Yep, one word.
This is not my original idea. Apparently it is a "thing". Picking a word that you will use all year to focus on every day, a word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live etc. Rather than having a "New Year's resolution", which I have heard, by the way, has usually gone by the wayside by this time in January....yikes! Because I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions, I thought it was a great idea but I didn't have a single word in particular that resonated for me. Not until today. Things have a way of popping when we put them in the back of our mind to simmer and percolate and I know exactly why this word ended up popping for me.
So what was the word that popped for me? Intention. And then that morphed into "intentional".
"Intentional" - there are several definitions if you look through various dictionaries and for the purpose of this I am choosing - behaviour that is thoughtful and deliberate - because I like what that says to me. It means slowing down, contemplating and deciding how I want to be.
I like the idea of putting more intention behind everything I do rather than just going through the motions. Whether it is a workout, a meal, a business meeting, a workshop or a conversation. I have decided that I am going to be intentional about everything I do. I can already feel a change. Even as I type this. I am picking what I want to say differently.
My question for you is this, where could being more intentional be useful for you? Perhaps pausing for a couple of minutes before you head into a meeting? Deciding on how you want a phone call to be before making the call or that pause before saying something that perhaps might not be what you really meant to say. There are so many ways to apply it.
But that's my word. You get to choose yours. I'm going to own "intentional" for 2018. What's one word you would like to own for 2018? I would love to hear it!