In 2019, I changed my approach to New Year’s goal setting. I’m a person who will start fresh with a new goal on a Wednesday in the middle of the month in the middle of the year, so creating a list of specific goals at the New Year seems redundant. I always have an ongoing list of things I’m working on. I also know how important thoughts are to our success. The words we have playing through our mind all day every day matter, they have a real effect on us. When I heard about One Word goals, it was something I was drawn to immediately. And I’ve loved it.
As I’ve been pondering my word for 2023, the word Focus kept coming to mind. And the more I thought about it, the more it seemed fitting. And yes, the irony of choosing Focus when I deal with ADHD is not lost on me. 😂
Maybe the word could’ve been “priorities” because those are what I want to focus on, but I chose focus because I want the reminder to try not to get distracted with stuff that doesn’t really matter.
Focus on Family: I have 3 high school daughters who only have a short time left at home. I want to savor this time with them. I want to feel confident when they leave, that I have poured into them all the love and wisdom possible. My little guy is at a very impressionable age, so he also needs my focus so I can make sure I’m guiding him correctly. Matt also works extremely hard at a very demanding job. I want to focus on his needs too and make sure our marriage continues as a priority. Strong families don’t happen by accident, they take a lot of mental effort and this is where I want to focus most of my time and energy.
Focus on Friendships: I’ve had a lot of experiences this year where grown women have been acting like middle school mean girls. A lot of “friends” have revealed their true characters to me – it’s been eye-opening. On the flip side, though, my real friends are very obvious to me now. I do have wonderful people in my life that will stick with me through extremely difficult experiences and swirling false rumors, because they’ve proven it this year. In 2023, I plan to focus on the friendships that have endured and not on the haters and their stupid drama. Because in the end, that stuff won’t matter, but the deep friendships I’ve built will matter.
Focus on goals and the future: I have a lot decisions to make regarding this blog, my future small business endeavors, and how I use my time while my kids are all at school. I need to stop procrastinating some major decisions, and finally give them the focus they need until I figure it out.
Those are the reasons Focus is my word for 2023.
If you happen to choose Focus as your word of the year, feel free to download the picture to use too. (The link will give you the full resolution image.)
A look back at words I’ve chosen in the past –
- 2022 – Intentional
- 2021 – Growth
- 2020 – Rest
- 2019 – Get Dressed (My first year of one word goals, and I didn’t blog about it.)
I wish you all the health and prosperity and happy relationships you deserve!
From my home to yours,
I think focus is a wonderful word you have chosen. And yes, sometimes circumstances in life will reveal your true friends. I’m sorry you’ve had to experience that. Hoping you have a wonderful new year as you focus on the things that matter.
Thank you! Happy New Year to you too!
I feel like mine should be CLEAN. We had a hole repaired in our kitchen ceiling and then the ceiling painted. Now I am painting the walls. My whole house looks dingy to me, so I feel like everything needs a deep clean or all repainted. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Hopefully this year’s challenge will help me to just focus on one room at a time. And, I have a head start in the kitchen.
Clean sounds like a great word! Or maybe REFRESH?? I like what you’re thinking there.
Tina Anagnos says
I just learned I have cancer my lung doctor told me he want me to enjoy my holidays and think or find something for me to FOCUS on I told him that my grandbabies would be my FOCUS POINT….. ITS LIKE YOU JUST TOLD ME THE SAME THING….THANK YOU….
Tina, I’m so sorry you are dealing with that this holidays. I will pray for your peace and your focus. I think your family is right where you need to be.