New Year, New Plans

Photo by  Brad Neathery  on  Unsplash

Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

It’s 2018 and the energy is high.  

Can you feel it in the air?  

There’s a shift in how things we use to do are what we are no longer doing.  We’re making changes and they’re good ones.

So what’s different?

I couldn’t tell you, but I feel that there is a new level of consciousness in the world. 

For myself, I use to make a resolution every year.  It was the thing to do because everyone was doing it even though within days I would forget about it and would continue living my life as normal.  No lasting changes were made and I didn’t feel any guilt or real connection to the resolution. 

Then a couple of years ago, I realized that there was no point to making a resolution.  Why make a resolution when I had no commitment to it?  No personal tie and no desire to really make a change in my life.  So I stopped making resolutions.

Then last year I decided to create a theme for the year.  I chose a word that would carry me throughout each interaction and situation I found myself in.  It was amazing how in choosing a word, it would constantly pop up in my life.  

Here is my process for choosing my theme for the year.  Feel free to use this same process and tailor it to fit your life and your comfort level: 

Sit in a place where you are free from distractions.  If it helps, you can turn on music to help you stay focused.  For myself, I do well in quiet spaces.  Also, make sure you have something to write with.  I like using paper and pen but if you like you can use your laptop.  

Next, I sit and think of everything I hope to accomplish within the year.  Consider it a brain dump.  Everything and anything goes whether you have a plan for it or not, write it all down.  This process can take as long as you need it to.  Remember, it doesn’t matter if you know how to accomplish the plan or not, it’s just a matter of getting it out of your head and onto paper.

Then, when you’re done, walk away.  I know, I know, it’s still fresh, but for me, it helps to leave it alone for a bit and then come back to it in awhile.  You don’t have to do this, remember, tailor this plan to a way that feels best for you.

When I’m ready, whether it’s 10 minutes later or 2 days later, I look back on my list and I review everything I’ve written and I look for patterns.  The patterns usually lead me to my theme.  Once I figure out my theme, I equate it to a word that ties into my plans.  That word becomes my word for the year.

That’s it.  There is no right way or wrong way to do this.  You just have to trust in whatever comes out, go with your gut, listen to your intuition, and the word will come to you.  

For myself, for 2018, the word I have chosen after looking at everything that I wrote down is trust. What's your word?  Share with us below!