Like millions of others at some point, you most likely have set a New Year’s resolution with a strong intention that this will be the year!
Fast forward 90 days to find those good intentions have fallen by the wayside, it may be some comfort to know that you are not alone. Over 50% of resolutions have been broken within 30 days; by 90 days, the number is over 85%.
One Word That Will Change Your Life by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon offers a different approach to making meaningful changes in the new year. I have personally benefitted from this practice for over a decade and in previous management roles have trained on it year after year. Believe it or not this simple concept works!
Here’s an overview of the process:
Step 1- Look In
You will need to disconnect and unplug to truly accomplish this step. It can be a bit intimidating to do but reserve an hour for this step. With no distractions, ideally in a soothing environment grab a pen and paper (no electronic notes since you are unplugged) a cup of tea, coffee, or water, and ask yourself the following 3 questions.
What do I need more of, not want but need?
What’s in my way? What are the things that keep me from getting those things I need more of?
What has to go? Looking at the second question which of these can I release or have less of?
As you go through each question jot down your answers. Don’t restrict yourself to only physical answers, consider emotions as well. If you grant yourself the time and permission to consider each question with an open mind you may discover a few words come to mind that will bring you more of what you desire and less of through the next step.
Step 2- Look Up
This step may be considered to be of a spiritual or religious nature, but I think it’s more about our connection with the world beyond us. Regardless of your beliefs, it is an important part of the process. Ask yourself the following question:
What is my bigger purpose? If your belief is in a higher power, how does it view your purpose for being? For those that would prefer a less spiritual take on this, ask what your value to the world and community should be.
Be sure to jot down your answers to this step as well. Take a look at all your answers, are there a few words floating about? This is the tricky part, finding which of those words will be the one. Take your time and try on each word. I found it helpful to think of my word as a compass. When I needed to make a choice or decision, I asked myself which choice would move me closer to my word.
Step 3- Look Out
For this experience to be beneficial you need to be sure to keep your word front and center! I consider this step the fun one since we get to share it with others and allow our creativity to flow. Once you have settled on your word it’s time to share it! I would love it if you would share your word in the comments below. Find fun ways to keep it front and center as much as possible. Here are a few ideas that worked for me. I have written mine on a piece of paper and snapped a picture that I used as my screen saver, I wrote it in eyeliner on the bathroom mirror and taped it to my steering wheel in the car. I have found it was valuable to share my word with loved ones and my inner circle too. I know of one person that tattooed their word to their wrist!
Year after year my word has helped to center and guide me throughout the year. Remember for a compass to work you need to carry it with you! I encourage you to give this a try and again please share your word with us.
Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year!