I'm not big on "New Year's Resolutions". Just never really got into it and actually never really given them much though. However, I love the promise and hope of all things new... a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year. Especially a New Year. With promise and hope of a New Year in my heart, I always create a list of goals. They become the benchmark for what I want to do and achieve in the following months. I don't always reach my goals. To me its a way of reminding myself of what I want to do and achieve. That list is like a motivator when I'm feeling rotten, downhearted, lethargic or just plain lost. It actually inspires me to move forward during those times.
As for having a word to set the tone for the following year, I've never really done that or thought about it until this year. I went through previous year's goals and realised that it might actually be a good idea to have a word for this New Year. It's not something I've done lightly but thoughtfully and prayerfully and the word for me for this year is "Healing" - emotional, physical, financial, spiritual.
And so this year I have a list of goals and a word to set the tone for what I want to achieve following the next few months.