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Focus: The Word of The Year

Embracing "Focus" as the word for 2023, this essay reflects on key aspects of life to concentrate on, from health to relationships and peace.
Focus: The Word of The Year
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You’ve done it now, haven’t you? You’ve jumped on the word of the year bandwagon and adopted the word “Focus” for 2023. Remember, you’re supposed to reflect on that word, meditate on it, and try to apply it to everything you do. Whether that’s a new project, an intention, or just on some forgotten detail.

You really do get the craziest inspirations from your walks. It must be being outside in nature that does it, maybe it’s those blue skies or the fresh air. Maybe it’s both. Who knows, but keep doing it.

As you focus on Focus, here are a few things you should remember. These are the big rocks in your life that make up a big part of your life.

Focus on your health

This is the number one goal for the year. You’ve been doing good over the past 1 1/2 years but you tend to slip up. Don’t yield to your temptations so much. Don’t slip up on the booze; keep that shit to a minimum.

Focus on your relationship with your partner

You know she’s going through a rough time. Focus on being there for her, when she needs you and be a sounding board. Be more mindful of planning fun things with her so that you can deepen the bonds you already have. Remember, she likes thoughtful surprises so make a list of ideas and “git them done!”

Focus on your family

You do a good job here but the “young’uns” will need you more than ever now. They’re going to need reassurance as they make their final plans to leave the nest. You’re going to need to be there to see them take flight. Remember, it’s ok to cry. Also, your mother will need you more than ever now. It’s going to be hard this year but don’t take your eye off this ball.

Focus on your work

Your career has taken off in leaps and bounds over the last 4 years and now is not the time to rest on your laurels. Push yourself to see how far you can go. Get back out there and network again. Start conversations and work on reclaiming your thought leadership position. Time is not your friend here, so get busy.

Focus on your writing

You did well last year on Medium and started a few Substack newsletters. Focus on what’s working right now and don’t get distracted. Focus on Medium first and if you have extra time, go experiment over on Substack. Hell, figure out what to do with your old site, that’s a gold mine waiting to be tapped.

Focus on being prepared

After that “incident” in Utah last year, you finally woke up and realized that you need to be better organized and prepared. If not just for yourself but for your family. Take the time to organize your garage and camping gear. Start small before you go “balls to the wall” crazy and then forget why you started this in the first place.

Focus on reading more

You know how much you love to read but you always find excuses not to do it. Put down that TikTok and pick up a book. Just read 20 pages a night, that’ll be more than you usually do and you can rack up many books for 2023.

Focus on your peace

Dude, you got a lot of balls in the air, you always do, but this year you’re going to have to land them all. This is the year you need to sow some important seeds in your mental garden so that they can take root in the future. You’ll need to focus on the mental side of your Warrior training and calm your mind. Keep cultivating your peace. Without it, you won’t make it.

You know I love you, right? I should tell you that more often. I get it, it’s easier to focus on the bad things, the big fuck ups, and the mistakes. Do yourself a huge favor and love yourself. Direct all that focus on all the good things you have, the awesome life you lead.

You don’t believe it often but you are blessed beyond count. You have a small but strong group of friends. You have wonderful kids and a loving partner. You have love in your life. Focus on being present and 2023 will be a great chapter in your life.

What are you waiting for? Get started.

Extra special thanks to Yael Wolfe for the word of the year inspiration.