My 2016 Word of the Year

Last year, I joined many others by choosing a ‘word of the year’ that would motivate me and help shape my year.  I enjoyed the process and this year and last, I used Susannah Conway’s program for choosing a word.  My word last year was flourish.  I was starting a new business…which created much change in my life and I felt the need to flourish in this new lifestyle.  It was a good word and served me well.

This time around the word did not come as easily to me…well, that’s not true.  The word came easily to me, I just didn’t like the word at first.  It is definitely my word for 2016…but I had to really think on it for two weeks before I decided to keep it.

I followed Susannah’s process and did all the writing prompts and this word just kept showing up…and I didn’t like the word one bit.  I didn’t like how the word sounded on my tongue…didn’t like that the word wasn’t obvious like flourish but this is my word, I kept telling myself.  I even tried the process again to see if I could find a new word….no, this is my word.

Mostly, I think the word scares me and intimidates me…but that’s a good thing, I decided. This year I need to be stretched and challenged, I need to do more than just flourish! In 2016, I want to help people…help my clients, my family, my friends…I want to be there for people. So…in the end, this word was perfect for me.

My dad’s (and one of mine) favorite quote from Zig Ziglar is: “You can have everything you want in life, if you will just help other people get what they want.” The older I get, the more this quote makes sense to me.  If I want to grow my business (and I do!), I need to help others get what they want.

So, my word for 2016 is RADIATE: “to emit energy, to extend, to project or glow with cheerfulness and joy”

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Do you have a word for 2016 yet? I’d love to hear yours in the comment section!

xoxo

Just Say Yes

This is going to seem confusing to some because I am a big believer in saying no.  I know several justsayyesfriends who are overwhelmed in their daily lives because they cannot say ‘no’ to anything and therefore find themselves obligated to a lot of activities.  In the last few years, I have worked very hard to say no to things that deep down I just really didn’t want to do.  In this effort, I have protected the time in my life to do the things and spend time with the people that really matter to me.  If you are having trouble with this…I urge you to learn to say no!

However…there are times when you should just say yes. Those times when you are a little bit scared of the request because it might stretch you or push you a bit…those times, say yes.   Maybe you think you won’t know anyone at a networking event but you really want to hear the speaker…say yes! When you are offered to choose a book for the book club but you’ve never chosen before and you are afraid that no one will want to read your favorite author…say yes! Or when your boss wants you to present a project to the board but you are not sure you are ready…say yes!

There are times in our work and personal lives when we need a little push off the high dive. My high dive moment came last week when one of my favorite people, Paulette Nieuwenhof with the Poultry Federation, needed an emcee for her Ladies Luncheon and she asked me to be the emcee. I immediately thought NO WAY but the more Paulette and I talked the more I realized I needed to say yes.  I have no problem speaking in front of a crowd, I’ve attended this luncheon four times in the past so I know what the emcee responsibilities are and I cannot say no to Paulette.  But more than that, I needed to say yes to push myself and expand my comfort zone a bit.  I’m running a business for goodness sake, I can surely emcee a ladies luncheon…right? Right!

So, in a couple of weeks, because I said yes, I will be honored to emcee the Poultry Festival’s Ladies Luncheon, A Garden Party.  

When was the last time you were nervous to say yes but it turned out fine? I’d love your reassurance to hear your story!

Friday Fab Four

IMG_5432I hope everyone had a great week.  There were so many great articles, it was tough to pick just four but that’s what the headline says! Enjoy.

1. Why More Women Run Companies in New York than in Silicon Valley–Steve Blank {Bravo NY! #girlpower}

2. Stacking Habits: How to Finally Stick to your Morning Routine–Benjamin Spall {fascinating! I’m going to try this}

3. The Mistake Smart People Make: Being in Motion v. Taking Action–James Clear {I def need to take more action!}

4. Newcastle is Crowdfunding Their Super Bowl Commercial–Jessica Gioglio {What a great idea! Wish TTG could afford to jump in! }

My Word for 2015

IMG_5424 2I don’t know where this practice has been all my life but I am so glad Jackie wrote about her word because I am now obsessed with the process of having a word to lead me in the new year.  I used Susannah Conway’s process to help me find my word even though I thought I had my word already.  (I wanted to make sure it was the perfect word for me.)  It was surprising that in Susannah’s process I had to do some writing and then circle words that stood out to me…some of those words are in the definition of my word.  Spooky!

I am a huge believer in setting intentions and finding ways to be positive every day, so this idea of having a word to focus on all year is right up my alley! I know without a doubt when I hit bumps in the road or when I am flying high, this word will remind me to keep working hard and stay humble.   In 2015, I want to grow my new business, The Twiggs Group, grow as a person and I want to focus on my health.  So without further ado, my word for 2015 is:

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to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment. (synonyms: grow, thrive, prosper, do well)

 

 

Do you have a word for 2015?