Five Tips to discover your WORD for the YEAR!
1. Take time and think about what you have accomplished and what you haven’t accomplished in 2018. Look at the year from a high-level. What do you wish you could continue? What do you wish you could stop doing? If you wrote down your goals for 2018, look at your goals to determine if you achieved them or if you forgot about them. This is important since this will tell you more about how you self-actualize. Do you do what you say you are going to do? If you are someone that took the time to write down your goals and didn’t accomplish them, please reach out to me to schedule a half hour call to learn a proven and guaranteed way to achieve the goals you set.
2. Identify one or two goals that you want to pursue in 2019. What would really move you forward in your personal and professional life? What is something that will really change your old, bad habits? What is a new habit that would really add to your life? You might find that that you will benefit from adding a new routine into your daily schedule- a daily meditation, a daily walk, or a daily list of three things you are grateful for. One year I added meditation to my daily schedule and I meditated all but three days of the year! Some days it was only for two minutes, but many days it was 15 plus minutes of meditation practice.
3. Once your goals are written, look them over and think about how the goals connect with each other and/or what they would bring to your life if you accomplished them. The idea is to think of the big picture or overarching idea that would encompass both goals. For example, if one goal is to connect with more of the people that are important in your life with quality time, and the other goal is about focusing on your client work and take it to a higher level, then you find that the word QUALITY would be a great word for the year. You could focus on increasing the quality of your relationships and the quality of your client work.
4. If you struggle with thinking of a word, you might want to think about what is important to you right now. If 2018 was a year of crazy chaos with your schedule and work and life, you might find that even thinking about the word CALM or CENTER soothes you. This can then help you identify your goals for the year. Your word should mean something important to you! One woman in a recent workshop easily selected the word STRONG. When I asked her about her word, she told me the story of a terrible fall her mother had and that she broke many bones. They learned that her mother had osteoporosis. She said that 2019 would be the year she would make time for strength training, a personal trainer and getting herself strong physically. The word you select should be exciting to you. It just might give you goose bumps when you think about it!
5. After you have your word, find a way to keep it in front of you every day of the year. Paint a rock with the word, put it on as your screen saver, even write it on the mirror in your bathroom with a dry erase marker or lipstick! In 2008, I had a necklace created with my word and wore it often. So many people would ask me about the necklace; it really kept the word alive each day. This year, I plan to put my word on a bracelet. There are many online shops that will make custom jewelry with the word of your choice. Your intention around the word will bring many positive things to you. One year, a friend of my mother’s, whom I hadn’t seen for years, sent me a package. Inside of the package was a ceramic wall hanging with MY WORD FOR THE YEAR on it! I just couldn’t imagine how that happened. I called her, and she said that when she was in a shop she felt as if she had to buy it for me. I think I was really living my word that year!
I would love to hear about your word for the year and your goals. If you have time, drop me an email or a voicemail to tell me what you have decided to make happen in 2019. I know it is going to be a great year!