When you embark on a new year AND a new decade, it’s a great opportunity to hit the reset button and start fresh with a clean slate. I like having a personal word, sometimes several, that helps guide my decisions during the year. The word(s) tend to “pop” into my head towards the end of the year, often as a result of how the current year played out.
My word for this year is BALANCE. When I’m in balance, I make powerful choices for myself in business and life. When I’m in balance, I feel great, which creates flow in every area of my life. When I’m adding projects, meetings, and meetups, I ask myself: “Will this create more balance for me?” And with that simple question, I know if it’s a yes or a no in a moment. It’s a super simple tool, and it works – try it!
We live in a time when it’s so easy to take on too much and then get overwhelmed while pushing ourselves by cramming too much work into a short timeframe to make it happen and hit deadlines. It can be a fine line between a fun “let’s go” to “too much to do, how am I going to get this all done?” mode. If you have #Achiever® and #Activator® in your Top 5-10, you know that it’s easy to say yes before you stop yourself and take on too much!
Taking time out every day
Doing something for yourself is important for longevity, whether it’s a workout, walking, hanging out with family and friends, seeing a movie, reading a book, or whatever supports your word and targets. I had a friend visit over the holidays, which forced me to drop all of my endless to-do lists and take a timeout to focus on entertaining. It was fun being a tourist in my backyard and visiting places that I hadn’t been to or seen in years. It helped create more balance for me as I was able to zone out for once due to the holidays and being off.
To help prioritize your daily tasks, in addition to hitting your sales targets, of course, having a word that guides you to your success can help you stay on track throughout the year with your overall targets, desires, and well-being.
What is your word?
To find your word, simply ask yourself: 1) What’s missing right now that would make a huge difference in your life, where you have your mojo fully, and 2) How would you feel if you were living in that mind space daily?
The word can be a feeling or state of mind and will create the foundation for success inside and outside of you if you choose to follow your inner guidance/gut feeling moment by moment. Let’s say you’ve lost your mojo; how do you feel when you have your mojo? On top of the world, happy, empowered, confident, etc.?
Pick the word you feel the strongest pull towards, the state ultimately most important to you. What you project and feel affect your ability to close business. Even when it’s not you, your prospect or client could be in that space of feeling like blah.
Ask: “Will this [action/choice] create more [your word] for me? and “Will this [action/choice] create more [your word] for my body?” If your word resonates with both questions, you’ve got the word for you.
Here are some words to get you going: peace, calm, playfulness, focus, empowerment, power, energy, confidence, mojo,…
Now go out there and spread the word 😀 If you’re game, post your word below in the comments.
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Have a great week!