The Journey Continues – Thoughts on the New Year

Happy New Year - 2014

Happy New Year – 2014

I love that “new year feeling.”  You know what I’m talking about.  It’s the feeling of promises not broken, dreams waiting to be fulfilled and a fresh, clean start.  Collectively we all seem to be tempted by the resolutions and a desire to finally make important changes in our lives.

This year I am trying something a little different.  I am not sure where the idea originated but I’ve seen a lot of people choose a word, two words or three words around which they set their intentions for the year.  That is to say, instead of resolving to lose weight perhaps their “word” for the year is “health”.  They then set up each day of the year with the intention surrounding the word “health”.  It may seem like a slight mind-shift but from what I’ve observed in others it is a major result booster.  Think about it, to choose “your word” you have to think beyond “I’ve got to lose 10 pounds” to a single word with limitless possibilities.  I believe that it opens one up to various and possibly yet unknown courses of action and outcomes.

As for me, I’ve chosen three words for my year.  They are as follows:

Consistency – For me (and I bet for most of us) it’s not so much that I don’t know what to do, it’s that I don’t do “it” consistently enough.  Notice that by choosing the one word I’m not limiting myself to areas of my life where I will be more consistent.  So naturally as I think on consistency each day of this year, I will hopefully consider consistency in all areas of my life such as: (1) consistently exercising (2) consistently marketing my business (3) consistently doing the laundry before it becomes a horrible, evil and huge task that ruins an entire weekend day (4) consistently cooking at home – get the picture?

Priority – I chose this word because I want to make a conscious daily intention of putting those things first that matter most to me.  Again notice that by choosing the “one word” it removes all limitations and leaves things open for interpretation.  For example, my husband is one of my highest priorities.  I tend to be a workaholic.  Priority will remind me to choose Thor over that extra hour of work because he’s more important to me.  Similarly, priority will also help me to choose the right projects for me to spend my time on.  I could go on and on.

Evaluation – I love how we as a society take this time of year to evaluate the past as we look towards the future.  But what if we evaluated all of our actions and intentions on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis.  Rather than wait for the end of the year, we could make corrections and adjustments much sooner with more frequent evaluation.  So as I concentrate on this word daily, maybe I evaluate my weight-loss efforts with more frequent weigh-ins or measurements.  Perhaps I’ll test my business marketing and sales efforts more often.  I’ll even evaluate my progress in keeping my priorities straight and remaining consistent in my efforts.  Get the picture?

You can borrow “my words” if you want to.  However, I would suggest that you spend a little time…not too much time though…in choosing one, two or three words of your own for 2014.  I’d love to hear them if you want to share them.  If you want to share them with the entire community, you can comment on the blog below or leave a voice-message (see black button to your right) for inclusion in a future podcast episode.  I hope you do choose a word(s) and choose to share them.  That way we can all learn through and from you and we can get to know you better too.  That is what networking and this community is all about, after all!

As we continue our journey on this planet earth as it revolves yet again around the sun, I wish all good things for all of us in 2014 including health, happiness and prosperity in all areas of life!

Happy New Year!



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