The idea is that you choose one word to apply to the coming year. Our family did this a couple of years ago and found it to be a fun and interesting way to engage and encourage each other.
I was recently reminded of this challenge and the word that came to my mind instantly was ALLOW.
One of the big revelations I’ve had in my life lately is that I try too hard to make things happen rather than setting them up an allowing them to happen. I do this in my business, my personal life, with my horses. Patterns, right?
Think about it-“make” implies there’s some resistance whereas “allow” implies freedom to choose. This philosophy may seem a bit backward in our goal-oriented, “go for it or die trying” culture, but I believe that changing how I think about this will work better for me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have goals or will be ignoring deadlines. It does mean that I will give up the attachment to the outcome. I will set things up, influencing the best way I can and then ALLOW whatever happens.
Where did I gain this insight? From the horses, of course! “Allowing” works much better with them than “making.” You’ve heard of the saying, “Man changed against his will is of the same opinion still.” The same also applies to horses.
If you want more ideas on choosing and applying your word, visit One Little Word here.
I encourage you to choose a word for 2012. When you do, please share it and the reason you chose it. It can have a powerful effect on whatever you “allow.”