January, often a time of year where resolutions have been set, new goals are declared and fresh beginnings are conjured. And for some, it can also be the time of year where juicy positive affirmations may already be losing a little of their traction. This can be true for individuals, groups and communities. Goals can be set out with strategic planning, active work plans and visions and missions. All of this goal setting holds structure and meaning, and sometimes we wonder if it’s easy to get lost in the VOLUME of goals.
Want an easy process to stay connected to the bigger picture?
Pick ONE word that holds meaning to you (or your group). This word can act like the anchor that gives you that extra grip to your overarching direction.
Ask yourself (or your group):
· What word describes what I (we) most want this year?
· Who am I (or who are we) growing more into this year? What word captures that?
· What difference do you most want to make or see?
· What word portrays how I (we) want to “show up” in my (our) work and life?
Picking a word can give some easy clarity and constant guidance. If the intention is set simply it is more likely that more of that will happen and it will give easy access to the deeper things that guide you (like your group values, missions, plans). Stay open to the words that instinctually arrive and let it be the guide that holds traction for your 2012 directions.
Imagine if your team set a word of “vibrant” or “robust” to the top of every meeting agenda? Or if you asked each-other how “vibrancy” was showing up in the work plan? Talk about keeping on track to what really matters! Find creative ways to stay connected to the word...or just like resolutions they will start to become hazy. Finding others to help hold accountability and curiosity in your word can be one such way.
So let’s play witness to each other’s powerful words.
Our two words for Raising the Village this year are GIFT and JOY!
Our intent is to gift (both create and share) more village raising information and resources to others and to continue to pursue activities (work, learning and play) that fill us up (bring joy to us and others).
We’d love to hear. What is your word?