Since 2014, I’ve followed Chris Brogan and his tradition of selecting three words to guide the New Year. The collective group of words were an alternative to resolutions and ideally, they were inspiring and actionable. This year, I’m taking a page from Melinda Gates and selecting one word. I’m actually choosing the word – CHOOSE.
The upgraded language of Choose
Last fall, I took a Mastermind class hosted by Dr. Mick Mahan and Dr. Sandra Steen. To be honest, it’s been a while since an online course challenged me. Most of the time, they’re marketing-based and I find myself saying – yep, already got this, as I gratefully affirm what I’m doing and thinking is on the right track.
Ah, but this course rocked my world! As a brand babe who digs words, I was astounded by what I learned regarding language. Needless to say, I also realized I had room to grow in how I speak and more importantly, how to live what I speak.
CHOOSE is a word in the Conscious Language category. It’s a sister cousin to am, can, will, have, love, create and enjoy. It’s grounded in one of my favorite scriptures: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10. This is upgraded language from try, hope, intend, attempt, perhaps, possibly, almost and want.
So what does CHOOSE mean? It’s taking an intentional, proactive approach in life with your words. It means thoughtfully aligning your words with your actions, heartset and mindset. Think of it as a trifecta+.
Last year had its fair amount of challenges. Major health issues with family, a couple of home moves, unknowns with my business and at times, limiting self talk often inherent with the entrepreneurial heart.
Here’s how I’m rewiring for 2019. In the case of health issues, for example, I’d usually say, ‘Pop is hanging in there and we’re hoping he’ll get better.’ Using upgraded language, it’s now ‘Thank you for asking. He’s making progress and we’re choosing for him to get better.’ And I’d ask for prayer around this.
I am, I can
So yeah, CHOOSE is my word. Life is going to happen and continue to happen with blessings and hard stuff. How I wake up each day, how I CHOOSE to receive all of it is on me. According to Robert Tennyson Stevens, “I is God, am is action. Choose what you desire instead of what you wish to avoid.”
Your turn. What is your one word (or three if you prefer) for 2019? If you want to do this and need help, follow these five tips. I invite you to share your thoughts via the blog comments below.