A New Year - A New Word For 2020

As we start a new year it is the time I reflect briefly on the past year and I look forward to 2020 and what I want to accomplish. Each year I have ideas for goals but I choose to focus on One Word that helps encapsulate what I want the year to be. You can read more on my One Word page that has links to more information about the concept.

My word for 2019 was ruckus, which I think was a perfect fit as I look back, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to mean. At the start of 2019 I thought I was going to be a disruptive force to bring about some positive changes and get some high value tasks completed. But, it turned out I wasn't always going to cause the ruckus, sometimes I was going to have to endure it. If you look up ruckus in the dictionary it means a disturbance or commotion. Part way through 2019 I lost my job, if that doesn't scream ruckus what does? But that ruckus set into motion changes I'm very grateful for. It wasn't how I expected the year to end up, but new challenges led to new opportunities to cause a ruckus.

2019 has also brought about a number of events that have reinforced what my word for 2020 should be - commitment. The definition of commitment is being dedicated to a cause or activity. When I look at what I want 2020 to be, what I want others to think of me, my goal is to make sure that people will never question my commitment. In 2020 I am making a commitment to be a better husband, a better father, a better friend, a better co-worker, and a better project manager. I am making a commitment to taking better care of myself physically, spiritually, and intellectually. I am even making a commitment to finally make some serious progress on finishing the basement.

The beauty of the One Word, it is very simple. Daily I can just look at the word commitment and I will know if I am keeping myself dedicated in all of the right areas. I don't need to have pages of detailed goals that I have to review, one word is all I need to remind myself of what I want 2020 to be about.

Now it is your turn. At the end of 2020, what do you want it to reflect about your life? Your opportunity to make that happen starts now.


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