Around this time last year I wrote about my “word of the year”. Being loyal to myself and this good habit I sat around the table with myself again in early January to see which word could truly inspire me this year.
I did not hesitate long, my word for this year will be “focus”. From a long list of possible words this word has chosen me, not the other way around.
You can read about the how and why of this exercise in my Inspiration of last year, but here’s the purpose and the impact in a nutshell. At the start of each new year we often make a list of resolutions, which are generally things we want to do, or want to do differently.
There is nothing wrong with resolutions as such, but they usually come from our thoughts and are triggered by a lot of “SHOULD HAVE Tos”. As a result, they often include a judgment, something we don’t like about ourselves and want to change. Think about what I wrote before in ‘Django and the resistance of the cat’. The more you resist something, the more it resists back and will persist or even grow.
It is very exceptional for true change to be brought about by our will or from the resistance of a “should have to”. A word however contains energy, images and meaning. It has an impact on our BEING level. It reflects an intention that gives direction to your life.
That does not mean that you will no longer take action, quite the contrary. Your actions will be inspired from the BEING level and I can guarantee that this works well. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this exercise enthusiastically for the third year in a row now.
The exercise itself is made up of different steps and corresponding questions that really make you stop and think why living that word will make you do things differently. And as Einstein used to say: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
By doing the exercise and answering the questions, you think about your old patterns and triggers and you look for new pro-active habits that you can integrate in your life as a support to embrace your word fully.
The last question is about a challenge that makes you push your borders and that you are willing to take on in the coming year. “Shoot for the moon and if you miss, you will still be among the stars” Les Brown said. This is about the creative power that comes from great commitment. I have taken up a major challenge myself. Have I made you curious? I will tell you all about it in due time.
Are you interested to choose your own ‘word of the year’? Just send an email to email@example.com and I will forward the tool.
See you in 2 weeks.