In January I wrote about my Three Words for 2014. It has been very enlightening reviewing that post and thinking about the past thee months.
Today I’ll review my three words very generally, then over the next three weeks, I’ll take a closer look at each of the words on their own.
My three words were Intention, Choice, and Consistency. Each of those words are informing my life in very different ways so far this year.
Intentions are related to habits. If you are intent on beginning a new habit, then it will form more quickly and more easily than if you don’t have that intention. I am still working on building my intentions for my personal singing practice habits. Sometimes life (or death) just happens and your intentions are skewered for a while.
Choice – we always have a choice of what action (or inaction) we will take. In my case, every weekday when I get home from my morning job, I choose to eat a square or two of chocolate and read for pleasure for about 15 minutes. I choose to get up 20 minutes earlier than last year so I can spend time writing and starting my day.
Consistency is something that can be harder to maintain. I’d like to say I’m consistent in my writing habits, but the truth is, I write (on average) three mornings a week. I want to be more consistent with my personal singing practice, but I need to adjust my choices to make that happen.
I want to draw your attention to a phrase from my original post Three Words for 2014 that has grabbed readers’ attention.
‘The only constant in life is change, therefore consistency in my actions will bring about the changes that will happen!’
In reviewing this phrase, I am struck by how true it is.
But I also want to share that I have learned the following in the past three months:
My choices lead to consistency in my intentions.
My consistent intention will inform good choices.
My intention will direct consistent choices.
It’s this wonderful trifecta of related words that is swirling around my being and guiding me through the year.
Did you set up three words for 2014? It’s not too late! Reflect on the past three months and see if any specific words make themselves known to you. Share them in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!