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What’s Your Power Word This Year?

Last year I saw numerous articles about choosing a goal word for the year. I’m noticing less talk in 2016 about defining words to specify our goals.

This year, let’s bring this tool back on the table! Plus, I want to give you a selection of words to choose from.

First, let’s discuss why this is important. As a mental health therapist I have used this technique with clients. When a person is struggling with anxiety and/or panic attacks, I recommend having a “soothing” word to ease them through their anxiety. Honestly, my soothing word is “breathe” and I need reminders to do this DAILY! (You’re nodding in agreement right?)

I’ll break these words into topics so you can select according to your needs.

 

Career/Success

Drive

Motivate

Details

Organize

Learn

Listen

Pay Attention

Work Smarter

Focus (a personal fave)

Fearless

Excite

Innovate

Dream

Determined

Create

Balance

Research

Plan Wisely

Branch Out

Collaborate

Cooperate

Future

Lead

Personal Power Words

Pay Attention

Minimize

Slow Down

Live In The Moment

Breathe

Stillness

Mindful or Mindfulness

Thrive

Power

Love More

Wellness

Clarity

Health

Vibrant

Strong

Fearless

Alive

Grateful

Humble

Philanthropic

Communicate

Appreciate

Unplug

Listen

Save

Think First

Audacious

Perspective

Renew

Reflect

Play

Compromise

Energy

Relax

Enjoy

Wow! What a list!

How many words stood out for you? What spoke to you? As I wrote this, the words “listen” and “energy” stood out for me.

What can you do with your power word?

  • Retype this whole list of words and see how you feel. Seriously.
  • Place your power word on your phone’s alarm clock. Boom! Wake up to power!
  • Write down this power word as soon as you sit down for work. Post-It notes are the best mental reminders!
  • Tell others about your word. Hold yourself accountable to its meaning.
  • Use this word on your vision board or goal planning sheets.
  • Write about your power word in your journal. What significance will it have in your life and how will it drive your energy? (For journal prompts refer to my previous post)
  • Find a book or song with this word in the title. If the song makes you feel good play that song for reinforcement (in traffic, waiting to pick up the kids, on way to work).
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What is your power word for 2016? 

Self-Care Gift Guide 2015

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Can you believe it’s almost Christmas???

What a perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a well-deserved gift!

If you still recognize a weakness in your self-care area, now is the time to take advantage of sales! I have recently compared self-care to an emergency kit and the holidays are a perfect time to stock up on items that soothe and relax you! Let’s look at a few gift recommendations:

Bellabeat Leaf

If you are still on the fence about buying a FitBit, my friend Kelly Wonderlin has an exciting review of the Bella Leaf, which looks more appealing than an armband!

 

 

 

To continue with the fitness theme, the Contigo water bottle with a handy pocket is not only good for hiking or long walks with the dog, but is a more attractive way to track daily water consumption!

 

 

Books:

As I have mentioned in previous posts, journaling is one of the best ways to deal with life’s stresses. Journaling helps with anxiety, grief, PTSD and many other mental health issues. Journaling action plans are also helpful if you’re an entrepeneur or are serious about tracking your success. I like this Happiness Project journal from Gretchen Rubin that gives daily journal ideas and keeps goals on track. (I also recommend the book that precedes this!)

 

 

 

If you want to read a new book during your Christmas break or during a long flight home, I highly recommend Don Miguel Ruiz’ book, The Four Agreements. These lessons seriously changed the way I see the world. This book is easy to read and provides lessons that make you say “Aha!” If my cashflow was endless I would gift this to everyone I know!

 

 

 

If you continue to feel confused as to how to treat yourself this year, take a look at your Instagram page! Think of all the pictures where you click “like” and wish you could purchase these items for yourself! This is how I purchased one of my favorite blogger tees from A Trendy Sparrow and my recent shirt from L.A. Chica. Take a look at my Instagram page for ideas!

Have you already created a gift list for yourself?? 

 

 

 

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