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Commit to your word/intention


I purposely did not write about my 2020 word of the year around the new year. After riding out the tidal wave of goal setting classes, vision board workshops and intention setting ceremonies, I knew that you didn't need one more thing that was just like all the rest. Now that January is coming to an end, it's a whole different story. I am inviting you to step into the real work of your word or intention for this year.

At this point, I'm guessing you are (or have been) standing at a crossroads. Turn right and return to your old habits and ways of doing things. The path that is well lit and well known. In fact, you probably could walk it with your eyes closed. You know what lies at the end and you know what you are going to experience along the way. Turning right is comfortable and familiar even if you are not happy with the end results. Turning right is easy.

The other options is to turn left and enter the great unknown. This my friend is where your intention for the year is waiting for you. Turning left is like entering an enchanted forest. There is no clearly defined path. It's a little dark and a whole lot of scary. But let me remind you, turning left is where the magic of your potential lives. Turning left is where the miracles and the life beyond your wildest dreams resides. Turning left allows you to grow into the person that you were born to be.

So which direction will you choose?

When I looked back at my journal from January 2019, I was frustrated to see that I was writing about some of the exact same things that I was still trying to figure out in December 2019. I had set a clear intention for the year and unconsciously turned right at a number of crossroads. Do I regret any of the decision I made? Absolutely not.

What I learned is that I am ready to consciously commit to choosing differently in 2020. I am committing to turning left when the scared part of me wants to turn right. To support this intention, I chose BOLD as my word of the year.

Being bold means doing the things that feel scary. It's loving myself and believing in my potential above all else. Bold is living so authentically in my truth that I feel unstoppable. Bold is having uncomfortable conversations, asking challenging questions and being compassionately honest with myself and others. Bold gives me butterflies and leads me to think, "OMG! Are we really doing this!?"

One the flip side, being bold is not playing small or trying to fit in. It is not choosing silence or niceness over what truly needs to be said. Bold is not going along with what everyone else is doing or giving in to everyone else's needs. It is also not keeping quiet about what I truly feel or believe in.

I have already faced a number of crossroads this year and to be honest, I haven't always turned left. What has helped the most is making bold part of my morning routine. Each morning, I identify one bold action to take for the growth of myself or my business. That action is written at the top of my daily planner and I commit to completing it before I go to bed. The beauty of this practice is that it is simple and effective. And the bonus is that I will have a year's worth of bold actions written down to reflect on at the end of this year.

I invite you to join me in committing to your word or intention for the year. Take a moment to clear define what your word/intention is and is not. Identify the daily practice that you are ready to commit to in support of experiencing your word or intention.

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