Have you seen the “one word” trend that shows up as we start the new year? The idea is that you choose one word that captures your approach to the year and that word guides you in your decisions. All. Year.
It seems to be the new take on resolutions, and if you haven’t already noticed, people start posting theirs on social media, ask about “your word,” and ads will pop up for “one word” swag like mugs, bracelets, and shirts so you can keep your word like “Fierce”, “Calm”, “Simplify”, “Happiness” front and center.
While this approach can be appealing because it’s simple, allows you to stay focused, and makes it easy to keep your one word top of mind, following the trend may not be in everyone’s best interest.
Have you ever been so narrowly focused on something that you miss everything else, including important details? Like when you miss your exit because you’re so focused on driving safely in the snow? Or when you’re so focused on avoiding the bunkers that you don’t choose the right club for the shot? These sorts of situations happen to all of us—we’re human.
Being able to have laser-like focus can be great, but the one word theme may cause us to put blinders on, become too rigid, or miss out on other options. We can learn a lot from the last couple of years, and one of the big lessons is that being flexible is hugely important,
Here are two examples of how a “one word” resolution for the year can seem positive but can lead to potential drawbacks if we get too locked in:
If your word is “flexible”, yes, you may be more open to new ideas in all aspects of life, you’ll be more likely to go with the flow, and you’ll be focused on adjusting when needed. But also, you may overlook times that you need to set boundaries or maintain rules for the good of a situation.
If your word is “brave”, yes, you may take on new situations that you’d usually say no to, and you’ll probably stretch and grow in your golf journey, but you may also take risks that aren’t actually good for you or are not well thought out because this year, you are brave.
By deciding on your intentions for an entire year, this can set you up to get too locked in or to burn out too quickly. And, like resolutions, if we find that we’re not able to live up to our chosen word, then we might ditch it not long after choosing it.
Here are 3 ideas to try instead of picking one word for the year.