Jan 9, 2017

Life This Week 9/1/2017: My Word For 2017.

Stop.  A word of definitive action. A word that looks the business especially when written in block capitals.  A word that compels me to action every time I read, say or write it.


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In 2017, 'Stop' will allow me to pause and take a step back to:

  • think through my potential actions or words from perspectives other than my own
  • walk away from the negative 
  • stand firm on a course of action with calm conviction
  • make sure that my words and actions effect positive changes even if they may be difficult changes to make
  • take a look at the bigger picture
  • avoid getting tangled up in a whirlpool of distractions
  • avoid hesitating because when I hover about something, my immediate reaction is often the one I regret
  • relax those shoulders and just breathe.
My challenge now is how to put this into effective practice.  I'm getting good at seeing that red stop sign in my mind's eye now.  The next step is to then put action one of the above alternatives after I 'see' my 'sign'.


Do you have a word or image for 2017?  Could 'stop' work for you?




21 comments:

  1. I love your word, in fact I'm loving all of the words people are sharing. I suppose STOP would be part of my word, SIMPLIFY, I want to STOP and breathe and be in the moment more in 2017. I would love everyone to STOP and be kinder to each other - we can only hope. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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    1. If we have intention, the rest will follow.

      At least that's what I keep trying for..

      SSG xxx

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  2. I like the idea of moving ahead with a calm conviction. Very wise.

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    1. I often look back at the way I've reacted to things when they've gone pear shaped and thought that if only I'd been calmer, things could have worked out differently or at least I could have coped a bit better with them.

      SSG xxx

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  3. It sounds like your STOP is associated with COLLABORATE and LISTEN (see what I did there?)

    That's a super word. I love it.
    Mine is fearlessness.

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  4. Great word and I just read Kelly Exeter's post last night and her word is 'why' and I think it's similar - it reminds us to pause for a moment and consider what we are doing or saying or agreeing to and making sure it's something we really want to do or say.

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    1. Off to read Kelly's post too.

      The pause is life changing.

      SSG xxx

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  5. Oh I like that one and the reasons for it! I sometimes hear myself saying 'stop' and today I changed the inner voice from cranky to compassionate and it actually helped. So, while you may want to stop I hope it can be from a position of care and protection of you rather than punitive. Self-compassion guru is Kirstin Neff PhD if you want to know more! Thanks for linking up #lifethisweek 2/52 Denyse x

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    1. You are so right about the inner voice behind stopping. Hoping to bring compassion into my 'stop' this year as well.

      SSG xxx

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  6. That's a great word and reasoning behind it! I haven't thought of a word this year yet, been so caught up in everything with baby boy that I'm just surprised we're already a week into the new year!

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    1. Things will settle down and that perfect word, phrase or mental image will come!

      SSG xxx

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  7. I love that you have an image you can see in your mind to connect to your word. Mine is grace and your first point is part of my journey- stopping and thinking before I react etc.

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  8. Ooh, this is a great word! I never thought of STOP in this way at all. And *applause* to Cilosophy for the Vanilla Ice reference - well played.

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  9. I had a phrase for 2016, which was 'if not now, when?'. It arose from the year as it went on, rather than me setting it out at the beginning of the year, which I quite liked. I haven't quite thought of a word/phrase for 2017 yet, mostly because with our move to Sydney this year I have absolutely no clue what life is going to look like 6 months from now. It's making envisaging things a bit tricky!

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  10. Oooh I like this. It's not a word I would have thought of, but I like your slant on it. Good luck for 2017.

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  11. When I think of STOP as a guiding word, I think of Stop and smell and the roses. I could definitely benefit from stop and walk away from the negative, and avoid hesitating. :)

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  12. Great word!! I need to do the last one in your list over and over again. I carry all my tension in my shoulders... I swear they end up around my ears most days. I'm also going to try and walk away from negative things this year, avoid distractions and persevere with the positive!! Happy 2017, and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. xx

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  13. What a great word! I love that you've taken something slightly negative and put such a positive spin on it.

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