“You can’t change what’s going on around you
until you start changing what’s going on within you.” Zig Ziglar
I was inspired to share a gift from one of my clients and friend with you. This gift to you this week is something, not your usual holiday message so here’s to learning and growing! If you already know this, then share it!
I work with the idea of working with Nature and the 5 Seasons and Winter is the perfect time to draw our energy inwards, to rest, restore but also to be creative! This is the time we germinate those seeds we want to plant next spring and there are many inspiring strategies worth discovering. One is these creative approaches is the Word of the Year.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams
“Justice, Toxic and Misinformation”: These are the 2018 “Words of the Year,” according to Merriam-Webster, the Oxford Dictionary and Dictionary.com, respectively. What do these words say about the state of our culture and society today? Not exactly my perspective as I would rather you choose more positive words to inspire you. So here’s what you can do to create your Word of the Year that can truly inspire YOU.
Let this process be a tool to inspire you, motivate you & stretch you! Let it become a meaningful journey, there is no right way or wrong way to do this! You just have to stick to the ‘rules’ keeping in mind what my mentor, Roger James Hamilton’s mentor said:
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Richard Branson
This should be only one word, not 2 not 3. This is different from a Mantra for the Year. This forces us to be really succinct and clear. This word should inspire and challenge you the most. You can start with one word and it can change through the year if a better word should suit you better. Just don’t change it every week!
This word summarizes what this year has been like and at the same time, inspire you and ‘pull’ you into next year. Keep it focused on the future so that it can guide you forward and not dwelling on the past. Ask yourself these questions as you think of that word.
1. What might (this word) look like when it comes to health, relationships, money, business, my spiritual life etc.
2. What has challenged you the most? Can you define it in one word and how can you ‘reframe’ it more positively?
3. What do I need to do that’s different around this word? How does it shape my view?
Finally, make this word visual and daily practice in your journaling. If you create a visual, use it on your phone and vision board. Your mind works subconsciously on achieving these goals and inspirations. Trust me but you can always look it up! It’s called the Reticular Activating System.
If you want help creating a vision board and finding a positive Word of the Year, please reach out and let’s chat! This is my gift to you! Happy New Year!