Word of the Year for 2011 - Consistency

Last year I decided to give up the typical New Year's resolutions that have made me a failure year after year of my life. I'd heard of someone who chooses a single word to be their guide for the new year and I liked that idea. So last year's word was "FOCUS." When we focus on something, we see it clearly and the peripheral things become blurry and less important.

I would have liked to succeed in more ways than I did, but I focused on two things that I'm proud of. I focused on preparing my book for submission and submitted it. And now it's being published. I also focused on one area of my house at a time to organize. Now there are certain closets and cupboards that I'm happy to open.

So with those little successes inspiring me, my word for 2011 is going to be "CONSISTENCY." By nature, I'm impatient and easily distracted. I want to regularly and consistently follow through with things, but often the things I want to do get crowded out. My hope is that consentrating on this word will help me be CONSISTENT, to follow through.

There are a few habits I hope to develop and a few I'm already pretty good at that I want to solidify.

1. Consistently read my scriptures and pray
2. Consistently exercise
3. Consistently do a load of laundry daily (including folding and putting away)
4. Consistently write every weekday

Of course, I'd love to become a better housekeeper in general, but I figure if I develop the habit of keeping up with laundry, other things will be less overwhelming. Hopefully a year from now, I'll be reporting that my word helped me accomplish a couple of important things.

So, CONSISTENCY is my word. What are you doing for your New Year's resolutions?

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2 comments:

Kacy said...

I like this approach. Anyway, you are a real writer. Nothing else matters.

Scott / Lori said...

I think this is a great word. I, too, have decided not to set myself up for failure. I am going to consistently focus on things I want to improve on. Thanks.