LIFE | The 2016 Word of the Year is EXECUTE

December 15, 2015

The 2016 Word of the Year is EXECUTE |  Sometimes we plan and plan and take all of the workshops and do all of the webinars because we don’t want to do the real work. Yes, there is a certain amount of time we should dedicated to strategizing, planning and learning from past mistakes. But then there comes a point when we need to put down the checklists, pause the FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP, and execute the plan.

If I’m being 100% honest, 2015 is one of the best years I’ve ever had.

2015 has been an amazing journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I know who I am as a blogger and burgeoning business owner, and who I know who I’m not. I’ve defined my niche, I know my purpose, and I’ve spent countless hours perfecting my ideas. It would seem that I’ve created the perfect environment for my success. And I think honestly, I have.

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The only issue is that I don’t always do the things that I know are going to get me to where I want to be. I don’t always wake up early. I don’t always spend three hours a night working on my business. I don’t always write my blog posts on the weekends. All of these things are systems I’ve created in 2015 to help me do the work. Now the only thing left is to actually do the work. It’s time to stop planning, stop binging on information, and instead just execute. That’s why I’ve named execute the 2016 Word of the Year here on The Feisty House.

Execution is the scary part because it involves a level of risk. I have found so much safety and comfort in the planning and development phase that’s been my 2015. I have taken such a liking to tweaking my daily schedule, organizing my to-do lists, and reading self-help books. I’ve taken all the e-courses, watched all the webinars. But the truth is we can take a million and one workshops on how to develop our big ideas, but none of that education matters if there’s no execution. There’s no success in failing to execute a plan or idea, no matter how much time and energy you’ve devoted to the planning process or how good the idea.

I saw something on Instagram that Melissa Kimble (founder of My Creative Connection and leader of the #blkcreatives movement) posted recently that confirmed 2016 needs to be a year of doing. Of execution.

You have to participate relentlessly and deliberately in the manifestations [of] your own dreams. Be willing to do the work.

Tweet via Nina Mosley @ForRevolution

Sometimes we plan and plan and take all of the workshops and do all of the webinars because we don’t want to do the real work. Yes, there is a certain amount of time we should dedicated to strategizing, planning and learning from past mistakes. But then there comes a point when we need to put down the checklists, pause the FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP, and execute the plan. 

That’s where I need to be in 2016.

2015 has been an awesome year because the end result of all of my planning and thinking and soul-searching is that I have no excuse. If your year has been anything like mine (and based on our discussions here, I think we’ve all been experiencing the same positive gains in self-development), then you have no excuse. Because of 2015, we know what we’re capable of. We know what we’re supposed to be doing. We know what our purpose is. The only thing left to do is to execute. 

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So let’s promise ourselves that in 2016 we’ll actually do the things we’ve been planning and preparing for. Let’s launch our website and share our skills with the world (one of my goals for December 2015 is to finish the Blog Happy website and relaunch my coaching and design services for newbie bloggers). Let’s host that event. Let’s promise not to watch another webinar until we actually create the products we’ve been learning to produce. Have you been planning to start that feature series on your blog? Execute that in 2016. Have you spent 2015 thinking about starting a Twitter chat (I’m talking to myself again here…)? There are no more excuses. We know what we’ve been called to do, and it’s time to start doing it!


 What plans do you need to execute in 2016?

What’s your personal 2016 Word of the Year?

Share in the comments, and let’s keep each other motivated!


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  • “I have found so much safety and comfort in the planning and development phase..” This is so me! Execution has always been my pain point. I have done tons of planning, strategizing, etc. in the past couple of years. Time to DO. Awesome post! xo

  • This post is just….perfect! Getting comfortable in the planning phase is 100% me. I spend hours and hours researching, making to-do lists, writing down my goals, but end up not implementing what I’ve learned. Thanks for bringing this to light. I’m so excited to see where you go love!

    • Chelsea! We are kindred spirits, lol. I love making to-do lists! We’re in the same boat, and hopefully we both get better at implementation and learn to execute in 2016. I’m excited for you too =)

    • OMG yes, I love a to-do list. lol

  • Jasmine Cooper

    You hit the nail on the head with this post. I honestly do the exact same thing, make lists and lists of things to do then end up exhausted after only crossing off 2 things. I am however learning the importance of systems. They help me save time + take away the pressure of being stressed. Great post!

    • Thanks Jasmine! And YES to systems…I need to work on creating more efficiency as I execute. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Ashanti B Washington

    This is so relevant. I find that I’ll make list after list, plan after plan—and yet, I’ll still put off action “until later”. It’s so stressful. Thanks for this post, Krystal! I’m adding “execute” to my mental mantra for 2016!

  • I have already begun this process. 2016 I want to hit the ground running no more waiting until the “perfect time”, I realize there is no such thing, you just gotta do it!

    • So true! You’re so right, Sanniyah.

      And from the looks of your website, you don’t need to wait at all…you’re killing it! WOW.

  • Execute! That’s going down in my book too for all of the reasons you discussed. I’m all webinar-ed, e-coursed and planned out. Time to start doing!

  • This post is just so relevant! I have made so many lists and plans only to make new ones over and over again with the slightest changes. 2016 is definitely the year of execution, I’m claiming it!

    • Praise God for that. Name it and claim it! I’m so excited for you, and I can “hear” in your comment that you’re excited about 2016 too!

  • So on point! I feel you and hear you loud and clear. I’ve had to unsubscribe from a few lists/workshops and mute some folks. It’s no shade, but sometimes all the free content turns into noise and simply distracts us from taking action. I’m so excited for 2016! I’m setting some big goals. Thanks for sharing this Krystal and Kudos to you 🙂

  • Sherrelle

    This is a great article. Really hit home. Time to stop consuming and start producing. I started this process early cuz I felt myself falling in to the research trap lol

  • Fearfully Fashioned

    I love this post! God has definitely rebranded the vision for my business this year! I’ve been already working on my 2016 goals now. Definitely want to introduce some passive income streams to Fearfully Fashioned in 2016. I’m still praying on my word though! haha

  • I vibe with this. Recently whenever an idea pops up in my head the mantra “just do it, just do it!” echos in the back of my mind. Before I used to open a notebook, write the idea out fully, plan things, make schedules, etc. Now I just start, and work out the kinks later. I’m still not fully executing to 100% of my capability, but I think my percentage is increasing each day, and for now I’m happy with that.

    By the way, I just stumbled upon your blog and really love the site/community. Glad I found you!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Bree

    Reading this post gave me a ah ha moment. 2015 went by and while I can say good things happened I don’t feel like I accomplished what I set out to accomplish this year. But 2016! Let me tell you I know God has in store something awesome, I can feel it and I’m declaring it. For 2016, my word is actually my name “Sabrina” this year has shown me that it’s time to put me first. It’s time for me to get selfish and be ok with it. I look forward to meeting this amazing woman and learning to love her completely!

  • This post is literally….everything! I’ve gotten so comfortable in the planning stages and making to-do lists that fear has actually stopped me from executing and going all out. My mind has been on #informationoverload from all the webinars, Periscope broadcasts, etc….that I had to just shut it all down to refocus. It’s time to step out and just do it!

  • Wow Krystal. Thank you so much for writing the perfect words I needed to hear in order to move forward into 2016. Yes, I have been researching and learning and watching and planning my socks off in order to put together a relaunch for my website. It’s been a lot of preparation and I finally feel good about what I have to present to others. I just really needed this extra push though to get me to just GO with it and publish the new direction I’ve taken my site in. I wish you the best of success in 2016 with your “Blog Happy” website too. Looking forward to seeing it! And, I will come back here and let you know when I’ve hit that “PUBLISH” button on my Timeless Modesty website too.

  • Hey Krystal, I wrote here about two weeks ago that I would come back when I launched my website because I wanted to put your “Execute” into practice. Well! My website is finally published! Thank you so much for your great posts and motivation. Can’t wait to see your BLOG HAPPY out there!

  • Natasha Campbell

    This summarizes my feelings beautifully. I read all the blogs, listen to all the podcasts, created the vision boards, take all of the “7-day challenges”, makes to-do lists like the best of them, and know my goals like the back of my hand. However, my execution is lacking. My words for 2016 are Faith + Action. Faith represents God’s part and Action is my part. It’s time to stop talking, reading, planning. Time to execute. Let’s get ‘er done!

    Thanks for this!!!

  • Tarah-Lynn

    Yesssss! SO inspiring. Makes me want to just put my stuff out there and grow!

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  • Carey-Lee D.

    This is such a great post, I know exactly what you are talking about and I agree 100% it’s time to execute. Sometimes we spend all the time planning and executing because of underlying fear of failures. But it is in the act of doing that helps us to learn and grow!