Why choosing your word for the year REALLY matters...
Have you got your word for the year yet?
Considering that last year I resisted mine for so long, I’m pretty excited that I’ve had my 2019 word for about a week now.
Before I share that with you though, I want to recap last year’s word and what I liked and didn’t like about it in the end and how that process has led me to re-think things for this year. I’ll share my process with you if you’re interested too – especially if you don’t yet have your word and want one.
Last year, I decided that my word would be balance. This word came about because although 2017 had been a successful year business-wise (that year, my word was mobilisation!) I felt that some of that success had come at the detriment of time with my husband, meet-ups with friends, and time to see my family.
‘Balance’ sprung out of the fact that I needed to give myself some grace. Have you ever reached that point?
So, with my new word in place, I did just that. I rested when I needed to, gave more time to life outside of my business, and invested heavily in mindset support. All of that was so desperately needed. I’d been ‘doing’ so long that I’d forgotten what it meant to simply be. On that note – if you’ve never allowed yourself to get mindset support in your business, do it. It’s a total game changer.
Anyway, with my new found love of ‘flow’ and letting things be easy, there was an element of me which had lost sight of who I really am at heart – someone who loves a bit of structure, some systems, and some strategy. I started to resist the idea of those things, deciding that planning = restriction as opposed to organisation.
True balance would have looked like both/and NOT either/or.
2018 was a good year again by God’s grace, but there’s a lot I can learn from it. And that’s where this year’s word comes in…
I sat with this word for a while. As opposed to the year before, I wanted to really understand why this word made sense for me, I wanted to be connected to it in a sense.
INTENTIONAL for me means that I know myself. Which means that if I want to say ‘no’ to something, I say it as opposed to ignoring all of my boundaries in the name of people pleasing. Equally, it means that if I want to stay up all night in ‘hustle mode’ because I’m hit with inspiration or something, I’m choosing that.
Being INTENTIONAL means that as I prepare for the arrival of the new addition to our family this year, I’m choosing to honour myself (and bump!) with the decisions I make and the actions I take and the ones I don’t.
And being INTENTIONAL means that I run my business – it doesn’t run me.
The funny thing about my word for 2019 is that it’s kind of what I wanted to feel like in 2018, but instead of intentionally(!) leaning into where I felt God was leading me, I was pretty reactionary and my ‘all or nothing’ personality lapped up the opportunity to basically chill out in the name of balance.
With this word, I knew that I had to make some decisions about it first. Decisions about what I wanted to be INTENTIONAL with and basically how I wanted my 2019 word to make me feel. Although all of this might sound a little OTT for choosing a word for the year, I actually think that when we really understand the decisions we’re making for ourselves, it changes the course of our actions which is certainly not something we should be leaping into unknowingly.
And so with that, what’s your word for the year?
As you consider it, ask yourself:
Have I chosen this word simply as a REACTION to something I DON’T want to feel and/or be?
If that’s the case, have a re-think. Don’t allow for things to START there for you. Start with how you know you WANT to go into this year. Be INTENTIONAL about it, if you will!
Over in my private monthly member’s community ‘Biblical Business Academy’, I just hosted a training where I went through the six prompts and questions I asked myself regarding my word for the year and I shared my personal answers with the ladies in the group. Taking them through this system was really powerful and had some of them diving deeper into their words, others discovering their word for the first time, and others still changing their word entirely.
You can access this power-packed training too!
This year in Biblical Business Academy is set to be a hugely exciting one and my ‘5 S’ model has got all of your bases covered:
· Success Mindset
Sound like the sort of thing you want to be a part of? I don’t blame you!
The good news is, doors are open and you can dive straight in for less than your monthly spend at Starbucks.
But that’s not all…
As a new year special, if you choose to jump in before the end of this week (Sunday January 6th 2019) I’m going to personally send you two BONUS trainings (2 hours total!) These trainings, previously only seen by a high-level mastermind group at the start of 2018 are all about setting you up for CONSISTENCY for the year ahead, as well as providing you with INTENTIONS so that you’re clear about where your business is headed and why.
Remember, this new year bonus is available for you only if you choose to jump in before the end of this week so don’t delay! Dive into it all right away, as well as the training on getting grounded in your word for the year.
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HEY! I’m Naomi, Business Coach for High-Level Female Entrepreneurs & Founder of Living Word League.
I coach, write, teach and run programs which infuse practical strategies with Biblical principles (which I personally think is the best rule of thumb for success.) I moved from a 7-year High School teaching career, to building and scaling my business after starting out as a hobby-status blogger in 2011. Within months, I was able to go totally full time and haven't looked back. My success, as someone who previously would have never seen myself as an entrepreneur means that I'm now beyond passionate about business being an expression of Kingdom-building here on earth. Hobby status and inconsistent feast to famine months aren't cutting it for you anymore right? You're meant for a business which has faith as your foundation AND soars with success. That's where I come in.
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