It is New Year’s Day and for some, it means nursing a hang over while others are ready to jumpstart their resolutions. Eager to start a new year by letting go of whatever happened in 2016. Letting go is hard but it is when we let go of the past we can quickly move into the promise of the future.
The last year has been a tough one in so many ways for me BUT I am looking forward to starting fresh. A new me for a new year.
This year’s word is ACCOUNTABLE. By definition, it means:
: required to explain actions or decisions to someone
: required to be responsible for something
YIKES! I must admit each time this word popped up as I was searching for “my word”, I quickly tossed it aside. Fear of failing. Fear of having to explain my actions. Fear of letting others down. You get it, right? Being accountable would mean I need to share my dreams with others (pretty easy). I would need to share my plan (not so bad) I would need to share my successes and my failures in working towards my plan. Okay, this is where it gets a little tricky for me. I am great at helping others to achieve their goals BUT honestly, I am not the best at taking my own advice. This word would mean I need to be utterly transparent. It means I would need to step further out of my comfort zone then ever before. It means I would need to learn to love myself (the good, the bad and the ugly) unconditionally. Yes, Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie came to call. They stayed for about a week while I wrestled through this. I was not very optimistic.
Then I prayed, I shared the word with some of my tribe and prayed some more. The result was no matter how hard I prayed or asked for another word, ACCOUNTABLE kept rearing its head. So, with a humble heart, I began to accept this as my word. Being accountable means in all areas of my life not just my business. It means watching what I eat to beware of allergies. It means working my business as a business. It means being fully transparent in my relationships. It encompasses every aspect of my life which is scary as HELL!
To make it a little easier, I have used the letters as an acronym to come up with the following:
When broke down into these manageable steps, being accountable doesn’t seem so bad. I have found (I think) an accountability partner and we will work together to reach our goals this year. I will let down the walls to let others in so I can build lasting relationships which will lead to success.
This year’s goals are:
- Reach my goal weight by maintaining the new eating plan.
- Be consistent in my business with book, sell, recruit.
- Nurture my relationships with my hubby, family and friends
- Pay off some of my credit card debt.
For those of us who have set goals, you may say – these aren’t good goals. They are not measurable nor do they have a time frame and you would be right. I have found those types of goals (resolutions) fall by the wayside and are never obtained. So, this year I am trying by first laying out my general goals, setting a plan each month to achieve them and then being accountable for each step I take. The results will be – GOALS MET!
Do you have a word for 2017? What drew you to the word and what does it mean to you? Share your word with us…
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!