A few years ago I was introduced to the idea of setting a word of intention. It was explained to me as a way to create a one word encouragement/reminder, which would help me stay focused on the journey. While I still work with setting both goals (which are concrete and measurable) and intentions (which are focused on setting a mindset that helps propel you forward), I really loved the idea of whittling this down to just one word.
What I’ve found very interesting about setting a word of intention, is that it’s not necessarily something you find; but something that finds you.
The word that found me this year is the word Slow. Now Slow doesn’t seem like a very profound word, and to be honest, I was mad about it at first. It’s just well, slow! But as I took some time to sit with the word, it’s reason for showing-up and declaring itself my word of intention became very clear.
Life is very busy and getting busier. There are so many demands each of us have on our time. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed and get lost in it all. Slow is my reminder that the busier life gets, the slower I need to go. When I become overwhelmed, I have more of a tendency to make mistakes. I may move in a scattered way and have difficulty focusing. This often leads to me not getting a lot done, feeling unproductive, disappointed and then beating myself-up (hello inner critic!).
By remembering to go slow, I’m really reminding myself to be intentional and to move with purpose. It reminds me to take things one-at-a-time because this is the only way I will actually make progress. It reminds me that there really is enough time for everything I need or want to do.
So yup, my word of intention for 2016 is Slow!
Have you set a word of intention for this year? If not, I want to encourage you to take some time to listen to what your spirit is telling you it needs more of this year.
If you have a different way that you create focus, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.
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