Old habits die hard. Like really hard.

So, there’s a theme going on this month in the blogosphere where some are choosing one word to concentrate on in 2012. I immediately thought it was a good idea. I usually write out a long list of goals for the New Year and forget about them. My brain is much too muddled with daily thoughts and to-do lists to complete any of them. And then I end up feeling bad that I even made a list at all.

But one word? I felt like I could handle that. I mean, it’s just one word after all.

So I sat on it for awhile. I knew I needed a brand new one. And I wanted to pick one so far out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t even see it. Let’s just say my word is not even showing up on the map . . . yet.

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My word for 2012 is positive.

See? I told you it was out of my comfort zone. I have been a negative nellie (or is it nancy?) for a long time. Probably since high school. So that’s like fifteen years or so. SHUT UP. You’ll be in your thirties someday too.

My therapist has been telling me that I have perfected the art of negative self-talk and am the world’s best complainer. She said to change that behavior I first have to become aware that I’m even doing it. And I’ve never been aware. People don’t tell me. But I’m sure they’re like, wah, wah, wah. Debbie downer.

Since I came up with my word I find that I’m working the word positive into my vocabulary. Positive is starting to show up more. I can almost see it in the distance.

For instance, last night I was complaining about work and before I even finished the first sentence I knew what I was doing was against the word I picked. Old habits die hard, don’t they? I shook it off and thought, stop it. That’s not positive.

Naaman called me Captain Complainey. And I told him that I would try harder. It’s only January, right? That means that I have 11 months to work on it.

What if you picked a word? What would it be? I’d love for you to share it in the comments!



  1. I think that is a fantastic word. It will always be in the back of your mind when all those nasty negative troll like thoughts come out.
    For me my word is Family.
    While I was “here” last year, I wasn’t present.
    I want to be present for them and soak them in. THey’re the ones that pulled me through. I need to love every minute of them this year and always.
    I also want to remember that no matter how dark things may get, that my family is there for me. They love me. They are fighting for me.
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  2. I like the word “dream” and other words that can be used as both a noun or verb (dance, love, etc.) I have a 3-d wood sculpture of the word “dream” that sits on the window sill next to my bed. It is the first word I see when I go to bed at night and reminds me to have a good dream and get a good night’s rest. It is also the first word I see when I wake up in the morning to remind me to dream big every day. I like it – it makes me feel good – it is “positive!” :)

  3. I can’t think of one specific word…but I think my hope for this year is just to have it be more about God, and less about me.

    Do you keep a gratitude journal or a list of blessings or anything like that? I tend to be a pessimist too, but I’ve noticed that has helped a LOT!
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    1. I have kept a gratitude journal before but I stopped long ago. It’s probably time to start that back up again. It would be a great way for me to focus on the POSITIVE.

  4. I love this, and ditto to Meredith’s idea! A really good book to read to help with this is “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. She helps you see the beauty in every day little things.
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  5. I never heard of picking a word until this year when I’ve been reading people’s posts. I love this idea, though I haven’t narrowed mine down to one word just yet. I have a couple in mind, like present, family, and happiness. Happiness is a big thing that I’ve been working on lately.
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