If you could make 2021 THE year to lower your stress and increase your contentedness with life, achieve more success in your job, excel in one area as a parent that you’ve noticed lately your child now needs, or more of whatever it is you desperately want for the next 12 months…with a single word…would you do it? Well you can! Instead of coming up with a bulleted list of New Year Resolutions, let’s try something that’s easier: saying one word that encompasses everything you are trying to accomplish in your life this year. Sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? But after one week of trying it, it’s working for me.
Every year, 87 percent of adults make New Year’s resolutions, and half have failed at those resolutions before January is even over. I think that’s a little higher in my experience 😉 . There’s a simpler and more powerful approach, the author of the book, One Word that Will Change Your Life, discovered. Instead of that bulleted list, Jon Gordon says to focus on just one word to inspire and motivate you for the next 12 months. People can forget resolutions, or even sentences, they explain, but a single word is easy to remember. Source #2. They even have a book version of this idea for children if you want to try it with your child.
So how do you come up with your word? I promise to tell you mine at the end, but I want to explain to you how to create yours first, so here’s a quick run down on what Minda Zetlin’s article summarizes from the book so beautifully:
1st Step: Unplug from your daily life
This could mean going for a walk in nature, spending some time at meditation, or even sitting alone at a coffee joint. Whatever works for you, it’s important to give yourself the time to get off on your own, away from email, texts, and phone calls, so you can really hear what’s in your heart.
2nd Step: Ask yourself three questions
1. What do I need? Not want, need.
2. What’s in my way?
3. What has to go?
3rd Step: Open your heart and mind and let your word come to you
Sometimes the best words choose you, the authors say. Still your mind, listen to your heart and let the word bubble up.
4th Key Step: Keep your word in front of you throughout the year
Write your word on a piece of paper you tape to the inside of a kitchen cabinet. Tape it on your computer monitor. Make it your phone’s screen lock. Tell your close friends and immediate family so they can ask about it or remind you to act on your word. I have my word written in eyeliner on my bathroom mirror. Do what works for YOU, but do it in more than one place.
So how did I find out about this? As a business owner, I subscribe to different business magazines, groups and websites. Inc. Magazine’s Minda Zetlin’s daily (M – F) texting service that I joined for $5/month has proven to be one of the BEST things I’ve ever participated in. She sends daily thoughts and challenges on how to improve your job, your company, and yourself (if you want to try it out for free, go to her article link I posted below and scroll to the bottom of her article and you’ll see the sign up).
My word is STABILITY. Stability for my family, my finances, my business, my state of mind. 😉 Stability…so simple yet so powerful. If the cold weather is talking me out of my morning walk, I remember my word and think about how that walk will help me physically, how it meditatively helps me clear my thoughts, how it will stabilize me in so many ways that I need to have my best day, and I put on my mittens and go. I say it to myself before stepping into Sunrise for an Admin meeting so that I ask the most prudent questions, make the best choices, and support them with all of the decisions and actions they will make. I have substituted it for other words I would mutter under my breath after arguing with my 16 year old about whatever it is he wants to argue about, and it defuses things much more quickly. Stability, helping me to create my new world in 2021 a smoother, less bumpy ride. What is YOUR word? Once you have it, graffiti it in key places and see how it works for you. It’s so much easier to remember one word, just one little word to guide your thoughts and future actions, than a list.
You are so important to so many people, especially little people, in your life. My greatest wish for you this year is that you get what you need to thrive. If you decide to try this, I hope it helps you in your quest.