In 2021, my one-word theme will be “Matter.” This practice has proven to be the single most efficient way to align my behavior with my goals.
From my explainer piece:
The beauty of a one-word theme is that it allows you to compare all your thoughts, actions, and decisions against a single, universal standard. All you need is to ask a simple question: “Is this aligned with my theme?”
For instance, if your theme is “learn,” you can catch yourself when you’re acting closed-minded — say, you’ve always scoffed at the idea of hiring a business coach, but then you suddenly get an opportunity to chat with one. You can rise above your past assumptions and ask, “What can I learn here?”
I highly recommend you set a one-word theme.