Setting a word-for-the-year is something I started doing a few years ago. After I’ve taken some time to recap my progress over the last year and set my goals and resolutions for the new year, I think about a word that I want to focus on that will help me accomplish my plans.
In 2016, the word was progress (the verb, not the noun) to describe my intent to keep moving forward everyday. I achieved a lot in 2016. I didn’t necessarily meet a lot of the targets I set but I did progress so I think overall, the year and the word-for-the-year were fitting.
In 2017, I want to focus more on reaching some of those targets and I’ve mulled over the word that I want to use to describe my plans. And I think I’ve finally settled on it. Or at least, I’ve narrowed it down. It’s either Achieve or Accomplish.
There’s a quote that I keep hearing that says, Perfect is the enemy of the good. It’s a statement attributed to Voltaire who lived over 400 years ago. Time I learned from the mistakes of those who lived before me, right? I don’t want to waste time on trying to perfect things. It is better to achieve the good and move on to the next thing. So my latest YouTube video isn’t going to win any awards. So what? It’s better that I just put it out there, share the message so I can move on to the next thing I want to record. So the book I’ve been writing for the last year isn’t quite as perfect yet as I know it can be. If I just stop the constant editing and release it, I can move on to writing an even better one. In 2017, I want to stop being such a self-critic, and just achieve more, accomplish more.
So that’s the word. Accomplish. Yeah, that sounds right. See even to write this post, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to sit down to write it until I was settled on the word. But just the act of writing my thoughts down helped me make the choice. That’s the kind of year I want 2017 to be. The year where I accomplish some of the goals I’ve been putting on my list for the past several years now so I can move on to bigger and better experiences.
Have you chosen a word for 2017? Care to share it?