One-Word Intention for the New Year

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the previous year and create personal intentions of what we want to create in the coming year. Choose just one word that best describes what you want to create. Although it is tempting to want to choose a phrase, trust me, it will serve you more fully when you narrow it down to one word.

Why choose one word? Most people create a long list of resolutions and never stick with them. Within a few months their list is forgotten. However, choosing one word and incorporating it into ALL areas of our life every day for a full year, works incredibly well for many. If ‘intention’ doesn’t feel right to you, then consider it a theme you will follow throughout the year. I have personally done this every year since I was first given the idea.

For example, my word in 2011 was ‘move’. What this means to me and how it covered many areas in my life: Move my body, move my mind, move forward on personal goals, move into and beyond my dreams, move out things not working, move relationships closer, move projects to completion, move closer to God/source and move to a warmer climate. Most if not all were realized.

Remember the mantra, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” This is a quote from one of my leadership mentors, the late Brian Klemmer. It is no accident that the words I’ve chosen over the years have played a significant role in many areas of my life: mind, body, spirit, emotion, relationships, family, friends, finances, community, etc.

To begin your own journey on this path:

First, reflect without judgment upon the past year. What worked well? Where can I make improvements?

Be realistic when you choose your word. You want to set yourself up for success by stretching yourself enough to allow for personal growth. However, be careful not to overdo it or you could sabotage yourself before you even get started. A confused mind tends to do nothing.

I highly recommend this personal/spiritual development exercise. You’ll be amazed at how your life will change over a year.

To help cultivate your own ideas, here are my words over the years. Be sure that your words have meaning for you. The more meaning they have for you, the stronger your desire will be to cultivate and move through your Divine Intention in multiple areas of your life.

Update 12/30/18:  2019 is a preparative year for me as I step into 2020, the year of clear vision. I already know my word for 2020 and in order for me to embody it, I desire to have a clearer vision of my life in the next decade. It's so very exciting!!!

2019 clarity
2018 streamline
2017 blossom
2016 natural
2015 delight
2014 relationships
2013 focus
2012 authenticity
2011 move
2010 compassion
2009 experiential
2008 explore
2007 health
2006 grow
2005 grounded
2004 speed
2003 learn
2002 responsible
2001 build
2000 entrepreneurship
1999 courage
1998 thankful
1997 trust
1996 present

This is not just a 'new year' decision. You can decide at any time during the year to start using this concept to improve your life.

Regarding the word "Divine"... Be aware that your definition of the word "Divine" may stop you from utilizing this exercise. Here's how I define it and how it is intended... It is the ability for humans to be conscious of and embody a word as a catalyst to change their life. That truly is a gift from the Divine that no other species on Earth has been granted. When you decide to BEcome (embody) a word to shift your mindset, heart and life, that is a gift from the Divine. It means nothing other than that so applying any other meaning to it may be a limiting belief that you are consciously or unconsciously embodying and could be a permanent (or temporary - you decide) obstacle to your personal growth.

Each of us on planet Earth is here to teach the world something, and we do that by how we choose to show up. You have value and are here for a purpose, or you wouldn't be on this physical planet. You are Love(d).

Update 1/28/2019... I am beyond excited that this concept is taking flight around the globe. I knew that if enough people BEcome their intention, that over time a paradigm shift will happen. It feels to me that 2019 (my year of preparation: clarity) is preparing more people other than just me for the year of clear vision: 2020. has partnered with Brendon Burchard to spread the word about the one-word embodiment. This makes my heart sing!

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