I’m on my way to a place where I never dreamed I’d be, and that’s perfection.
– Mary J Blige
Two years ago 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 the entire year.
And it worked!
What words have I chosen in the past? And what will I choose for 2018?
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.
For 2017 I chose the word LEARN. One thing that became crystal clear to me throughout my year of daring, was that I needed to know a lot more about a lot more things!
The word “learn” 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 aimed to identify my path for 2018 and beyond. I began with researching and then crafting a 5-year plan (with the assistance of Stephanie Coldwell and the support of the Centre for Women in Business).
And it worked again! With a focus on learning throughout the year, I attended more workshops, events, webinars (including a life-changing, 100-day marketing seminar with Seth Godin) than ever before. And when things got stressful or failed completely, I asked myself “What can I learn from this experience?”.
The result is a clear vision of where I want to take The Phone Lady that still leaves plenty of room for me to adapt to how business communication is changing.
And my year of learning has also clearly revealed what my biggest challenge is in growing this business – me! Which brings me to my word for 2018: IMPERFECT.
I feel a bit foolish for not owning up to my perfectionist streak until now, but better late than never. I’m going to move past “But it’s not perfect.” to “Here it is. What do you think?”
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 2018? What will it be? Please take a moment to share in the comment section below. Happy New Year!