Cindy JobsOrganization, Uncategorized

Last year, for the first time, I selected a “Word of the Year.”  I’d heard many positive things about this process so I thought I’d give it a try.  But, to be honest, I wasn’t sure why I was doing it.  What was the benefit? How did it work? What was the word supposed to do?

So, I gave my “Word of the Year” a job and a purpose. It had to:

  • Resonate with me on an emotional level.
  • Anchor my daily life.
  • Provided focus.
  • Assist in setting intentions.
  • Be the core of my decision-making process.

In 2017 my word of the year was “Calm.”  Although my husband will question how effective it really was (at least to him, on an external level), I found great value in the focus word.  In moments of stress and pressure, I found great benefit in closing my eyes, taking a deep breath and thinking about just being “calm.”  It truly did provide an anchor for my daily life.

This year I’ve chosen the word “Persistence.”  According to dictionary.com, persistence is:

  1. Persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering and,
  2. Lasting or enduring tenaciously

Checking with my trusty thesaurus revealed:

  • Tenacity
  • Determination
  • Doggedness
  • Resolve
  • Diligence
  • Endurance
  • Purpose
  • Grit

It also revealed many more word that resonated with me, including stubbornness which I elected to ignore. 🙂

I have some mighty goals for this year.  All of which will require persistence in spite of opposition, enduring tenaciously, resolve, purpose and possibly a bit of stubbornness to be honest.

What’s your Word of the Year?  What one word will help you achieve your goals?

Happy New Year, everyone!

Cindy Jobs, COC, ACC

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