Last week I had the privilege to attend a woman's networking event with a panel of women leaders. The topic was "Ways to Leadership." There were a lot of interesting things and topics discussed, but there was one that really, really, struck me.
One of the speakers started talking about how every year she chooses a word to represent that year. She reflects on the previous year, assesses if anything was missing or needed more attention, and decides her word for the current year.
Naturally, I decided to reflect on 2011. It was the year of setting and missing goals. I wanted to lose weight, but instead I became a secret binge eater. I wanted to build my business, but I lacked the consistent action necessary to achieve that. Those were pretty much my two main goals. I realized, however, that if an outsider were to look at my actions on any average day of 2011, they would not have been able to determine what goals I was trying to achieve.
In short, my actions were not congruent with goals. So my word for 2012 is congruence. I want my actions on any average day to indicate the goals I am working toward.
If you had to come up with a word for this year, what would it be?