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What’s the Word?

Posted Jan 05 2011 7:40am

Stacey Shipman Finishing Hartford Marathon

A few years back my friend Lance at the Jungle of Life wrote a post about his word for the year .  Taking a page from his book, I started to do the same.

In 2009 my word was FREEDOM.  I needed to work through some fears and roadblocks that kept me “stuck” personally and professionally. I wanted, to the best of my ability, to be “free” of these fears.  They never go away, but I do have a new awareness and new tools that let me deal with them faster.

In 2010 my word was FOCUS. I had explored so many avenues personally and professionally, the time came to let some go and focus in on what I really want to do.  I did focus, and I’m working on new website content to reflect the evolved focus and direction.

Which leads me to 2011.  Now that I’m more “free” and focused, it’s time to do something about it.  It’s time to take the ideas that have formulated over the past few years and put them to work.  That’s why the word I chose for 2011 is


Based on all the plans I have for 2011 , ACTION is an appropriate word. Without it, I won’t get anything crossed off that list.  I like this idea of choosing a word because it brings a new awareness to each and every thing thing I do.  If I’m not taking action towards a goal or plan, I think about this word and refocus my energy and attention.

Besides, great things do happen when we take action.

On that note, I’m off. Lots to take action on today.

How about you?  Do you choose a word or phrase each year?  If you do, care to share?

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