Tag: goal-setting

Thoughts on the Common Core

Thoughts on the Common Core

I was an honors student at the public high school I attended. From the 9th grade onward, I was always placed in “Honors” English and the most advanced math courses for my grade. I took AP classes from 10th grade onward, including AP Calculus. I…

2014 Resolutions – Time to Restart?

2014 Resolutions – Time to Restart?

We are now starting our third month of 2014! I don’t know about you but so far 2014 has been wild and a bit rocky! January was particularly odd for some reason and it seemed like it wasn’t just us. Here in the Virginia/DC area,…

My Theme Word for 2014

My Theme Word for 2014

You could say that my theme word for 2014 was inspired by our recent travels.  No matter the weather challenge, we were headed forward!
You could say that my theme word for 2014 was inspired by our recent travels. No matter the weather challenge, we were headed forward!
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A little rain could not hold us back.
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Even tumbleweeds were not going to stop us!

Professional organizer Marcia Francois is the genius behind the annual theme word concept. Each year, she advises everyone to choose one word to focus on throughout the year–one word that is the broad theme behind any resolutions or goals you are hoping to achieve.

Last year, my theme word was “routine.” Routine is a complex concept that encompasses stability, predictability, dedication, motivation, and, as diadia so aptly commented, history. Routine is largely about using your accumulated knowledge to maintain your current goals.

Until just recently, I was stumped as to what my theme word for 2014 would be. I was concerned that nothing was coming to mind.

Then, one day I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio/online program and he was talking about people who get stuck doing the same thing over and over with the same results and never seem to move forward. He said that people need to make changes in order to achieve “traction.” I knew immediately that this was my next theme word.

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So, for 2014, I am focusing on “traction.” The first thing I have to determine is what this word means to me. Broadly, “traction” to me means the following:

  • getting unstuck from unhealthy or unproductive behaviors
  • continuing to try new ideas until you find an effective solution for your problem
  • eliminating complacency and remaining aware of opportunities for improvement even in areas where you are performing well
  • forging into unknown, messy and complex situations
  • moving noticeably forward, whether by an inch or a mile

I am now off to update the photo frame for my desk so I have a visual reminder.

What is your theme word for 2014? Ruth shared in the comments previously that she has chosen “patience,” a challenge for us all!

*Font credit: “Dirty Ego” by Misprinted Type.

Reflections on My 2013 Theme Word: Routine

Reflections on My 2013 Theme Word: Routine

Another blog housekeeping item on my list is to look back on my theme word for 2013: routine. I noted at the time that this word is not very exciting. When I first thought of the word routine, I generally thought about staying in place…

February Goals Status and March Goals

February Goals Status and March Goals

Wow! The end of February has come altogether too quickly. Here we are 4 days into March! February ended up being a bit of a blur for me. We finished up our ski lessons. Ski lesson recap and prepared to celebrate Valentine’s Day Ski Valentines…