Wow. January already, huh? To end 2013 on a high note, I (and the family and friends who surround me in the photo, above) stood on a 1 1/2 inch thick piece of glass 102 floors above ground at the Willis Tower in Chicago. It was thrilling to literally hang suspended in space with the city lights all around. Including beneath our feet!
Speaking of hanging out, if you’ve been doing that with me for awhile, you’ll know that I’m a fierce advocate of choosing a One Word Theme for your life each year.
(If not, check out this post I wrote describing why.
And the follow-up article I wrote next explaining why my One Word Theme for 2013 was “Thank You”. (Even though we both know Thank You is really two words…)
If you chose a One Word Theme last year, what was it? And how present was that word in your daily awareness?
This would be a good time to reflect on the impact that word had on the direction your decisions – and your life – took. And to commit, if necessary, to using your One Word Theme more actively this year!
If your One Word was in front of your eyes frequently last year, I know you know how powerfully one word can steer your life in whatever direction you want to go.
And I know you’ll already be thinking of choosing a new one for 2014!
If you haven’t chosen a One Word Theme before, a good way to screen possible contenders is by noticing how they feel.
For example, is there a word that makes you feel all lit up and excited? (Travel, say? Or… Learn. Eat. Laugh. Risk. Play…)
Or, perhaps this year you’d prefer a word that would make you feel more peaceful and calm all year. (If so, how about a word like: Forgive. Relax. Slower. Appreciate. Or even a word you might not consider. Like, say, ‘Me’.)
If one word could guide your decisions for this coming year, what word would feel best right now?
A good One Word Theme may feel more like acknowledgement of a direction that your life has been calling you towards anyway. Perhaps by choosing your word, you are simply declaring a movement already underway and giving it a name.
Two years ago, my One Word Theme was Give. (I described that choice in detail here. Including the assertive action it led me to take.)
This year, my personal One Word Theme is….
Reinvent. It feels right because I love the prospect of having an entire year to throw all the balls of my life up in the air, juggle them and see how they land in a unexpected ways. Having the entire year means there’s no pressure to decide on anything quickly either.
Instead, 2014 is my year to reinvent myself in brand new ways I’ve never considered before.
When you choose your word, I recommend phrasing it as a verb because it will automatically prompt you to take action. This year, for example, I’ve written my word ‘Reinvent’ on a new post-it note and stuck it on my laptop. At a glance, it invites me to consider if I want to Reinvent whatever I’m focussed on in the moment.
Naturally, this means I’ll be reinventing the Consciousness Playground too! I’m not sure what will happen here as a result, but I’m excited to find out. And I promise to share the news as I juggle and play.
So… now it’s your turn.
What One Word captures the essence of how you want to feel and be in 2014?
It’s easy to claim the word that speaks to you as your theme for 2014. And doing this could easily be the most pivotal decision you make all year.
Write your word down and post it somewhere you’ll see it several times a day as a reminder. I always use a post-it note on my computer, but you might want to use your word as the screen-saver on your phone or computer. Or hand-write a note that hangs on your bathroom mirror.
When you’ve done that, double declare your One Word Theme by sharing it as a Comment below. Doing so will inspire you… and me too. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to this year.
See you here again soon!