Have you ever heard a new idea … and then it shows up again from another person … and then again?

That happened to me in the past few months. I love that. I believe it means I’m supposed to pay attention to the idea.

Here’s what was told to me from three different people.

At the beginning of a new year, pick a “theme”. Write it down. Post it in different places. It’s your theme for the entire year.

For example, I met someone who chose “courage” last year. She energized herself with that simple word every morning and throughout the day on a stickee note. It was her “slogan”. It changed her life! She absolutely became more courageous in 2017.

So I’m giving it a try this year. I’m picking a theme.

I’ve decided to see more of the best in all things. When I think of goals and outcomes, I want to visualize the best. When I see difficult situations, I want to think of the best outcome. I want to see the best in my horses, other people and myself. So my theme this year is “See the best.” 

Want to try a theme for yourself? Strive for how you can stretch yourself in a way that’s exciting to you.

If you want to adopt a theme for 2018, c’mon! Click the link below and share your theme with me.

Here’s to making this the best year ever! Let’s rock it!

PS … The energy of a theme that rings true for each one of us sure beats the heck out of resolutions. They feel tiring! A theme feels energizing (-:

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43 Comments on 2018 … YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!

  1. Diane Howard on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 1:00 pm
  2. My theme for 2018 is “follow through.” I will follow through and bring my ideas to fruition.
    Thank you Barbra for suggesting this and a wonderful 2018 to all.

  3. Melanie Gray on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 1:08 pm
  4. Well special lady . Sticking to the one I received from you many many years ago.

    Love you

  5. Cherie Barton on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 1:41 pm
  6. I’m picking “Grace”! Not only because my new horse is named Grace and I want to accomplish a lot with her this year but because I’d like to learn to not “react” to people’s negative comments and actions. I feel that Grace will help me let that stuff go and not be affected by it. All this will help me reflect more Grace in my life too.

  7. Melanie Gray on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 1:44 pm
  8. Sticking to MAGIC forever because of you.

  9. Connie on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 1:46 pm
  10. My theme for 2018 is : Be kind!

  11. Martha lechene on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 2:14 pm
  12. I don’t mean to be a copycat but “to see the best” fits as I strive for perfection in everything and only tend to see what needs done or improved upon and not what is present or what has been accomplished.

  13. Janice Cornforth on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 2:29 pm
  14. My theme for 2018 is “ not to live in fear”

    Fear creeps into my daily life all the time. In just the little things I do. I have been aware of it for awhile, but truly want to get a handle on it. Even doing this very thing, I’m afraid…..of letting some know my dreams, goals incase I dont accomplish them. But I will push submit👍

  15. Barbra Schulte on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 2:41 pm
  16. Good for you, Janice! You could add the word ‘courage’ so you had an action word in the positive. Just an idea. You go!

  17. mary baks on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 3:25 pm
  18. My 2018 theme is “strive upwards with confidence” Both in my showing cowhorse and in my career as an equine veterinarian.
    Thank you Barbara for all you do, your mental exercises have benefited me in many ways

  19. Barbra Schulte on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 3:35 pm
  20. You’re not a copycat, Martha! Happy New Year to you!

  21. Kathy Ewell on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 4:16 pm
  22. My 2018 theme is: “I will be Amazingly positive” on my horse FunTime and in all of life’s negative things.

  23. Julia Krull on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 7:46 pm
  24. My word for 2018 is “CHANGE”. I hate change in my life, but the way things are going, I think God’s got a plan for me. I just need to pray and listen

  25. Robbin Sinclair on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 8:18 pm
  26. My 2018 theme is Love the Journey! Going to purchase my first Cutting Horse and loving the journey. No matter the outcomes. 🙂

  27. Lois Shaw on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 9:10 pm
  28. my theme is sacred horse time for me!

  29. Paula Francis on Sat, 30th Dec 2017 11:17 pm
  30. I love this idea and have done it a few times. My 2018 theme is “live life to the fullest.” For me that means continuing to pursue my dreams without hesitation or doubt, never giving up, and choosing joy in every day.

  31. vicky johnson on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 1:36 am
  32. Have courage and be fearless, I have let fear creep into my life and this is not my normal, I’m holding back from my true potential because of this.

  33. Beatrix on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 3:20 am
  34. There are so many themes I want to choose from but I think the perfect choice is “Filled with Love”. Because where Love is, there is no place for fear or doubts or negativity. You are at peace with yourself and others, you see only the best in people and different situations.

  35. Pam Clements on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 7:04 am
  36. My 2018 word is “persevere”. Making my goals and my discipline to accomplish them, come together for a great year.

  37. Sandy Crow on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 12:06 pm

    Set my mind & heart toward what fills me up,
    Do things that fire my soul.
    Create what feeds me.
    Then is when,
    and able to be a contribution to the world.

  39. Keith L Smith on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 1:15 pm
  40. I am new at this and I have a pony that I have for trail riding and I want to be better at Learning how to train my horse 4 obstacles.

  41. lin on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 2:12 pm
  42. ‘SUPERNATURAL EXPECTANCY’…believing for supernatural blessings everyday…expecting the very best in all I do & say.

  43. Chrissy on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 4:12 pm
  44. Seeing the best coincides with another one I have for the upcoming year: “be kind,” which also connects to another poster’s choice of “grace!” Great idea to remind ourselves of our intent daily! ♡

  45. Noreen Whyte on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 8:21 pm
  46. My key words are “looking for the positive”

  47. Carol-Anne Millar on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 10:33 pm
  48. Being courageous – having the “courage” to achieve the goals we have set in place for 2018. Having “courage” when I am riding – particularly in new places and practicing new movements.

  49. Kim Klass on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 12:42 am
  50. My word for 2018 is Efficient.
    I am expecting my business to run in a very efficient way so that I am free to spend the proper amount of time with my horses. (which brings me so much joy)

  51. Jodi on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 7:01 am
  52. Find faith, hope and happiness. . My home life is filled with stress, I so badly need peace within. I need to quiet my inner self and rely on my faith to give me courage to hear God’s plan for me to find happiness.

  53. Judy Hereid on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 10:53 am
  54. Keep joy live strong. I have so much sadness after losing my daughter. I need strength physically and mentally. I need to find joy in my life and keep it going in everything.

  55. Jacquie on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 12:54 pm
  56. Believe in Success for 2018

  57. Carol MacGregor on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 1:30 pm
  58. Happy New Year, Barbra!! Thank you for staying in touch with all of us throughout the year, always offering encouragement in many ways!! My repeating thoughts for the New Year of 2018–“Know God Better”, and “Wish Others Well” —The second one is from your “signing off” closure to us from some months ago. 🙂 These two recurring thoughts will lift my spirits and life.

  59. Judy on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 3:01 pm
  60. My words for 2018 is ‘move forward’. I lost my husband a year and a half ago. On a recent Hallmark Christmas movie, there was a line, ‘life is like a river, it keeps moving forward’. It is time I move forward with my life, not forgetting my husband but remembering that life goes on. I need to move with the river.

  61. Jill Roth on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 3:09 pm
  62. “Follow your Joy!” Because if I just follow what makes me feel bliss in my heart, 99% of the time it I the perfect choice!

  63. michelle layne on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 5:53 pm
  64. I have read everyone’s prior to my post , they are truly encouraging! Thank you all. I think my word is “Focus”, between business, family and cutting. I am pulled in so many directions, that i forget to give each of them my full attention as i am in the moment. So with that said I am dropping my old negative ” f” word and replacing it with ” FOCUS”!!! thanks Barbra for always being there for us, hope to see you in Parkfield.

  65. Michelle on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 6:57 pm
  66. Hi Barb – Love it. Mine came to me while at the Futurity this year with Lisa S. It is close to yours – “See the Good”. ❤️🙏

  67. Marsha on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 7:31 pm
  68. These are all so wonderful and I have many aspects in my life that need work, but one step at a time. This year I choose simplify. Release the things in life that take time away from what I enjoy.

  69. Kathy Brunck on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 8:49 am
  70. My theme is to Let your light shine with love. I would like to shine so that others will feel the radiance and empower them to do the same. To build others up and encourage them through love in every aspect in our lives.

  71. Donna on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 9:57 am
  72. My theme is: “Be where your feet are.”. I want to be in the moment vs always thinking about what’s next.

  73. Michelle on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 11:05 am
  74. Make it Happen!

  75. Karyn Stevens on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 11:40 am
  76. For my theme this year, I will choose, “have confidence and faith”. I want to ride with confidence and have faith in my horses. Usually, I am a little bit on the unconfident side of things.

  77. Cindy Gottlieb on Thu, 4th Jan 2018 4:11 pm
  78. Oh my goodness I agree with almost all of the themes that have been written here. But I have to say my theme would be the same as Karyn is “have confidence and faith” because my confidence has been rattled a couple of times in recent past ride and I want to ride confidently again and have faith that my horse and I are in tune with each other. Thanks for your web site it gives me strength.

  79. Val Waggoner on Fri, 5th Jan 2018 8:58 am
  80. There are so many things in my mind, but I have to say ” Balance” in my life. I tend do alot for others, which is good. But sometimes I need me time. So I will ” Balance” my time and energy for a fuller wonderful life. Then I will have more to give , right?

  81. Maren Milton on Sun, 14th Jan 2018 2:09 pm
  82. I’m right there with you on that one! I hate change too! I need to “Let go and let God” more.

  83. Maren Milton on Sun, 14th Jan 2018 2:14 pm
  84. I would have to say “Just do it!” needs to be my theme. I’m stealing from Nike, but I need to Let loose and follow my heart more, which includes spending more time with my horses and less time worrying about what my husband thinks about it.

  85. Pam on Tue, 27th Feb 2018 11:57 am
  86. 2018 the year I trust my horse and her ability to be the best cow horse she can be. .

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