The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Last year my colleague and friend Jeanie Burke, President of Home Instead Senior Care Halifax, shared with me the concept of one word – choosing one word to express my resolutions/hopes/wishes/goals for 2016.
And it worked!
The word I chose for 2016 was … DARE. I wanted to push against some of my self-created boundaries, challenge some of my fears and knock on more doors simply to see what was on the other side. With the word DARE humming in the back of my mind, I: agreed to publish a second book; got meetings with senior VPs at one of Canada’s largest banks; did my first “keynote”; hired a virtual assistant; attended DreamForce in San Francisco (along with 169,999 other people – yikes!); and the list goes on.
Throughout the year, every time I hesitated over an idea or potential opportunity I said to myself “DARE” and amazing things happened. I’m pretty sure I’ll take my DARE mentality into 2017, so now I’m ready for a new word.
I’ve chosen LEARN. One thing that became crystal clear to me throughout my year of daring is … I need to know a lot more about a lot of things!
The word comes from Old English meaning “to get knowledge, be cultivated; study, read, think about” but also from the Proto-Germanic meaning “to follow or find the track”. So through my studying, reading and thinking, I’m aiming to identify my path for 2018 and beyond. In fact I’ll begin researching and then crafting a five-year plan, with the assistance of Stephanie Coldwell and the support of the Centre for Women in Business, on December 19.
If this idea of one word appeals to you, there are many sites dedicated to the concept. I believe the idea became a movement due to the writings and work of Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page, and there’s more information at their website Get One Word.
What about you? Will you choose one word to guide your 2017? What will it be? Please take a moment to share in the comment section below.
This is my final post for 2016. I am grateful to each and every one of you. It means so much to me that you read and share this post. I wish each of you a delightful holiday season and an abundant 2017. And, in this season of peace and generosity, for all you’ve given to me, I’ve given to two organizations I admire … and which embrace the power of the phone. Details are below.
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. I’ll be back in your inbox on January 12th.
Red Bear Healing Home is a non-profit society registered with the Province of Nova Scotia (June 23, 2011) that assists people who are experiencing social and/or economic disadvantages in Nova Scotia. The Phone Lady supports the society’s Connect Voice Mail program, which provides a free phone number and voice mail to those experiencing poverty or homelessness. Participants can then be left messages for jobs, housing, health care, and so on.
Kids Help Phone provides anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information to Canadian youth aged 5 to 20. In 1992, Kids Help Phone chose to open its second regional office in Atlantic Canada. Today, as a community-based charity with a strong local presence, Kids Help Phone has a team of dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and partners in Atlantic Canada who work tirelessly to support kids in the province as they develop resilience and reach their potential — creating stronger, healthier communities for everyone. Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 professional counselling and information service supporting young people’s mental health and well-being.