My 2014 Word of the Year

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I am so excited about 2014 that I can taste it. My excitement is real, palpable. I am serious about making this year AWESOME. I am certain it will be my biggest year yet. I have no doubt.

cb28ba73e3badcbec5a481f36a840201Did you hear that? I will MAKE this year awesome. Not “it will be” awesome. I will MAKE it that way. I am on a mission more than ever before.

I love picking a word of the Year each January as my intention…to set the tone–No, to define this year. It will happen. I put it out there and the Universe meets me. And it’s critical that I pick the right word that will define my attitude, my energy, and my approach to life for the next 12 months. It becomes part of who I am. It makes a difference when the going gets tough. It directs my self-talk.

The last two years have been BIG years for me in many ways. In 2012 with the word Discipline I got healthy mentally, physically, and financially.

In 2013 with Inspire as my word, I invested in building my team and my new multi-faceted Design and Consulting business in a way that allows me to inspire many people to be their best in their homes, their businesses and their lives. My new online presence that we launched this week brings all our efforts of 2013 together in one place so I can do the work I am called to do and can live my passion inspiring the world around me.

So now for 2014–(drum roll please) This year my word is … ACTION.


Here are some of my favorite definitions of Action:

1. The most vigorous, productive, or exciting activity in a particular field, area or group (Wants to be where the action is)

2. An act of will

3. Initiative, enterprise (A Man of Action)

4. Financial gain or an opportunity for financial gain (A piece of the action)

5. The way the body moves.

6. The accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages or with the possibility of repetition

And action will take many of these forms for me this year…Massive Action at work, massive action moving my body for my health, and massive financial action just to name a few. Plus I’m hell bent on crossing things off my bucket list, spending more time with friends, and doing many of the things I have been putting off “until I have time”.  No more waiting. I’m taking ACTION!


I am a doer. My top strength from Strengthfinders 2.0 is Activator. The synopsis for the Activator personality says “You are impatient for ACTION. You constantly ask…When can we start?” So it’s not that I am trying to accomplish something that will be impossible this year, but rather I am LEANING IN to my top strength. This year I am taking it to the top, baby!


In my job as a consultant, I coach many talented and creative people who are certainly a success in their own right but that just aren’t experiencing the sort of flexible schedule and financial freedom that they dream of. And in almost every case, I find that they already have and know everything they would need to be living their dreams, there is one missing piece…ACTION.


There is something holding them back from taking action, often something they can’t even verbalize. Of course it is fear, but what does that mean? Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of knowing what they want but not how to get it, fear of what others will think, fear of taking risk, fear of not doing it perfectly, fear that they will regret it or that a better option will come along…there’s a litany of possible fears. It’s endless really.


But at the end of the day, there is just one solution. Taking Action. Not perfect action. Just action. And any action is better than inaction. Because at least if you do it wrong, you get feedback on what doesn’t work, right? You have to start before you’re ready. Take the leap. Don’t think, just do. None of us who take action and achieve big things have any more certainly than anyone else that what we are doing will work. And many times it doesn’t. We just trust our instincts, use our experience, and at some point we GO. And we have more successes than all those people who never even try.


So if I am so great at taking action then why do I need to focus on it more you ask? Well here’s why. Even though I make tons of things happen each year, I have never had a focus, or a mantra, or as my daughter would call it a “catch phrase” associated with action. I have never made it my mission to live my life to the fullest.


I have never made an extreme effort to totally eliminate procrastination , to stop saying I’m tired or I’m busy, and to wake up daily with an attitude that helps me attack the day with gusto. And that is where I am going this year. I want a different sort of zest for action and for life than I have ever had before. I will have a sense of urgency about my goals and my dreams. Urgency yes, but panic, No! This is about peace and happiness. About doing more of what makes me feel great and doing it right now.


And I don’t just mean about work. I want to take massive action with my family time, with my home renovation, with my hobbies like cooking and photography. I want to have gusto in all parts of my life and I think focusing on taking massive action obliterating procrastination will be fabulous, fun, and fulfilling.


If my normal way of life already looks like a success to me and most everyone else if I am already not a procrastinator 90% of the time, I am curious to see what massive action and zero procrastination looks like. Exciting stuff, huh?

I will do more cooking fun new recipes, more baking and giving it to neighbors, more painting with my daughter, hiking with my friends, starting that veggie garden I’ve been talking about, trying new types of exercise, traveling to places I’ve never been. It is really about this–“life is short, don’t waste a moment”.


Talk is cheap. 2014 is the time to stop talking and start doing.


Actions speak volumes and the person I am speaking to this year is me. My mental loop is saying “Come on Tobi, show me what you got!” and boy do I love a challenge.


So in a nut shell, here is what my life will look like in 2014…


What about you? What word will you choose to define your 2014 and why? I can’t wait to hear.


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p.s. Speaking of taking action, another of my goals as been to get more of my consulting out to the world at a great value. And so starting January 30th, I’m taking action and doing just that with my first ever Tobi’s Teleseries which is the most affordable course of this caliber that I have ever offered. And this course isn’t just for designers–it’s for designers, creatives, small business owners, really anyone who wants to skyrocket their business this year.

If you are ready to take massive action this year and want my tips and techniques that have helped me stop procrastinating and build a business and a life I love, join me for my 6 week teleseries Build Your Dream Business. To get more information and to sign up, go here.

I hope you’ll join me in building your dream Business in 2014. This time next year, you could be celebrating BIG Business Actions and Success and experiencing financial freedom like never before.

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9 Responses to My 2014 Word of the Year

  1. Two great minds. I choose focus and then this morning Lisa Ferguson wrote the description for activator on my wall and I just told her I was going to have two words this year, focus and action because focus alone is only good if you act! This is going to be a year of action!

  2. Judith Presgrove says:

    Good Morning Tobi!
    Wow! I can feel your energy! Congratulations on all your new business ventures and love your new website. I look forward to seeing all the new designs you are going to do in your home. Love your new home so beautifully “Southern”.
    My new word for 2014 is “contentment”. We need some ease of mind and just to be happy this year. The past few years have been action, action, action………so now we are looking forward to a season of rest.
    Thank you for your wonderful insights and inspirations, missed them.
    Happy New Year!

  3. marisa says:

    Hi Tobi, My word is CHANGE. I tend to sweat the details and burn a lot of rubber. So this year I want to focus only on what’s important and relax about the rest. I think men, in general, do this well. So 2014 is a year of change for me – change in perspective and action. All the best to you in 2014!

  4. Karen Davis says:

    Great word Tobi! I am ready to take action with you this year!

  5. KATHYSUE says:

    Tobi I read a saying the other day about attaching one’s self to people that you aspire to be more like. When I read it YOU were one of the bloggers I thought of. So I am going to be following along on this journey with you this next year and looking forward to the inspiration I always feel when reading your blog. I chose a word and a phrase this year. In fact I wrote about here………
    Cheer to YOU and you wonderful attitude about life in general,

  6. Nicole says:

    I LOVE this post …. it’s one I’m sure to visit again and again! My word this year is “adventure”!

  7. Diane Dyhan says:

    I want what she’s having!
    I love my new Keurig but I need a shot of Tobi to go with my morning brew!
    Just when I’m getting used to adding color to my life you go and bounce this off my head! It’s time for me to take action – I have a lot of catching up to do everywhere in my life. Thanks for the inspiration and the “kick in the pj’s”.

  8. Bridget Pitonyak says:

    After much thought and soul searching, I have decided my word for this year is HEALTH. I started 2014 in bed with the crud, overweight, and toxic from too much holiday sugar and poor eating. Next week I’m beginning an intensive year-long Nutritional/Mind/Body Coach training. Along with that, my intention is to bring HEALTH to my body, mind, spirit and relationships. By the beginning of 2015, I intend to work in helping others do the same. Happy New Year Tobi! Thanks for being such an inspiration to me and others.