As we get closer to half-way point in the year, have you taken time to reflect on your #oneword resolution for 2012?
In January I selected “evolve” because I knew that this was going to be a year of change for me. Between going through a nationwide job search and my doctoral classes ending (28 days–not that I‘m counting or anything!) I really focused on all that I had to do to prepare for the next steps of my journey.
Part of that evolution is recognizing that this word is no longer the best fit for the second half of the year. I needed a new word that matched my mood as I transition from Chicago to Oregon and from doctoral student to doctoral candidate. Personally, I was also looking for a way to frame my new life in the Pacific Northwest.
My new word for the second half of 2012 is “Try”.
It means venturing into new and unfamiliar places.
It inspires me to dare the things I would normally shy away from.
It reminds me to not be complacent with life.
It serves as inspiration to explore my limits (real and imagined) and to take one step further than even I thought possible.
There is no time like the present to get started!
This week I did try a few new things…
1) I ditched the security of my trusty Blackberry for an iPhone (this is a big deal for folks who know me well!)
2) I started running. Purchased legit running gear and decided I will run a 5K this summer.
3) I reached out to two people in my new region and asked to connect this summer. It is time to build a professional community of folks in an unfamiliar part of the country.
4) I begrudgingly agreed to participate in a golf outing with a friend this summer. Even though my golf skills are limited to the spinning windmill at our local putt-putt course.
These are a few small examples of how I will continue to push myself and embrace the changes that are headed my way. I truly believe that being adaptable is critical for success—in work and in life. Each week I will take stock of the things I have done to push myself, to try, even if it feels scary.
What was your one word for 2012? What progress have you made?
I would love to hear from you!