Doors will be opened for those who dare to knock.
I haven’t kept any statistics, but I’d say I have about a 98% fail rate at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. I can only think of two that I’ve kept diligently for several years – read more books (which I’ve done since 2012 when I was horrified to discover I’d let the year go by and only completed 10 books) and write more letters (you know, the ones involving a pen, paper, envelope and a stamp). All the other resolutions evaporated quickly, likely before February.
Yet I know there’s power in “resolution”, in the simple act of saying to myself “This is going to happen”. In fact, when I look back on 2015, I’m both surprised and fascinated by how many of my wishes became realities.
So I was intrigued when 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. (While there are many sites dedicated to this concept, I believe the idea became a movement due to the writings and work of Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. You can learn more about them at their website Get One Word.)
As you know, I’m all about the power of words. Experience has taught me that one word can change the tone and outcome of any conversation, create and strengthen a relationship, build a business … and more. So perhaps one word can guide my new year.
I’m going to give it a try.
The word I’ve chosen? Dare. It’s a word that spans multiple cultures including Sanskrit (dadharsha – to be bold), Gothic (gadaursan – to brave danger) and Greek (thrasys – bold). By the 1570s it had come to mean “to challenge”, and what I know to be true about myself – I love a good challenge.
In 2016 I want to push against some of my self-created boundaries, challenge some of my fears and knock on more doors simply to see what’s on the other side. I’m confident this is the word that will keep me – and The Phone Lady – growing and thriving throughout the year. I’ll let you know.
And … what about you? Does the concept of one word appeal to you? What’s your word?