The following blog post is a slight departure from my typical post about the rules, strategy and musings about pickleball. As we embark on a new year, I wanted to share with you my overarching “goal” for the next 12 months — broken down to a single word. It applies to each facet of life — including pickleball. Hope you enjoy.
My wife has done it each year for the last several. Each year around this time she comes up with a word for the year – a word to encapsulate her focus, goal and vision for the coming year. Her word-of-the-year for the previous two has been “bold” and “fearless,” respectively. For a pair of introverts, those words made perfect sense.
So as the wife initiated her planning and “dreamscaping” for 2018, I decided to join her on this word-of-the-year journey. It’s something I don’t typically like to do. But this year, it seemed like I needed to do it as well. We needed to be locked arm-in-arm with common vision and goals for the New Year.
A Singularity of Focus
As we brainstormed, set goals and dreamed about the year ahead we wanted a word – for each of our businesses – that would appropriately describe our singularity of focus for the coming year. It needed to be a word that, at the end of the year, we could objectively “measure.” It needed to be a word that drives sustained focus – and a vision for change – for the next twelve months.
Initially, I feared this would be an impossible task. Afterall, I thought, how could we possibly agree on one word that would drive focus and change for an entire year? Quite frankly, however, this exercise turned out to be relatively easy this year. No squabbling or “negotiating” was necessary. The word this year was obvious to each of us — as if staring us in the face.
Actually, we added punctuation to it. I hope that’s okay.
Results <period>. 7 letters. A period afterwards. That’s our one word. It’s our singularity of focus this year. Simple to come up with. More difficult to achieve. But we’re motivated to do it. And with boldness — and fearlessness — nothing will stop us! Results, baby! Results.
What’s your word for the New Year? See you on the courts!