What one word describes your approach to a new year? While there is nothing magical about the start of a new year, many people find a new year is like a clean slate – a chance to reflect on where you are in your life and where you want to go.
Choosing one word or phrase to anchor your goals into the year ahead allows you to set an intention, be focused and guided by this word/phrase, while allowing flexibility for the unknown of your future. It allows you to state what you want to embrace more of in the year ahead. This approach of choosing a word or phrase is a little more holistic in its approach compared to setting random resolutions.
You may be perfectly content with where you are in your life, in which case, a guiding “one word” or phrase might be something like “embrace what I have”.
For 2019, my one word was “live”, which I used to help me [try to] balance out the competing priorities in my life. I would embrace this word when I got out in the mountains instead of being at my desk. I would embrace this word when I built in time for social connection, instead of getting everything perfect on the home front. I would ask myself “how am I living?” when I let work take over other important areas of my life.
When I work with clients, we are usually in the territory of exploring change. We explore eating patterns, how you eat, why you eat, the beliefs you hold about food and health, and skills that could help move you toward a healthier version of yourself. Exploring change involves creating space in your life for change, and examining how your mindset is supporting you or holding you back from the future you desire.
Even when it is really important to you, change is hard as it usually involves breaking down beliefs and self-talk that is no longer serving you.
For 2020, I decided to embrace doing hard things for myself, in part, to walk along in spirit with the hard changes that I support my clients in making. I have chosen to anchor into the “one word” phrase “Find my edge”.
There are areas of my life where I am “comfortable”. I am curious about stepping out of this comfort to see what might come in this new territory. I know this is going to involve discomfort of moving into the unknown and breaking down mental barriers that exist to keep me “safe” and comfortable.
While I don’t love “pain”, sometimes the pain of staying where you are currently is worse than the pain of pushing into unknown territory. That is where I am at right now.
Finding my edge captures my intention for aiming for my personal best. This spirit will guide me in developing and launching some new programs in 2020 (stay tuned!), for continuing to explore plant-based foods in my kitchen (follow these on Instagram), and for my fitness (more to come on that later).
My previous leadership coach, Leona DaVinne sent me a list of questions to reflect on in preparation for 2020. With her permission, I am sharing these with you to help you think about your word/phrase:
If you do embark on this exercise, I would love to hear what your one word or phrase is for the year ahead.