Some may find the concept played out, but I like the idea of choosing a word or mantra for the year. I can't say that my easily-distracted self does a great job of staying focused on that word, but as someone who can get lost in details and has a hard time with the "big picture," it does serve as a helpful reminder.
My word for 2015 was contentment. I found myself getting caught up in comparisons, and thinking my life would be better if I had more money, more time... you get the picture, just more. My attitude needed a shift, so I made it my goal to focus on what I'm grateful for rather than what I wish I had. Sure, I found myself frequently veering from that line of thought, but I do think having that word to focus on helped me to truly feel more content.
When I think about what I want to accomplish in 2016 (stay tuned for a post on that later this month), a word that keeps coming to me is confidence. If I'm being completely honest, it's something I've wished for a long time I had a lot more of. I've never been much of a risk taker, and I let fear hold me back from pursuing new ideas more often than I'd like to admit. However, as I see others around me bravely going after their dreams, I realize that I'm my own biggest roadblock. For 2016, my goal is to let confidence take the place of perfectionism, self-doubt, and fear.
Do you have a word or a focus for the year? How did 2015 go for you?