2014 Word Of The Year

Posted by Dani on January 7, 2014

Word Of The Year:  DO
Instead of resolutions, have you ever thought about choosing a word of the year? A theme so to speak – something to keep in mind as you make the choices that are going to create your life for the next year.

I love the idea. One word – short, simple, and easy to remember. A resolution seems almost doomed to failure, but a theme I think I can handle. And this is the word I am going with:


That’s it. Just DO.

Word Of The Year:  DO

Lots of great ideas and inspiration are typically floating around in my head, but most of it stays right there. What I need to make some of these things real is to DO something. Anything. Action is the name of the game in 2014.

So when I am wavering, unsure, or starting to listen to that negative inner voice, I’ll just keep it simple and listen to my 1-word command for 2014: DO.

Word Of The Year:  DO

When I come up with a bright idea, and then start to analyze the crap out of it until my poor idea has shriveled up into a tiny helpless ball, I’ll remind myself to get off that bandwagon and make a choice that involves DOING something instead.

Word Of The Year:  DO

When my lovely dog is looking at me with those huge desperate eyes, instead of just letting him out the back door and plopping my lazy butt back down in front of the computer, I’ll listen to my 2014 action word and make that patient pooch’s day by taking him for a long walk.

When my inspired self gets the itch to do something really cool, before my chicken self talks us both out of it, I’ll just stop the whole inner argument and go into default “DO IT” decision mode instead.

Word Of The Year:  DO

And when I notice the new layer of fluff that I seem to have picked up after all that holiday turkey and panettone, I am not going to stop at just saying I want to lose weight, I am going to drink a big glass of water and then decide what I want to DO to lose weight.

Word Of The Year:  DO

Because action is way better than inaction. And even the wrong action moves you forward in some way.

Word Of The Year:  DO

Hello 2014. Meet my new word:

Word Of The Year:  DO

30 Responses to “2014 Word Of The Year”

  1. Heather says:

    I love this!! so inspiring – I love this idea.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Heather! It has a bit more of a positive feel for me than making a resolution. And the word “Do” seems to show up a lot for me. Looking forward to working with it this year!

  2. mehker says:

    amen! to the maker/doer 🙂

  3. Tia says:

    I do agree! Let’s see, a good word for my year might be “Right Now” which captures being in the present and also acting on more of the ideas that float through my head. Ya, ya, it’s actually two words, but I’m also about breaking the rules this year.

    • Dani says:

      I love that word too, on both counts – less procrastinating and more being in the moment. I could use a little more “right now” myself!

  4. Melissa says:

    Good one! Sounds like you gave it a lot of thought. Mine is SUCCESS. Lots of new projects I want to see succeed this year. We’ll have to keep each other in check!

  5. Gingermommy says:

    That is a great motivational word for the year. Mine would be SAVE

  6. Alex says:

    Dare I do the Yoda – Do or Do Not, there is no Try. 😉

  7. paula schuck says:

    I like these quotes here. Very inspiring. I always think in terms of DO. Just do it has been my life philosophy from 21 years old. I got really sick with Crohn’s and had a perforated colon and almost died. My health battle helped me clarify a lot in life very early. I came through that with a life is short just do it attitude about a lot. It’s funny that the crisis of health gave me clarity. I wish you best of luck and will continue to watch how you DO in 2014.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Paula. Sounds like you have an amazing philosophy, and that horrible experience really added to your life. I think that’s the trick with rough times – to take something good from it. I have been through a few years of feeling stuck in some areas, so DO is a really big word for me now. I think a little more doing is just what I need.

  8. I love picking a word. I like the phrase “JUST DO IT!”

  9. Brandi says:

    LOVE it!! To DO is so important. So many people “think”, but don’t actually “do”. My word for this year is relax. Last year seemed so hectic, so I want to relax and take it all in this year, and enjoy! 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Brandi! I am definitely a thinker, and need to shut that down some times and get to the doing part. Relax is a great word – sometimes life is flying by way too fast!

  10. I want to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. I think 2014 will be a very good year 🙂 I also want to say YES more to my son.

    • Dani says:

      Love the idea of saying yes to your son! I think if I had done that a little more with my girls, I would have had way more fun times!

  11. That is a great word and it should be mine as I tend to procrastinate/get sidetracked rather than doing what’s important. Wishing you an amazing year!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Vanessa! I’m looking forward to making some positive changes this year, without pressure. And I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2014!

  12. What a great word of the year – go for it and get out there to “do”!!

  13. Natalie says:

    Yes! That’s the best word of the year I have seen so far! Simple but to the point. Love love love it!!


    • Dani says:

      Thanks Natalie. This is the first time I’ve thought about a word of the year. Hopefully I will be able to “do” something with this idea!

  14. Jo-Anna says:

    Love this! My word for last year was ‘Do’ as well, and I really felt motivated by it! Best of luck…I can’t wait to see your journey!!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Jo-Anna! I’m hoping it will lead to good things for me this year. I love your word, too – in many ways, I could use a little more “simplify” myself!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Great word and motivation! Great gobs of luck to achieve everything you want to ‘do’!

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