Word of the Year 2017 - One

Following the tradition from 2016, I decided that my Word of the Year for 2017 will be 'One'. My reasons are threefold.

1) 2017 will be the year of two becoming one.

2) It is also a time when I intend to focus on one pursuit at a time, one task as a time. I realise that, in the past year or so, I have been trying to do too many things at once. The result of which was that I lost a lot of time transiting from one task to another.

3) Finally, I will keep my mind on the One who has saved me, protected me, kept me and brought me to where I am today.

What is your Word of the Year?

As I Reflect Upon 2016

With just over a week to go before 2017, I decided to take some time to reflect upon my 2016.

At the beginning of the year, I offered my Word of the Year as: Speak.

I refer to this part of my post on January 14 2016:

I intend to:

a) Become a true-blue professional Speaker (finally!)

b) Speak for necessary change

c) Speak, not just talk

d) Speak to new contacts and networks

For a), I have taken numerous steps towards it, having spoken at a couple of events and having joined professional networks of speakers. I consider a) to be fulfilled.

For b), I have come up with proposals for changes in my church as well as long-term plans for change in certain aspects of education in Singapore. I consider b) to be fulfilled.

For c), I have always taken what I say seriously. To fulfill this for 2016, I further reduced unnecessary speech and was mindful to speak mostly when needed or called upon. I took care to reduce Teacher Talking Time (TTT) when I taught, giving my learners time to explore the subjects instead. Of course, more improvement is needed, but I consider c) to be fulfilled.

For d) I have made many new contacts this year, both within the training and gem industries, as well as out of it. I have a much greater appreciation of how collaboration can benefit businesses and individual growth. I will continue to be part of these networks and to contribute to them as I am able. Therefore, d) is fulfilled.

Apart from my Word of the Year, it feels almost unbelievable that so many things (relationships, networks, businesses, personal pursuits) can be started and accomplished in the space of 365 days. Though I often feel that I have wasted a fair bit of that time, I am quite amazed at how much I have managed to get done this year.

I will look to 2016 as the year of explosive growth and development - a year to emulate, as a benchmark for the years to come.

How has your year been? How ever you feel you've journeyed in 2016, it's not over yet! Let's use the time we have left in 2016 fruitfully, in service of others.

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A New Year Has Dawned!

It's a little late but better late than never, eh?

Happy New Year to you. I hope that this will be a year of fruitfulness, joy and learning for you and yours.

The main reason that this post is so late is that I spent the past few days mainly at home, down with some pretty severe food poisoning. I have absolutely no idea what brought it on but it's no way to start the new year.

Nevertheless, it's subsiding and my brain is functioning more normally now so I can type properly.

As a follow-up to my previous post, I decided that my Word of the Year for 2016 will be 'Speak'.

I intend to:

a) Become a true-blue professional Speaker (finally!)

b) Speak for necessary change

c) Speak, not just talk

d) Speak to new contacts and networks

Thinking about my Word of the Year 2016

Having never believed in the premise nor efficacy of new year resolutions, I never made them. As an alternative to this rather banal practice, I came across the idea of having a word to sum up the direction that the coming year should take.

For example, perhaps someone chooses the word "door" for their WotY. It could mean that he/she wishes to explore new opportunities or work towards making new connections in the coming year - the opening of new doors. It could also mean that he/she wants to close the doors to past hurts and negative experiences.

What should my Word of the Year for 2016 be?