Maybe it’s just me but this year there seemed to be a big anti-resolutions push. Like that’s so 2012. I get it. Resolutions don’t seem to work for many and when you think about it, any day is a good day to make a change if that’s what you want in your life.
My love of planners, list-making, and office supplies compels me to do something to acknowledge a shiny new year and the potential it provides. My friend Nancy Sheed sent me a book called One Word That Will Change Your Life. Because she’s found this process helpful I decided to do it too.
The book walks you through exercises for self reflection and suggests that your word isn’t chosen by you but rather selected for you. I thought I’d like that. Turns out I didn’t. I wanted a cool word like abundance or joy or rock-star.
Does it count if you don’t like your word?
According to the authors, I’m not the first person to get a word that didn’t seem to fit. Your word is what you need not what you already have. I decided to roll with it. My word?
Why don’t I like it?
To start, it’s hard to spell. There’s an extra i in there where you don’t expect it.
the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
That definition makes it sound like it’s going to be a year full of things to overcome. That’s not what I want. I’ve been talking about a life of joy and ease for over a year. And now this?
I decided to go to a great resource, my friend Missy Bradley-Ball. She’s a resilience expert. She teaches about resilience via the Heroic Journey. I went to her site and found multiple posts. This one caught my eye first.
The Gift of Resilience. Gift?
It’s so typical that I get an entirely new perspective from Missy. She explains that she learned about resilience as a child from the stories her father shared with her.
Story means something to me. It’s a big part of my work. Telling my client’s stories in a captivating way is part of what energizes me. It’s why I love writing for other people.
I never thought about the two being linked but it feels like a good place to start.
In the spirit of serendipity, a day after figuring out my word I received an email from Lisa Nelson at See In Colors with a cool template you can download, and write your word on a mini-poster. I loved it and emailed her asking if it was okay to share it with you and because she’s awesome she said yes. (no opt in required)
What’s your word?
Even better, what’s your story?
What single mind-blowing message are you keeping a secret?
It’s time to share. It’s time to give it life.
Someday is here and it’s got your name written all over it!
How can I support you as we celebrate 2017 and everything that’s coming your way?