Invigorate Your Goals

Posted by Jacinta Hin on January 18, 2011

Are you on track with your New Year goals, or already slipping behind? Perhaps you’re still committed but lacking motivation. Or at a loss as to how to organize everything.

If so, inspiration might be in short supply.

A great way to re-invigorate your goals is through personal words. Well-chosen words that are loaded with meaning and intent, and are unique to you and the path you’re on. Not only can they help you get into action and on course with your goals, they can also serve as your guiding principles throughout the year.

Many words have a multi-purpose, archetypal quality. When you choose a word well, you’ll find that they apply to different aspects of your life.

Let me give you an example from my own list for 2011.

Lightness: to take things light and be playful, to have a light body and feel lightness in my heart, to see the light and enlighten things for others, to live in a light environment.

Space: to claim my space and give space to others (to be who they are), to create beautiful, light space around me, to feel the space within, to have a sense of spaciousness in what I do

Attention: to have attention for myself and others, to focus on what matters, to shine light on (and get clarity), to do things with attention (single-tasking), to be present, to attract into my life what I put my attention on

My keyword is stillness. In fact, this is a goal in itself. To sit still and in stillness so I can really connect with myself and find the inner and outer space and focus for what I want to achieve this year.

I believe that having my words top-of-mind will help keep me on my path and on course with my goals. They will encourage me to take the right action, influence how I look at things, and support my stance toward life.

In my busy life these words will remind me to stay focused (attention) and playful (lightness), especially when disruptions and overwhelm are lurking over my shoulders.

Occasionally, they’ll remind me to withhold judgment and to accept and support other people’s choices and perspectives (space) when I’m tempted to push my own needs and opinions.

They will guide me to healthier food choices (light body), when I am about to give in to a big mac craving, and keep me unplugged for hours so I can write, think or read, undisturbed, and without the obsessive need to check emails every 5 minutes (stillness, attention).

It’s important to choose your words wisely. They should embody who you are and where you are right now in your life. They must point to how you want to be and feel, and what you would like to achieve.

Perhaps one word is enough. Perhaps you need more, like I do.

Where will you find your words? Oh, probably here, there and everywhere! Look out for them on the websites you visit, the books you read, in the lyrics of songs and even from the Ads on TV.

Be alert for them and you’ll eventually connect.

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