I’ve just chosen my one word for the year 2014.
This is the third year in a raw I’m choosing a guiding word. In 2012 I thought about it and I picked what seemed logical. Two months into the year I forgot that I had a word.
In 2013 I took a more intuitive approach and my word filled my year with ease.
So when the time came to choose another word, I followed my intuition again…. and today I’m sharing my process with you.
Imagine that your ideal 2014 was a place. What would it be? A beach, a garden, a mountain, a city, a room in your house?
Where are you in this place? What are you doing?
What are you seeing, tasting, smelling?
How are you feeling?
Now take out some paper and draw a quick sketch of your scene (or something to represent it) in the middle of your sheet. It doesn’t matter if (you think) you can’t draw. Anything to remind you of your scene will do even if it looks nothing like it.
When you look at your drawing what comes to mind? What seems important?
Now start filling the page with words. The words can go anywhere; they can be small, big, at an angle, upside down.. All the qualities that are present in your scene. All the thoughts and feelings. Anything else that comes to mind.
Once the process feels complete, have a look at your words and see if there is one (or a few) that you feel most drawn to.
I’ve used variations of this process a couple of times now and both times there was one word that felt like The One. Both times my initial reaction to my word was resistance, but as the longer I stayed with it the more I liked my word and the clearer it got why I needed it in my life. If you feel resistant towards the word that calls to you, I’d encourage you to give it a chance and at least consider it for a few days.
How did you go? Do you have a word?