The internet has been abuzz with power words… at least this is the first I’m catching it. Maybe it was a thing last year too, and I’m late on the trend.
Either way, I’m hearing a lot of Moms throw out some amazingly actionable words to harness for the coming year.
Courage. Perseverance. Growth.
I love the energy this type of movement brings and it carries a great wave of momentum into the new year. I want to get on board!
Except here’s the thing. I want to suggest a word for you.
So if you’re new to this trend like me and need some inspiration or maybe you’ve got your word but it wouldn’t hurt if you had a backup, then hear me out.
My Power Word
This word equips you with the mindset to achieve fulfillment and purpose. It guides you to lead a life you love.
We all need it or need more of it.
Even if you think you’ve captured the essence of this word in your life, it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. You will always want to find a way to achieve more of it not just for you, but for those around you.
I love this word because it goes beyond your self-interests. It is something you’ll want to share with your family and friends.
Because once you have it, you’ll want to find a way to spread it. The more you give it, the more you receive it.
Why You Need Happy
How often do you hear “I’m stressed” from your Mom friends or your own inner thoughts?
Most likely, it’s more frequently than you should.
Why are they stressed? Why are you stressed?
What’s missing from your life? Maybe nothing? For the most part, maybe everything is fine.
Fine doesn’t translate to happy. Fine gets you by. If you want a life that fulfills you with greater purpose, you’ve got to be intentional about your efforts towards happiness.
You don’t either ‘have it’ or ‘not have it’.
Happiness is something you cultivate, work at, and practice.
Even when you’ve got the hang of it, you review, revise, and reinforce habits that keep you aligned with a mission of happiness.
Don’t fall for the excuse that “some people are just born with it.”
Happier People Achieve More
Finding happiness in your life opens the door towards greater success. Not just for yourself but for those you care about.
When you commit to making happiness a priority, you model it for your kids. It inspires them to be intentional about leading a happy life.
Happier people look at the World with greater opportunity and hunger that propels them to grow more, learn more, inspire more, love more, and change more.
As a parent, it comes full circle when we witness our children leading happy and purposeful lives they love.
Choose happy. Be the role model they need.
You Can’t Afford Not To
In today’s fast pace, technology-driven culture you are constantly immersing yourself in social media.
Social media poses a high threat to your happiness. Anytime you jump on Facebook to check your feed, you run the risk of opening yourself up to unhealthy emotions such as anger, sadness, and jealousy.
Scrolling through social media presents an easy opportunity to compare ourselves to others which creates jealousy. It can provide an outlet for us to vent which may welcome unproductive criticism.
It is difficult to sustain a high level of happiness when social media is so available. That’s why we see so many articles about screen-free time, removing the phones from the dinner table, and unplugging to reconnect.
Choosing ‘happy’ as your power word will serve as an intentional reminder that you can always say ‘No’ to the elusive rewards of social media.
Tip: Turn off social media notifications on your phone; even hearing that sound from across the room conditions you to “just check” your phone, the same way as Pavlov’s Dogs.
It’s Not That Hard
Being intentional happy isn’t made up of grand gestures and goals. It’s built up in our daily habits.
It’s been said that it takes two weeks to create a routine and a day to break it.
All you need to do is commit to small daily practices and happiness will become more abundant in your life.
This is another reason why you NEED this word. It will act as your daily reminder to practice happiness.
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Do You Love Your Job?
If you DO love your job – that’s awesome, you’ve got something that gives you purpose and encourages you to inspire and lead others.
If not, you are definitely not in the minority. You may not hate your job, but you are far from in love with it. Happens to a lot of us, right?
Well, what if being happier could create more love towards your career? It’s possible.
And totally worth a shot considering you may spend close to 40 hours there a week. What good is going to a job where you just waste time?
Happy Is A Movement
If a bunch of us Moms pull together under the idea of ‘Happy’ as our power word, think about the ripple effect!
How much more could we inspire other Moms?!
More happiness, more success, more financial freedom, and more passion!
It happens all too often that we feel undervalued, underappreciated, overwhelmed, and overworked. What can we do to change that? For ourselves and for others?
I’m not sure of the answer, but I think it could very well start with being intentional about our happiness. Share it, spread it, encourage it, and be happy together.
It Really Happens
It’s true, working together accomplishes more than working alone. You get the opportunity to share the journey with others.
You get the benefit of multiple perspectives. AND you get the chance to expand your influence.
Take for example THIS POST, it only happened because Lauren over at Simply-Well-Balanced saw the rewards of WORKING TOGETHER.
Our blogs reach similar readers who are passionate about pursuing better lives for themselves and their families.
Lauren brought myself and Bri from HippieDippie Mom together to create 3 value-packed presentations centered on major areas in our lives: finance, happiness, and health.
Together we were able to accomplish more and generate more value for Moms who may need it.
It’s Your Call
What do you think? Did I persuade you? Get you to think twice about your power word?
To me, if you’ve taken the time to read this far, you’ve taken the time to really think about your happiness and the actions you take each day. That in itself is a win.
Being aware of your actions and how they inspire or hinder the growth of your family is a starting point and it’s one I hope you continue to ruthlessly pursue.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to share your power word AND your why!