My Themeword for 2010: ACHIEVE

As Erica D., Erica O and Ruth have pointed out, we have been picking #themewords instead of (or in my case in addition to) setting down resolutions since LifeCamp2007.

When chosing a themeword, one needs to be incredibly careful. My first year, I chose the themeword TRANSITION, which turned out to be a doozy! When I was *thinking* transition, I was imagining transitioning into my next awesome step in life and moving forward. What I didn’t imagine was that a transition also meant that many things big in my life would come to an end. My long-term relationship ended abruptly, my son decided he wanted to move in with his father (thankfully, he moved back after 8 months), my business and clients slowly melted away (they were all connected to the relationship as we owned the business together) and life as I had previously known it kind of fell away. Of course, it all turned out positively, but not before I had a bit of an existential crisis.

So as 2009 approached, I chose THRIVE as it was safe and warm. It also happened to be the campaign themeword for Kaiser Permanente, which I didn’t connect at the time. This didn’t mean it wasn’t positive, but there was no real challenge in it. Thriving was a sort of chugging along action word. I had a great year, of course, with the book being released, the Whuffaoke karaoke roadtrip, a fabulous move to Montreal and many speaking gigs, but it wasn’t until the end of the year that forward momentum started to kick into gear.

Which is why I’m choosing a very strong, definitive word for 2010: ACHIEVE. I have laid down a good amount of groundwork for both a challenging and rewarding year. Now I have to focus (a word that was in the running, but I figure I need it to achieve nonetheless) and drive forward towards my goals. And I have many of them. I want to finish writing that second book that has a great outline and a couple of rough chapters dangling, launch and grow Shwowp, the startup I’ve announced alongside Jerome Paradis, guide a conference about putting people at the core of business in Montreal, learn French and maybe even figure out this dating thing once and for all. It’s all about big achievements and pushing myself to do more and talk less. I’m excited.

So, what is your #themeword for 2010? My friend Erica O’Grady lays out a great guideline to helping you set down and follow through on your #themeword here:

How to Pick Your #ThemeWord for 2010

  1. Think of a word that reflects your hopes and dreams for 2010.
  2. Share your ThemeWord with friends on Twitter, Facebook, or Your Blog.
  3. Be sure and use the hashtag #ThemeWord.

What I love about boiling the entire year down into one word is that it helps focus everything else. It’s also a fun exercise. Be sure to tweet and tell me yours.

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Author:Tara Hunt

Strategist. Researcher. Interdisciplinarian. Founder, Lime Foundry + Buyosphere. Author, The Whuffie Factor. Speaker. Mother. Karaoke lover.


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19 Comments on “My Themeword for 2010: ACHIEVE”

  1. December 29, 2009 at 15:19 #

    I’m torn between three that seem to be intertwined: Organization, Discipline, and Growth. I’ll let you know what I ultimately decide.

    I remember your Transition year well. I had wondered in retrospect if your subconscious knew something that you didn’t when you chose it. Achieve should be fantastic for 2010. Good luck and Happy New Year!

  2. December 29, 2009 at 15:29 #

    I read about you choosing a word in 2009 and I thought of doing it myself and I sort of copied yours for 2008 for Transition. That was because I was not happy with where I was heading and needed to get the courage to shift my life into new adventures. I must say the year has been a rough one. I decided I was going to change the orientation of my career, business and I cost me a lot. I almost got broke, in fact I did get broke at a point where my mom had to start supporting me again (thank god for her being there), and the change finally happened and here I’am waiting for 2010.

    In 2009 I got to meet amazing people by phone, in person, find old friends all of that lead to change. Now 2010 comes and I’m deciding between ADVENTURE and CARE. Adventure is most likely to win, this year I met Michael Cummings when he came to Peru in August and I was chatting with him yesterday about business ideas …and to me new businesses is an adventure so that’ll be. Of course he already picked up the word maybe because we are with the same hopes of launching new projects and exploring new paths in 2010. (And because finding a word is really hard!)

    I hope you Achieve all your goals in 2010, thanks for sharing awesome thoughts here. Can’t wait for your second book, read the first one like 5 times! Have an awesome 2010! Shwowp is also a fine idea (if it is what i’m thinking according to what I’ve learned of VRM) and as everybody I’ll love to learn more.

  3. December 30, 2009 at 05:30 #


    My choice would be Achieve as well. 2009 has been a very tough year for me, but I have spent the time planting seeds and nurturing the plants. For me it was important to build a solid foundation for long-term sustainability. I have my goals that I will continue to work on. Achieve is a good word. Avil Beckford

  4. December 30, 2009 at 11:05 #

    In 2008, my themeword was ‘transcend’. In 2009 it was ‘express’. For 2010 I’ve decided my themeword will be the very challenging ‘commune’.

  5. January 1, 2010 at 01:58 #

    Thanks for the #Themeword as it focusses my feelings. What cam up quite strongly is: Reward!

  6. January 1, 2010 at 02:35 #

    Thanks for the #Themeword as it focusses my feelings. What came up quite strongly is: Reward!

  7. January 2, 2010 at 17:50 #

    T–so proud of you and your commitment to ACHIEVE this year. Really looking forward to supporting, encouraging and celebrating you and your achievements. MWAH-K

  8. January 2, 2010 at 19:37 #

    Proud of you lady, and extremely grateful for your inspiration, the path you’ve blazed and the kindnesses you’ve shown me. Cannot wait to see how you bring achieve into fruition. Raising a glass to you!

    Thanks to your influence on Twitter I rode through 2008 with #themeword *audacious* and 2009 with *love* – so far it feels as tho the word guides me through a year of work that then comes to fruition in the following year (or anyhow, here’s hoping!). The word that’s come to me for 2010 is *courage.*

    Much love and support to you and to all the others who will be rocking out the #themeword meme this year.

  9. January 5, 2010 at 01:57 #

    Wish you all the best with your resolutions for this year–Achieve is surely a challenging one!

    Before I read your post in my inbox, I had been struggling to find a way to focus all my thoughts regarding the year that lies ahead.

    Thanks to your post–I have picked a word that will hopefully guide me–my themeword is ‘Resolve’ or ‘stick-it-through-ness’. :)


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