Sometimes a small step at the right time or a piece of information just when you are ready for it can make the biggest difference.
Not so long ago I was in a failing marriage, stressed out workaholic, rushed mother and sick. I knew this was not how I was intended to live.
I made a decision to learn how to live differently. I knew I was intended to live joyously and abundantly.
The tool that started it all was Picking a Word.
I remember clearly my first word nine years ago was PEACE.
I adapted this tool by finding ways for it to help me make decisions and navigate new thought patterns.
I use my word to navigate my thought patterns to focus on what I want not what I don’t want.
For example, if I am invited out to dinner but don’t really want to go. I ask myself if this dinner will bring me more PEACE (insert your word). If the answer is no, I don’t go.
If I have responsibilities that are not optional, I use my word.
I am going to do the laundry PEACEFULLY because I am so grateful to have a washer and dryer.
I am going to pay my bills peacefully. I will prepare dinner with peace in my heart because I am so grateful to have food.
My annual word really becomes my compass.
It is tangible and simple yet profound in changing thoughts and behaviors.
If it is hard for you to say NO, use your word. When you focus on what you want it becomes easier to not do things out of guilt or habit.
If you have no clue what you really want, keep asking yourself the question. You can try a few words till you find the one that works.
Many people choose HAPPY or JOY or PEACE…all wonderful guides but you must take the time to think about how these words feel and look like in your life otherwise what you think you want can be eluding.
Make the time this year to move in the direction of what you really want.
Put the work in. It takes effort to form new habits. It takes courage to go after what you really want.
You will never regret putting forth effort and practicing courage.
Starting with a word can be the beginning of a whole new life!
My marriage is solid, my family is connected, my lavender farm inspires me, my books and workshops are hopefully helping women and I know what I want!
With gratitude, Erin
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