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We are more than 2 weeks into 2019 which means we are 1/26 of the way done with the new year or about 4%.
And with the first 17 days being full of excitement and new opportunity, I wanted to share a quick tip to help you maximize your intentionality for the year.
That is by picking one word to set the stage for your year. The idea behind One Word is that it helps you find a focus. By selecting just one word for the year, you can prime yourself to take action and make decisions based on this one word.
There aren't any strict guidelines to dictate the word you choose. This is just one of those things that will help keep you on track to achieve your goals. It will put meaning and purpose behind your actions.
I recommend writing your word down and putting it somewhere that you'll see it every day. This will help you think about the word which will increase the likelihood you make decisions based on the word.
The cool thing about this is the word can be anything you want it to be. Last year, my word was CONSISTENCY. I've heard people do kindness, happiness, intention, fun, and so many more. I even heard that Chicago Cubs player Anthony Rizzo picked CONNECTION as his word for the year.
In 2019, my word is MOMENTUM.
Defined as the “quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity” and “the impetus gained by a moving body”, momentum is a powerful word.
I think momentum is a great word for a lot of us. I think many of us will achieve what we think is peak success only to stop, when in reality this is the moment when you need to breakthrough and keep going. This is where momentum plays a huge role.
I’ve seen it time and time again when someone gets a win in life and then stops. Over time the one win loses its appeal and you try to lift off from where you were when you got the win only to find out that it’s much harder to get going. When we have wins, it’s important to celebrate them and enjoy them, but it’s also important to build off of our wins and create the momentum train.
Think about it like this. If you write a book and get some press and early book sales, you may think you've won. It's a great accomplishment, and I think it's important to celebrate this, but if your goals and aspirations are greater or the impact you want to have is bigger, then you need to leverage that momentum. If you stop promoting the book or take a 3 month vacation, it will be hard to pick up where you left off and get going again.
Momentum helps lead to getting in the flow and when you can get in the flow, pieces come together to create results.
When you start to build momentum in any aspect of your life, things start to happen. You can’t necessarily predict what will happen, but you can set yourself up to have momentum favor your goals and ambitions.
In all aspects of my life I want to focus on momentum and continuing to build on the foundation I’ve laid over the past two years. Momentum is a great word for me because it keeps me moving. It prevents me from being satisfied and pushes me to power through and keep growing.
At the same time, momentum isn’t about the go-go-go mentality. It’s also, for me, a chance to build momentum in habits that I want to maintain and continuing adding onto.
In 2018, I started meditating consistently. I want to expand on that and meditate for longer periods of time or even meditate more times than I did last year.
I want to build momentum with my ever growing appreciation of the now. I want to focus on the present moment more than I did, so building momentum there will help me achieve that.
In 2018, we did some great things from a business standpoint and in 2019, I want to capitalize on all of that success. As a small business owner, momentum is one of the big trigger points for me as I take my business to the next level.
From the speaking side, I want to gain momentum and really start to make a name for myself as the go to expert on relationships and achieving personal success and happiness.
From the Professional Basketball Combine side, I want to gain momentum and continue to innovate and help impact the NBA pre draft process. I want to pick up where we left off and find more ways to increase media attention, add new events to give the players a better experience, create more opportunity for talent evaluators to see new prospects, and much more.
The beautiful thing about all of this is you can choose whatever word you want. This is a personal choice that will help you in your life. For me, that word is MOMENTUM.
What is your ONE WORD for 2019?
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