Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. ~ Pearl Strachan Hurd
It’s that time of year when we start to think about resolutions. What we want new and different in the coming year.
This year, instead of a list of resolutions, how about choosing a Word of the Year.
This focus word will serve as a touchstone for all the changes you want to see in the coming months.
Why the shift from resolutions? Because they don’t work. You know why? Because they address only one part of your life. The DO level.
I will DO this thing (lose weight) …
So that I can HAVE this other thing (self-esteem) …
and then I can BE this thing (confident).
The DO-HAVE-BE model doesn’t address the core issues and doesn’t change our approach.
A better solution and better model is — BE-DO-HAVE:
I will BE this thing now (my goal weight)
By DOING this thing now (change my eating habits)
So that I can HAVE these other things (all the things a fit body can desire).
When we start from the BE level, imagining ourselves already there, then this shifts our thinking patterns creating a new reality and the DO (what would a person at this weight eat, exercise, sleep, think about themselves) and HAVE levels follow more easily.
By choosing one umbrella word serving as a touchstone, shining a light by which we determine our actions, and being a constant reminder to live life at the BE level, will support all the new changes we are wanting and working to make.
Get quiet over the next few days. Choose your Word of the Year. Just one word. That’s all. If you need some extra guidance in your word search, download the worksheet below.
Answering the questions following the list will assist you in identifying and matching you with your Word of the Year.
And please … share! I would love to know what you came up with.
Grace. I’m going to, ‘Be Do Have’ – Grace/Graciousnouss: As I am only human, and I need “room” to err as well as, to grow and learn.
Thank you Biz, this is a fabulous concept!
Grace is an awesome word! This is actually the second time it’s come up since I posted this article. I looked it up and it can fill so many different facets of one’s personality. You can live your life with grace, you can move your body with grace, you can handle your emotions with grace. It fits on all three legs of that stool (mind, body, spirit) … wonderful! I hope you come back periodically during the year to let us know your year of grace is moving along! Thanks for the connection!
I have loved the Word of the Year ever since you introduced me to it – I find it inspiring and encouraging to “live into” my word rather than trying to “do” something.
My WOY 2016 is …
1. To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive
2. To do or fare well; prosper
3. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence
4. To make bold, sweeping movements
Flourish is PERFECT! I love it Marcia … 2016 is going to be YOUR year!