What’s your one word for the year ahead?

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September is a great time to reset on intentions and work out a plan for what you want to achieve. I found s great exercise on a coaching platform that helps with this.

After reading The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier this summer, I went down the rabbit hole, signing up for his free programme, The Year of Living Brilliantly.

It’s easy to get involved with and involves watching a 3-5 minute video each week, thinking about the questions they pose, answering them in a chat room and engaging with others on the course.

This week’s challenge was introduced Dr Jason Fox, an eccentric guy who describes himself as the Arch-Wizard of Ambiguity.

Otherwise an experienced thinker and speaker in the field of leadership, change management and cultural transformation, Fox poses this challenge for us:

To paraphrase, rather than setting a goal for the next year, which you may or may not be able to break down into meaningful steps, because the world is bonkers and unpredictable and the steps to get there may not be apparent, instead try thinking of a word.

Here are the steps I took to get to my word:

Put aside what you want to achieve 
Think about what you want to be/where you want to end up 
Consider how you might get in your own way 
Find one word that encapsulates all of this

Like an espresso shot for the soul.

My word is FINISH.

I’m great at coming up with ideas, getting excited about the next new thing and starting projects, books etc as they come along. I’m super curious.

But I don’t follow through and complete things as much as I’d like, and as much as others need me to.

So that becomes my philosophy for the next year.

Complete projects
Don’t take on new things if I haven’t finished the last, or if I’m not ready to put it to bed for good

What would your word be? Post it in the comments below!

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