In celebration of an annual New Year’s ritual, one of my friends posed a question on Facebook, “What’s your word for the coming year?” I too choose a word every year to focus my efforts. It’s an effective way to prioritize activities, simplify decision-making, and inspire hope.
Last year my word was “impact.” Looking back, I can (happily) say with confidence I made a dent! In my work at Balance Integration, our team created programming that impacted tens of thousands of people through activities like health immersions, resiliency events, creativity stations, screenapalooza's, and step challenges (among others). I’m so lucky to have such meaningful and fun work at BI!
This year my word is “clarity.” Clarity around what makes me happy; my roles at work and play; and as a wife, friend, daughter, sister, step mom, aunt, colleague and coach. Clarity about what my body tells me. For example, upon noticing whether my clothes fit too snug or loose, yes those certainly are signs I've gained, lost or reconfigured my weight. But what do they really mean?
- Am I ingesting inflammatory foods?
- Getting enough sleep?
- Moving enough (or in the right activities)?
- Over indulging?
- Stress eating (or not)?
I am willing to clear-headedly face the answers and take actions.
I enjoyed seeing the responses to my friend’s question on Facebook. They ranged in sentiment, and interestingly very few duplicative:
What is your word, and how deep are you willing to go with it? Play along by asking your friends, family and colleagues for theirs, and please share.
Add it to your weekly calendar alert to remind and focus you, and if you find within a few weeks it not working for you, change it.
Just one more tool in your arsenal toward making small changes, and thus yielding big differences by this time next year.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™