I don’t always do it, but most years I choose a theme for the year.  I use the theme as an intention when deciding on what I am going to do, to read, to focus on and how I plan to grow.  Now do I sometimes forget what it is by mid-March?  Of course, I do.  I get busy and preoccupied and back to the same old rut.  However, I usually find by December I have grown in that area even if it’s not as much growth as I wished.

Over the years some of my themes have included, Year of Enough, My Best Year So Far, Year of Abundance, Year of Gratitude, and Year of Fun.  Some of my clients have chosen Year of Self Awareness, Year of Authenticity, Year of Imperfection, Year of Moving Beyond, and Year of Simplification.

This year is My Year of Daring Greatly. While it’s the name of a book by Brene Brown, the phrase comes from an excerpt from the speechCitizenship in a Republic” given by Theodore Roosevelt, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY….”


So how will I dare greatly?  More to come.

What is your theme for 2016?