Happy New Year!
The beginning of a new year is the continuation of last year, but with a clean space. I like to think of it more as being a time to look out on how you want the new year to turn out. What you want it to look like for you.
Since this is a short week for the beginning of the new year, and I had the 1st off, I decided to take some time to do some cleaning up in my life. Starting with my computer; I wanted to be clean, fresh, organized, and ready to go for this upcoming year. I am also using the rest of the week to clean up my life in a sense that I am taking the time to decide what I want to complete in the upcoming year, things that have to be finished for me to feel fresh and alive and ready to go.
I’m not saying I have a lot of uncompleted tasks that I feel I need to complete, but they’re are just some things that I want to make sure are tightened up and ready to go for this new coming year. If you read my last blog post, CONSCIOUSNESS – My word of the year for 2014, you know that I am really big on focusing on a word for the year rather than setting myself several goals to complete through the year.
A lot of that has to do with the fact that over the past few years I have set myself so many goals at the beginning of the new year and end up with the feeling that I have just let myself down, once again, by not completing them. A few years ago I decided that I was not going to let that happen anymore. I read this wonderful article about choosing your word of the year by a one of my favorite mentors, Christine Kane at christinekane.com, and it just spoke to me! It gave me a whole new perspective on how to accomplish all the things I dream about for the upcoming year.
That is why I am so passionate about selecting a word of the year for me to focus on. I believe, and feel so much more accomplished and that I have had such a successful year by focusing on one simple word. The word I choose encompasses everything. It allows me to set tasks for myself, create goals for myself, and take actions that are going to help me be successful and accomplish everything I want to accomplish in the new year. Each day I am able to ask myself questions that bring me back to my focus word for the year. Questions such as, “What is my word?” “Am I focused on my word?” “Is this activity the best thing I can do right now to give me the best results?”
My word for 2014 is CONSCIOUSNESS and the completion of my daily routines, activities, tasks, and anything else related to my life will revolve around me being conscious; away are of the present. All the goals I set for myself will revolve around me being conscious; I will consciously be aware of the goals I am setting, of the actions I am taking, and the life I am creating. This will give me a true value of myself and give me the ability to be the most successful person that I can be this year, the person whom I want to be.
You, too, can be the most successful person in anything you want to accomplish this year. Give yourself a chance; choose a word that will encompass everything you are about, everything you want to accomplish, and everything you want to be this year. If you have set yourself a resolution or a goal for the year, here is my gift to you…
Take out a pen and paper right NOW. Write down all the words that come to your mind that encompass you, who you are, where you want to be, what you want to accomplish in this upcoming year. This could be a word or a phrase of 1 to 2 words maybe even three. Take a day to write that list; write down every would that comes to your mind throughout the day. Tonight, right before bed, go through that list and highlight the five words that stick out to you most. The words that resonate with you the most, the ones that speak to you and when you read them cause your mind to just go, “OH YEAH!”
Then, tomorrow morning when you wake up (try to make it within the first 5 to 15 minutes of getting up, waking up out of bed) write down those five words and circle the one that speaks to you the most. If you have selected one of the phrases you have written down, create a word that encompasses that phrase. You want to end up having just one word.
The second part of this, after you have chosen that one word, write it down on the biggest piece of paper you can find, set it as your screen saver, post sticky notes around your room with the word written on them, put it as the background on your phone, put it where you will see it every day. Seeing that word every day will help you focus and recommit yourself to that one word. It is much easier for your body and brain to see one word and feel the emotions/feelings connected to that word than it is a goal, or resolution, or a task. I’m not saying that you can’t have goals or resolutions for the year, just make sure they all relate to that one word. When you see that one word it will help you remember and focus on all of your other goals that you made for the upcoming year, it will help you connect to yourself, it will help you become the most successful person in whatever you set in front of yourself for the year.
Give the WORD OF THE YEAR a chance! When you have determined your word for the year, share in the comment section below.