I enjoy choosing a word or phrase to direct my thoughts in postings and self-evaluation for the year. Imagine my surprise when I learned this wasn’t unique to me.
This post shares one woman’s choice of the word “prepare” to concentrate her attention in this new year. Apparently, the idea came from her friend: “I have a writer friend who every year decides on one word to concentrate on for the New Year. It’s not a New Year’s resolution therefore, it cannot be broken easily. Instead it is a direction to concentrate on within the next twelve months.”
The fact her friend is a writer made me smile. Sometimes, writers think alike – even as they’re thinking outside the box.
Those of you who followed me for most of 2014 probably recall my theme phrase for 2014. Do you? Let’s say it together then:
Be the Change
This idea led me to a number of websites and blogs I wouldn’t have normally found if I hadn’t been sniffing out this specific idea. It also helped me focus on:
- my behavior (Am I making a change?)
- my thoughts (Am I welcoming new ideas?)
- my posts (Are they encouraging others to be the change?)
As 2014 wound to a close, I realized that one thing that is essential if we want to find the strength to be the change and find success is the right attitude.
In fact, there are plenty of famous quotes emphasizing this truth. This quote from Zig Ziglar – “Attitude not Aptitude determines your Altitude” – is one of my favorites.
But, I heard one from a not-so-famous individual that has stuck with me for many years.
“Accentuate the Positive.” – Therron Kraft
In 2015, I’m going to be focusing on a phrase that simplifies and combines these two ideas: 1) attitude is important and 2) what is positive should be stressed.
That’s it folks! My theme of focus in Facebook posts, blog ideas and Tweets is going to be “positive attitude.”
Do you have any positive attitude quotes for me? What do you think of the idea to select a word or phrase to focus on during the year?