I started this last year after visiting the website myoneword.org and hearing about this concept on KLOVE radio. Last year I used the word Intentional to guide my goals and my way of life. It became a very powerful concept in my life, and I made a lot of progress towards my goals, progress in my life, and a deeper relationship with my family.
I have spent the last few weeks thinking about a new word that could help me focus my goals for 2012. This year, I chose the the word Present, as in Being Present (ok- I picked 2 words....)
I know that this word will help me focus on many of my goals:
Being present when I set up my workout schedule for the week or month.
Being present during my workout- not just going through the motions, but pushing my body to it's potential. Being present to know when I need a harder routine or heavier weights.
Being present when I eat- Making good choices for my meals. Planning my meals ahead. Not eating mindlessly or due to emotions.
Being present at work, and being present as I continue to look for new opportunities where I can use my doctoral degree.
Being present with my family. Spending more time just listening or being with them. Not multi-tasking or doing other things when they want to talk to me or play.
There are many other ways that Being Present will help me reach my goals! I am excited and energize by my new One Word!
Here are some things I learned about Being Present as I spent the past few weeks choosing my One Word:
Benefits of Being in the Moment ( found at http://zenhabits.net/a-simple-
1. Increased enjoyment. I find that I enjoy life more if I’m present rather than having my mind elsewhere. Food tastes better, I have more fun with my family, even work becomes more enjoyable.
2. Reduced stress. Worrying about the past and future gives you stress. But being present is almost like meditation. There are no worries. There is just experiencing.
3. Better relationships. When you really commit yourself to being with someone, to listening to them, you are being a better father, husband, friend, daughter, girlfriend. You have better conversations. You bond.
4. Get things done. I find that focusing on what I’m doing, rather than trying to multitask or multithink a million different things at once, I actually complete what I’m doing, do a better job on it, and get it done faster. I don’t necessarily do more, but I get things done. Focus tends to get things done, in my experience, and when your focus is split among a lot of things, it is less powerful.
Here are TEN practical benefits found when you focus on being present:
1. Better performance under pressure. (you're focused)
2. Improved listening and memory skills (you're "present-minded", not "absent-minded")
3. Better conflict resolution (you don't get emotionally 'triggered')
4. More persistence and ability to learn (you are more patient and tolerant of difficulties)
5. Wiser, clearer decisions (you don't react out of habit)
Five health & relationship benefits:
1. Improved physical health & energy. (less stress, lower blood pressure, sharper mind)
2. More laughter and a playful outlook. (you're at peace, so life is more joyful)
3. More honest & open communication (you have nothing to hide)
4. Confidence and conviction in leading others. (you can handle their criticisms)
5. Greater capacity for emotional intimacy. (you are comfortable in your own skin)
I am looking forward to reaching my goals by Being Present!
How about you- have you selected a One Word to guide your goals and help you focus this year?