Word for the Year 2014

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Love Maybe you’ve seen others talking about choosing a word for the year to focus on…maybe you’re someone who’s got their own word for the year…I also chose a word for the year but have mostly kept it to myself to this point.  Today, Valentine’s Day, seemed like a great day to share it since my word is…

LOVE

It’s not necessarily what you might be thinking…

It’s about loving myself and bringing whatever I choose to love into my life more and more.  I want to live a rich and inspired life and focus on what I love rather than what is not so perfect in my life…an easy direction to go.

I think it’s easy for many of us to focus on the negative…it might be worse for me…you see, I am a black and white thinker…if it isn’t perfect, it just might suck.  I am also a strategic thinker…a gift of mine that I’m quite proud of and, yet, there is a flip side…an evil side to any gift…in this case, I am constantly looking at the big picture and asking myself what isn’t working and then looking for a way to fix it.

Marcus Buckingham’s book Find Your Strongest Life, which we just explored in Be Inspired U, talks about the importance of looking for those moments of awesomeness and finding ways to bring more of them into your life.  He is the reason I began to realize how easy it is to look at the negative rather than the positive AND what we focus on multiplies.

Don’t get me wrong…things are pretty good in my life.  I’m in a place I never imagined I might be in.  I have people around me who I care for deeply and also care for me.  I have a wonderful home that I love.  Business is good.  I’ve found hobbies that I absolutely adore and bring me deep, deep joy.  What more could I ask for, right?

Still, sometimes, things feel off to me.  They aren’t quite right.  I’m always looking for more.  Is that bad?  No.  I just want to be mindful about where my focus is.  If 99% of life is awesome, why focus on the 1% that isn’t, right?  It’s still a challenge for me.

I’m currently exploring these two aspects, strategic thinker and black and white thinker, and have been for a while.  I want to find ways to live in the shining light of these gifts…rather than visiting the dark side of them.  I want to find happiness and joy fully in my life, rather than looking at the 1% that isn’t quite right.

And this all begins with Love.

Love of self.

A desire to fully engage in life and live it to the fullest.  A desire to love, be loved, feel love….BE LOVE.

So my focus this year is on how I can love myself more and more every day.  How I can focus on what is working really well and bring more of that into my life.

So I can BE LOVE…

For myself and for those around me.

Did you choose a word for the year?  If so, what is it and why did you choose it? I hope you’ll share below.

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