The best goal you can set for 2018 is one that allows you to become the person you know you can be. That means you need to know who you want to be in the New Year.
Many people aren’t pleased with who they are right now. They want to be someone else. Can you relate?
I don’t mean you want to be transformed into someone else—like a famous actor, entrepreneur, or entertainer—or even have your situation miraculously altered (although you might like that to happen). I mean you know you could be more; you know you haven’t stepped into your best self.
You could have done so at any previous point in time, but you just haven’t. Know what I mean?
Accept that You Know You Can Be More
At some point, you have to accept who you are at this moment. But accepting yourself and knowing you could be and do more are not mutually exclusive. I accept myself at this moment while realizing I can and have the desire to become a better version of myself.
The New Year provides an excellent opportunity to make a new decision about yourself. Decide who you want to be.
Make a decision right now. Decide who you want to be in the new year. How do you want to show up? How do you want to be known? What characteristics do you want to display?
Choose a Word for the Year
I like describing who I will be in the New Year with one word. You can do the same. Choose one word that accurately describes who you will be this year.
This year, I chose the word “congruent.” For me, congruency means being who I say I am or who I feel I am. It’s being the same inside and outside. It’s also embodying all the things I teach and believe.
What’s your word going to be? It could be passionate, productive, leader, joyous, powerful, charismatic, inspired, or healthy. Decide. Then begin embodying that word.
How will You Embody Your Word?
How do you do that? Take some concrete steps daily…even hourly…to step into your new self.
First, once you have chosen a word for the year, write it on sticky notes or in reminders on your SMART phone. Each time you see the word or are reminded of it, ask yourself this question: Am I that word right now? Am I embodying it? If so, great! (And level up the extent to which you are that word.) If not, be it…right then and there.
For example, if you choose “patient” as your word, it’s easy enough to determine if at any given moment you are patient. You are either behaving in a patient manner or not. You are patient or not. If you aren’t being patient and become conscious of that fact, switch gears. Become patient. If you are patient, consider how to be even more patient.
Next, create a few goals you work at or tasks you do daily to help you live as the word. For instance, if you decide “productive” is your word for the year, determine how you will become that daily. What strategies, tools, or habits can you put in place to help you be productive? Maybe every day you block time for essential projects. Possibly you check your calendar in the evening before you go to bed or in the morning. Perhaps you use a timer to keep yourself working quickly. Those tasks or strategies will help you become that word. By the end of the year, you’ll be productive.
Who Will You Be in 2018?
It’s the first week of the year. Now is the time…your time… to decide who you want to be and begin to step into that person. Every day, be a person that actively illustrates your word for the year. As you do, every day you’ll be it a little bit more. Before you know it, that word will be you.
Step into your best self—or at least one part of your best self. Chip away one aspect of yourself and your life. You can choose another next year.
And remember to accept yourself. You’re awesome already. But right now you have the opportunity to take your awesomeness to the next level. That is my challenge for you. Be even more awesome this year!
Share your word for the year below! And tell me why you chose it.
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