As 2012 ended and 2013 began, I kept reading about the concept of choosing a word for the year rather than a set of goals or New Year Resolutions. I’m certainly no good at keeping resolutions, and gave up on them a long while ago. However I still find myself wanting to make some goals or a list of ‘things I want to achieve’ each time a new year begins.
As I pondered what word to choose for this year, I came up with ‘Focus’.
Some definitions of ‘focus': (noun) a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity; (verb) to concentrate, or (of a person or their eyes) to adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.
Some ways I could live this out in 2013:
decide on the right priorities and goals for me
keep my mind and heart on the goal(s) I’ve set
aim to complete things
don’t be so easily distracted by all the little interruptions and choices that take me away from the longer-term goals
avoid (or at least limit) time-wasting, both activities and thought patterns
be more mindful about what I choose to do (and not do), and how I use my time each day
be consciously moving forward
let go of past situations and relationships that have caused stress & anxiety
Appropriately to our interests, focus is also a photographic term. What happens when you focus incorrectly? Maybe nothing in the frame is focused sharply – or maybe everything is equally sharp, and there’s no single object that stands out amidst the detail and clutter? Either way you could end up with a messy and confusing image, leaving the viewer wondering where to look.
Blurred gum trees
Using selective focus and shallow depth of field makes the subject of the photograph stand out more clearly.
Monarch on dahlia
I’m definitely not there yet. It’s so easy to get distracted from my goal(s) by a multitude of interesting or necessary things, and then reach the end of the day with tasks unfinished, and feeling frustrated at my lack of progress.
However, I will be doing my best to stay focused and move forward this year.
Are there more of you out there who are giving this ‘one word’ thing a go? I’d love to hear from you!
Ann Voskamp’s blog post on moving forward – When You Don’t Want a New Year but a New You
Zack Arias’s video ‘Signal vs Noise’ – the need to simplify, and to decide ‘What is signal? / What is noise?’ in relation to my own life.
From CalmHealthySexy (a Christian marriage blog) – “Every time you say ‘yes’ to something, you say ‘no’ to something else.” – Learn to Say ‘No’.
Others who have chosen one word (thanks for the inspiration!):
Paperkeeper – It Takes Just a Nudge to Budge
Katie Swanberg – 2013
Too Darn Happy – Your OneWord is calling – Time to Answer