Do you make New Year's resolutions? I can’t say that I ever have. But in the past couple of years, through working with clients, I have discovered the power of affirmations and positive language and the powerful effect they can have on life's journeys.
For us, the last 18 months have been full of impactful events: We bought a house and moved; we celebrated wedding #1 AND wedding #2; and we suffered the death of our family patriarch. Throw in a couple extra 100 hours of study, new clients, teaching classes...and I’m ready to take a DEEP breath.
The death in the family prompted me to pause and reflect on what I wanted for myself in 2016.
So I used the holiday season to reflect on moving forward—and I chose 3 words to anchor myself throughout the year. Here's what I came up with:
STRENGTH – Yes, confession, I am not as physically strong as I used to be, because I’ve neglected my workouts. And I used to be a gym rat! So, I’m being intentional about scheduling in some yoga and weight lifting. My spiritual strength comes from staying in the Word.
BALANCE – You can’t do those yoga poses without balance, but in this case, I mean having good boundaries in my life. Balancing my work, study, and family.... Knowing when to say no to yet another class or client.... When to say yes to time with friends, a good meal and enjoying a sunset....
EXECUTE – Last year, I was all over the place—teaching classes, speaking engagements, learning new protocols. It was exhilarating and exhausting. So this year, I want to execute what I already have in place. What I know. Maybe even take a few risks if the next project isn’t perfect. Just do it!
Have you chosen your words? To get you started you, you may want to consider taking the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 quiz.
Last year, I took that quiz and discovered that my strengths are:
Knowing more about yourself, might trigger your 3 words. Or one word! Either way, it's a start.
My words are on my vision board and written in my calendar as reminders of my 2016 intentions.
Do you already have your 3 words for this year? I’d love to hear about them, and why you chose them. Share in the comments below!