I’ve seen a new concept recently in writing, blogging and self-improvement circles: the Word of the Year. You pick a word that you want to be your mantra, or your focus, or even your aspiration for the year ahead, and keep it in mind in everything you do. Sound too self-help-y? It’s simple: just pick a word, and live by it. Whilst the rest of the world seems to be on a juice cleanse, it’s a refreshing approach to the New Year that seems altogether more sustainable.
My 2017 Word of the Year seems to have fallen into my lap quite naturally:
Gratitude is where it’s at. Be thankful for what you have, and stop moaning about what you don’t. Even though the proverbial shit has hit the fan in more ways than one over the past few months, I’ve been able to maintain an altogether more positive mindset, and I attribute that to gratitude. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my shares of ups and downs (and downs), but it feels like my base level of contentment has been ever so slightly elevated, and I feel altogether more resilient.
In one of my favourite books You Are A Badass, author Jen Sincero argues that you need to live from a place of abundance in order to make good decisions. The opposite of abundance – fear – is what causes us to make bad decisions that ultimately leave us feeling gridlocked and wanting more. And guess what? Gratitude is simply a way of acting with abundance. You’re grateful for what you have, and you see the small opportunities and positives that come your way.
Wow that turned into a whole thing!
But seriously; gratitude, folks. This shit works.
Have you ever had a word of the year? What would yours be?
Lots of love,