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My Focus Word for 2018

My Focus Word for 2018


It's January which means a clean slate, a fresh start, and a new beginning. Many people like to create those dreaded inspiring new year's resolutions. A commonly cited statistic is that only 8% of us keep our resolutions. Sad, huh?!


Well for the last two years instead of creating these lofty goals and lengthy to-do's, I've decided to pick just one word to guide my year. This takes the stress out of making those detailed plans for life changes and simplifies it down into a single focus and overarching vision for the year. 


My 2016 focus word was STRETCH and my 2017 word was BLEND. You can read more about them HERE


The word I have chosen for 2018 is LISTEN.


I selected this word because:


  • With opening up my private practice last year I have found that daily I am practicing my active listening skills and I want to make sure I continue to stay grounded and present in my sessions with clients. One of my strengths is building rapport with clients and this is a large reason why.
  • I have unfortunately been going through the motions more with my son. He's 5-years-old and is at that annoying inquisitive stage. I'm often responding to him with absent-minded "mm-hmm's" and quick one-word answers instead of truly listening and absorbing what he's saying. I need to find a better way to embrace and truly hear his daily questions even if they number in the 100s. 
  • I've found myself in situations where I've been straying away from listening to my gut. It's true that there is a definite gut-brain connection and sometimes I find in hindsight if I had only heeded my gut's warning I would have come to the answer quicker or made a better choice for myself. 
  • I've discovered the world of podcasts and I find that I quite enjoy listening to the interesting musings of others on topics ranging from happiness to home improvement. This is a learning medium I'd like to explore more in the coming year.
  • I lost my grandmother last year and I miss listening to the family stories she used to tell. As my parents and relatives are aging, I want to make sure I soak up as much of their wise words, family history, and silly stories as possible during visits and social gatherings with them.


If you're interested in learning more about this "one-word movement" check out the book:

My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen


What is your focus word for 2018? Please share with me in the comments.



Categories: Odds and Ends


  • My word is CONNECT. And of course I blogged about it! ;-)
    1/16/2018 12:09:58 PM Reply
  • I love your reasons for this word Sarah. I need to think about this and come up with one myself. My partners word is success. I love it.
    1/15/2018 7:59:41 PM Reply
    • @Kim : Yes, you should get on this one-word bandwagon, Kim! Do check back in when you've come up with your word!
      1/16/2018 11:48:34 AM Reply
  • I didn't know there was a "one-word" movement. How cool! Your word choice and the thought you put into why you choose it are so moving. "Listen" crosses into all aspects of your life...honoring the good work you do and how you want to be more present for those that you love. So beautiful. My 2018 word is gratitude. Coming through a tough year, I especially felt the need to focus on everything in life that there is to be grateful for. Even in the darkest of times, gratitude can be that light and force that helps you through.
    1/15/2018 3:08:38 PM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Having followed your blog and postings throughout last year, I definitely can see why you've chosen "Gratitude" as your guiding light for 2018. We all could use a gratitude reminder during difficult seasons of life.
      1/16/2018 11:50:25 AM Reply
  • I love the idea of a word (or in my case, theme) for the year as opposed to resolutions. LISTEN is wonderful, and such an underutilized skill, unfortunately. If I had to choose a word I think it would be HEALING, because I want to focus on how good organization and productivity skills can contribute to a healing process for clients. Great post!
    1/15/2018 3:03:15 PM Reply
    • @Sara Skillen: "Healing" is a wonderful word! As POs and PCs a lot of what we do is help clients through difficult times. There is a healing power that comes from simplifying, strategizing, and organizing and I love that you're carrying this theme throughout your year.
      1/16/2018 11:54:13 AM Reply
  • Wow, that's an excellent one! Mine is ELEVATE - taking things to new heights in both my personal and professional lives.
    1/15/2018 12:50:16 PM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: Ooh, love that! May you reach farther and higher than you ever have this year!
      1/15/2018 2:53:13 PM Reply
  • Ok, so funny! My word for 2018 is also LISTEN. I want to be a better listener in conversations, and also more open to listening to God and the wise people in my life. I also want to just enjoy people more, which means I need to be listening better. Here's to a great year of listening!
    1/12/2018 8:44:13 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I know! I saw your comment on Hazel Thornton's post last week and thought great minds think alike. :) Here's to having open ears in 2018!
      1/14/2018 11:02:54 AM Reply

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