Dr. Rita's Blog
Words are powerful. They matter.
We get used to using certain words without giving them much thought.
Today I want to talk to you about the power of choosing one word to be your north star for our new year of 2021.
Every year my church does a year end meditation to help us find our one word to guide us into the new year.
Until today, I always thought that exercise was a “church thing.”
I recently received two business email communications that talked about the One Word idea.
This morning I decided to try out the One Word idea in a business setting.
I was leading the January coffee conversation with a group of women through the international organization called Ellevate that connects and supports women as they make their professional contribution and impact in the world.
After the introductions I talked about choosing a one word for the year that would guide us and move us into the next step of who we want to become.
I shared with them that this is a word that moves us, feels inspiring, inviting and promotes positive energy.
Here are some of the words we came up with and our definitions of what they feel like:
Openness. A willingness to accept new things and be open to everything that is going on. Little to no resistance, especially to things we can’t control.
Expansion. Gave us a feeling of optimism and hopefulness; a complement to openness.
Encourage. A word for ourselves and especially our school age children to keep going and trust in our abilities.
Balance. To reflect on all the areas of our lives and fluidly move with them instead of rushing to get through our to do list.
Connection. The intention of receiving positivity and energy to move forward.
Ease. We discovered that ease felt a bit foreign to us and we could have a resistance to ease because we are so used to working hard to get things done. Although we sure like the idea of living with more of it!
As I told the group this morning, feel free to take any of the words we came up with and claim them as your own.
Our one-word conversation got us all started and playing around with the feel and essence of what kind of one word could serve as our 2021 north star.
Now it’s your turn.
Tell me, what one word speaks to you for 2021?
Until next time,
Dr. Rita Webster
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