If you read through my blog, you will discover that each year, not only do I do my personal and business goal planning, I also have a long history of starting each new year with a “Word of the Year” or a “Quote of the Year”. I do not really recall where and when I started to do this. It’s just always been a part of what I do.
This year, 2014, my Word of the Year is : Alignment.
A supporting word of the year is: Passion.
Basically, everything I do this year need to be in alignment with each other and based on passion. This means, teams I work on, teams I work for, personal goals or tasks, professional goals and benchmarks I will achieveneed to be in alignment with my top 5 passions.
When all we do is aligned with one another, amazing things happen.
When the teams we work with, participate in are in alignment with one another- even more incredible things occur!
The ‘quote’ of the year will be: “Does this align with my top 5 passions I am taking actions to achieve?”
That question is a guiding post for my journey that I’ve been sharing and will continue to reveal. The benefit of taking this type of a mental approach at all you do is here: when we take the time to line up things, when they are aligned, it does not take a lot of momentum to start a chain reaction for success. It’s kind of like playing dominoes. You can spend hours setting your design and vision just right. Knowing that, along the way, things can happen where you need to reset the vision. The passion to see your vision come to pass is so strong, that you go back, assess, reset and go again.
When we play dominoes, some of the most stunning results of our time, heart and labor occurs when all the pieces are lined up ‘just so’ …and you push the first one. We watch the vision and movement unfold before our eyes. I like to watch people doing things. I’ve seen many people watch dominoes in motion- and it’s always the same: admiration of the dedication, precision, thought process, the engineering and the patience it took to create such a masterpiece. The fluid movement of dominoes in motion is peaceful and exciting to watch. It takes alignment of each piece to make the vision work so those who view the movement can enjoy all the heart and effort that went into the creation.
As you start your 2014, ask yourself “What are areas in your life that feel out of alignment?” What is one action step you can do today to start to get things going in the same direction for max velocity and effectiveness?
2014 is a year to take action to work towards a passion you’ve always wanted to see happen in your life. Take the first step and start to line up the things you need to make that passion a reality!
Here’s to kicking of 2014 with extreme Alignment & Passion!
Here’s to what will be an incredible 2014!
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