It has certainly been a while since I’ve written something for this website. Life had a funny way of taking me down a certain direction that I wasn’t expecting. Since my last post, a lot has happened. But then again, it probably would have happened regardless of where I was or where I wanted to go.
With the start of a new year comes a fresh hope, maybe different expectations, and unrealized goals. One of my favorite parts to the start of a new year is something I’ve tried to be diligent with since learning about it from Jon Gordon. You see, every year at this time Jon starts discussing his One Word idea. Rather than place a huge emphasis on goals, or climbing your Everest, he looks at a new year from a different perspective. He asks individuals to pick one word-a word that will guide your year. A word to live by, at least for one calendar year.
My word for 2024 is Focus. I’ve written a lot about focus in the past; what it means, how I’ve taught the skill to my collegiate athletes, the nuances behind the terminology (especially at track and field competitions). However, I’ve never picked the word for my word.
The Oxford dictionary has several definitions for the word focus:
As a noun:
As a verb:
I have not had a clear center or visual clarity in A LONG time. I thought I did, but I really didn’t. I wasn’t able to put 100% of my efforts into what I was interested in because I was being pulled in a million directions. Well, at least four for sure.
And with a sudden inability to sleep, life still seems murky. Well, it is. Maybe a new dedication, sense of purpose, and focus will help clear the waters. These are the things I’m going to be more purposeful about and pay more attention to in 2024.
What is your one word for 2024? How are you going to let that word guide you through the new year?
I find it fitting that as I type this blog article at 4:32am on the morning of December 30th, 2023, that I reflect on my experiences of 2023. Looking through my notes app and my written journal entries, I cannot find one page in which I charted goals and aspirations for myself in 2023. I find it fitting because I’m typing this at a time in which I’m at the lowest point I’ve been in my life. A truly catastrophic failure. One that I didn’t see coming, but the flags were all around me. Some that I planted in the sand myself, and some flags that were planted for me. I’ll be able to go into more detail with this specific failure at a later date.
On the night of Dominic’s (2nd son) birthday, I sketched out a five year plan for myself. Well, mostly things I wanted to accomplish and say I achieved. I didn’t necessarily have a clear plan of how I was going to get there, but I knew where I wanted to go. Here is the list of what I thought I was going to have accomplished by May 8th, 2023:
So as I reflect on this past year, these are what I consider to the accomplishments worth sharing this morning:
My inability to think clearly at this point has left me with a blank slate for 2024. I’m registered for an Olympic distance triathlon in September 2024. Training safely and remaining healthy throughout the winter, spring, and summer would be greatly appreciated.
What were your successes of 2023? Failures?
Dr. Charles Infurna
Charles Infurna, Ed.D., is the owner and lead coach of Forza Athletics Track Club. Dr. Infurna has coached National Record Holders, National Champions, All-Americans, and Conference Champions at the Post-Collegiate, Collegiate, and High School level.