Sticking to your word

I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I know the week after DST can be challenging for many reasons, but we’re almost through. MAYBE just maybe your body is beginning to pick up on the trick that was just played on it.

Anyway, this post is not about saying one thing and doing it as you may have thought upon clicking on that title. Instead, it’s about sticking to the word you chose for yourself for this year.

Yes, many folks choose a word for the year that encompasses how they want to feel and what they want to accomplish. It’s a little different than a goal or resolution and it’s a great way to get a jumpstart on becoming the person you want to be.

If you didn’t do this at the beginning of the year, that’s okay. Do it now. What’s the worst that can happen? Here’s a fun way to find yours.

Okay, now that everyone’s got their word, let’s move on to how to stick to it! Here it is:

Ask yourself each morning.

Yes, each morning, at a minimum ask yourself how you will ____. For example, my word for the year is free. There’s a lot of context to that, but that’s not the point of this post. So, each morning I journal, “How will I be free today?” and then I get about the business of answering it. Today’s example:

Today I am free to do work that I love. I will have a life coaching session, a business coaching session and a personal training session. (not being locked into one type of coach is a big reason I chose free) I get to run and workout outside in nature. I’ll spend a small block of time tidying up my home while listening to some amazing, spirit-lifting music and I’ll be free of any anxiety that comes from an unkempt home. I’ll feel so free that my cup overflows and I can pour out into my kids and husband my joy, love and excitement.

As you can see, this doesn’t take long, especially the more you do it. This one simple journal exercise takes maybe five minutes but it allows you to be intentional with your time and your day. This exercise gives you a clear focus in the morning to brainstorm any actions and thoughts you can have in order to really align yourself with your word.

If you chose a word but you’re not being intentional about living it, what was the point?

The point of the word is not that it simply manifests without your effort, at least I don’t think so. I think you do your part and God will do his part.

So, give it a try. If you can’t journal, maybe say it outloud (we need something more intentional than thoughts in your head if we can). Or, grab a partner and keep each other accountable and send voice messages in the morning. Either way, this practice will help you stick to your word. I’d love to hear what your word is in the comments!

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