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Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?
If so, how’s it going? Are you sticking with it? Or did you pack it away with the Christmas wrapping and decorations?
According to the University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology and StatisticBrain.com, between 42% and 62% of Americans make some type of New Year’s Resolution and only 8% to 9.2% of that population succeeds in achieving their goals.
This year, I noticed a new trend. Several blogs, websites, and Facebook groups I frequent recommended choosing a focus word for the new year instead of making a resolution that was bound to fail.
Jill Pate Barlow, who blogs at Java With Jill, suggested, “This word for your year is simply something you focus on all year long. You pay attention to it.”
The words listed above are just a sampling of the responses that were posted in the Facebook groups. The word that I’ve chosen for 2017 is Help. I chose this word for several reasons.
It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no
one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I genuinely enjoy helping people.I suppose this is a little bit selfish, but as I’m Rehearsing RetirementTM, one of my goals is to spend more time doing what I enjoy.
I mentioned a while back that our middle daughter and her family were moving this year. Between moving our three daughters into and out of college dorms, helping them move into and set up apartments in several different states after college, and the fact that Greg and I moved our entire household twice in 2015, I have a lot of experience sorting, selling, donating, and packing.
And, that’s how we spent the last week of 2016 and the first week of 2017, helping our daughter, her husband, and our grandson move to Texas. (Due to the training program for our son-in-law’s new position, they will actually be moving three times this year – more opportunities for me to help!)
I have to say that one of my favorite aspects of helping on their first move was flying with this little guy. We were concerned that he’d be scared on the very turbulent flight, but he enjoyed it so much he didn’t want to get off the plane when we landed!
Okay, back to my reasons for choosing the word Help.
I want to use my skills and experience to help others.
I think I come by this naturally because as I was growing up, my mom and dad were always serving and helping wherever they were needed. Through the years, I’ve done my best to follow their example serving on committees in church, helping new homeschoolers get started, and even traveling to the Dominican Republic to help build a school building with Vision Trust International.
A few years ago, as I left my full-time position to freelance full time, a coach and mentor told me to build my business by focusing on what I enjoyed most and did best.
RehearsingRetirement.com is the result of that conversation. The purpose of this blog is to help you enjoy a retirement lifestyle – focusing on home, health, and happiness – while preparing for the real thing.
- Home – I mentioned that Greg and I moved twice in 2015, but our home is not just our house. It is our family, our church, our community.
- Health – As we get to the age of retirement, for some reason, our bodies decide that they no longer want to work properly. My 2016 New Year’s resolution was to improve my health, and I’m still committed to making that happen.
- Happiness – Finally, what makes you happy? For me, it’s traveling, spending time with our children, grandson, and other loved ones, helping people, exploring new places, doing new things. And did I mention traveling?
I like helping other businesses with my business.
In addition to RehearsingRetirement.com, my freelance writing and editing business helps entrepreneurs and other small businesses with their copy and content (both web-based and print). Specifically, I use my organizational, research, writing, and editing skills to help clients connect with their customers, educate them about their products and services, and grow their businesses.
And my final reason for choosing the word help:
Too often, we don’t ask for help when we need it.
And this is something we all need to get over! We weren’t put on this planet all by ourselves to struggle along as best we can. We were put here to help one another! But somewhere along the way, we stopped helping one another, and a lot of us stopped asking for help. So, how do we solve this problem?
- Help one another – Think about what you enjoy most and what you do best, and find a way to use those things to help someone. I promise that the good feelings you’ll get from doing so will far outweigh the inconvenience of stepping outside your comfort zone.
- Ask for help – If you don’t know how or don’t have time to do something that needs to get done, or maybe you know how and have time but you just can’t get it done all by yourself – ask for help. There is someone out there who will be happy to lend a helping hand.
Now it’s your turn.
What is your word?
What do you want to focus on this year? How do you want to pay attention to? And how will that affect your year?
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