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One Word 2016

one word 2016 JF Gibson
One word. That’s all it takes.

Happy New Year everyone! I just love a new year. It’s like a fresh start, like the blank pages of my diary to fill with whatever the year holds, and the things I choose. I shake off the old year and move forward with promise and hope of the adventures that will define me during 2016, good and bad.

2015 was a fantastic year for me. It was a year of change, moving forward and of course embracing a ‘fearless’ mentality. And this year I hope to continue on with my one word for the year…



It didn’t take me long to think about my word for 2016. In fact, it came to me in a moment of clarity, when I wasn’t even thinking about it. It just appeared. And I just knew.

Believe follows perfectly on from fearless. Although I can now acknowledge fear and move past it, the next step is to believe in myself, my choices and my goals. Believe will help me stride forward in large, leaping, purposeful steps.

This is how I am going to put believe to work for me in 2016.


Believe in myself

More often than not the little monster of self-doubt perches itself on my shoulder, whispering in hushed tones ‘You can’t’ ‘You’re not good enough’ ‘What are you thinking?’ The time has come to give that little monster a big flick off my shoulder. I no longer have the fears that used to hold me back, and now it’s time to really believe in myself that, I can. I am. And I will. 


Believe in my choices

How often do you question your choices? Anxiety and worry about others’ reactions often plague me when I’m faced with a choice. I am getting better, but in 2016 I’m really going to focus on believing in my choices. Knowing that deep down I always know what the right choices is. If others don’t agree or don’t like it, that’s okay, but I can’t let that influence the choices I make. I plan to believe in choices for all aspects of my life; family, home, work, socially. Everything.


Believe in my goals

I have goals. And over the past few years I’ve already reached a few, and set more. But, there are goals that I’ve been pushing aside, whether from fear or lack of belief. But no longer. The fear that I hold, will be accepted and moved past and I will start believing in my goals. That they are worthwhile, realistic and achievable. My main work/writing related goals for 2016 are:

1. To finalise my manuscript to a publishable standard and begin the submission process, first to agents, then if no success, to publishers directly.

2. To double my 2015 calendar copywriting income.

This time next year, I want to be accountable for the outcomes of both of these goals. And, I’m asking you to make sure I am!


So there you have it. 2016 is the year of belief. I’m ready.


Are you choosing a word for 2016?