In 2014, I was all about FOCUS.
In 2015, it was AWARENESS.
In 2016? ACTION.
This year, I'm floundering about for a word. Do I want to be a word? This is the annual blogging existential crisis, wherein considering distilling myself down into a neat little word becomes overwhelming. I mean, I had those awesome words for the past 3 years and I feel like I'm still right where I was. What's the point? The point as I see it is to give myself something to key in on when I'm mid-flounder. A mantra—a take a deep breath in, think about said word, exhale and get to stepping. It's a shortcut to productivity, a shortcut through the bullshit that I hide behind that tells me the best course of action is to watch Netflix all day (aka the best day ever) or cancel the plans for the thing or put off that deadline or deal with this that and the other later.
So maybe this year I need more than just a word; I need a reminder that serves as a swift kick in the back end. Because if 2016 taught me anything, it's that nothing is promised, success requires work and not lip service and life is a brief, beautiful dance that could end at any moment.
For 2017, I'm taking an Elvis TCB approach and will consider things through a no bullshit filter—NOBS, if you will. I've been testing it out in 2016, and I think it's a winner. No bullshit, not mine and certainly not anyone else's.
So if you are speaking to me and you ask me something and I take a big pause before replying, trust that it's my bullshit filter testing my answer. Is this the right choice for me? Is this the best way to spend my time? In doing this, will I free up time so I can spend a day watching Netflix without judgment? I'm going to be my own bouncer instead of my own worst enemy. I think that's a goal worth achieving.