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WEEKLY JOURNAL: Your Word of the Year

Inspirational Glass Stones

“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees.Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” -Katie Couric

Each new year, a friend of mine — instead of creating a long and lofty resolution — chooses one word and makes it her supporting focus for the year. She was told, “choose a word that best supports and soothes you and mentally puts you in a place where you are your best”. What a brilliant idea! When I found this out, I was inspired and immediately began working on choosing a word of my own.

Thinking about my word led me down a squeemish and self-reflective path. Determining ‘your word’ requires staying introspective and still long enough to check in with your gut and truly listen to yourself. You have to be honest about your fears, insecurities and imperfections, as well as what you are striving for in life and why. So, after plenty of discomfort and thinking (of which I will spare you the details), I discovered my word for 2013: grace.

Grace, or in other words giving myself a break, is what I need to keep in mind when I am feeling inadequate in one of the many roles that I, like all of us, play in life — professional, friend, parent, spouse, neighbor… the list is goes on. On the days when I am not feeling “enough”, I will remind myself to give myself grace — that while I can always try my best, it is impossible for me to be or have it all, all at once. Even just thinking about it now makes me breathe a sigh of relief!

So, what supporting and soothing word would remind you to come to a place mentally where you are your best? Is it Worth? Adventure? Openness? Listen? Love? Strength? Rest? Peace? Grow? Patience? Joy? Travel? Family? Friends? Career? Energy? Fun? Financial freedom?…

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Point to Ponder:

What situations in your life do you wish you would respond to differently?

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Action Item:

Choose a word that will support and soothe you and remind you to respond to those situations in a way that reflects you at your best. Write it down and put it somewhere where you will see it on a regular basis.  Then, say it to yourself when necessary!

WEEKLY JOURNAL: The Road to Your Best You in 2013

The Road to Your Best You

The noblest question in the world is, what good may I do in it?
-Benjamin Franklin

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

I think it’s safe to say that in 2013 we all want to experience good health, happiness and prosperity. To get there, setting goals and being intentional about our wants and needs is necessary — but what if we first determined what our best really looks like? For example, rather than focusing on the desired outcome, let’s think about what we will need to do on a daily basis that will allow us to be our best and ultimately give our best to others. After all, isn’t the ultimate goal to lay our heads down at night knowing that we have done our best, used our gifts and helped one another? The process may look something like this:

Step 1: Ask yourself, what does my best self look like? Could it be…

  • 7-9 hours of sleep each night?
  • Quality time with my family/friends?
  • Exercising five times a week?
  • Meditating each morning?
  • Eating five high protein/low carb meals each day?
  • Spending six days a week giving of my time, talents, or treasures?
  • Drinking 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water or cranberry water each day?
  • Resting one day a week?

Step 2: Ask yourself, when I make the effort to be my best everyday, what is the result?  Could it be…

  • I am happy
  • I am energetic
  • I am fulfilled
  • I am patient
  • I am kind
  • I am productive
  • I am loving
  • I am generous
  • I am healthy
  • I am someone that people want to spend time with, allowing me to bring and spread joy

Step 3: Read the following five quotes, listen closely to your heart and without hesitation write down all of the ways you want to be and give your best this year. Keep this information handy, as this is the beginning of an exciting opportunity for yourself and everyone around you!

“It takes courage for a person to listen to their own goodness and act on it.” ~ Pablo Casals

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“The work of your heart, the work of taking time, to listen, to help, is also your gift to the whole of the world.” ~ Jack Kornfield

“The luxury of doing good surpasses every other personal enjoyment.” ~ John Gay

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” ~ Joanna Macy

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Point to Ponder:
Do the actions you take in your daily life represent your best you?

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 Action Item:
Determine what your ‘best you’ looks like and all of the ways you want to be and give your best self this year.

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

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We are refreshed and renewed by gratitude. It’s a powerful force, able to transform any mood or circumstance.
— Kristin Armstrong

Action Item:
End and begin each day with a grateful spirit and acknowledge at least one thing you are grateful for. This new habit, more than any other, will lead to all positive change in the New Year and a legacy filled life.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

As I mentioned in the introduction journal of this Journey, the New Year is one of my favorite times. I wish I could say it’s because I’m a party animal who rings it in with bells, whistles, confetti and champagne, but it’s actually just the opposite. The perfect New Year’s Eve for me is a nice and quiet dinner with wine and dessert, comfy (and roomy) PJ’s on no later than 10:00 p.m, relaxing in bed and channel surfing by 10:30 p.m. and asleep before the clock strikes midnight.

But, what also comes prior to the New Year is a holiday filled with sweet family time, lots of napping and “activities” that require no thinking, which is code for “doing nothing.” Basically, I hibernate to celebrate and have found this is the best thing I can do to recharge my battery and become re-inspired. It’s also a cleansing opportunity, as I forgive myself for what I didn’t accomplish during the previous year, re-evaluate my life and goals, and become refocused and committed so I can be, feel and give my best everyday. Could use a little guidance on putting the notion of thankfulness into action? That’s what this Weekly Intention Guide is for!

On the flip side, however, due to getting so excited about the new year and have an all-or-nothing personality, I am eager to quickly accomplish all of my goals. Consequently I bite off WAY more than I can chew, put the horse before the cart, and the end result is fatigue, failure and back to square one before the end of January! So…this year I have decided to put the cart before the horse and start the process at a much slower, methodical and intentional pace. Rather than try to replace all of my bad habits at once, I am going to add one positive habit to my life each week, with the first being gratitude.

Kristin Armstrong wisely suggests in her Heart of my Heart devotional book that “We are refreshed and renewed by gratitude. It’s a powerful force, able to transform any mood or circumstance.” It’s the same concept as the Law of Attraction and “light attracting light;” when we end and begin each day with a grateful spirit, acknowledging at least one thing that we are grateful for, our mindset shifts, our spirit is joyful and even the worst situation is viewed as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. We highly recommend starting a gratitude journal, and here’s an easy step-by-step way to do so:

We are very fortunate because THE PERFECT gratitude opportunity awaits us during week one of our Journey. After having a week of above normal temperatures, this week presents the opposite conditions. The ARTIC BLAST of 2011 is blowing in, which can make getting outside to iGnite Your Life more challenging. Therefore, rather than focus on the 2.5 days of below average temperatures and five minutes (max) of cold discomfort, an idea for your first gratitude opportunity is go to bed and wake up being thankful to be alive and well. Because being alive and well, after all is what alone provides us with infinite freedoms, especially if we never let any thing, person or past experience play a role in our health, happiness and future! It’s just a suggestion 🙂

We have SO much to be thankful for at ignite...this amazing city full of green parks, trails and lakes, supportive friends, and our friends to inspire us to continue iGniting our lives.

We have SO much to be thankful for at ignite…this amazing city full of green parks, trails and lakes, supportive friends, and our friends to inspire us to continue iGniting our lives.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I am 100% guilty of what the man in our video of the week suggests women to be guilty of, but I am! But, despite the urge to put the horse before the cart, we’re going to take the intention of living our legacy in a systematic manner — building upon one positive habit after another, with laying the gratitude brick first. I encourage you to watch the video in its entirety, as it is SPOT ON and hysterical, and laughing will put you in a grateful mindset more quickly than anything.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- What are five things you are thankful for…right now?

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