Well, it’s that time of year.
Time to pick ONE WORD to focus on for the entire year.
(If you’ve never heard about the My One Word approach, here is a summary:
Lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word. This process forces clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing. Your one word focuses on your character and creates a vision for your future.)
2014 was the first time that I tried it. My word was:
In 2015, the word that I chose was:
I picked in 2016:
Last year, I chose the word:
So what will it be in 2018?
My first thought was the word, SURVIVE (even though someone mentioned that I should choose a word with a more positive spin.)
I’m not talking about my running per se. But how life (or specifically my job) will this year be getting in the way of my time with family, friends and yes, running.
In other words, adapt. You’ve heard the saying: “If life throws at you lemons, make lemonade.”
Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
According to the dictionary, Adapt means:
Change in order to survive better in a certain situation…
How will I focus on my word this year and how will it apply to running?
I will try to:
- Change my attitude about my job. Be more positive. Stop whining. It is what it is.
- Change my running preferences. That may mean running fewer miles or running at undesirable times (before work gulp) or even using the treadmill.
- Change my expectations. This may include not participating in running groups or volunteer opportunities or even cutting back on race-cations.
- Accept that sometimes “less is more.” Quality runs, quality races instead of quantity.
- Accept that there may not be enough time to train adequately for longer distances or faster finish times.
- Stop comparing myself to others who have more time, more flexible schedules, etc.
Honestly, all of the above will be very difficult. Maybe even impossible.
But there are people who have to ADAPT to much more difficult situations in their life (health, family, finances, etc.)
And to put a positive spin on the word ADAPT…
- adapt to races in new places
- adapt to running on new scenic routes
- use hotel, credit card, car rental and train points to take race-cations
As long as I can run and race, life won’t be so bad.
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:
Happy Running! If you were to choose ONE word for your focus throughout this year, what word would you choose?