My Word for 2011: Best

At the beginning of 2010 I stumbled across a simple but life changing concept. Choosing one word to guide your year, instead of making new year’s resolutions. I got the idea through Christine Kane’s word of the year discovery tool.

What word did I choose to guide 2010? Confidence.

What happened in 2010 that proved to me that choosing one word was the smartest thing I ever did to make my new year stress-free and productive? You can read my guest post at Christine’s blog here and find out.

What do you want for 2011?

I asked myself what I wanted for myself in 2011. Confidence in 2010 was exactly what I needed, and there was no doubt in my mind. This year I’ve thought through a lot of options, including words that I see as my “big vision” for myself.

In the end I couldn’t stop thinking of one word: best.

This year my guiding word will be best, and let me explain all the ways that I see this word impacting my decisions and actions.

2011 will the year…

  • Where I only work on projects where I am at my best, working in my zone of genius…
  • That I put forth my best work yet, with my best effort behind it…
  • That I have the best time in my business, personal life, and health…
  • When I will finally admit to myself that I am the best in the world at what I do, because there is no one else who is exactly like me…
  • That I choose to work only with the best clients, the best partners, and the best coaches…
  • Where I will treat my friends and family as the best friends and family I could ever have, because they are…
  • When I stop saying yes to requests that are not the best fit for both myself and the inquirer…
  • That I will sharpen my skills, talents, and passions to truly become the best I can be at what I do…

Wow, that’s a little scary…

Okay, so writing down all the ways that I can foresee how the word “Best” will be making an impact on me this year was a little scary. But I know that I’ve got the confidence to make it all happen.

No matter what word you choose, it should take you out of your comfort zone in one way or another.

Now I’m curious, what word will be guiding you into 2011?



  1. ElasticMind on December 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

    What beautiful and heartfelt intentions for the new year, Nath. I have no doubt that you will honour them. I am here to offer you support along the way. All my love and all the best for 2011!


    • NathLussier on December 31, 2010 at 11:39 am

      @ElasticMind Aww Tara! Thanks so much for the support, you’re definitely one of my bests. :) And I know you’re going to have an awesome 2011 as well, so sending lots of love and bestness to you in the new year too!

      And we need to meet again soon, grr arr. ;)

  2. andrewghayes on December 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    All the BEST you can handle in 2011, Nathalie :-)

    My word for 2011 is Celebration. :)

    • NathLussier on January 1, 2011 at 7:32 am

      @andrewghayes Aww Andy I love your word! All the Celebration you can handle in 2011! :D

  3. AlphaSmith on January 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    For heaven’s sake, I love this post! Goals are my thing and it’s been ages since I heard anything really new or revolutionary. This is fabulous. Of course, now I have to figure out my 2011 word. Back to the drawing board, in a good way. :)

    • NathLussier on January 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

      @AlphaSmith Ooh so glad you found this inspiring and revolutionary, it definitely kicked me into high gear when I took on my new word. Feel free to share what word you decided on for 2011… either way, I’m excited for you! :)

  4. BrianCormackCarr on January 29, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Great post, Natalie – and spookily close to what decided would be my focus in 2011.

    Instead of a “resolution” for 2011, I wanted a “description”. I plumped for “vital”. It’s how I want to feel this year; it’s how important I want this year to be; it’s how I want my coaching clients, website readers, blog subscribers, and newsletter readers to feel when they connect with me.

    It also inspired me to create my first (free) online information product – a video series on “The Top 10 Best & Worst Ways To Find A New Job” – the purpose of which is to help viewers to find their “vital vocation”, because I’ve found mine (as, I suspect, have you!)

    • NathLussier on January 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      @BrianCormackCarr Very cool Brian, thanks for sharing your word for the year with us. :) And I’m sure many people will benefit from your vocational courses. :)

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