Choosing words over resolutions for 2015
Written by Tribe Leader, Liska Turner.
December has arrived and this year it has been much more a time of reflection for me than usual. I am not alone in this and other Tribe members have also written here at the Blog and on our Facebook community about more ‘being’ and less ‘doing’.
As we slide into Christmas I have been spending my days thinking about what this year has and hasn’t been. I have made a very conscious choice to simplify my life and create some mental space. I suppose you could say I am clearing the decks in anticipation for ‘new’ to arrive.
So I turned my thoughts to the idea of what I wanted 2015 to look like.
Last year January I spent each morning of our week on the beach writing in the Leonie Dawson Shining Life and Biz Workbook. It is a beautiful, colourful printed work book that steps you very clearly through a goal setting process for your personal and work life. It might be wrapped up in slight hippy herbal rainbow graphic design but she has sold over 40,000 e and printed versions since she released the first edition six years ago and demand is growing. It is at heart, underneath the outward fluff, a very practical and effective goal setting book.
This year I wanted something simpler in line with my new ‘life stripped back’ philosophy. So I went exploring and am now considering the following options as I look to set my course for 2015 and find my truth north:
Danielle La Porte’s Desire Map offers this – “What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?”. She suggests you pick four or five words that resonate with your soul and describe how you want to feel. On her Pinterest account she has Union, Joy, Shakti, Golden and Truth as her words.
Chris Brogan has his My Three Words exercise. In his words “The idea is that the words you choose will go past being a simple goal and will become part of the way you identify yourself, and thus, a guiding light for your efforts ……. Maybe you want to publish your first book in 2014. That might make one of your words “published.”
But the question is, will that remind you DAILY to take an action? Maybe you make the word “300,” as in “write 300 words a day, every day, with no excuses.”
See how that works? Maybe the same “300” that reminds you to write your words will elicit the “300” movie, with Spartan warriors, more abs than you can count, and a strong reminder to hit the gym every day. See? Now you’re covering two bases with one word. Heck, maybe you can write your significant other and/or your kids 300 little notes throughout the year to show you love them. Wow! That means you’ve got three parts of your life covered!
And this is important: it has to mean something to you. Who cares if others don’t get it?”
And if you want to make it even simpler then head on over to My One Word where you pick just one word that centres on your character and creates a vision for your future. This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus.
Similarly One Word 365 encourages you to choose one word that will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps. It also offers community as you can join with a global tribe who have also chosen the same word or live in your area.
So as you look towards 2015 you may be inspired to look past New Year’s Resolutions and find your own guiding words to help you navigate your own constellation of stars.