My Defining Word for 2013

January 2, 2013

During the last week, you likely haven’t gone more than an hour without hearing about goals, resolutions, intentions and other similar personal challenges for the New Year: Other people’s goals for 2013. Questions about what your goals are going to be. Tips on how to stick with those plans and achieve those goals. While the start of the New Year gives us a fresh new timeline to make personal progress, I believe every day is a new chance to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

Last week, Amanda from Run to the Finish – who also believes we don’t need a special day to start making changes in our lives – wrote about the idea of picking a single word to help define the kind of year we want to have in 2013. Although I will be sharing a lot about my goals, target races and other plans for 2013 in the coming days, I think Amanda’s idea is the first place we should all start. After all, how can we expect to achieve our goals if we don’t start with the right mindset? Amanda suggests that “picking a single word for the year provides an emotional connection to our goals, while allowing for flexibility.”

My word for 2013 is going to be DISCIPLINE.

I will take a more disciplined approach to my training schedule: do what I say I’m going to do. Push myself out of my comfort zone. I will be more disciplined about getting the right amount of sleep and waking up early to exercise before work. I will be more disciplined about meal planning and eating to enhance performance.

I work hard now, but I’m not working to my full potential. I want to introduce more discipline into my life during 2013 to help me achieve all that I want to accomplish this year to reach my fullest possible potential.

To help us turn our word into action, Amanda has created a one-word printable sheet, and offered tips like creating a Pinterest board for your word (here is my discipline Pinterest board), tagging your tweets and Instagram photos with your word and posting your word somewhere you can see it every day.

Later this week I’ll share more with you about my goals for 2013 and how I’ll stay disciplined to achieve them.


What is the word you want to define your 2013? Link up your Pinterest board for your word in the comments if you have one.


beka @ rebecca roams

Discipline is definitely something I need to work on too. I have the worst time even coming up with a training plan because I know I’m such a flake! All my half marathons last year were run on hopes and dreams – none were trained for and it bummed me out to know that I could do so much better. Ahhhh — regret! 😉


Beka, I know you will have the discipline to train for your races this year. There’s a great meme on my discipline Pinterest board that says “Suffer the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.” Here’s to no regrets in 2013!!! xo


I think my word is Patience. I’m working on not wanting everything all at once


Patience is a great word! I find that in life I can also be impatient. It is truly a skill and gift we learn over time. Happy 2013!

Amanda @RunToTheFinish

what a fantastic quote!! i love the reason you selected it!


Thanks so much, Amanda! And thanks for the inspiration for the post. I love your word too … purpose!

Beth (B.o.B.)

What a great word! It’s a tough one for all of us. I’d be too scared to pick that one. Maybe I can pick cupcakes? Or pie? Lol! Happy New Year!!!


Thanks, Beth! I definitely think I like your word ideas better. 🙂 How about Half Ironman PR? Or is that too many words? *wink*


great word to choose! It’s definitely why I look like a hard ass in the gym, but we can’t lose focus! 😉


Focus is a great word too!!!

Jessica @Flyingfeetinfaith

Oh girl ..I need your word! I feel I had a great 2012 but my discipline department was uh, not where it should have been! Especially with reference to my diet … my word would be BOLD. Last year I was a newbie at everything just trying to finish. This year I want to see what I’m made of and be bold about it!!


Ooh! I love “bold,” Jessica. Great, great word. Just imagine if we were boldly disciplined this year! Whoa 🙂 Happy 2013!


My one word for 2013 is adventure – I want to look for new things to do and ways to keep fun in my everyday life.


What a great word and great goal, Amy! Love it!

Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

The word that came to my mind was revitalized. I’m still working on my 2013 fitness goals, but getting back into training is at the top of my list. And that makes me feel revitalized.


I like “revitalized!” It is different than what I’ve heard from so many people. Good luck getting back into training this year!

Runner Dad

I love that Discipline poster…but discipline seems so scary to me. I prefer something lighter, like, concentrated effort 🙂


Hee hee, Runner Dad. That’s the way to put some spin on it! Happy New Year!


Jes – love this! I think my word is balance. Fitness, family, friends, faith, fun and finances (aka work) in better proportions. Hmmm…might require your “D” word! I’m also going to do this with my team at work – I think it will be cool to have a shortcut way to remind ourselves of how we want to accomplish our goals this year. Will let you know what we come up with. Hope to see you and Mr. (r)Unladylike soon, but maybe after this Paleo thing… 🙂


Thanks, Jere! I love “balance.” I think that would be part of my work-focused word too. Love the idea of doing it with your team at work. Let me know how that goes!

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