I’ve heard a lot of talk on different podcasts and motivational videos during 2017, the idea of having a word of the year. It’s not a new or even a very revolutionary concept. But it is something that is new to me that I think could be really inspiring. The basic premise is; choosing a word to be at the core of your life and decisions during the year.
For example the words I have heard used are “Prune” “Focus” “Brave“. The thought behind it is if you use the words to steer your motives, actions and decisions. This leads to the word ultimately helping you to consciously reframe your life. If you start to fall away from the plans you have created or the values you have committed to in your life these words will pull you back.
Me being me, I couldn’t just do it the same way as everyone else and therefore decided to choose three words, which all interlink. My words for 2018 are;
intentional : consistent : simplify
These are the three main things I want to focus on. Why? Because I truly believe by focusing on these areas and practicing them I will find that I am able to actually live life, rather than reacting to it.
2018 is the year that I want to go into it with my eyes wide open. If I am intentional with my thoughts and actions then I will be more aware. I will spend less time putting out mini fires and more time stoking the fires of things and people I am passionate about.
Being intentional will also give me a sense of control I often don’t feel like I have. I will know that only I am truly in charge of my thoughts and simple actions. It gives me back accountability. Which will hopefully encourage me to realise if I want a different output, I need a different input.
I am pretty sure that every year my main goal is ‘to be more organised‘. I go off and buy some new shiny stationary and profess “This is the year, I will become more organised”. However, I am realising that there is so much more than new stationary to achieve this. If I implement the above three elements they will ultimately lead to a life that by default is more organised and even more importantly filled with joy.
After much thought about this subject (hence it being posted after the New Year). I have decided that all of these words have one thing that will truly pull them together. An overarching word that must happen in order for these words to remain at the core of what I do.
The main thing I need to do is to take action. In order to be intentional I have to take action and choose how I want to be spending my time. When I notice I am casually wasting my time doing something fruitless, then I have to intentionally choose to do some thing else. Therefore physically taking action to ensure I am staying true to my intentions.
The only way to be consistent is to keep choosing to take action over and over again. If I want to be consistent with the washing I have to do it everyday, I can’t congratulate myself for getting to the bottom of the washing pile and then take four days off (this is something I actually do), I am setting myself up to fail.
And again in order to minimise I have to take action. I have to physically remove the clutter from my life. I need to sort through items, do tip and charity shop runs and even take the time to declutter and minimise my external inputs. This may mean journalling, limiting social media or minimising the apps on my phone. The key is taking the time to complete to action that will lead to me minimising the the different things taking up my most important resource… time.
I guess what I am saying is, if I want to see changes in my life this year. I have to take ACTION and create the changes I want to see.
I hope this makes sense? I hope in some way this inspires you to take action too. If any of this resonates with you I would love to know what your theme/word/goal is for 2018 and how our plan to achieve it. On that note it is time for me to go and put another load of washing on.
Much love and many thanks