With every new year comes goals and resolutions that, to be honest, I only sometimes keep up with. Often times, I find myself making a list of goals and things I want to accomplish, but rarely do I cross everything off my list. I have good intentions, and I usually make my goals pretty reasonable. However, I typically look back at the end of the year with some disappointment for the goals I didn’t quite meet.
This year, I am changing that. I decided to set my purpose for 2018 and choose three words to live out daily. Sure, there will be some goals associated with the words, but they won’t be my main focus. So, what is purpose?
Purpose is “the reason for which something exists” (dictionary.com)
Lately, I have asked myself, “what is my purpose? Why do I exist?” Although I may not ever know my true purpose on Earth, I at least can choose what I hope others see in me. In 2018, my purpose, or three words I want to focus more on are
Encourage. Challenge. Kindness.
Since I was little, I was convinced my main purpose was to encourage. That has always been my word. I hope my friends, family, coworkers, students, and others see me as an encourager. A few years ago, I remember sitting through my counseling interviews and they asked me “what is something you can bring our students and school” and I answered “encouragement.” Although I was never a cheerleader in school, I consider myself a cheerleader in life.
What does encouragement look like for 2018?
Ways I hope to encourage in 2018: Speak positivity into the lives of my friends, family, and myself. Rather than fall in the trap of negative thinking, I want to actively pursue positivity and share that with others. Often times, this is much easier to do for other people and not so easy for myself, but encouragement should be all encompassing. This year I will practice self-encouragement as I continue to encourage others.
This word is difficult for me, because I tend to find comfort in the familiar. I don’t like stepping out of my comfort zone and like things to stay relatively the same. This year, I want to make some changes to that.
How can I challenge myself in 2018?
Ways I hope to challenge in 2018: I hope to challenge myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In March, Colton and I will join my best friend in Costa Rica for a week long surf camp. I have never surfed before and don’t think of myself as the strongest swimmer. This year, I am upping my workout regimen and will be working with a personal trainer at LFT Personal Training in Plano. I chose them because the location, hours, flexibility, and low membership pricing. My first session starts today, and I cannot wait to share my experience with you over the next few months. If getting in better shape is a goal for you this year, check them out. Your intro session is free.
Emotionally and spiritually, I plan on taking more risks outside of my comfort zone. Honestly, I am not sure exactly what this will look like, but when opportunities present themselves, I want to accept the challenge. Not having an exact plan laid out goes against my type A personality, but I think it will be good for me.
Kindness may seem like the easiest word, but it’s not always easy to be kind. I struggle with choosing kind words to say to and about people I get angry with. However, I believe that kindness can truly change the world. If everyone focused on being a little more kind to others it could inspire change in a big way. This year, I want to be a part of that movement.
In what ways can I show compassion for 2018?
Ways I hope to show compassion in 2018: I want to consistently seek opportunities to show random acts of kindness to others. This could be in simple ways like a smile or holding the door for someone or larger ways like buying a meal, giving up time, or donating to charity. In addition to showing kindness to strangers, I want to be more intentional about how I talk to others when I am frustrated. Words are powerful and crucial to relationships, so I want to choose kind words to empower those around me.
That’s it. Three not-so-simple words to live out each day. I am writing them down and posting them on my mirror, in my car, on my calendar and anywhere else I need to to remind me.
So…what’s your purpose?
What three words will you be living out in 2018? Leave me a comment below.