I mentioned in an earlier post that there is some buzz about selecting a word for the new year. This practice is designed to focus your efforts - to make you intentional around your goals and resolutions. I shared a great resource from Susannah Conway that helps you identify your word and truly she helps you review the hits and misses from the previous year and refine your vision for the new year.
After spending a lot of time reflecting and reading, I settled on Thanks. I like this word because it reminds me to be grateful, and heaven knows that I have a lot to be grateful for. Also, sometimes when I feel stuck, it helps to say, "Thanks." In a awkward or difficult situation, say, "Thanks." Who will argue with you if you are saying, "Thanks." I just need to say, "Thanks." more. I also have two ideas about how to pursue my goal.
1. I am writing one note a week to a friend or mentor who has helped me. By January 2014, I will have sent 52 notes to people who are superstars to me and my plan is to thank them specifically and clearly for how they have helped me.
2. I am completing one act of kindness per week. By January 2014, I will have completed 52 acts of kindness - random or carefully planned, for strangers or those closest to me. I think acts of kindness are another way to say, "Thanks."
I am convinced that "Thanks." leads to "Wow." If you don't believe me, read Help. Thanks. Wow. by Anne Lamott. And, truthfully, we could all use a little more appreciation and a little more "Wow." in our lives.
If you are working on your plans for the new year, I recommend two blog posts from Tim Elmore. One post offers ideas about how to review the previous year while the other focuses on planning for the new year.
And, if you need some inspiration, read my friend's blog about how she lost 35 pounds through intentional living. So proud of her!