I’m rubbish at New Years resolutions! I’m rubbish at making them, and I’m rubbish at keeping them. But a few years ago, I came across the idea of one-word goals – Intentional Words.
The idea is to inspire or challenge yourself with one word.
As a gentle parenting mama, I speak a lot about treating my children with respect, but I don’t always treat myself respectfully. I think using positive intentional words is a great way to get better at this.
I might be rubbish at sticking to New Years resolutions, but perhaps if I had 1 single word, a positive mantra, to live by, I could start to make some small changes.
And if I mess up a bit, it doesn’t matter because a single word goal doesn’t have set rules. It’s not like saying “This year I will go to the gym every week” where there is a clear pass or fail. Intentional words are more about attitude and long term change.
The Intentional Words Challenge
I first came across Intentional Words when Stephanie, from Life At 139, posted a New Years Resolution post on her blog. Her word of intention was:
It’s not overly specific so it can be applied to lots of different scenarios. And yet it is still inspirational and something to work towards. Her word implies that she’s happy with the way things are going and that she wants to develop even further. There is the idea of growth and health and improvement and happiness.
Anyway, this got me thinking – what do I want to be intentional about? How do I want to develop? What do I need to work on? What intentional words should I gift myself? What could I empower myself with?
My intentional words
As I said, New Years Resolutions, are not really my thing. Last year, after an epic fail at the church carol service, I decided I was going to practise my flute for 10 minutes everyday and get back the dexterity and stamina I had as a music student.
… Well, erm… this year’s carol service is just 3 days away and my flute has come out of its box ONCE all year! Hahaha.
But a single word is more manageable. It seems within my grasp; a quick encouragement that I can whisper under my breath when I’m floundering.
So I’ve had a think and the word I have chosen is:
As a perfectionist, I heap a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself. I am very driven and always have a long list of things to work on. This can be a good thing, but it can also make me feel permanently inadequate.
“Be” is a call to live in the moment. I need to learn to be content and stop worrying. It tells me to deal with what is happening now rather than angsting about the future.
Over to you
So that’s where I’m at.
And I’d love you to join me in choosing a one word goal for this year. I’ve made a list of intentional words that you could maybe choose. What jumps out at you?
What do you think of my intentional words idea? Is there a word on the list that you could work with this year? Are you the sort of person to make New Years Resolutions or do you think they’re a waste of time? Please let me know in the comments section below.