My One Word Intention For 2020

    For the past six years, a New Year's ritual I’ve practiced has been to select one word as my intention or theme for the year ahead. This guides how I intend to show up and has replaced specific goals and outcomes that I used to define for myself.


    My intention for this year is heart. For me, it means learning to listen to and lead more from my heart. I’ve focused a lot on building an understanding of and relationship with my mind over the past many years, and feel good and settled about this. Now I am curious to explore what it looks and feels like for me to lead my life more from my heart. 


    In previous years, my intentions have been trust, fearless, freedom, energy and discover.


    What I have learned is that this one word intention acts as a compass of sorts, or a North Star. It helps guide my decisions, small and large. And in moments when I feel challenged, uncertain or fearful, I turn to it like I would an umbrella in the rain. It gives me some space to carry on with less agitation, anxiety or stress. 

    Setting and sharing an intention for the year with those close to me has been a meaningful way to connect at a deeper level. Over the past year, here are a sampling of intentions friends have set for themselves, which I’m sharing here with you to possibly help inspire yours.


    Acceptance

    Action

    Authentic

    Awareness

    Balance

    Bold

    Breathe

    Care

    Change

    Commitment

    Communication

    Compassion

    Confidence

    Connection

    Control

    Courage

    Create

    Discipline

    Equilibrium

    Explore

    Faith

    Fearless

    Fit

    Focus

    Form

    Fortitude

    Freedom

    Fun

    Generosity

    Giving

    Grace

    Gratitude

    Grounded

    Growth

    Harmony

    Heart

    Humility

    Integrity

    Joy

    Learn

    Lightness

    Love

    Mastery

    Open

    Ownership

    Partnership

    Play

    Positive

    Presence

    Relationships

    Relax

    Respect

    Responsibility

    Self Love

    Serve

    Sincerity

    Simplify

    Surrender

    Thoughtful

    Truth

    Trust

    Understanding

    Union

    Win


    I suspect by now you’ve connected with one word as your intention for the year. If not, don’t worry and give yourself some space. It’ll become clear soon enough. 


    Once I’ve set my intention, I find it helpful to share it with those close to me, make it visible in my physical or digital space and to write some reflections on what this means for me in a journal. This reflects my commitment to my intention. 


    The only choice that I believe that we can make in life is how to show up, especially in the face of challenges that we may encounter along our journey. 

    This one word intention can be an incredible source of inspiration, as it comes from the only place where our truth resides, inside ourselves.