My One-Word Theme For 2011: Commitment


  1. Lynsey The Party Plan Coach on December 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Mari you always know what to say to inspire someone to no end! I LOVE Commitment for your word – it is one I struggle with as well. I chose FOCUS as I feel the reason I have not achieved some of my goals has merely been from lack of focus – not from lack of skill or desire. I am very excited about this year! Thank you so much for all that you do!

  2. Jim Everett on December 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Even though I haven’t spent time thinking about this, I know the best one-word theme for me for 2011 is ‘Relevance’.

    Talking about topics that are relevant to the people I can best serve. Relevant to their fears and frustrations as well as their dreams and desires.

    Working on projects that are relevant to those same people while being relevant to me doing my best work, making an impact, and having fun.

    Not letting my attention and energy be consumed by things that are irrelevant to me or the people I serve.

    My big, repetitive, decision-making question will be – “Who does this really matter to, how much does it matter, and why does it matter?”

    Mari, thanks for getting me thinking on this important topic.

  3. Phyllis Khare on December 20, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    OK – it came to me in my meditation! Re-Organization. I’m going to make my (upcoming) Facebook Page my ‘blog’ and turn my WordPress blog into a two-page (mostly) static brochure site for my Consulting and Training programs, and then do all my social conversation over at as I enjoy the clipping/commenting structure they use. And Twitter – I will keep as my go-to for Twitter Chats (which I love) and for personal conv

  4. Phyllis Khare on December 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    OK – it came to me in my meditation! Re-Organization. I’m going to make my (upcoming) Facebook Page my ‘blog’ and turn my WordPress blog into a two-page (mostly) static brochure site for my Consulting and Training programs, and then do all my social conversation over at as I enjoy the clipping/commenting structure they use. And Twitter – I will keep as my go-to for Twitter Chats (which I love) and for personal conv

  5. Jane on December 21, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Hi Mari,
    This really pushed the buttons with me. I had been reflecting on the past 18 months since having a stroke and leaving the corporate world, and asking my self if I had really given my business a “red hot go”…and I know that I haven’t, I’ve been playing. So I am choosing BELIEF,
    believing in myself that I can be an entrepreneur, believing that I know what I am doing and what I don’t know will come to me, believing that I add value to my clients, believing that I can be what I want to be.
    Thank you for sharing and your inspiration.


  6. Tim Patterson on December 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Word of 2011: Connection.

  7. The Franchise King on December 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Mine needs to be, and is; Focus.

  8. Lisa Keller on December 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Nice idea! My one word theme for 2011 is: Excel

  9. Jonathan R. Rivera on December 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Mari, this year I have committed to the word, “No!” As a matter of fact, I believe NO is the next killer business strategy.

    ….to clarify, I mean Say No to FREE. I am no longer giving away my work for free without a real strategy to monetize it (seems contradictory, right?) We’re in a time where sentiments are changing and people are expecting to pay for things online as long as they get “more than they pay for.”

    So its our job as marketers, to over deliver and charge for it 😉

  10. Sondra Boroff on December 21, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I have thought about this quite a bit. I think that for me 2010 was all about the word Learning. I think I was a constant student. For 2011, I think I am focusing on Abundance. I want to build a personal and professional life that is rich and full. I think of Abundance more than just a financial point of view (of course that is nice :)), I think for me having present and connected relationships in my personal and professional life will really impact the year ahead. This is what I am focusing on for the year. Thanks for this great lesson and one that will help get the year off to a good start!

  11. Mari Smith on December 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Sondra – yessss, beautiful!! I love Abundance as a theme, that is awesome!!! I’m excited for you!!

  12. Mari Smith on December 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Jane!!! How are you my fellow tall blonde friend? hehee Hope you’re doing awesome in the fabulous land down under. I love what you wrote here – amazing the wake up call you received to leave the corporate world and bring your gifts to the bigger world through your own enterprise. You are very talented and have so much to offer. I’m excited for an amazing 2011 for you. (Btw, I love a quote I heard from Les Brown once – “any time you struggle to believe in yourself, borrow someone else’s belief in you until yours kicks in!” Just know that I believe in you!!!)

  13. Mari Smith on December 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    hehee, you can have as many words as feels right for you!! I actually started choosing a one-word theme for each quarter too – hm, I omitted to say that in this post! So, Q4 this year was “Success Habits” – I was so determined to get all my fitness, self-care, financial-tracking, goal-setting, accountability and personal rituals solidly locked in place before 2011. So far, so good. Got ten more days to go. lol!! 🙂

  14. Mari Smith on December 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Esperanza – your comment here means so much to me. Thank you for your kind words of support. I love being your friend too — I pushed myself to write this post and say all that I did… but it feels really solid and right now. I’m excited to illuminate the whole world in 2011 as we go higher and deeper in 2012!!! Much love. xxx

  15. Mari Smith on December 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Wonderful!!! Focus is an perfect word to choose – it’ll be come a mantra for you and you’ll find yourself attracting all the right opportunities and gaining greater and greater clarity on what you wish to achieve. Well done!!!

  16. Lynn Rose on December 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

    WOW Mari – you weren’t kidding about how POWERFUL this blog is. BLESS you for putting it out there so powerfully and ooooh-weee, has it ever inspired me! xox

    I’m inspired by your level of commitment (and have copied and pasted that quote on ‘commitment’) AND, I got inspired by your idea to have ONE word as your theme.

    Mine is… “Surrender” – as in “Sweet Surrender” by John Denver – that song just says it all for me – surrendering to the moment, to trust, to the NOW, to your purpose and letting go of attachments but choosing to enjoy the journey, and trust in it, here and now instead.

    LOVE you, you amazing lady and sending love, light and committed friendship, appreciation and support your way.



  17. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Awesome, Joel!! You Go guy! 🙂

  18. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Oooh, I like that one, Lisa!!! 2011 will be a powerful year for you!

  19. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Bless you dear Lynsey – thank you kindly and I’m so excited for this coming year for you. Big holiday hugs!!! xxx

  20. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Woweee, Phyllis – sounds like a lot of fun!! I know the peeps at Amplify are awesome!

  21. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Wonderful word, Tim!!

  22. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Amen, my friend!!! It’s so important to declare our own value and set boundaries and simply ask for the business!! 2011 will be an amazing year for you!! I’m excited to stay connected.

  23. Mari Smith on December 22, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Niiiiiiice!!!!! Wow, Jim, this really rocks – I love how you’ve chosen a word that really resonates with your personal values and taken it to the next level with a mantra question!! Tony Robbins says the quality of our lives is determined by the quality of questions we ask ourselves! I look forward to seeing how your 2011 unfolds!!!

  24. Myrna Godfrey on December 23, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Thank You Mari…this is the first time I have read your blog and I am so grateful I did….”when the student is ready the teacher appears”. My word is ACTION….and I know it is the right word for me for 2011 because I get butterflies even writing it…I feel it. I have spent years learning, growing and evolving and letting go of many things that were not serving me for my highest good and now I AM READY to take ACTION… to put into ACTION all of my knowledge to transform not just my life but he lives of all of the people who I will touch.
    Thank you for helping me get crystal clear.
    Wishing You Warm and Wonderful Holidays!!!!

  25. Kevin on December 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

    For 2011, I’m all about determination and hard work. I think it’s about time I double my efforts. I thought I did great this year but I definitely need to step it up for 2011. There’s no time for games. Great Post!

  26. Are Morch on December 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Mary.

    Commitment is a excellent and great challenge to live by. I am sure you will achieve your goals for 2011.

    Was working here to find a word that would describe my goals for 2011. Advancement was one word that I was playing with for a little bit, but I know that one of my goals for 2011 is to take a real Leap Of Faith so I needed to go for the gusto. So my word for 2011 is Conquering..

    I will conquer all my fears in 2011, and find the real ME of ME. Gary Vaynerchuck says it is about your DNA. I would say it is also about getting in touch with your crazy bones and take massive action towards your own dreams. And Gary also add in a portion of passion and family.

    My favorite book is written by a gentleman from Yazoo City here in Mississippi, Zig Ziglar. His book Top Performers – How To Develop Excellence In Yourself & Others is my motivational bible.

    Marry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Cheers.. Are 🙂

  27. Mari Smith on December 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Loooooove your word, Myrna!!! You go girl!

  28. Mari Smith on December 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Oooooooh Lynn – I looooove your word. Wow, gave me the tingles and moved me to the core. I have such reverence for that John Denver song; it’s a perfect fit for you!! Beautiful. 2011 will be an amazing landmark year for you too, my sweet friend. I’m honored to know you. xxxx

  29. Mari Smith on December 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you kindly, Ram!!

  30. drd4u on December 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Mari what do you think about spectacularly focused theme for the year from a spectacularly talented and spectacularly dedicated, advanced and courageous leader in Mari Smith? Quite a question given the climate of the times, isn’t it? Thank you for taking the time to share your life, your concepts, your insights and your enthusiasms; and, for leading us toward being committed in 2011.

  31. drmolliemarti on December 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Love it, Mari! Thrilled to see you commit in all you do. This is a real line you cross — and on the other side is the opportunity to help even more people!

    I also use a sole focus to build my year around and facilitate a quicker “no” and bigger “yes” 🙂

    This year was Community – and saw the launch of my Best Life Design community.
    My focus in 2011: Collaboration. Excited about plans to collaborate with other experts who are passionate about helping people make more money in a way that fuels their health, relationships, and life, and allows them to make the difference they are here to make.

    All the best in the New Year!

  32. Shelley Taylor-Smith on January 1, 2011 at 4:53 am

    G’day Mari from downunder!
    My theme for 2011 is Results Focus = Authentic Shelley
    And I too will make a commitment to live the next 365 days authenticly.
    Cheers Shelley

  33. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Outstanding, Shelley!! Wheee – you go girl! 🙂

  34. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

    NICE!!! Love your word for 2011 – totally awesome. Big hugs to you, dear Mollie!! 🙂

  35. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Woweee, Barry!! I absolutely love what you’ve shared here. Congrats to you for such deep work. You’re such a gem. 🙂

  36. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Outstanding – love this word for you, Lauren!! Happy 2011 and may all your dreams come true!! 🙂

  37. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Wonderful!! Glad to read your thoughtful response, Jessica! Many thanks for your kind words too. Happy New Year to you – may 2011 bring you much focus and prosperity as a result! 🙂

  38. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Oh dear, Dan – presumably this is in jest?! 😉

  39. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Ohhhh wonderful!!! I love it, Margaret! 🙂

  40. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Ohhhh, I LOVE Freedom as a theme – that is totally awesome. So many ways that will impact you. Hopefully you’ll mostly have the freedom to just be YOU! 🙂

  41. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Nice!! I like the word Consciousness for 2011!!

  42. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Aw, I love that, Ellen!!

  43. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Hehee – excellent choice!! There’s a great book, “In Praise of Slow” you might enjoy! 🙂

  44. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Oooh, very nice, Melinda!! I’m digging the three rhyming words!! )

  45. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Awesome choice! 🙂 I’m imagining a big “Refresh” button you get to press any time you need to!

  46. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Fantastic choice!! 🙂

  47. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Yay, Lewis – I love this theme! Growth by itself could be limited for you; but add in Passionate and I can really see you flourishing in so many ways! Congrats and Happy New Year. Hope 2011 is your best year yet. 🙂

  48. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Hi there Milt – thanks a mil for adding your comment. Glad to connect with you here and congrats on getting rid of all that no longer serves you – that’s a very cathartic process!! I’m excited to see what’s in store with your super-organized 2011!!! 🙂

  49. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Hiya Sue! Thanks for stopping by. Ahhhh, Simplify – what a wonderful theme for the year!!

  50. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 1:04 am

    LOL – you go girl!! 🙂

  51. Mari Smith on January 2, 2011 at 1:05 am

    That’s awesome – so many ways to apply. Congrats!

  52. Monika Mundell on January 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Thank you Mari for the great inspiration to weed out the noise and stick with one word for the year. I’ve been doing this for the past several years (albeit unconsciously). I decided to stop writing New Year’s resolution lists a few years back because they hardly work if the focus is lacking in the first place.

    Since then I have been concentrating on one major “focus” every year.

    2007 was the year of “Dedication” for me. I had to stop trying to cook with too many fires (funny enough that’s quite a statement since I used to be a chef) and 2007 was the year I morphed into my copywriting business.

    2008 was the year of “Business.” Simple. I needed to sharpen my focus to sack the boss and run a full-time business from home.

    2009 was dedicated to “Client Acquisition” and keeping my clients happy, so they come back for more. It worked because most of my business is either repeat or referrals. Yay! I know that I can’t rest on my laurels, so I keep on pushing my boundaries. 🙂

    2010 was dedicated to Outsourcing. It exploded my business to levels I never thought possible.

    As you might know, outsourcing brings its own set of challenges and issues that need to be refined and systematized to simplify the daily management of a business.

    Therefore… thanks to your post and a major brainstorming appointment with myself I have settled on “Focused Tasking” for 2011. I’m excited! Woohoo.

    Thanks for your wonderful tutorials. You rock Mari!

  53. Mari Smith on January 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Beautiful – I love it, Carrie!! And I like the process you went through to let your word gently surface. My spiritual mentor, Esperanza, has a wonderful saying: “The most important relationship in the world is the one you have with yourself – everyone and everything is a direct reflection of the quality of that relationship.” With your focus on self-care, I’m sure this will be an amazing year for you!!!

  54. Mari Smith on January 7, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Hey Tricia!!! Hope you’re doing super awesome and enjoying 2011 already. I love the word Grace – what a beautiful choice!! 🙂

  55. Mari Smith on January 7, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Ohh, nice one!! Plenty opportunities for you! 🙂

  56. Mari Smith on January 7, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Absolutely awesome!! You have a beautiful way of writing and communicating, Elizabeth – your words here landed very deeply with me. It’s a pleasure to know you virtually and I look forward to continuing to share this magical journey with you!!!

  57. Mari Smith on January 7, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Awesome Lisa!!!! I love your choice for this year – gives me the tingles, hehee!! Action is a good thing, but when it comes through inspiration (to breathe into, in Latin!) it’s all the more powerful. Hope to see you again soon!! Much love, xxx

  58. Mari Smith on January 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Esther – wowee, I love what you wrote here!! Beauty is a wonderful word. The other day, I bought a gorgeous plaque with the following Chinese Proverb on it:

    “If there is Light in the Soul
    there will be Beauty in the Person.

    If there is Beauty in the Person
    there will be Harmony in the House.

    If there is Harmony in the House
    there will be Order in the Nation.

    If there is Order in the Nation
    there will be PEACE IN THE WORLD.”

    Amazing, eh?! 🙂 The plaque jumped off the shelf and into my hands. hehe! 🙂

    I’m sure your 2011 will be a truly magical year!

  59. Stephanie LH Calahan on January 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Milt – Congratulations on your commitment to organize. There are a number of outstanding resources available to help you on your path for 2011. If you are on Twitter, check out the lists of pros that I have: Organizers:!/StephCalahan/organizers and!/StephCalahan/organizers-2 (there are 2 lists because Twitter only allows 500 to a list) and Productivity Experts:!/StephCalahan/productivity-and-time

  60. Stephanie LH Calahan on January 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Mari – Read this post when you first published, but thought I’d come back and re-read. Good stuff here and I’m proud of you making a COMMITMENT TO YOU! For the last 2 years I have had themes for my year.

    In 2009 I was very ill (told I might not see 2010!) I am a recovering work-a-holic and it had taken its toll on me. So 2009 my focus was FOCUSED DISCOVERY. I’m sure that sounds odd, but I wanted to focus on figuring out the true cause of my illness rather than having doctors pump me up with meds. Good news is we found the multiple causes and began the healing.

    2010 my focus was CONSCIOUS HEALTH. I did not as work much this past year and really concentrated on putting learning and habits into place that would support me being in a position to be at my best. As different opportunities came up during the year, I would measure against CONSCIOUS HEALTH and then turn down the opportunities if they were not going to support my vision. They have been some of the toughest decisions I have ever made. Passing up opportunities is never easy.

    I have gone through some amazing transformations in the past two years and can happily say that I’m rolling into 2011 with excitement for life and raring to go! It is time for me to put into place all of those things that came up in the past two years. So, 2011 is DECISIVE PRODUCTIVE ACTION
    To your success!

  61. Mari Smith on January 8, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Woweee Stephanie – what a success story. So glad to hear you took back control of your health and your life. We’re fortunate to have you here on planet earth!! Much love. xx

  62. Mari Smith on January 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Hi Louise! Thank you for your kind words. I love your Success and qualified through your own special filters! Awesome!

  63. Steve osagie on January 26, 2011 at 5:25 am

    That is great stuff, this so ties in to what i said i was going focus on this year. Commitment in all areas of my life , as a Social Marketer , as a father , as a brother , as friend.
    Also like the bit you said want what ever i say to be my Bond, so people can trust my word. So easy to say something , but ability to keep to that word is more so important so people do not think you just hot air.

    Glad i found this site

  64. Marc Binkley on January 16, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Hi Mari,

    As I reflected on my goals for 2012, I thought back to this post of yours from last year.   I really liked the exercise and wanted to share with you my new one word “manifesto” for 2012 – Simplicity.  To me Simplicity means a number of things but primarily focusing on the things that matter. It means making time for the people I care about.  It means creating my more of own content rather than just sharing the thoughts of others.  It means packaging information differently in my writing, speech and presentations so that it’s easier to absorb. I hope that by simplifying my effort I’ll have a “breakout” year in this social space.

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