It's been five years I've been doing my Happy New Word. This will be my sixth.
As I said at the end of 2016, choosing a word can single handedly be the best tool for keeping us on track to achieve our goals. IF we choose our word wisely.
I had more than one word last year for a double barreled approach to life (onward and upward) and it served me well. 2016 was by far the best year we Langdowns have had in a while.
This year I decided to find the shortest word I could. I figured I'd stick with the KISS principle and all that.
I was going to choose "DO" so that I could quite simply get my Nike injection and Just Do It. But as a success consultant I know that "DO" is not the key to achieving goals.
The key to achieving goals is "BE".
We are programmed to believe that if we DO the work, we will HAVE the results and then we get to BECOME the person we are hoping to be. Whether it be a good mum, a great employee, an author, a business person, an artist, a kick arse project manager, a talk show host, a fashionista - whatever it is we are aiming for - we have always been taught to DO what is required to make our dreams come true.
I call bullshit on DO.
I mean, Nike does have a point. "Just Do It" is a great approach to life and it is definitely required. After all, there is no great success without great action. But DO is just part of the equation.
If we truly want to achieve our goals then we have to BE the person we are hoping to BE from the get go.
It's all about mindset.
Want to be an author? Then BE an author in mind, body and soul. BE an author in practice. BE an author in attitude. What would a fully fledged author do in any given situation? Find out and BE that person.
Studies have shown that if people BElieve in themselves they are a gazillion times more likely to achieve results. Perhaps I made up that statistic, but it sounds feasible.
There is a great big dose of BE in believe.
So that's my word for this year.
I am going to BE the author, BE the magazine editor, BE the nationally recognised blogger, BE the soccer mum, BE the mumager, BE the household manager, BE the best friend possible, BE the good wife, BE the active grandparent, BE the lovin' life leader.
Because this year I quite simply want to BE the best me that I can BE.
What's your word for 2017?
What do you think of my teeny tiny word?
Who are you going to BE this year?
Are you ready to join us as we Love Life?
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