Why I Am Choosing A Word of The Year
Choosing a word of the year can be more effective than setting New Years’ Resolutions. New Years’ Resolutions can fall by the wayside, whereas a Word of the Year embodies a positive quality that you wish to strive for throughout the year. In this post I will explain the reason my Word of The Year 2021 is Resilience.
I have read articles from my favourite bloggers throughout 2020 that mention their Word of the Year. Debbie Harris’ word for 2020 was Jump, while Elisabeth McKnight says that “A word of the year sets to your goals and direction in the new year. By tying all of your goals back to your overarching word, it is easy to keep them front-of-mind.” I like that the word becomes a common theme in their blog posts throughout the year, reminding us that they are keeping on track with their overall goal for the year.
Why I Chose Resilience as My Word Of The Year 2021
A running theme through many of my posts in 2020 was my prolonged recovery from several surgeries. I have had many setbacks in my journey towards recovery, therefore the need for resilience in my life has been in focus. I have been inspired by other people who have overcome health issues, especially my parents-in-law. Their resilience to aging and failing health has been admirable.
Resilience to my health challenges and the change in my lifestyle has been difficult to achieve. I have really struggled during this time. I am not good at adapting to change, so this enormous change in my life (going from a fully functional, healthy, productive member of society to being someone who can’t work because of ill health) has been really difficult.
Why I Want to Be Resilient
I want to become more resilient which means adapting to change better. It also means persevering even when lack of progress tempts me to just give up. It means finding inspiration in other people’s triumph over adversity. Lastly, it means not being hard on myself when I have setbacks or am slow to improve.
Inspiration from Businesses Who Are Resilient
Resilience was chosen as the Word of the Year 2020 by Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global in this article. Huffington says that she chose this word because resilience is a quality that will carry over from the challenges of 2020 into the New Year as we recover from the pandemic. Resilience is the ability to get through challenges, but it also means using adversity as a catalyst to get better and become stronger.
Small businesses that were able to pivot during the pandemic were able to thrive. For example, when lockdowns and restrictions forced the closure of cafes and restaurants, many of them turned to home delivery. The closure of cafes and restaurants reduced the need for fresh produce. One local company who previously supplied wholesale produce, offered home delivery and the demand soared. Local manufacturers of bath and body products and even breweries started producing hand sanitiser to meet the demand.
What Being More Resilient Means To Me
I want more resilience so that I can overcome the health challenges I have faced in 2020, and become stronger and healthier both mentally and physically. I want to strive for improved health and strength so that I can return to work this year. And if that goal ends up not being achievable I want to be more resilient to my change in lifestyle. I want to adapt to my new normal better, and become more accepting of it. I want to learn more skills and broaden my knowledge so that I can change direction if necessary. That will require me to be more resilient.
How I Will Achieve Resilience In 2021
I have taken steps already to build my resilience. My fate is in my own hands so I took the first steps towards improved wellbeing. My mental health was suffering so I started seeing a psychologist. Being able to talk about my struggles and develop skills to deal with issues has been very worthwhile.
I was not content with being held back from working due to my health so I sought help from my GP. I am now seeing an Exercise Physiologist weekly and building my strength back. It takes dedication and hard work but I am determined to do it. My goal is to be back at work this year,to a job that requires both physical and mental fortitude.
My motto will be “Don’t Give Up”. No matter how long it takes, I am determined to overcome the health struggles of 2020 and reach my goal. I may need to pivot like successful businesses have done, but I will face that possibility if the need arises. I am starting a course that will open up other career opportunities for me as a nurse. That is my “Plan B” just in case.
Have you chosen a Word of the Year for 2021? If not, you may find some inspiration in these articles:
- Don’t Hold Back
- How to Make Goals That Stick
- Don’t Try to Do It Alone – Getting Support With Healthy Lifestyle Choices