How to Make Changes That Really Last

In the last newsletter, I shared my yearly practice of choosing a word for the year. I hadn’t quite landed on my word but promised to share when I did. 2016 was spent clarifying what I really wanted(some legacy work going on there) and healing the things that were holding me back. This year I’m ready to move forward again. So here it is my word for 2017 is Action. Webster defines it as “the process or state of being active” and “an exertion of power or force.” As I wrote the word on my whiteboard and in my planner I created a 6 part list:

 

A – Allowing – to take action, I must first allow.
C – Courage – action can be scary remember to use my courage muscle.
T – Trust – always trust my gut.
I – Imperfection- imperfect action is better than stagnation
O – Open – open to possibility, collaboration, new ideas, new formats, new structure.
N – Never let go of my Why.(more on that next time)

This little list embodies what my word symbolizes for me and helps to anchor it in place. There are many reasons that anchoring it is important, but the most important one is invisible. It shifts your energy. The thoughts you think affect your behaviors, that is pretty obvious for most people. If you’re thinking the guy across the room is creepy your behavior toward him will be very different than if you thought he was a well-respected talk show host.

Thoughts also affect cellular function too. Stress-related illness and the placebo effect are good examples. By anchoring in a word every time it is seen, thought about, or heard it registers in your body and brain. The repetition makes your cells and brain react differently, new neuropathways form, and you behave differently. The word begins to resonate in your energy field, brain and your body as movement toward your desired goal. This supports you in subtle but powerful ways. It’s the secret sauce so to speak that helps you move past the old patterns and into a new way of being.

If you haven’t tried the word activity I highly recommend you do, you can find it here.
Questions are always welcome just enter them in the comment section below and be sure to leave your word in the comments as well.

4 thoughts on “How to Make Changes That Really Last”

  1. Thank you for this, Cathy. I was asked this question, what is your word of the year, on New Years Day. Initially I had thought it was “clarity” but I have shifted and would like to borrow your word “action” as I really feel that my first pick allows me to continue to procrastinate by keeping myself in the safety of my thoughts, meditation, instead of taking the action that is needed to create the momentum which allows for me to feel how I want to feel. Action is what brings our gifts to the world and will help to heal the world. And so it is…..

    1. Tina,

      I agree the movement that comes with action is what gets us out of our comfort zone and creating what matters. Keep me updated, I would love to hear how it unfolds for you. Let your light shine 🙂
      Cathy

  2. Cathy, your post came when I needed it the most. My husband of 46 years passed away on the 13th and I am now faced with many challenges, including just trying to process it all and move forward. I am 66 years old and my own health is not good at the moment, no doubt from stress. I hope I can get through this because there are others depending on me.

    1. Barb,

      I am so sorry for your loss. The grieving process is stressful and unpredictable, be kind to yourself. I believe in the strength of the human spirit, and in you. Holding the space for healing.
      Cathy

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