The Power Of Words – New Year’s Resolutions Finally Get Real

Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2012

It seems I have missed the New Year’s Resolution deadline.
No New Year's Resolution

Well, it’s been a week since the New Year was rung in with all the fireworks and well wishes.  It’s also been a week since the ol’ resolutions were supposed to be boldly emblazoned on a notepad somewhere in my house.

I didn’t rush into my resolutions this year because I was waiting – waiting – waiting… for something to hit me over the head.

I know I want to get organized, lose weight, save money, etc. etc. etc…


But, I also know that I’ve listed those resolutions every year for most of my entire adult life.  So, what’s new?  And why should this year’s resolutions be any more magical than last year’s and the last, and the last… you get the point.

Then a couple things happened:

1)  I heard a supposedly smart person actually say in the same sentence, as he was talking about resolutions, these two phrases;  “push the envelope” and “think outside the box.”  Okay, I almost threw up a little in my mouth, again.  Really, truly, this ‘forward thinker’ (another yuck phrase) used those two phrases to express how we need to think about making changes in our life.  I responded by promptly putting aside my resolution list for this year and crawled into bed.  That’s how inspired I felt.

2)  I read a blog post by my friend Laurie Gaurdino of  She wrote once about a different way to look at resolutions.  This simple yet brilliant approach moved me to actually, finally, and happily make my New Year’s resolution. Thank you, Laurie!

And then…

3)  I told my daughter, Nicole, about this new way (to me, at least) of making New Year’s resolutions.  And, Nicole felt so inspired that SHE used the same method for making HER New Year’s resolutions.  Then she blogged about it, too, and suggested her readers give this method a try… and it worked!  Her readers were inspired to do the same thing.  Be sure to click on and read Nicole’s post Pick A Word.  Any Word and see what you think.  Thank you, Nicole!

So, guess what?  I’m suggesting you, my dear readers, follow suit and discover your New Year’s resolution IN A WORD.  That’s right.  No more lists.  No more tasks.  No more things to do or not to do.  I suggest you start your New Year in the same way that Laurie, Nicole, and I have done.

Here’s how:

Read this incredible post by Christine Kane entitled Resolution Revolution – A Better Way To Start Your Year.  In it you will find out why resolutions don’t work the way we’ve been doing them.  Instead, she suggests that a single word, when you own it, really OWN it, can inspire you to create a better life.  But this word must be an important word for you.

What she challenges you to do is LET THE WORD CHOOSE YOU.  Don’t struggle over thinking the words.  This is the old way of making your New Year’s resolutions and you know how well that works out!  She even provides you with a great list of words (in case you don’t have one already in mind.)

Here’s my challenge to you.

Click on and read through Christine’s list of words, quickly, without thinking about them.  If it happens the same way to you as it did to me, a word will jump off the page and CHOOSE YOU!  I kept reading the list, but couldn’t get that one word out of my head.  I wrote it down and looked at it… and smiled.  My word has chosen me!

The whole idea of goal setting, thinking outside the box, pushing the envelope, to-do lists, do-it lists, affirmations… you name it;  anything that came close to the old way of making New Year’s resolutions flew right out the window.  I have my WORD!  And it chose me.  My word is:


How is that even close to a resolution?  I’m going to share that after I live with my word for a while.  I’ll be back next week to explain and to give you any examples I find of how my word helped me live a better life – real examples, not just inspirational blah blah blah.  Let’s see how this works, shall we?

But, first, I want to hear about YOUR WORD!  Please chime in by leaving a comment below.  Tell me what you think and share your word if you would.

p.s.  Don’t forget to click on and read how a word can inspire REAL change in your life in Christine Kane’s blog.  And, thank you again Laurie and Nicole for sharing your stories and inspiring me to do the same.

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8 Responses to
“The Power Of Words – New Year’s Resolutions Finally Get Real”

  • Laurie Gaudino says: January 9th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Hi Patti,

    I am “delighted” that you found your word for the year – and that you enjoyed the process! And, thanks for the shout out for my article. I’m looking forward to all that 2012 brings my way.


  • Patti says: January 9th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    …”delighted” tee hee! Thank YOU, Laurie, for bringing this way of looking at the New Year’s resolutions… or should I say opportunities!? It was inspiring to read how your word for last year became a word to lift you up. I love your word for this year, too.

    Thanks again for the inspiration and for stopping by to comment! You know how I love the company here in the blogosphere. 😀

  • OSS says: January 9th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Oh this is a great “exercise” (pardon the New Year’s Resolution pun…) and my word was not on Christine Kane’s list, but it has always had a special place in my heart, as has John Lennon … and it is IMAGINE … and I will especially use my word in 2012 as I embark on a life-changing change hmmmmm, not sure if that makes sense, but I recently left an unhappy marriage behind and I am IMAGINING a peaceful, new life – IMAGINING a better world for our children – and well, just IMAGINING peace. My love to you Patti.

  • Patti says: January 9th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Wonderful word, OSS! IMAGINE. Sometimes the word doesn’t make much sense in regard to DOING something different in the New Year. DELIGHT and IMAGINE have what I consider ‘hidden’ strengths. I’ll check back in next week and write more about how DELIGHT actually works for me. So far, I do have a couple positive things happen just because I used my word. IMAGINE that! And, yes, when we live in an unhappy or unhealthy situation, sometimes we don’t spend enough time just to IMAGINE something new – and better – and peaceful. Thank you, Dear One, for stopping by and commenting but ESPECIALLY for treating yourself well by reclaiming your word again and keeping it in your heart. My love to you, too, OSS! (Thought you’d like this picture I took last year in NYC.)

  • gretchen says: January 10th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I love learning new ways to look at things and resolving issues. And sometimes it just takes a fresh perspective from someone else to help you see it or “get it”. I appreciate your input and Laurie’s for helping me to see things in a new light.
    I “appreciate” the two of you.

  • Patti says: January 10th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    So, Gretchen… could APPRECIATE be your word???!!! 😀
    Thanks for stopping by and, yes, sometimes it takes a new look at an old thing to finally “get it.”

  • Barbara Younger says: January 15th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Fun stuff! My resolution was to write a poem a day. Poems aren’t great but I’m having fun, which I figured out is the key to keeping resolutions. I guess mine is “creativity” but I do like “delight.”
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  • Patti says: January 15th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Hey there, Barbara. That’s a great resolution, especially since I suspect WE will be the happy benefactors of your writing. 😉

    Yeah, DELIGHT worked out well for me last year. My word this year has ‘chosen me’… now I just have to commit to it in writing. Stay tuned…

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