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Instead of a Word of the Year I Choose a Phrase – Something Inside



It is wonderful to find a word of the year that will motivate you to kick things in gear and do all you need to do to achieve your goals. I am not selecting a word of the year for the new year. Instead, I have embraced a phrase, an idea and even have a theme song to go with it. In the past, I selected a theme song for my business. When I start my work day, I play the song and know it is time to sit at my desk, sip my coffee and work. For the new year, I have selected the phrase, “something inside.” This is the phrase that will guide me over the course of the next year.





No matter how many SMART plans we create, books we read or conferences we attend, we will never succeed until we find a way to move and to do something. Recently I developed a plan for earning additional income and shared it with a group of friends. A week later, a major celebrity in our industry shared his successful plans or a similar plan. Three weeks later several of the people in my group have continued forward and are actually doing what they planned.


What helps me to succeed, to move forward and to continue on when it seems that I should give up is something inside. There is something inside that pushes me to move forward, to act, to never give up and to keep moving forward until the goal has been reached. Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that I am a church girl. As a result, I know the something inside me is the power of God. It enables me to succeed and to do all I set out to do. For me, faith without work is dead. This means that while I can do all things because of the God inside me, I actually have to do things.


The phrase I have chosen for the next year, something inside  will remind me that my success or failure is not dependent upon outside sources. It doesn’t matter what other people, circumstances or trends arise. I have something inside that will enable me to succeed, to accomplish my goals. If my husband gets on my nerves when he leaves the used egg shells in the carton I will be okay because there is something inside that will help me get over being upset and continue doing what I need to do. When my Spelie calls me from college alternating between asking for money, complaining about school and telling me about adventures when she stays out later than I like it is okay because there is something inside that will help me stay calm and not hop on an airplane and drag her back home. When the twins have one of their epic twin battles and think everything c solved with a food fight, it will be okay. There is something inside that will help me to realize I can stay calm and use the experience to teach them the joy of scrubbing the floors with a wet sponge and warm soapy water.


The something inside idea works with business also. When my computer dies (again) I will survive because there is something inside that will remind me that all my information is stored in the cloud so life can continue with ease. When sponsors change requirements mid-stream or later there is something inside that will enable me roll with the punches and meet the deadline. If I forget how to spell the simplest of words and all concepts of grammar, there is something inside that will enable me to suck it up turn on the grammar/spell check and keep moving forward.



In conclusion, it is wonderful to find a word of the year that will motivate you to kick things in gear and do all you need to do to achieve your goals. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, what is your plan or being successful in the new year?




Janeane Davis

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  • I love this. It is just the motivation I need to start getting my butt in gear with my goals for next year.

    • Good or you Victoria, get in gear and get moving with us!

  • I am so grateful with the support I get from others, but it definitely starts and end with my inner drive!

  • I love playing with words and creating written pieces about what I would like to create. It's the bard in me ;)

  • I love this - I'm with Robin... this is something I've never done before. I have so many words and phrases going through my head that would be suitable for next year.

    • When you pick one or more please stop back by, I would like to learn what you decide upon and then see how you use it to succeed over the course of the year.

  • I love the idea of a phrase! I had a word last year and I don't think I did anything really with it! This year, I'm planning to pick something more meaningful and stick with it!

    • I like a phrase because it makes the message, idea or set of actions I want to carry out more concrete and more easily identiiable and explainable. When you pick yours, stop back by and share it. I would like to learn what you come up with.

  • That is a great phrase to have. That is also a great place to start. Nice!

  • I saw your post in the share thread and had to read it. I've picked out the same 4 words 2 years in a row, and they've served me well. Even before I clicked over to your post, I was thinking of using "commitment" or "deliberate action." I think I may use deliberate action as a reminder to choose those things which contribute to my goals for the year and not get sidetracked by shiny metallic objects. :)

    • I like your phrase "deliberate action." It is such a strong and powerful declaration. I really like that and would love to see how you use it over the next year.

  • "Something Inside" is an excellent phrase for your New Year. I love it. My word for 2014 was "Action." I can say I succeeded and failed at the same time. For 2015 I had a word picked out but in speaking with my best friend, a phrase popped in my head and I realize this is truly how I feel. "I'm still here" will be my phrase of the year. When God grants you another day, it's another day to do something.

    Your post is right on time for how I am feeling about 2015 and life overall. Wishing you all the best for 2015. Oh girl those empty egg shells... Woosah! LoL

    • MJ I like your phrase!!!! Sometimes still being here is the biggest accomplishment and an amazing factory. I wish you every good and wonderful thing in 2015. And yes, those egg shells, I found more of them today!!!

  • I love the idea of choosing a phrase. Mine is #DoitAfraid which was borrowed from the Whose Shoes are you Wearing book by Momsncharge :) Another great post Janeane.

    • Aww thank you Vashti! I think that will be my forever motto. There's just something empowering about those words :) Janeane, I love the phrase "something inside" as a reminder. I just talked today to someone about the importance of getting into action if you want things done. She used the analogies that hunters don't eat until they go and kill. So we have to get up and start moving at some point if we want to see results.

    • Vashti, thanks for the compliment. I like your phrase also. Shoot, sometimes, if you wait until you are unafraid to at, you will never get anything done! You have to #DoItAfraid!

  • I know I have said this before - your posts are so powerful and insightful. Thank you for sharing. YOur positive encouragement is there!

    • Thank you so much for that beautiful compliment. It means the world to me. I am glad I provide something of use to you.

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