original post, she called it “Resolution Revolution.”  No, this is not a new year’s resolution…its more like a personal mantra.  According to her blog, this one word is a “way of setting intention for (the) whole year.”

This month, she’s featuring guest posts from her readers who chose a word for this year.  Some examples of these words include: rejoice, change, courage, confidence, gratitude, love, clarity, peace, joy, beauty and creativity.  Chances are, there’s a word out there that describes how you want to approach the new year.

This “one word” thing is brilliant because I don’t really believe in new year’s resolutions or even new year’s goals.  I’ve tried ‘em before and they are forgotten by February or early March. I also witness the onslaught of new members at my YMCA every January, only to see many of them invisible in a few months.

This year, as the new year approaches, it is my intention to choose a word for 2010. It’s a word that, I hope, will sort of guide me through the year during good times and bad.  My word: LAUGHTER.

Laughing Baby

I’ve got a confession to make:  I don’t laugh enough. I may think I do, but I know I should be laughing more. Yeah, we all have challenges and things that bring us down. But I feel committed to really LMAO in 2010 no matter what is happening in my life.  I’m not talking giggles, I’m talking big, hearty belly laughs (even though my heartiest laughs tend to be quiet).

This might mean that I have to revisit some of my favorite funny movies including Spinal Tap, Austin Powers, Airplaine!, Naked Gun, Borat and Jackass! (I know, this is really stupid, but I can’t help laughing hysterically when I see it).  I’ll likely be listening to some of my favorite comedians such as Mitch Hedberg, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Chris Rock and Steven Wright.

I also realize that some of the funniest moments we can experience are the ones that happen right in front of us all the time.  Its a matter of having the right attitude and awareness.

So what about you, what’s your word for 2010?

Creative Commons photo courtesy of makelessnoise.

To read Christine Kane’s original post on this topic click here.

UPDATE 12/26: I just noticed that Chris Brogan mentioned that he usually selects three words for the year, which is another very cool idea similar to Christine Kane’s one word for the year.  To check out Chris’ post on this subject, including a recap of words he chose in 2008 and 2009, check out today’s post called “Wiring Yourself for Success”.  Hmm, I may need to add to my one word….

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