Here we are, ten days into the New Year, and I’m curious – – how many people have already forgotten their New Year’s resolutions? And if you remember what yours are, are you still practicing them? It’s a mixed bag, I’m guessing. Some of you have them written down, maybe even with action steps, ‘by when’ dates, and goals associated with each. Some of you might say, “New Year’s resolutions? I stopped doing those years ago!” I’m here to tell you, I’ve fallen into both categories. This year, however, I fall into a new category. The category is called watchword.
Last week I received an email from a girlfriend named Karen. She and I became good friends while I was living in the UK. Her email was very informative, catching me up on all the latest. In it, she asked me if I had made any New Year’s resolutions. She shared hers with me, then continued to tell me about an article she had recently read. The article suggested using a watchword instead of, or in addition to, making resolutions. My curiosity was piqued. I was unfamiliar with the word “watchword” used in this context; I had only ever heard it used as a military term, like a sort of password. But just the sound of it made sense to me: take a word, an action word, and every time you think of it, ‘watch,‘ or be ‘brought back to’ being mindful of what you’ve declared your focus to be. It sounded right to me, but I had to be sure, so I grabbed my iPhone and tapped on my dictionary app (don’t laugh, you’d do the same).
watchword – a word or phrase expressive of a principle or rule of action
My first reaction: I like this. I like this a lot. It’s simple, but more than that, it’s doable. And if it’s simple and doable, the chances that I’ll still be focused on my watchword come December of this year have just markedly increased.
Very quickly I decided my watchword for 2011 is create. I create positive intention around my thoughts, around my actions. I create inspirational messages and use Trust Life Today as a vehicle for expressing them. I create meaningful connections with others in person, via email, through my blog. The list can go on and on. But the beauty of the watchword is, on any given day, if I feel unclear as to what I’m doing, I can ask myself, “What are you creating, Leslie?” And with that question, my hope is that I’m brought back to a reminder that yes, I create the things I just mentioned, but I also create so much more. I create my experiences…ALL of them. Every last one of them. And with that, I create my reality. That is MY responsibility and no one else’s. A reminder like that gives me great comfort and a sense of grounding. Because after I create, then I Trust. And it all comes full circle for me, creating and trusting, creating and trusting….