The first month of this year has been plagued by severe cold weather all over the United States. Between the Polar Vortex and Deep Freeze it may have been hard for you to keep your 2014 New Year's resolutions. Or perhaps you're like me and the majority of the participants in a recent Bizrate Insights survey and you "don't make New Year's resolutions." Whatever bucket you fit into here are a few practical approaches that you can put into practice to ensure you are intentional about what you accomplish in 2014.
Choose a Word of the Year
This was a new concept and practice for me in 2013. However, I found a lot of focus and strength from the Word of the Year that I established for 2013. My Word of the Year for 2013 was UNLIMITED. Unlimited served as a guidepost for my life throughout 2013. It served as a centering mantra at times when I felt overwhelmed, it encouraged me as I chartered a new journey and more importantly it was a reminder of the goodness, love and blessings that have been bestowed upon my life and the compassion I should share. My Word of the Year for 2014 is BETTER. I'm looking forward to a 2014 that is better than 2013.
There's a great book entitled, One Word that Will Change Your Life, by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page that can help you establish your Word of the Year. Additionally, president and founder of Uplevel You, Christine Kane has a great online discovery tool that can help you identify your word of the year.
Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. It's a common practice for people to tear pictures from magazines and books that represent the vision for their life they are attempting to manifest. I also like to include words and affirmations on my vision board. In addition to traditional poster boards and bulletin boards you can also digitize your vision board. Because I spend a lot of time on the road I've decided to supplement my traditional bulletin board vision board with an electronic vision board on Pinterest this year.
Establish Two Daily Goals
Coach Chester Nichols from the University of Michigan shared this concept with me at the beginning of the New Year when I asked about his New Year's resolutions. Instead of making new resolutions he said he and his athletes establish two daily goals. I love the practice of two daily goals because it allows me to be intentional and realistic about what I want to accomplish for the day. Additionally, if I keep it up all year long I would have accomplished 730 goals for the year! My Type-A personality likes the sound of that!
If you've already thrown in the towel on your New Year's resolutions or if you didn't journey down the New Year's resolution path I would encourage you to try one of these ideas. I firmly believe success begins with intention. Words of the Year, vision boards and daily goals are great foundational tools that we can use to establish our intentions for 2014.