The Year in a Word


Happy new year! As we begin 2014, talk is everywhere about our goals, resolutions and plans. Many of you have chosen “one word” that will serve as a focal point throughout 2014. Choosing a word has become popular in the last five years or so, and I like it because it’s a concise way to distill the theme of all my new year’s goals into one simple expression.

So I wanted to share my word for 2014 with you. It is:


Over the last year, I’ve become increasingly aware of the need to bring my best energy into every aspect of my life. I have to be intentional about showing up with zeal, and approaching every task with the urgency it deserves. I have to keep my momentum going and not allow it to falter.

It seems obvious—like it would go without saying. But I’ve noticed how easy it is to fall into the routine of “another day at the office” even though I’m lucky enough to have a career I love. By focusing on the word “vitality,” I’ll have a daily reminder to bring my A-game every single day. I have numerous clients, but each of my clients only has one agent, and every interaction we have is important. They deserve my best, every time.

Bringing vitality to my personal life is crucial too. My family and friends deserve my best. There’s no time for laziness—everything will be more meaningful if I consciously apply my energy to it.

How will I maintain my vitality? My other new year’s goals all center around this overriding objective. Choosing to stay mindful of the purpose and vision I have for my life will keep me passionate about the day-to-day work. Getting enough exercise, sleep and healthy food will keep me energized. Enjoying all the exciting projects I’m privileged to work on brings a vitality all its own.

So this year, I’m focusing on vitality, and I’ve already got the word posted, big and bold, above my computer. And by putting it out there to you, I’m now accountable to it.

Do you have a word, or a goal, for 2014 that you’d like to share? Why did you choose it?

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