What's your ONE WORD for 2024?
From Annelies & Conduit for Change, LLC
What's your ONE WORD for 2023?
Think of your ONE word like a fish hook from which all the year suspends. It represents your mindset; a combination of values, integrity, goals and desire to show up in a way that feels good, aligning with what really truly matters to you now.
For over three decades, since 1993, when I was in training and development as a regional educator with Matrix Essentials, I learned to craft a ONE word yearly practice. I had a great boss who taught me how to set goals and stay focused, and we led a great team to do the same.
I've held this intention practice of synthesizing the upcoming year to ONE WORD ever since! Imagine suspending an entire year of action and intent upon one idea thread, one word. It's a very powerful practice.
Choosing one word is different from a "new years resolution" that often fails. Reason being, often these are based on specific goals that aren't achievable because they don't match our values. ie: a big house, fancy car, ultra-fit body might "look" like what we "think" we want but in actuality we might want validation, connection or sense of freedom.
Honing in on the FEELING of an outcome is very different than acquiring a thing. Not to say things aren't good goals to go for... Go for it! If you really want something. However-- it's pertinent to first know ourselves to know IF these things are merely an attempt to compensate for a loss verses bringing us closer to the feeling we truly desire. Subtle huge difference.
Check in with yourself... what's the feeling you need/want more of this year? It's subtle. Listen deeply for clues to what you honestly need more of. That's your one word!
My word this year is PORTAL; gateway to expanded awareness. For me, it's about opening doorways and relationships to exponential sustainable growth. It's time to serve more people, to help them in ways that only creativity, compassion and coaching can do collectively, and that I'm uniquely gifted to offer.
Even as I'm writing this I just received a call to speak and facilitate a program integrating creative process for community development and inclusion to reduce stigma and improve the lives of leaders, staff and community living with and working with those living with mental illness. We never know what magic is round the bend!
PORTAL for me is as much about serving more people, as it is about me improving my game. I'm a life-long-learner too. Do you know what I do when I think I know but see evidence around that maybe I don't? I hire a coach. It's been three years since I did. We start this week! How about you?
What action can help you open a new door in '24?
More people need to know I'm here to help them through difficult conversations, through uncertainty at work and in life. More people need to know I'm uniquely skilled at both leadership and life/wellness and that HR has funding to pay for coaching, speaking and facilitation of engaging experiences with me. Did you know this? Did you know I offer a sliding scale and scholarships too? Need help, just ask.
So... that's my word. PORTAL. What's yours?
Put your word where you can see daily. Challenge yourself to say "YES" to things and people that help you stay aligned, and "NO" to what doesn't. You don't need to have everything perfect. Stay in alignment with what matters most to you. What's your ONE WORD for 2024?
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Annelies M Gentile, MA, PCC
Integrative Life & Leadership Coach
Author | Speaker | Consultant | Facilitator | Process Artist
"Helping you, and those you serve, face uncertainty with courage, creativity and grace."
We're human beings, not human doings. We forget why we're here and what's important. Disconnect, stress, overwhelm and grief further separate us from one another, our vitality, ideas and compassion to lead our lives and organizations better. Imagine a world where we live, work and play well together, a world where we listen, feel safe and belong.
Annelies, MA, PCC is the executive founder of Conduit for Change, LLC your resource for resilience and creative transformation guiding leaders, communities, congregations, families and organizations through change using an integrative approach that's intermodal and presence-based. ie: whole person/whole system. While the world mechanizes... we humanize. THINK: personal and professional development with soul.
Her business Conduit for Change, LLC offers a collection of services that are custom-designed and unique to the needs of each client. Influencing all levels of change from micro to macro, she works with individuals and small to large groups. Services include:
- Executive Leadership Coaching
- Life & Wellness Coaching
- Creative Consulting
- Interactive Speaker Keynotes
- Retreat & Workshop Facilitation
- Interfaith Ministry
Expertise: Integrative Health and Wellness, Resiliency, Transformative Leadership, Conflict Transformation, Creative Process, Expressive Arts, Team-building, Positive Psychology, Mindset, Mindfulness, Spirituality, Grief and more.
Annelies is one of the rare coaches that has both a Masters degree in Coaching and is Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) with ICF, the most established and recognized qualifier of coaches in the world. Learn More about Annelies and how she can help you navigate change.