The pen is mightier than the sword. We have heard that preached from the highest mountaintops. Words are indeed powerful. You can use them to promise, inspire, motivate, compliment, insult, remind, and words have even started wars and ended them. We are affected daily by words, so why not use words we choose to influence ourselves in a way we desire? Words can guide us if we give them that power.
Back to Center
With that in mind, rather than make New Year’s Resolutions I won’t keep because I put too high of demands on myself, I choose a new word each year to guide me. When I get off course in my life, I remind myself of my Word of the Year and it guides and motivates me. I use my word to bring myself back to center and get back on course.
For example, two years ago, my word was Health, and I used it to stay healthy by staying socially isolated, eating well, taking my vitamins, and getting my vaccinations. It worked very well for me so I continued last year with Gratitude. When I looked closely, I found so many people and things to be grateful for, and reminding myself of them gave me a positive boost every time I said the word aloud.
The Trick to Making it Stick
I’m big on setting goals and objectives, and I’m a huge fan of writing them down. Writing down your goals tricks your mind into recognizing their importance. The same goes for the word you choose. Make it as effective as possible by following these two steps:
- Write your word down and paste it where you can see it often
- Every time you see the word, say it aloud
That’s it, just two steps to making your word into a powerful motivator.
My word for this year is Service. If I could have two words, I’d use Exceptional Service. I am committed to providing my clients service that far exceeds expectations. That means putting a renewed emphasis on listening, probing, and caring enough to keep asking and helping dig deep for answers. Those who have worked with me know I am relentless in my pursuit of answers to your questions about where you are, where you want to be, and the best route to get you there.
What’s Your Word?
Here are some of the most popular words I have heard so far this year:
What word will you choose for this year? These words are not patented, reserved, or blocked in any way, and they are yours for the taking. It’s not as important what the word is, but what feeling it evokes in you. Will the word keep you centered? How else will it help you?
When Should You Choose a Word?
Whatever word you choose, here’s another one that goes well with yours: Now! What are you waiting for? The sooner you choose your word for the year, the sooner it will begin working for you.
So Many Words, So Few Years
Select your word wisely but don’t overthink it. Unlike changing horses midstream, you can change your word if it’s not working for you. When choosing your word, take into account your present situation, what you want for the year, and how that word will influence you.
One Last Word
Perseverance, sticking with something for as long as it takes, will be part of your life for as long as you desire anything more than the cards you are dealt. Being Mindful of all you have, with Gratitude in your heart, let your word help you strive for Better.
I continue to be Grateful you are in my life.