What's YOUR word-of-the-year?

I love the energy heading into a new year. 

There's something exhilarating about a fresh start, a clean slate, and a chance to begin again. I started my annual tradition of choosing a word of the year in 2006 after reading about it in the newsletter I got from Christine Kane.  She was a singer at the time.  Now she's my coach.

I've been writing about it and doing word-of-the-year workshops since 2014.

In the sport of swimming, teams are often training over the New Year's holiday. We had a lot of international athletes on our team. We had a new year's count down for the different time zones across the world and even learned how to say "Happy New Year" in different languages. 

I wanted to take time to celebrate this new beginning with the team - and tap into this powerful energy.  Since we were already training hard and the team was pretty tired, I didn't want to add another serious "goal" to their plate..like coming up with a bunch of resolutions.

I wanted to do something more fun...more powerful...more meaningful. I introduced them to my tradition of choosing a word of the year.

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A Powerful Ritual for the New Year

Beginnings...bring a different energy! 

I love the start of a new year. There's something exhilarating about a fresh start and a clean slate: a new calendar, writing the number 1, and re-training the brain to write a '16 instead of a '15 on checks (if you still write checks).

In the sport of swimming, teams are often at training camp over the New Year's holiday. We started a tradition of sitting down as a team and thinking about an intention for the year. Since we were training hard and the team was pretty tired, I didn't want to add another serious "goal" to their plate..like coming up with a bunch of resolutions. I wanted something more fun...more powerful...more meaningful.

Resolutions

There's nothing wrong with setting a new year's resolution. It's great to work towards things you want to change and set goals to get there. For me, they just never really worked.

Resolutions bring out perfectionist tendencies - leaving lots of room to fall short and end up feeling guilty. By the end of January a pretty good "not good enough" hangover has kicked in. Bad habits return and along with the familiar shoulder shrug..."oh well" attitude.

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