I'm bringing back a blog post that I've shared every year since 2012, that I really loved (and many of you did, too).
The concept is that you choose one word that is your beacon or your motto for the year. It isn't a goal or a resolution. It's rather a word that keeps your arrow pointed true guiding you to your most awesome SELF.
Read about it here! -> Resolution Revolution.
I liked the idea so much that I usually assign homework to all of my coaching clients based upon the idea.
What is it exactly?
The author, Christine Kane, states that New Year's Resolutions don't work (which is completely true). Most people make BIG resolutions, can't keep them, and then abandon their resolutions within weeks.
I personally feel that failed resolutions can make us feel like our goals are NOT achievable, and it also is bad for self-esteem when we go to try to achieve them the next time, causing us to think “Why bother. I didn't succeed last year. I might as well quit again.”
Christine instead suggests that you should choose a single word that will be your motivation or mantra for the entire year.
In 2013: There were times of sadness in 2012 after the adoption fell through, when one of my 2013 words really got me through it. (It was RELEASE and having the word hanging over my desk kept reminding me that I couldn't carry the loss forever and it was ok to let go of some of the hurt and the things beyond my control so I could move ahead in the ways that I needed to. I was holding tightly to everything that I could, like a vice grip, especially to anything I thought I could control. Going through an adoption will do that to you, I guess. So, in addition to making myself miserable, I was driving my family crazy, too, and eating myself sick. RELEASE helped me to loosen the grip a bit and start living again.)
In 2014: At the end of 2013, I was feeling like I'd accomplished a lot and was happier, but I wasn't feeling like I was yet living the lifestyle that I wanted. I didn't feel joy, although I was content. So my word for 2014 was FUN. And so all year long, I would ask myself “Am I truly having fun? If not, what needs to change?” and I made a LOT of changes based upon that.
In 2015: This past year my words worked together “Effortless” and “Delight” and that kept me pointed at the good in life and how my friend Therese Sparby always says “What if it was easy?” Suddenly a lot of things that hadn't been easy were – simply because I expected them to be. Yeah, it's a bit woo woo but hey, I'm NOT complaining! Doors seriously opened that blew my socks off and I made a choice to walk through them reminding me that it could be “effortless”.
In 2016: My words for 2016 are “Adventure” and “Heal”. I'll tell you more about that in the coming weeks. 🙂
Now, before you go LOOKING for your word, I want to stop you for a second.
Instead of making it a mission to find a word, I'd ask that you read through Christine's report and see which words choose you.
Yes, I said that right. Which word chooses YOU.
In my experience, the right one(s) will jump out of the screen at you. For instance, the ones that pick my Beachpreneurs friends are totally different than the ones that pick me.
What word will choose you? I believe the one that you need RIGHT now will stand out to you. In fact, my word in 2013 (RELEASE) stuck with me – even though I kept trying to pick a “cooler” word. But, no. Every time I thought about this one word, I felt something… I felt lighter and free. So my word must be exactly what I needed that year, because I even dreamed about it.
I always print off my word (or words) in HUGE font and hang them on my wall. I will do so again this year. I also make a word graphic for the background on my phone – at least for the first few weeks of the year to get the word deep into my brain.
So, for right now, here's what to do.
1. Please go read the report and let your word jump out at you.
2. Post your ONE to TWO words below in the comments. (No more.)
Note: Christine says to pick one but I sometimes end up with two. I'm not sure why but it always happens. One seems to be forward-looking word and one seems to be a looking-back word. They are different but work together and I'm better off for not having forced myself to choose one. But that's just me.
For instance, “Adventure” for me is about moving forward, whereas “Heal” is about looking back in order to look forward… if that makes sense.
Now these words are NOT goals like “build list” or “lose weight” or “be an author” – but a word that will be your mantra for YOU all year long.
May 2016 be YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!
PS. If you're looking for some more resources to make 2016 awesome, may I suggest these –
Awesomizing your Business
- Michael Hyatt's Your Best Year Ever
- The Miracle Morning Book
- The Miracle Morning Facebook Group (You can join this without buying the book.)
- Leonie Dawson's Create your Shining Year Planners
- Brain.fm – Helps you focus or relax. Interesting concept. I'll let you know how I like it after I've used it some more. 🙂
Awesomizing your Life.
PS again. It's fun to make a screen saver out of your words. (I used http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/ this year but you could also use an app on your phone, too.)
Here's mine for 2015.