Why a ‘Word Of The Year’ is so Powerful
today marks the first full week we all experience of 2016! some of us may be feeling overwhelmed, confused where the time went, and/or beyond excited for what this year holds. i feel a touch of it all. this week i will be sharing some resources and exercises i have been utilizing to be intentional and prepared for the year ahead.
here is where to start:
1. close out the last year
i would encourage you to read my last post on questions to wrap up the previous year so you feel a sense of closure.
2. what makes you happy?
my husband gets full credit for having us go through this next process last year. create your personal happiness list! if you do no further goal setting (which is not necessarily recommended) at the very least, write down everything that makes you happy.
when we did this last year and again this year, we were surprised to see that from each of our lists, 90% of those happy things were occurring regularly. if you put this list together and realize that most of the things on your list aren’t happening frequently, it is time for some life changes (to which i would then recommend some serious goal setting)!
3. something to center you
what do i mean by ‘center?’ i don’t mean to make sure your balance is perfect or to tighten your core but rather something you can focus on throughout the year and be intentional about. the past few years, this centering thing has been a ‘word of the year’ for me.
last year, my word was capable (here is why) and holy cow was that the most perfect word for me. i called on that word hundreds of times when i was feeling inadequate, a lack of confidence or scared about an opportunity. i even considered using it again this year because of how powerful and useful i found it to be. i mean, there’s no rule about not using the same word twice!
as i was tossing this around in my brain, one word kept trying to poke through. this new word freaked me out a little and it’s because i do believe that “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, it’s that we are powerful beyond measure” – marianne williamson.
my word of the year for 2016 is G R O W. it freaks me out because i know this is my next step with this blog, with who i am as a business owner and who i am as a woman. it’s scary because as humans, we work so hard to be comfortable and hot dang, i was getting so comfortable. as eleanor said, that doesn’t build character though.
although i am innately a creature of comfort, these past few years of traveling the world, expanding my mind and proving to myself that i am capable have demonstrated that growth far outweighs comfort in terms of reward. it’s one of those facts where you sort of wish it wasn’t true, much like eating vegetables is healthier than eating a dozen donuts.
how am i going to utilize this word, grow?
grow will be used as accountability for myself and whether i am maintaining (comfort) or reaching for that ‘powerful beyond measure’ thing (growing).
i have given my husband permission to ask me if the activities i am engaging in are helping me grow. this is mainly around the stupid social media scroll that sucks away my time or when my anxiety is making decisions as opposed to the very capable me.
personal development and growth have been part of my life since i entered social work land/education at the ripe age of 18 so i want to continue with this. it’s pretty freaking sweet that we are all capable of changing, developing and have the ability to grow. high five, humans!
i believe personal growth leads to deeper relationships but all relationships flourish when you are intentional with them. “grow” will also serve as a reminder to grow in the partnership and marriage my husband and i continue to create together.
so grab a mug of coffee/cocoa/champagne (depending on when you’re reading this) and let’s cheers to kicking off a ridiculously great 2016!
have you thought about creating a word of the year? i’d love to hear what it is and why you selected it!