Setting the Tone for 2018 (and Guidance)
At the beginning of 2017, I selected a word that would set the tone for my upcoming year. It took only seconds for me to determine what my word was going to be. My word turned out to be guidance. (And no, the fact that I was guided to use the word guidance was not lost on me!)
What does guidance really mean? Certainly, it could be information received from those who care about you, those who seek to control you, or just a random person on the street. But to me guidance is the internal knowing that always seeks to steer you in the correct direction. Sometimes it is loud and glaring like a flashing neon sign, but at other times it is extremely subtle. In fact, in my experience, the subtle type is much more common.
Following your guidance isn’t always easy to do. For one thing, the subtle nudges we receive are easy to overlook or misinterpret. Or perhaps they seem inconsequential. (Tell me again – why do I need to buy this type of deodorant versus my normal brand?) And while the world might not end if you don’t buy the correct deodorant, following your guidance on a regular basis makes it easier for you to understand what you are being told or shown on future occasions, and it may help you when interpreting the guidance you receive later on with things that really do matter to you.
As we enter into the start of a new year, I encourage you to listen to your guidance and to follow it in all of the small ways and in all of the large ways – and everything in between – as much as you can. Each time you feel the tug, or a glimmer, or a gut feeling about something, even if it is about what brand of deodorant to buy, follow it and see where it leads. There have been many times when I’ve not known why I felt I should do something or say something, but I tended to be very pleasantly surprised by the results later on. That’s not to say that the results are always immediately apparent. Sometimes they aren’t. But by continuing to follow your guidance you will strengthen that bond so that you can recognize guidance when it happens, be open to receive even more of it in your life, and live more authentically.
I would love to hear if others have selected a word for the year, and to hear your experiences. What does your word mean to you? How do you believe it will show up in your life, or how has it already shown up in your life? Is it an active word requiring you to do something, or is it passive and you are to observe and watch and see what happens? I’m curious to see your results! Feel free to comment on this post and let me know. In the meantime, have fun, follow your guidance, and make 2018 the best year it can be. Something tells me you can do it!