What is your word of the year?

My word for the Year

Whenever I choose my word for the year, I ponder on it for a while, and I spend time thinking about it, writing it down in many formats and checking its fit. For me, it works better than a resolution. It sits with me all year and inspires and encourages me to make the changes I need to.

One of the first things that I do is to look up its definition. 

My word often appears in lots of different places as I am more aware of what it may be. Some years it is very clear, other years not as obvious. 

This year;

My word of the year has not left me alone, and I feel it is perfect for me.

There is no coincidence that I am reading Michelle Obama’s book entitled ‘becoming’ and that has influenced me as I learned about her determination, grit, enthusiasm, grace and growth from being a little girl to becoming the First Lady.

 My word for the year is “becoming.”

Here are some of the dictionary definitions that I have found around that word.

  1. Begin to be 
  2. Grow to be: develop into
  3. (of a person ) qualify or be as accepted as 
  4. (of clothing) look good or suit someone. 

How will I use my word of the year? 

How do I know that it fits my lifestyle?

So let me show you the three main areas that will be of focus for 2019 for me, although I know this word will help me with things I haven’t even thought of yet. 

  1. Fitness. 

My brain works against me with fitness. I get lost in the thoughts of, ‘I’m too fat’, ‘too slow’, ‘too old’, ‘what’s the point?’ 

However, I know exactly who I want to become in my fitness journey.

I want to be able to run a park run without having the wonderful Vicky Cook and Alison Harding at Zig Zag training with me on the last lap, helping to convince me that I am not about to die. I want to fit into jeans and jumpers and feel comfortable, I want to feel alive and awake and fit and healthy and know that I am doing my best for my body and my brain and my mental health.

 I have all the right resources in place, and I have the best group of women to train with at Zig Zag fitness who encourage and support and inspire me.  

It’s my brain that stops me. The expectation that I should be super fit straight away. The word becoming inspires me at this point; it changes my performance -inhibiting thoughts into performance-enhancing thoughts.

 I am becoming fitter. 

I am becoming stronger. 

I am becoming healthier.

Becoming makes me want to run, workout, have a go. 

It has few expectations from me apart from to start the journey.

It also gives me no excuses. 

In my coaching business. 

I have the privilege of watching my clients becoming the people they want to be daily. Yesterday I received a fantastic and inspiring newsletter from one of my lecturers who is also a coach that I admire and inspire to be like, Yannick Jacob. 

The newsletter listed the projects he was involved and a list of publications he had achieved in December. I could have felt overwhelmed or started to compare my business; instead, I recognised where I am on this journey. I am only halfway through the Master’s degree in positive psychology that this man teaches, yet I am expecting to have the same following, the same opportunities, the same level of expertise. 

Choose a mentor, a business person, a colleague is further along the road from you and learn from them. 

Enjoy the process, and I am going to enjoy the ‘becoming ’part of my life as a coach, continually learning, improving, reading and researching to become the coach I want to be. 

In relationships

All of my clients find relationships challenging. This year, I have not spent as much time as I would like to with friends and family. 

 It has been a year where I have been studying, working in my own business, consulting for another company and volunteering for a charity. Alongside this, I have been visiting universities and sixth forms with my sons, being a committed rugby and football fan to my youngest at the weekends and spending time with my oldest as well as being a taxi driver to all of their needs. With a husband who is away a lot, this can be tricky.

This year I would like to become the wife, mum, friend and family member, that I would like to be. Notice, I am becoming, this means that it will be messy and imperfect, but each step I make to reach out to someone will say I am becoming.  This does not mean that I will suddenly have time that magically appears out of the sky, but I will endeavour to become a better friend to those around me who are important, and I have a strategy for that.

So these are just some of the ways I will use my word. 

What about you

It is vital that you choose a word that is right for you this year.

 I would love to hear it; please comment below.

It is more empowering than a resolution, and you may find that you don’t use it for a while and it comes back to encourage you in the middle of the year. 

Take some time over your choice. 

I continue to work with my word all year. 

If you are taking part in my new year course with a month of online community and coaching in January,  it is one of the first things that we do, and I enjoy helping you spend time on your word and implementing it into your life.

You can still join us herehttps://mailchi.mp/a76a8f5d1a34/nyny

I cannot wait for 2019 and to embrace the year ahead. 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and I hope your word empowers you to thrive and flourish.

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