Do you pick a word for the year? I started doing this for the last three years with incredible results.
This word picking is not a frivolous, flippant exercise. Watch, listen or read.
Why You Lose
Picking a word is one of the simplest ways to stay focused and live your life with intention.
Why I Chose My Word and the Word I Chose
Last year my word was Simplify.
I am a master at over complicating things, and I was sick of living this way.
How I Used My Word With Intention
I decided I would simplify my life by intentionally:
- Saying no to activities that would drain my energy or not be in alignment with my goals
- Clearing clutter from my surroundings. I became intentional about making a place for everything and by asking myself about any item:
- Is it useful?
- Does it bring me joy?
- If I lost it in a fire, would I replace it?
- Finding ways to work more efficiently like focusing on managing one website instead of four, and to focus on finishing my second book.
How A Focused Word Led to Manifested Dreams
I never expected that word to manifest into a dream home.
Before we met fifteen years ago, Robert had always imagined that if he met his future wife, she would own a house. The plan would be to sell his house and hers to purchase one together.
At the time we met, I was renting a house. When we were married, I moved into Robert’s house. It was very cozy and comfortable, and we just settled in.
There were a lot of ups and downs in our employment, so we never entertained buying another house.
In the back of my mind, I always had my dream home in mind, especially since I consumed endless episodes of HGTV programs showing before and after projects.
When Robert was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago, our comfortable home wasn’t so comfortable with the laundry in the basement, two levels down from our master bedroom. And we both are not getting any younger.
The thought of a main living area with the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and laundry room was not strictly a dream, but could be a necessity in the not so distant future.
We contacted a real estate agent to “just look” at houses in our area. It’s a very, old established area with little space for new construction unless an existing house is torn down.
None of the existing houses had what we wanted. There was, however, a listing with the floor plan we desired but with no picture. It turned out to be new construction.
Our agent set up a meeting with the builder. The home had everything we wanted, plus, we would be able to customize it to our exact needs.
I know that this seems pretty over-the-top; but everything aligned for us to be able to do this.
We are now in our dream home.
The Power of Your Thoughts and the Power in One Word to Focus
Have you ever considered that anything that was created in the world was first a thought someone had from paper clips to rocket ships?
That’s because thoughts become words. Words turn into action. Action turns into manifesting results whether it’s greater peace you desire, a song you wish to write, or a home you wish to have.
By focusing on that one word with intention, people and opportunities will flow into your life.
By simplifying last year, I was able to let go of the minutiae in my life to open the way for new opportunities. (Which being Open is one of