Can a single word define your entire year?
Shape the way you engage with the world around you and interact with people closest to you?
Long ago, I decided to say "screw it" to New Year's Resolutions. Why set yourself up for failure? Instead, I chose to experiment with the idea of choosing a single, defining word that would serve as an appropriate "theme" for the year.
A year ago on this day, January 4th, my defining word was "Alchemy" and served me well it did. There was no shortage of alchemy created both on the personal and professional front, so much so, that people I hadn't run into in a while kept saying the same thing.
"You look so much younger"!
My first book, "NUTS, BOLTS AND A FEW LOOSE SCREWS" was published in May; the number of invitations to speak to business audiences continued to climb; the appearance at the Atlantic Dream Festival drew rave reviews and there were many more interesting personal/business trips to places like Vegas, L.A., Venice, Paris, Montreal, Aruba, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Thunder Bay, Ontario in late December. (OK, I know that list sounds a little like Sesame Street where one thing doesn't fit with the other, but I hear T-Bay is a nice place to visit in the summer!)
My point for sharing this story with you is to illustrate the powerful effect a single word can have on our lives and careers if we choose to get serious about making it a part of who we really are. The reasons why I chose "alchemy" in 2010 really don't matter, but I am convinced that it does matter to pick a word, any word, that resonates with who you are and where you want to go. And there is no better time than the start of a new year to make that happen as we truly say "out with the old and in with the new".
Do you have a word in mind that could shape your entire year, and help attract the things you want most in life both personally and professionally?
Maybe and not so coincidentally, one of my closest "inner circle" friends shared a "word" with me just the other day that made him stop and think. For him the word was "Abracadabra".
Digging into the etymology of the word, my friend discovered many scholars believe "Abracadabra" is a derivative of the Aramaic "Avrah-KaDabra", meaning "I create as I speak." If this etymology is correct, this magical word can be compared to the ten utterances of creation in the Book of Genesis. Knowing my friend the way I do, I have no doubt 2011 will be truly "magical" for him and the people and projects he will impact. But, do you believe a single word has the power to unlock your future?
From where I sit, 2011 represents a transition from "alchemy" to "energy". In other words the field of human energy that is present all around us. The stores of energy we require to fuel our hopes and dreams. Energy we must have to plow through our daily tasks and responsbilities with gusto. Energy that we need to replenish through proper eating and exercise habits. Negative and toxic people energy we need to avoid at all costs.
One of the best illustrations of the impact energy has on all of us comes from the motion picture "What the Bleep Do We Know?" In particular, there is a segment that clearly illustrates the work of Dr. Masuru Emoto in how energy is communicated through water at the cellular level.
Recently, I shared this concept of a single word defining an entire year with three other people who I would consider to be "energy givers" (As opposed to energy neutrals or worse, energy killers). Their reactions surprised me in the sense that all three knew instinctively right away what their defining word was for 2011.
"Accountability". (Being personally accountable for staying more focused on priorities).
"Humbility". (A hybrid of humility and being humble enough to not let the energy-draining presence of ego get in the way).
"Control". (Having more control over one's business and self so as to maximize the value brought to others).
2011 is well underway.
If you're already an "Energy Giver", could a single, defining word shape what happens to you over the next 361 days?
"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks"
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