We’ve been a proponent of choosing One Word as an overarching, umbrella-like theme for your year for some time now. Admittedly, it’s quite difficult – even agonizing – to choose just one word to represent the trajectory and mindset for your entire year ahead. However, doing so can be quite powerful. Last year, we chose the word “Purposeful” as our word for the year. Even if your word doesn’t show up in your year as you envisioned and hoped it would, it still serves to set your intention, which then provokes the right actions throughout your year. This year? Our word is “Grateful.” That might seem odd for a business to choose; however, let us tell you why it works perfectly for us.
As renowned vulnerability thought leader Brené Brown said in an interview with Oprah, joy is inextricably linked with gratefulness – so much so that she won’t even begin to talk about the topics of happiness or joy without it. She cites gratefulness as a practice – not just something you say or occasionally feel. A practice to be cultivated and laced throughout your day. In this SuperSoul Sunday interview below, Brené even describes “joy” as terrifying for people! Intriguing to hear why:
For ADS, we chose to make “Grateful” our word for 2019 because we believe it’s important to have a joyful life. Bringing joy to your work, your clients, your business dealings and personal life alike can only bring positive returns. Plus, we’re counting on a little something called the Law of Attraction: the idea that whatever we focus on, whatever we concentrate our thoughts, feelings and being on is what we will attract back to us.
To help cultivate the practice of gratitude throughout our year, we’ve started Gratefulness Journals. A gratefulness journal is simple – you simply keep it by your bed. Before you lay your head down, you promise to write down 3-5 things (minimum) that you are specifically grateful for in that day. We’ve done this before and the results are awesome when you do it. This year, we’ve decided to make it a sincere focus for that reason – to see what would happen if we did it every day for one whole year. We can’t wait to share the results with you at our 2020 NYE chat!! Here’s our NYE Chat from this year that’s filled with plenty of ideas for your One Word for 2019 (if you haven’t picked yours yet). We also listed out plenty of One Word ideas below. If you have picked yours – what are you waiting for? Let us know what your One Word is below and why you chose it! We’d love to hear about it.
One Word Ideas:
- Achievement, Accomplishment
- Grateful, Gratefulness, Gratitude
- Grow, Growth
What words should we add to this list? Let us know below! Cheers to a mahhhvelous 2019 for you!