And The Word Is…

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“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

One Word

It’s the dawn of a new year.  A time to start fresh.  To review the past and look toward the future.

“I want to lose weight.”

” I will spend more time with my family.”

“I intend to eat healthy every day.”

New Year’s Resolutions.   Grand plans to start the year anew.  Statements that touch upon some area in our life that we’re not completely happy with.  Ever done them – made New Year’s resolutions?  Just like the spike in gym memberships in January of each year – followed by the decline in February, New Year’s resolutions typically fade quickly as our daily lives takes us to where we’ve always been.

So, this year, I’m inspired by a much different approach to New Year’s resolutions – a concept by singer/song writer/blogger Christine Kane.  The idea – to come up with one word to focus on.

The idea – that this one word will connect with you at a much deeper level, and inspire you to make it become part of your daily life.  That it will BE part of your true fabric.  And in being part of you at a much deeper level, this word will be a guide toward the life you desire, toward doing the things that are in alignment with what this word means to you.

One word.

My Word

My word for 2009 is COURAGE .

Courage is:

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Courage – what does this mean to me?

Courage to speak the truth.

Courage to take risks.

Courage to challenge myself.

Courage to try.

Courage to not let fear rule.

Courage to believe.

Courage to be true to my being.

Your Turn

I encourage you to choose a word that you will use to focus upon.    This year, 2009, has many great possibilities in store for each one of you – may you find  much meaning in all that is to come in the next twelve months!

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suddenly slimmer January 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

Another great reminder. Be courageous. Let me see if I can apply it in the next 12 months.

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..January 1, 2009

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Daphne January 5, 2009 at 8:22 am

Lance,

I’m (almost, not quite, as you can see) lost for words. A short but powerful post. The video was beautiful, and I love your idea of focusing on just one word this year. I’ll have to think about what my word is. A deep thank you.

Daphne´s last blog post..Carnival of Personal Development Edition #3

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Rupal January 5, 2009 at 8:45 am

Great word for 2009 Lance! Very powerful message! I think if I had to choose a word it would have to be LIVE. live for today, live to be better, live to experience.

Rupal´s last blog post..Promises for the new year

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Julie January 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

All those resolutions are just reminders to do what we already know we want to do, anyway, so the one-word focus is much more meaningful, more impactful on a deeper level. I like it very much! It’ll take some thought… Thanks, Lance.

Julie´s last blog post..This is the Day!

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Liz Rosenbaum January 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

LOVE it! Like I said in response to your comment on my site… I’m too wordy to be able to condense it all down in one word… but I can do a phrase! 🙂 LOL! This is a great way to shape the year.

Liz Rosenbaum´s last blog post..GymSoap Giveaway

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Kim January 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

Terrific word! May it courageously continue all year through!

Kim´s last blog post..Outside the comfort zone

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Mindful Mimi January 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

What a great word. It is close to my heart as well. I wish you courage to do all the things you want to do and not let fear interfere.

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..Your talent lies in your choice – Stella Adler

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Natalia Burleson January 5, 2009 at 11:10 am

Well I had already decided that this was the year to be Thankful.

Thankful for all that I have.

Thankful for my son and wonderful husband.

Thankful for my friends.

I feel that without realizing it the word for 2008 was “Want”. I decided to take a step back and realize that not only do I have enough I’m overflowing and should be Thankful for it all.

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Sheesh! *grin*

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Caroline January 5, 2009 at 11:26 am

Wonderful and powerful word! My word is deserve (and I just added believe). 2008 was an interesting year…hectic and fast. I am hopeful that I can simplify more this year and enjoy more out of life! Here’s to a divine 2009!

Cheers!

Caroline´s last blog post..Asking for help along the way…

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Sagan January 5, 2009 at 11:57 am

That’s such a strange coincidence- my sister and I each came up with a word for this year, too! It was her idea; maybe that’s where she got it from.

The word I’ve chosen is confidence. I’ve already been putting it into action! And just the IDEA of it inspires me. I really like your choice of courage.

Sagan´s last blog post..Welcome all!

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Dot January 5, 2009 at 11:57 am

I have two words, better self-care, and can’t figure out how to cut it down to one.

Dot´s last blog post..This and That

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Jannie January 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Wonderful post, but do we expect anything less??

My 2009 word will be EASE, as in pressing the Easy Button because in the past I’ve tended to make things too hard on myself.

Jannie´s last blog post..Like a bord on a wire, 2

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Jenny Mannion January 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Hi Lance,

I LOVE YOUR WORD! SO true! With courage ANYTHING is possible!

As I mentioned in my last post: For 2007 my word was Healing (physical and emotional pain and dis-ease). For 2008 my word was Spirituality. For 2009 it is abundance:
Abundance of finances
Abundance of time with my family and friends
Abundance of self esteem
Abundance of exercise
Abundance of creativity
Abundance of time in nature
Abundance of serving others
Abundance of vacations
Abundance of education
Abundance of growth
Thank you — a truly wonderful exercise and I think it is important to choose that one word that works for what you want for the next year. It is an easy way to return to center if things get off track – how hard is it to remember one word?! 😉
Thanks for all you do Lance and for your friendship!
Love,
Jenny

Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..Make Intentions Not Resolutions

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Patricia January 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm

My year runs from August to August and I prepare for a decade year way in advance of the year….My word would have to be Healthiest…and then I will put that as an adjective to other words.

Today to be healthiest I need to read and to relax and not skip over those plans for today. And as I write the sun has come out and the snow has stopped..this is a good sign.

Patricia´s last blog post..Book Review: Transitions ~William Bridges

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Vered - MomGrind January 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I like this idea very much, Lance.

I don’t think “courage” is “my” word. I’ll need to think about it some more. Perhaps “slow” or “peace” (as in, peace of mind) or “gratefulness” or “presence” (as in being present) or something to that effect. I often feel like I am rushing through life. I would very much like to slow down, take smaller bites out of life and chew them completely before I swallow. 🙂

Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Last-Minute Holiday Shopping? May I Suggest The Perfect Gift

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Betsy Wuebker January 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hi Lance – Awesome! That’s my word for you! Years ago I received a framed calligraphy from my dear friend that said something like “Sometimes courage is only getting up in the morning to face a new day.” Very similar to the video. I admire your choice.

My word is mindful. I think I’m fairly aware and observant, but, like Vered, I want to live more in the present. What’s done is done, and what comes will come. Right now needs to be vivid and abundantly enough.

Betsy Wuebker´s last blog post..ENDANGERED SPECIES: TRADITIONAL MEDIA AND JOURNALISM

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Davina January 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Hi Lance. This is a great perspective. By focusing on one word (the big picture), you can tune in to each step that will take you there. My word this year is Heart (the journey out of mind).

Davina´s last blog post..The Quote Effect: Naughty, Nice & Niche Bloggers

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SpaceAgeSage -- Lori January 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Sweet quote by OWH!

Courage? Yes, a powerful word to live a year by.

My word … hmmm … probably RELEASE. It’s time to let my old self renew fully.

SpaceAgeSage — Lori´s last blog post..Seven things I learned about blogging

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Blake January 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Great post! I will be thinking of my word for the year.

Blake´s last blog post..It’s Our Year

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Marelisa January 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

My word is love.

Marelisa´s last blog post..10 Ways to Have a Zen-Like Day

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Stacey / Create a Balance January 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Hi Lance, My word for 2009 is LIGHT. I want to be a light for others as they journey towards a life filled with balance.

Someone recommended a book to me today titled Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously (by Osho). I have never read the book, but did find a quote by Osho online…

“You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous.
You cannot be loving if you are not courageous.
You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous.
You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous.
Hence courage comes first… and everything else follows.”
~ Osho

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..How to Eat Just One Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Jewel/Pink Ink January 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Balance 🙂

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..Third Draft Done

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Jay January 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Great post Lance. My word for 2009 is :
Heart.

Whenever I have a question or decision I will look to my heart for all my answers. I feel if I follow my heart I will never go wrong. Wish me luck.

Jay´s last blog post..Dream Analysis- The Real Self Help

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Bunny got Blog January 5, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Hi Lance,
First of all I love the quote you used here.As well as your philosophy on courage.
I have to say it has been my experience while in the short term dating stage that as you are getting to know someone it is most important to be as thoroughly honest as possible.Taking that risk he/she may loose interest but not having to live with the fear of something coming back from your past to kick you in the butt later.Untruths or half trues hurt more in the long run then the truth does.
Cheers

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Amanda Linehan January 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

This was a little harder than I thought, I need to think about this one a little more. Wonderful concept, however.

Amanda Linehan´s last blog post..See Yourself As Others Do

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Laurie January 5, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Courage is a great word to live in the shadow of for the year. Great choice. I don’t know if I have a word but more of a theme. I am working on my personal life and moving forward. I want to be in a better place by this time next year. I would love to look back and see a lot of growth and healing in my life. Maybe my word is journey.

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Evelyn Lim January 5, 2009 at 6:53 pm

My word will have to be “trust”.

Trust my instincts and don’t second-guess them.
Trust that things will be okay even if I do not appear to have all answers.
Trust in my Higher Self.
Trust in a Higher Power.
Trust that things will work out fine and that I need not hold on too tightly.
Trust that divine answers will come to me when I ask.
Trust that my wishes will always be granted and if they don’t, there is a good reason for it.
Trust that in every dark cloud, there is a silver lining.

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Law of Attraction Blog Highlights 2008

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Lance January 5, 2009 at 7:27 pm

@Suddenly Slimmer – As you think about and apply courage, Alia, just remember that it is within you – to accomplish whatever you desire.

@Daphne – Yes, you’re not completely at a loss for words! I stumbled upon this video while writing this post – and thought it just fit so perfectly. Glad you enjoyed it too! If you come up with a word, please do share…

@Rupal – Thank you, Rupal! “Live” is a great word too. And, my hope is that you really see this word become part of your being this coming year, in ways you didn’t even imagine…

@Julie – I agree, typical resolutions are usually the same from year to year – and why is that – because we drop the ball on them every year also. I’d love to hear your word if you choose one, Julie…

@Liz – I think a phrase fits well, too! It’s short, and something that can still be easily focused on. I wish you the very best on letting your theme really infiltrate your being…

@Kim – Thank you!

@Mindful Mimi – Thank you, Mimi. Courage is a word that many people hold closely, I believe. And yet, it’s also easy to hold fear close, also. Here’s to courage winning out!

@Natalia – “Thankful” is an awesome word, Natalia! It really shows a gracious heart, and reminds of what is truly important. May your year be filled with much to be thankful for…

@Caroline – I like it Caroline – deserve and believe. It’s great to remember that we are deserving, that we have earned what we have, and that we can deserve a wonderful life… Yes, here’s to a 2009 that is truly divine!

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Lance January 5, 2009 at 7:28 pm

@Sagan – Very cool, Sagan! I love the word confidence – it really speaks of a belief in yourself – and isn’t that a wonderful thing to have! And…you’re jumping right in – you’re confidence must be soaring (as it should be!)!

@Dot – Self-care is an important one – and one that can easily be overlooked. I know I do sometimes overlook this area of my life. That you are actively making this a priority is great, Dot!

@Jannie – Jannie, there you go again, making me blush! “Ease” is awesome – and the idea of having that imaginary “Easy Button” there with you at all times – how cool is that! Here’s to a year that has many moments filled with ease… (don’t wear out that easy button!)

@Jenny Mannion – Thank you, so much, Jenny! Your words really are filled with so much life, I feel more courageous already! And thank you for really sharing what your word for the year is. Abundance in so many areas – yes, it is all possible, Jenny! And I do very much want for you to have this in all the areas of your life. Abundance really is a wonderful word – like an overflowing of your cup, and an overflowing in your life… One word – yes, I think even I can remember that!! And, Jenny, thank you for all your continued support, for your friendship, for your sharing in so many ways…

@Patricia – You are very proactive, Patricia – what a wonderful trait to have! “Healthiest” is a word that conjures up much for me – healthy in body, healthy in mind, healthy in spirit. I wish you well in all these areas of your life, Patricia…

@Vered – If you feel rushed, then I really do think you have listed some words that could really fit very well for you, Vered. As you go through this coming year, may you find some moments to slow down and really enjoy the moments of your life…

@Betsy – Well, thank you very much Betsy! Awesome – I LOVE it!! “Mindful” really does bring to mind being aware, for me. And that’s a great thing to have – an awareness of our life, and that around us. And I love your last sentence – about really being aware of the abundance that is all around us!

@Davina – “Heart” is another great word – especially in the context of your journey from your mind to your heart. What a great place to be going toward Davina!

@SpaceAgeSage/Lori – Isn’t that quote great! It really speaks to words and how they really can mean something more to one person. Very cool thought! “Release” is great – and especially when you think about releasing yourself so you can be renewed…

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Lance January 5, 2009 at 7:28 pm

@Blake – Thanks, Blake! If you come up with a word, please share it!

@Marelisa – “Love” is a wonderful word, Mare! That one word can say so much, mean so much, be so much. May you find this word manifesting itself in your life this coming year in many and wondrous ways!

@Stacey/Create A Balance – “Light” is a word that I really think fits you very well Stacey – you ARE a light. And that you want to continue this, and really take it even further – what a gift to this world, you are! I’ll have to look that book up, thanks! And that quote really has me thinking this evening. Thinking about how courage really falls into this all – and maybe this is right – maybe courage does come first… Stacey, thank you for this also.

@Jewel – “Balance” — I’m smiling. Balance can be a tough one can’t it! (Do you know Stacey from Create a Balace – up above – it’s her specialty!!). With everything we have going on, balance can be elusive. Jewel, my hope for you is that you do find balance in your life this year, and that you truly enjoy those moments when you feel balanced…

@Jay – “Heart” is great, Jay! I think that following your heart can be a very difficult one, yet one that will bring you the most joy. So, I do wish you all the luck in the world, that in those moments of choice, you do look to your heart for the answers you seek… Jay, that’s a wonderful word and meaning to live by this year!

@Bunny Got Blog – I loved this quote too – it really spoke to me of the power of words. “Honesty” is another great word to live by. Holding ourselves up to that, to truly being honest – with those we know, those we love, ourselves – is such an important one. Thank you, Bunny, for reminding us all just how important honesty is…

@Amanda – I think you’re taking the right approach, Amanda. If something doesn’t come to you right away, this is one worth thinking about. Please share if you do choose a word for the year…

@Laurie – Thank you, Laurie. “Moving forward”, or “journey” – that’s great, Laurie. You can be in a better place. Just keep this mantra in front of you, as a reminder of where you want to get to. Journey is a word that I hold very close to me – it’s one that means alot. I really do see life as a journey. May your journey through this coming year be filled with the healing and growth that you desire. It is all possible, Laurie…

@Evelyn – Trust, what a great word Evelyn. Especially in the context of how you’re looking at this word. It is all very uplifting and affirming. A wonderful, wonderful way to look at trust. Evelyn, thank you for writing this…

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Karl - Work Happy Now January 5, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Hmmm…I think I will choose “calm.” I feel like some days I’m running to catch up with everything. I just need to step back, calm down and enjoy what it’s in my life. I can’t do it all in one day, believe me I tried.

The more I practice living in the moment the more calm I become. It’s staying focused and not letting myself get too carried away.

What a great thought for me to think before I go to bed each night.

Karl – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Work Happy the Google Way – eBook

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Kelly@SHE-POWER January 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I read about this last week actually Lance (Debbie Ford maybe) and I thought it makes a lot of sense. A simple way to retain focus for the year. My word for 2009 is PASSION.
My PASSION is my story writing. This year I’m not going to lose sight of that
PASSION = Making decisions with my heart and intuition, not my head
PASSION in my words and characters
PASSION in my 10 year old marriage
PASSION for my son’s wellbeing and bright and sunny future
PASSION for friends and connection
PASSION for travel
PASSION in living a full and enthusiastic life

Kelly

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LifeMadeGreat | Juliet January 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Hi Lance

Thank you for sharing. And my, all those sharing above. I think that that in itself takes “courage”… 😉

I have my word but I’d prefer not write about it – maybe in time. It certainly underlies and is vital to all of my desires and goals.

As I said before, this is a great concept. Much better than New Year’s resolutions.

Juliet

LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..What Is The Meaning Of New Year?

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LisaNewton January 5, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Oh, Lance, thank you so much. I read the first few paragraphs of your blog, and my word for 2009 suddenly jumped out at me:

OUTSIDE

and I feel a blog post coming on, with a link back to yours.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You inspired me tonight!!!

LisaNewton´s last blog post..Travelin’ Route 66 – The California Edition

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Success Factors January 5, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Courage is a great word. However, for 2009, my word is going to be success. Everything I am going to do will focus me on success in some way. I’ll either read , write, work, or just do anything that helps me become more successful.

Success Factors´s last blog post..Three Ways to Prevent Common Decision Making Mistakes, Success Factors Day 5

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Kristin T. January 5, 2009 at 11:35 pm

This is a great post, Lance. I’ve been focusing on a single resolution, turning it over in my mind and working through it in a couple of recent blog posts. But I didn’t feel like I was fully grasping and articulating what I want and need more of in my life. I think this idea–boiling a resolution down to a single, concentrated word–is just what I needed. My word? Open.

Kristin T.´s last blog post..Retracing my steps to the original idea

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Maya January 6, 2009 at 1:12 am

Hi Lance,

I wish you all the courage in the world – what a neat concept!

I have taken on a lot this year – and I have little kids – so I think my word would be “Believe” – have a sense of calm belief while I go about my life this year with resolve and trust that I will do fine, just fine.

Maya´s last blog post..The Happiness Quilt: Part 2

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Henie January 6, 2009 at 1:20 am

Lance,
This is awesome!

My word is grateful…for everything!

Grateful for my life, my loves, my creativity, my passion.

Simply grateful…as in very grateful for this post:)

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Linda Abbit January 6, 2009 at 1:43 am

Hi Lance,

This is a great exercise and COURAGE is an awesome word. I’ll be back when I figure out my word to share with you. Want to mull it over some.

Linda Abbit´s last blog post..TLeC Readers: I Am Listening to You

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Jarrod - Warrior Development January 6, 2009 at 3:15 am

My word shall be “LESS”.

Less effort
Less doing
Less

To discover less is more, but less is the word

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Lance January 6, 2009 at 3:51 am

@Karl – “Calm” is a very comforting word. It’s so easy to rush through our days, and our days become our life. Having a sense of calm is a awesome idea! I think it’s very grounding, and and a great way to stay focused!

@Kelly – I think “passion” fits you very well, Kelly! I really do feel much passion in your writing. Taking it to the next level, in so many areas in your life – that’s really great! I really think what you’ve written shows passion encompassing your life – and that sounds like an awesome way to experience all the different facets of your life!

@Juliet – You’re right, this does take courage to share. That’s a great point Juliet. While it is really pretty neat to hear the words other people are choosing, what’s most important is that this exercise help give you some clarity of direction in your life. So, Juliet, thank you for your honesty, I appreciate it very much. And I am thrilled you chose a word, and my hope is that this really manifests itself in your life this year.

@LisaNewton – You are very welcome, Lisa! “Outside” – I like it, and even more – I’m curious as to what this means to you. I’m looking forward, very much, to your post, and what this all means for you in your life. Thanks so much for participating!

@Success Factors – “Success” is another great word to focus on for they year! And you can really look at this from so many angles – “success” can really mean so much! May it serve you well in the upcoming year!

@Kristin T. – That’s great to hear that this post helped you – it’s words like this that make this all so gratifying for me! So, your word – “open” – can really be many different things. When I think of “open” – I think of being open to new idea and things – and that’s a great outlook on life. I hope you write more about this, and what it means to you – I’m curious!

@Maya – Thank you, Maya! “Believe” is a word I like very much – and your focus on this, as in a calm belief in everything being okay – I love it! If we can really get to that point, to where we do feel that calm belief that everything will work out – then we really CAN focus on what’s important to us (like the little kids in our life!).

@Henie – Thank you, Henie! “Grateful” — what a wonderful word! I love it, because it really shows a thankfulness for those things that matter in our life! I do hope that this word does embody your soul this year, and with a grateful heart, you continue to see all the beauty that is in your world. Thanks for being a part of mine!

@Linda – Taking time to really think about this – Linda, that can be a very powerful experience! I’m looking forward to what you are moved to toward…

@Jarrod – “Less” — I love that word, Jarrod! Less can very much be more! Especially in a society that can sometimes be consumed by “more”. I wish you well in your endeavors, Jarrod, to make “less” a meaningful part of who you are…

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Dr. Cason January 6, 2009 at 5:51 am

Mine would be organized. I often feel a little scattered. Just need to slow down and take first things first.

Dr. Cason´s last blog post..Friday’s Photo Challenge December Finalists!

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Julie January 6, 2009 at 6:58 am

Okay, Lance, I think my word will be GIVE. So often, I think I’m giving only to realize later I could have given more.

GIVE my attention to others, really listen instead of just hearing
GIVE my help and assistance before looking to my own needs
GIVE my silence instead of opinions
GIVE my opinions when they’re asked for or when they’re helpful
GIVE myself more permission to express my joy for life (be less reserved)
GIVE my faith in others and in myself
GIVE my time (make time for those who are most important to me)
GIVE my prayers
GIVE myself time for connecting with my soul
GIVE myself the gift of a healthier diet
GIVE myself the gift of a more limber body

This wasn’t as easy as I thought, because there are so MANY areas I want to work on! 😉 Giving, though, will be a great start.

Julie´s last blog post..This is the Day!

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Stacey Shipman January 6, 2009 at 8:27 am

Great word! Courage is a perfect place to start. The first word that came up for me…FREEDOM.

FREEDOM to help others
FREEDOM to follow my passions
FREEDOM to be myself
FREEDOM from fear
FREEDOM from the thoughts that create barriers
FREEDOM from restraint

I suppose I could go on and on…but for me FREEDOM is the true ability to let it flow!

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Glad January 6, 2009 at 8:29 am

I found your comment on Christine’s blog today. My word for 2009 is Abundance. For too long, I have viewed my life from the perspective of what I lacked — money, success, great job, new toys, etc. But I’m beginning to see that doesn’t work. So I am training my eye to see all the abundance in my life — and I intend to share it when and where I can.

Your post is thought provoking and insightful!!!

Glad´s last blog post..Still finding my way

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Angel January 6, 2009 at 8:30 am

Oh my goodness, Lance. Must you insist on being thought-provoking, enlightening, and inspiring all the time. I hate it when you do that.

Honestly, that was the perfect post for the New Year.

My word is humility. For many reasons. The bottom line: I want to ensure that I never get cocky, never hurt someone’s feelings (if I can avoid it), and never get complacent.

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bobbi January 6, 2009 at 10:53 am

Lance I love this idea, but this is a hard one. I think my one word would be Selfless. Selfless in thinking, Selfless in doing, Selfless in loving, Selfless in sharing, Selfless in LIVING! I think too much of me sometimes in relationships and life, it’s time to give BACK!

bobbi´s last blog post..What Music Feeds Your Soul

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Robin Easton January 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

Oh dear Lance! This is so lovely. I was very moved by your honest thoughts. I think this is a great idea. As I was reading it I realized that this is how I live my life. I tend to think in terms of single words/feelings like that. I also find it interesting because at one point in my life, when I went into the jungles, COURAGE was my word for several years. I lived it breathed it felt it everyday. I had to, just to be able to live in the rainforest with poisonous snakes, spider, feral pigs, crocs, poisonous sea snakes and jellyfish, stinging trees, etc. And not merely tolerate them (me existing) but to love them and become fascinate by them (part of them) and eventually fall in love with the rainforest and all of her creatures. It was a powerful time of my life. During that time I learned to find great courage in myself. Courage is already who we are; it’s just a matter of re-connecting to ourselves. It is very empowering.

When I left the jungle and eventually moved back into society after years in the wild, I had to learn another type of courage in another type of jungle (society). I had to learn to say NO. Now many years later and much living of every imaginable kind, courage is just who I am. But it was not always so.

Then I went through a phase of learning not to judge, learning compassion, seeing other as self and learning deep love of others and self. Now, today, I am in a place of learning a much farther reaching love. I think LOVE would be my word for this year as I bring my life to place where everything I do and say and am comes from a deep sense of LOVE…great peace. Where even my work is not about achieving something, being something, or ego (the ego thing is easy for me; I lost that a long time ago) but where EVERYTHING I do each day I remember that I AM LOVE. That every person, being, thing, EVERYTHING that exists is LOVE. That the goal in my life is not my work/books/music/photography/etc., but is to turn my self into complete LOVE…to become what we ALL are…LOVE. And to fearlessly embrace the world with LOVE. To know that I can let go and no matter what I do I AM Love. That even those who live on the street, those we are drowning in alcohol, drugs, prostitution, hate, anger, poverty, despair, are LOVE…no exceptions. To realize that LOVE is all that exists. And to love fearlessly in a world that is often in pain and suffering, sometimes bitter and filled with hate….to STILL Love. To love BECAUSE of these things. It doesn’t mean that I have to turn a blind eye or not set boundaries, for me it only means that I will still FEEL in every cell of my existence, that I will move through the world knowing that all that exists is LOVE.

Sorry this is long winded. Thank you my dear kind kind friend. You are an unforgettably positive and honest force in the world. I have seen GREAT courage in you right from the git go. Warm hugs to you my brave hearted friend. Robin

Robin Easton´s last blog post..Is There Life on Earth?

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rummuser January 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

The word I choose is Maturity. Peculiarly enough, the definition of Maturity that has appealed to me most has been one which contains your choice. “Maturity is acting with courage balanced with concern.” I have forgotten where I picked up that definition from but it has stayed with me for decades.

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chris January 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Listen…That’s my word.

I will LISTEN instead of talking
I will LISTEN instead of judging

I wanted to take courage but you beat me to it.

chris´s last blog post..All I Want For Christmas…

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Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog January 6, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Hi Lance – Great assignment.

My word is GRATEFUL. Even in this time of economic crisis I can find many things to be grateful for. Each day I’ll take time to write in my gratitude journal and reflect on how I am blessed. Today I’ll include knowing a fellow bloggers who is courageous and gets me thinking. That would be you. 🙂

Barbara Swafford – Blogging Without A Blog´s last blog post..NBOTW – Dancing To The Moon

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Bri January 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Hi there! Just found your blog and love it — I’ll definitely be following you from now on.

I too have been thinking the last few days about my one-word resolution, and have decided that I have to go with “color.” Too often in my life have I let pragmatism rule over creativity and I’m realizing that I could go a lot farther in personal satisfaction if I let a little spontaneity in. I think it will be fun!

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Mark January 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Very good! My word… Responsive. I want to be there for those that are in need,or maybe looking for a kind word, an ear to listen. I think to often in our busy lives we forget to respond. Thanks Lance!

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meleah rebeccah January 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Oh Lance! May I borrow YOUR word this year? I need all the courage I can get my hands on. I am sick of living in fear!

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Liara Covert January 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Some people convince themselves they are becoming something. This causes them to focus on lack, as if they are inadequate. Another option is to believe you are already the perfect weight, to feel you already have what you need, to sense you love people enough. To raise awareness of who you are creates such thoughts, lowers your stress level and develops greater self-acceptance. To discipline the mind is another way to relax You move to reconnect with the authentic you that already is. To be honest and to love yourself as you are means you stop comparing yourself with others. You stop judging and love everything about yourself and everything life is teaching you.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..When did you last redefine "normal?"

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sharon January 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I do have so many words I would like to be Lance, but since you are limiting me to one choice, the one word for me this year has to be PROSPERITY. Great video by the way!

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Lance January 6, 2009 at 6:48 pm

@Dr. Cason – Hi Sheila! Organized is good – and I look at that as both physically and mentally organized – both good things to strive for!

@Julie – Thanks for coming back, Julie! And what a wonderful look at the word “give” – your time in really thinking about this, in making it yours, Julie, will really help to make this one word come to life for you! This is awesome!!

@Stacey Shipman – Thank you, Stacey – I’m looking forward to a year of really tackling some new things – and it WILL take some courage! “Freedom” is a great word, as well! Just reading your words, I feel a sense of being free – and not held back by those things that sometimes do. You could go on for quite a ways with this word – and yet – you’ve really hit upon some important areas to you, I’m guessing. And that’s the key – what’s important to you. And for the freedom to really let it flow – that fits you so well, Stacey!

@Glad – “Abundance” is a wonderful word to focus on for the year. Sometimes it really is easy to have a scarcity mentality – and yet, we do have so much! I know I fall victim to this at times – a real “woe is me” attitude. And it’s so far from the truth. So, I love your word, and how you’ve defined it for you! And that you will go out and share your abundance, even better!

@Angel – Sorry Angel – that’s what you get!!!! “Humility” – how often do we “forget” to be humble? I know, even though I try not to, it still happens way too often. So, I love your word, and how you’ve defined it in your life.

@Bobbi – I know this is hard – especially if you wnat to really make it a word that deeply means something to you! So, I understand exactly what you’re saying!! “Selfless” is an awesome word, Bobbi. How often do we focus on ourselves, what “I” want, what “I” deserve, etc. So, you have a word that I think is difficult, yet so, so important. Really living a selfless life is a great thing to strive toward!

@Robin Easton – Thank you, so much, Robin. Your words here are definitely not too many – you share so much wonderful views, and touch upon so much that is important. You are a real source of love and kindness in this world (along with a real sense of adventure!). “Love” is a beautiful word, one that evoke many passions within people. How you’ve described what this means to you, though,, above all else, is such a wonderful look at what “love” can really mean. I see it coming from your soul, and touching all those whom you meet. And that’s a beautiful sight! Robin, thank you for really taking the time to share your meaning of “love” – there is much for all of us to learn just from reading this and your beautiful insights.

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Lance January 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

@Rummuser – “Maturity” is a word I hadn’t thought about, and yet, reading what this means to you, Ramana, it really is wonderful in that definition. I really get the feel of the importance of courage, along with an eye for doing the right thing – and that’s a great way to approach life!

@Chris – “Listen” is another great word! Who doesn’t have at least some trouble with this one? Powerful, really, I think – especially when you discuss listening vs. judging. And…if you want courage, it’s yours Chris! No word is limited on the number of times it can be used!

@Barbara – Thank you, Barbara. During these times we are in right now, “grateful” is a wonderful word to have as a guide throughout the year. We really do have much to be grateful for. Barbara, thank you for your words, for including me in your gratitude journal – that means the world to me! And it also reminds me of how grateful I am for all the wonderful visitors I get, especially those and kind and caring as you!

@Bri – It’s great to have you here, Bri! I love how you’ve defined “color” – it’s not what I would have first thought of. Adding “color” to your life – in creativity and spontaneity – amazingly wonderful ways to look at “color”! And I bet it will be fun!!

@Mark – “Responsive” rings in me really focusing in on what’s important. You’re absolutely right that when we get busy, we “forget” to be responsive to those around us – and it might be just what someone needs. Excellent word, Mark!

@Meleah – You very certainly can use “courage”, Meleah! No word is limited in who can use it – that’s the beauty of words – we can take them and let them speak to us as only they can in our given circumstances. Meleah, I wish you well on your journey toward more courage and less fear – and know that I’m riding there, right beside you…

@Liara – Being honest and loving yourself – this is certainly a great outlook on life, and one that really does set you up for seeing the beauty that surrounds you. Liara, this really feels like abundance to me, like seeing the good over the bad – and that is a way of living that is wonderful and awesome!

@Sharon – One word, yes – it can be hard to choose just one, can’t it! The word “prosperity” really does feel like a great word – in so many ways, prospering can touch on many levels. I wish you well, this year, Sharon – and one that is prosperous beyond your imagination! And…I’m glad you liked the video – I know I did!

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Jennifer January 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Great post Lance. You always have a way to make us think. Love the message in the video. Courage…. What a great word. Can I steal it? I was thinking of Confidence for my word, but Courage may sum it up better. My thoughts are “No Fear” for the year. (Hey that rhymed and I didn’t mean for it to. Maybe I’m a poet and didn’t know it 🙂 ) Maybe I could just make my theme “No fear for the year.”

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brandi January 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm

you know my word. 🙂

what a wonderful intention for you. I love it. and that photo is beautiful!

brandi´s last blog post..2009:: five days in review

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Ross January 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm

“Action!”

Hope you have a great 2009 Lance!

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Spin Diva January 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Hello Lance,
I found you via Zandria’s blog (Keep up with me). I was very moved by this post and also by all those who opened up and shared their own word for the year 2009. As I read through I found that I could use just about every word in here. I am reminded of the serenity prayer, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference. With this in mind my word for this year is Serenity, defined as a being free of stress, the absence of mental stress and anxiety, peace, quietness.

Thanks for sharing this message. It really helped me to focus my new year with one word that I know will make a difference.

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Lance January 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

@Jennifer – Thank you, Jennifer. I really kind of stumbled upon this video in the process of writing this article, and it just felt so right to add it in – so I’m glad you enjoyed it too! Steal away! In fact, I think that courage and fear (or, really, no fear) go very well together. As in, it takes courage to get over our fears and move beyond them. And, a poet in our midst! Jennifer, a new calling for you?? Whatever you call it – courage – no fear for the year (I know the poet in you likes that…) – it’s all good stuff! This will be exciting, and I do look forward to seeing how this really manifests itself in your being…

@Brandi – Let your “passion” shine Brandi! You’ll have an amazing year! Courage – I’m excited about the possibilities – although it’s a guarded excitement – and that’s because of the fears that will be there along the way… As I wrote this, I kept thinking of the lion from the Wizard of Oz – and how found courage – and with that – a lion picture just seemed fitting.

@Ross – The word “action” really denotes moving, and getting things done to me. A great way to approach the year, Ross!

@Spin Diva – This has been powerfully moving for me to read the words of everyone who has shared a word or phrase in the comments. And, yes, for me also – many of these resonated deeply – and had me thinking that they could apply so well in my own life. “Serenity” is a wonderful word to use as a guide throughout the year. Especially how you’ve defined it’s meaning to you – and the peace you’ll seek throughout this year – what a great word to hold close to your heart. My hope is that these words, chosen with care, really will lead to a year where focus is on what matters…and that this leads to a year of exciting new findings for everyone!

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Fit Mommy January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Great song and word.
I can’t think of one word= but to keep the blinders on and stay focused on my dreams. Little bit everyday.

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Audra Krell January 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Hi Lance,
You are the second person I have heard talk about a word! I’m proud of you, you are already courageous, able to step out in faith and I know this year will be a great extension of the past. Thanks for your encouragement with this post!

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Run, Run Rudolph

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Linda Abbit January 7, 2009 at 2:41 am

I’m ba-ack. 🙂

OK, my word is RECOUP — in multiple ways.

(Sorry, Lance, but the reasons why will have to remain private between me, myself and I.)

Linda Abbit´s last blog post..TLeC Readers: I Am Listening to You

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Arswino January 7, 2009 at 4:18 am

Very touching message, Lance.

My word is Don’t Give Up.
“Don’t Give Up” song by Josh Groban is my most favorite song. Do you like it too, Lance?

Success be with you always.

Arswino´s last blog post..If You Don’t Sacrifice Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

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Miz January 7, 2009 at 5:07 am

been pondering mine since you sent me that post for New Years Day.

CHUTZPAH.

Miz´s last blog post..Dr. Barry Sears responds.

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Lance January 7, 2009 at 5:43 am

@Fit Mommy – A double thank you to you, Rachel! Now…to make this become part of my being… Focus, that’s what I’m seeing for you. And that is great, because it can be easy to lose focus, to get distracted, from what we really desire. And I really like the idea of doing this a little bit every day – we can all do that – and it makes it so much easier!

@Audra – Thank you, Audra! Your words give me encouragement as I go forth, and that’s a wonderful gift for you to give! I’m looking forward to seeing how your life unfolds, as well, in this coming year…

@Linda – Thanks for coming back, Linda – and for sharing your word! And that’s fine – you know in your heart what this word – recoup – means to you. That’s really what matters. I wish you a year of really seeing this word manifest itself for you – and lead you to where you need to be…

@Arswino – “Don’t give up” – an excellent phrase to define your year, Arswino! And that you have a song that really matches up to this – and is a favorite of yours – what a powerful way to keep this message in front of you all year long. I just listened to this song by Josh Groban for the first time – and I do like it!

@MizFit – That’s exactly what makes this exercise powerful – is in the pondering, and letting it become personal to you! “Chutzpah” – I love it, MizFit!! And I see this in you already – so I think – you’ll be just taking it to higher and higher levels personally for yourself – very cool!

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Amy Jewell January 7, 2009 at 7:16 am

Wow. The original post was one thing, but then to step down through all of the amazing comments at what everyone has said they are wanting to focus on this year. Many of them resonated with me, but ironically that is exactly what I am going to work on this year – FOCUS. I always have a lot of irons in the fire, and this year I would like to bring a few of them to completion. Thank you so much for the challenge. I am just getting to know your style, Lance, but this is the second time that you have given me pause and I am grateful. Happy New Year.

Amy Jewell´s last blog post..Learning a Bit More about Twitter

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Tess The Bold Life January 7, 2009 at 8:12 am

Hi Lance,
My word is “effortless.” I refuse to be in a struggle of any kind. Instead of getting crazy over blog traffic, how much I need to learn etc. I’m believing this is effortless.

Effortless also keeps me out of the fear and scare tatics of the media and our economic crisis. My life is what I make it and I’m making mine effortless!

In fact I’m putting up a couple of signs in my home and office today that say, “Effortless!” It even looks better with the exclaimation point!

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..26 Ways to Love Life

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Henie January 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hi Lance…

To sort of loop this into Jay’s blog, I will choose another word for me:)

Silence

“In silence there are only answers not questions.” ~Henie~

Henie´s last blog post..Small in the Big

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Enduring Wanderlust January 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Interesting post. I love the concept. My word for 2009 is thoughtful.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.
–Buddha

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Dara Chadwick January 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Hi,Lance:

I loved this idea when you mentioned it over on MizFit and strangely enough, my word for 2009 is the same as yours: Courage. I’ll be needing it this year to do what I want to do.

Happy 2009!

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Stephen Hopson January 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Wow, what a flurry of responses here! This community is AMAZING!

One word for me in 09?

Gosh, there’s so much but if I had to chose, it would be TRUST. Trust in the Divine that all is working out as planned.

But I wanna add one more thing! Kindness. Be kind to myself and everyone else.

Stephen Hopson´s last blog post..Stephen Hopson Interview with Michael J. Chase of the Kindness Center, Part I of II

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Merry Mary January 7, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I like this idea. My word will be confidence.

Merry Mary´s last blog post..The Bridesmaid Dress Picture… Finally!

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HIB January 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm

My word for the year is active. My goals are to run a marathon and finish a triathlon so I thought it was fitting.
Great idea!
-HIB

HIB´s last blog post..Goals for 2009

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Lance January 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm

@Amy Jewell – The comments really have been amazing, haven’t they – so many people really giving this some thought! And many also resonated with me. “Focus” is a great word, Amy. By focusing, that’s a really good way to finish off some of those things you’ve been meaning to. I’m really glad you enjoyed this! Happy New Year to you, too!

@Tess – The word “effortless” really does work to get beyond struggles – I love that! You’ve got a great attitude going into this new year, no matter what the media says, no matter what those around you say, etc – you CAN have a year that is “Effortless!” (with the exclamation point).

@Henie – “Silence” is another great word, Henie! It sounds like this word has really touched you – and that does make it a super choice for you. And, you have wonderful quotes, thanks for sharing them!

@Enduring Wanderlust – Thank you, and also for sharing a quote – it is so fitting for this exercise. May the word “thoughtful” really embrace your being this year…

@Dara – Well, you know that I think “courage” is a great word!! We’ll be in this together, then – courageously going to the places we desire. Dara, I wish you the best in 2009, and that it is truly a year where courage becomes a real part of you, in many and great ways.

@Stephen – Yes, the support for this idea of one word really has been amazing and wonderful! Both “trust” and “kindness” are words that I find very inspiring, Stephen. I know they will serve you well all year long – I really see these working in and through you already. Best to you in this new year, my friend…

@Merry Mary – “Confidence” is a very great word to focus on, Mary. This is also another word that really speaks to me – and I wish you the best in making “confidence” a part of your everyday life…

@HIB – Well, “active” is a very fitting word given your goals you have for yourself this coming year! I love that word! And, having competed in triathlons, I’m excited for you in both of these events – what a great way to stay active and meet some great people!

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Jamie January 7, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Now that’s how you kick off a new year! Love the idea.

My word for the new year – Simplify.

In so many facets of our lives, simplify.

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Charles January 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm

My word is faith. Faith that things will be better in the economy and in the world. Faith that things will turn alright in the long run.

Charles´s last blog post..The Cosmopolitan beats the Odds

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Tabitha January 8, 2009 at 8:37 am

I read Christine’s blog as well and chose my word. I think this is a brilliant idea and am grateful to have found it! I believe that with my word I can achieve even more and find greater peace within.

My Word: Confident

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Ian Peatey January 8, 2009 at 11:23 am

I’ve come across this approach in several other places but I’m happy to be reminded. My focus word was STABILITY. For grounding, putting in some roots, for holding what is mine and what I want to build.

Last night I saw the recent Jim Carrey film ‘Yes Man’ and I’m adding a second word YES. To life, to opportunity, to other people, to myself.

Ian Peatey´s last blog post..Expressing gratitude: with meaning

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Lance January 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

@Jamie – It’s great way to start the year, isn’t it! “Simplify” – there’s a word I can relate to, also! There are just so many areas you can relate this one too. Very cool, Jamie!

@Charles – That’s a great word, “faith”. On many level, this speaks to really having belief – in our world, in ourselves, in the economy, in our leaders, …

@Tabitha – Christine is pretty awesome, isn’t she!! This is just such a cool idea! “Confident” is an awesome word, and one that really speaks to being all that you can – I love that word Tabitha!

@Ian – “Stability” and “yes” – great words to focus on in the new year, Ian! My hope is that they both really speak to you in 2009!

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Broderick Allen January 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I’ve heard this concept a lot of other places, but this hit me. I’ve never heard it brought down to a single word before. That makes it a lot easier to improve since you would be focused on it for 12 months. My word is Love. That is probably the area of my life I need to seek growth in.

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kara January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Acceptance.
Trying…
http://tinyurl.com/9m6353

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Patricia January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm

kara,
This was a hard lesson for me to learn, and your comment just jumped out at me so I felt a need to respond. I was always trying to do something…if you are trying you are always stuck in trying mode. I had to just do it, with every breath and minute of my time in order to find success…
Acceptance is such a powerful word and so needed…
I hope you will put aside trying and just do it?

Patricia´s last blog post..After Math

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Evita January 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Wow Lance I am not sure what I am more impressed with your empowering post or the amazing response and comments from others! This is such a fantastic way to bring humanity together, to unite us all closer and for all positive reasons – thank you!

As for my word, it is going to be BELIEF…

…Belief in that the changes I will make in my life this year (and yes they will be big) will all work out to lead to even more joy and growth of my being.

…Belief that even when others do not believe, I still will.

…Belief that we ALWAYS are exactly where we are meant to be for the further growth of our soul – there are no coincidences.

…Belief that when we trust, have faith and believe – nothing is impossible!

Evita´s last blog post..Never Ending Acts Of Kindness

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Angel January 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm

For reasons I choose not reveal, I have changed my word from “humility” to “cupcakes”. Bye now.

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Robin January 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I think mine would be
“focus”

I think I’m going in the right direction with my various projects (not just blogging), but I need to focus more.

To give a blogging example – when I look at posts, I want to stop clicking idly on pretty graphics to check out some new network or whatever (like your “journey to success” graphic ha ha). I want to concentrate on reading the post, commenting, then moving on the next of the 59 million blogging tasks I have lined up.

Bye Lance – off to “journey to success” – no – yes – no – yes…

Robin´s last blog post..5-Year Plan For This Blog

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Robin January 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I forgot to say what a stunningly beautiful lion!

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Lance January 9, 2009 at 5:28 am

@Broderick – The idea of one word is a new concept to me this year – and it fascinated me by how simple, yet how profound it could be. “Love” is a great word to have become more of your life and who you are! I wish you well in making this become more a part of you in the many ways “love” can…

@Kara – You bring up a word that can be difficult – “acceptance”. It can be difficult because sometimes it can be hard to say we’re okay with “x” or “y” in our lives. And yet, there is a comfort to getting to acceptance. Kara, my hope for you is that you let acceptance really come into your life, in all the areas you need it…

@Patricia – A great point Patricia, especially about the idea of trying. Sometimes “try” signifies we’re not sure. I think this applies to all of us. We’ve all had moments of being unsure of ourselves. Of stepping out of the comfort zone we’re used to.

@Evita – Thank you, Evita. What this wonderful response says to me is that there are lots of people who are wanting a deeper connection with self. What I find interesting for me, as I read through all these beautiful thoughts, is how connected I feel to so many of them. And I think it’s because they go to the core of our human soul… So, your word, “belief”. I love this word, and even more than that – how you’ve described what this word means to you – is powerfully awakening. It awakens in me real belief in self, and the world around me! Nothing is impossible! Evita, that is such a wonderful statement of belief. My hopes for you are a year filled with belief beyond anything you could imagine…

@Angel – Seeing this, I’m reminded of something – and that is that we should allow ourselves the ability to change. We are evolving beings, and what worked one day, may not the next. I’m still for keeping a word for the whole year, yet this is good Angel. It’s good, because you came to some realization that your original word was not right for you – and you made a conscious choice to change. Thank you for coming back and sharing your new choice here… And know, that I wish you only the best in this upcoming year and where it may lead you to… And…enjoy some cupcakes (but not too many!)!

@Robin – “Focus” is a great word, and one I can really relate to. I know it’s easy for me to lose focus sometimes – so hearing this reminds me of just how important this can be. So, in all your endeavors, Robin, may you have the focus you need… And…you’re making me laugh this morning! I know what I want you to focus on (Journey to Success, Journey to Success!!) (it’s not just a pretty graphic!!). Isn’t’ that lion cool, too! I thought it fit with courage perfectly!

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Liara Covert January 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

Lance, I agree with you that finding courage within yourself does remind you of different kinds of abundance. Every person is in the midst of living a most abundant life, yet not every person is yet aware of what this means or ints implications. The learning process offers stimulating sources of motivation.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..How can you be in more than one place at once?

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Henie January 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

Hi Lance!

And my word (yet again!) for today is FIND, as in FIND my glasses!:)

But in keeping with this post I suppose we shall call it SEEK, as in SEEK and you shall FIND:)

Henie´s last blog post..Inner Texture

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Zandria January 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

I really like this…I read about it on someone else’s blog a few days ago. COURAGE is a great word. Mine is POWER — but I think I should write a longer explanation and put it up on my blog. 🙂

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Cricket January 9, 2009 at 11:16 am

Hey Lance,
I am going to be the odd one here and say the word that came to my mind as soon as I read the post. “ME.” I am happy to say that “me” is my word for the year. I have neglected to nurture myself. I wish for myself a year of self-discovery and extraordinary changes.

Great post again and what a picture to go along with it.

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Mark January 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm

This is a great exercise in approaching change and growth. Adopting one word or theme for the upcoming year can have a long lasting impact that will help us to stay focused on what we desire.

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Jennifer January 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I have to tell you Lance that this post has really got me thinking. I have thought a lot about it. I really like my original thought of confidence or courage, or “no fear for the year.” But I’ve also had a lot of other words to pop into my head since reading this, like Focus, Gratitude, Humility. This is so hard. 🙂

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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work January 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

That’s easy. Prosperity through Authenticity.

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Mark January 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Have a nice weekend!

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Carla January 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm

That is a really good idea. I have goals that I am working on now as we speak but to have one word to focus on in all of this is brilliant! I dont know what my word will be, but I will ponder on that.

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Lance January 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

@Liara – I love that thought, Liara — that we are all living an abundant life…yet me may not be aware. In the journey to get there, what a wonderful thing to discover along the way!

@Henie – Great to see you again! FIND your glasses – ha! Good luck!! “Seek” is great also – it reminds of looking, finding, journeying through life…

@Zandria – “Power” is great Zandria, I’m looking forward to hearing more about what this means to you, in your life…

@Cricket – You’re no more odd than anyone else, Tammy! Let’s go with unique! “Me” is a wonderful word, and a great reminder that we can’t forget about ourselves. I know, with lots of kids activities to keep you going from early morning until well into the evening – finding time for yourself can be difficult. Use the moments you do find to really discover the “you” that is wanting to come out…

@Mark/ToBeMe – This exercise really can have a profound effect on your life, if you take the time to really choose a word that will embody you for the year. I encourage you to give it a try!

@Jennifer – If this gets you thinking, then – that is great! When I first thought about this, it really had me thinking too. And then I was very happy with the word I chose – courage. Yet, reading here, I’m taken in by so many of these words, so many that can really have an impact. You’ve listed some more great words, and I believe any one of them would be powerful for you. Let us know what you decide! And, thank you for coming back to share more of your thoughts…

@Tom – “Prosperity through authenticity” — that fits you very well, Tom! Best to you in achieving all you can through authentic living this year!

@Mark/Mark Salinas – You too, enjoy the weekend!

@Carla – I really loved this idea, too! Carla, we’d love to hear your word here – do come back and share!

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Henie January 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Hi Lance…maybe this is just a crazy thought but I was thinking how interesting it would be to compile/write each word in the order received to see what it forms…here are the first 6:

Courage Live Love Thankful Deserve Confidence.

(The courage to live,love and be thankful…deserve confidence)

Ahh, nevermind it was just a crazy thought:)

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Ross January 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Oh, I’d like to add a new word!

“Opportunity” I’d really like that to be my theme for this year…

Watching for opportunities, building on opportunity and taking some risks!

Woo! I’m inspired!

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miruspeg January 10, 2009 at 7:27 am

Yes Lance it is going to be a wonderful exercise and it is gaining momentum with so many people joining in.
Courage is such a powerful word. I know you will grasp it fully by trusting in your own strength.
Fabulous photo!
Peggy

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Lance January 10, 2009 at 7:32 am

@Henie – That is an interesting thought…I might give it a shot and see what I come up with!

@Ross – “Opportunity” is a great word, I’m surprised we haven’t seen it yet! Opportunity speaks to me of seeking all that is possible, and reaching for your dreams with belief and conviction. Here’s to an awesome year ahead, and one filled with many, many opportunities…

@Miruspeg – Thank you Peggy! Your point of trusting in your own strength – this is so important – thanks for mentioning it. The lion photo is pretty awesome, isn’t it!

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Very Evolved January 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Lance,
Nice article. My word for ’09 is PONDER.
I’m a scientist so I’m thinking all the time, but pondering is something different. Pondering is all about delving to the core of the problem and discovering the elements of the problem at hand.
In science as in life the hardest part is not finding answers. It’s asking the right questions to begin with.

Patrick
veryevolved.com

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Lance January 11, 2009 at 10:58 am

@Very Evolved – “Ponder” — I like that word very much, and something I do like to do! It’s a great word to use, Patrick, because it does get you thinking deeply about things. And that’s a very good place to get to…

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Jannie January 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Hey, Lance I think I’m going to add in “Laughter,” too, to go along with my “Ease.” Actually Laughter is now my word, with Ease a close second.

And here’s a wonderful post about Laughter from a blog I like a lot.

http://kootenayliving.blogspot.com/2009/01/laughter-best-medicine.html

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Henie January 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

Hi Lance!

My word for today is “Listen” as in

“L”isten “I”n “S”ilence “T”oday “E”veryday “N”ow!

(For some reason I dont have the “BOLD” option…hmmm?)

Listening Always,
Henie:)

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Henie January 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Ok…just a little switch for me…word is SURRENDER…

Surrender to innerself and instinct so as not to get distracted by egotistical chatter.

Happy Everything Lance!

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Jodi at Joy Discovered July 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm

What a great concept, Lance! I love what you wrote about choosing one word that will BE the fabric of your life. And courage, what a great choice. I would say from the posts of yours that I’ve read, you are succeeding in living courageously! I am so happy for you. Thanks for this bit of inspiration!
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Lance July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Jodi – Thank you so much for stopping over here to read this! And for the encouragement you’ve given here – you are so kind and giving – thank you for all of this!

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Courtney February 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I think that courage is a great word to help motivate and propel you to complete the goals and resolutions that you make for yourself. How many times are we swayed to not complete a difficult task because of what we think others are saying and thinking about us?

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Cameron February 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I love this idea. I used to have a method where I would come up with one word that I wished described me and I focused on becoming the kind of person that would be described with this word. Can’t say if it’s helped, but it’s made me more aware of how I act and how I want to be perceived. Thanks for the post!

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