Each year I like to do an exercise that I call “Choose Your Word” to help me achieve my goals though out the year. This is a word that can help motivate you, or steer you in the right direction, or even give you the courage to dream big. The idea is that you choose your word and and put it in a place that you will see it though out the day. Maybe that would be a card that you put on your bathroom mirror, or a screen saver that you put on your phone. Something that makes you think of this word on a consistent basis.
As you have a decision to make, think of that word that you have chosen and let it be your guide on how to tackle your objective. Let’s say for example that your word for the year is Family. This is a powerful word to help you keep your priorities straight and choose activities that make a difference in your life. Pretend that you get a phone call and it’s a request to make something for the upcoming bake sale. This bake sale is for your daughter’s 3rd grade class to earn money for a field trip that they are planning. One look at your chosen word of Family and it’s a lot easier to come to an answer of yes, that you can help.
The next call that you receive is to take on a part time job. They tell you that they are really in a bind, and they need someone to start tomorrow and it will be for 4 weeks, right through the middle of your children’s spring break. Take a look at your chosen word of Family and think through the pros and cons that your decision is going to make for your family.
Each year your word can be different, and that is the fun of this exercise. I am a bit of a control freak…so usually my words have been powerhouse action words. But this year, is going to be very different for me. There are a lot of things that are changing, and I am scared to say that a lot of things are going to be out of my control this year. Not such a cool place for a control freak, right!?! So I really struggled with my word choice this year. I still plan on controlling, scheduling, and instructing everything that I can, but when I need to deal with something I can’t steer my way, my word this year is Believe. Hopefully this word is going to help me to take a breath and not go down the panic route when there is really not much that I can do about the circumstance.
Now it’s your turn to Choose Your Word. Here is a list of ideas to get you started. They are in no particular order, so just read though the list and see what words inspire you and think through how they might help you to make decisions though out your year.
If you found a word that you liked on this list – great. If not, take some time to brainstorm words that really speak to you. There are no right words, or wrong words. Take a chance and see where you can grow from there.
If you are comfortable with sharing your word, I’d love to see it in the comments below. I hope that 2020 is a wonderful year for all of us as we are designing for plenty.