Your Personal Power Word For The Year:

by Carole Bourne

“If you don’t want it then why think about it”

Have you chosen your personal power word for the year ahead?  A word that becomes your faithful mantra for the year ahead.  The more you notice your personal power word the more you become it.

Its all about finding one word – just for you and no body else.  Your very own “power word” that you carry silently but confidently with you wherever you go.

You might sing it, write down, sleep with it under your pillow or simply say as a prayer before you get out of bed in the morning.

It’s one word you feel passionate about.  Feel connected with.

One word that resonates deeply with you. One word for the year ahead, that really speaks to you – the real you.

One word that brings you back to your centre and gently nudges you – when needed – “Is this what you really want to be thinking, feeling or doing at the moment?

One word, that in essence could change your life or be your life saver.

Gentle is my power word:

The more I notice the word gentle – the gentler I become.

By thinking or silently repeating “gentle” (often) I’m trusting it will help me stop – freaking out, rush, talk quickly, worry unnecessarily, stop making silly mistakes, feel disconnected, only half listen, do too much at a cost, get exhausted – and the list goes on.

My year ahead infuse often with the essence of gentle should look a little like this – Wake gently, breathe gently, shower gently, eat gently,  think gently, talk gently, work gently, organise gently, breathe gently, cook gently, shop gently,  listen gently, rest gently etc.

If I’m being “gentle” with myself then I know without a doubt that I’ll feel more grounded and centred, be able to live more in the present moment and generally feel calmer and more relaxed on the inside.

Of course I’ll still be busy, doing and achieving only this year but it will strongly woven with the energy of gentle. I wonder what new experiences and lessons “being gentle” is going to show me this year.  Bring it on, I say!

What’s your personal power word for the year ahead?

I’d love to know what your personal word for the year ahead is.


On my bedside table:

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

megg January 10, 2011 at 1:49 am

I know it sounds a little crazy, but mine is ‘Pelt.’ It comes from a story in Women Who Run With the Wolves, and when I read the story I knew that it encapsulated what I wanted for this year. I’ve done the word thing for three or four years now, but this is the first time I have felt electricity around my choice. It’s going to be a great year!!


Liat January 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Mine will be “breathe.” Thanks for the inspiration!

By the way, if you added sharing buttons to your posts, I could share these posts easily with my FB friends and twitter followers. You have good stuff, help me share it! You can use a WP plugin like ShareDaddy.


Carole Fogarty January 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

Ah, Liat, my was breathe this year, in fact I was thinking of tatooing it on my wrist.

Yes, I really must add a share button. Despite having a blog I’m not that technical.

Peace, love and chocolate



Social Weight Loss January 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

I love your blog 🙂


Alee. January 26, 2011 at 12:33 am

My word of choice is control. It’s been my word since 2009 since I developed anorexia. I’m currently in the recovery process and at an ED Clinic, but my love for control still isn’t fading. I do hope to get some form of tattoo myself that symbolizes control…


Sukaina February 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Thank you for this blog post. My new year’s starting with the Chinese New Year: just because I hadn’t gotten myself together enough for the Muslim New Year, the 1st of Jan and Nauroz (the Spring equinox) is way too far away!

I thought about having just one power word for the entire year. Gentle is excellent. Breathe, as suggested above, was a good one. But then I realise that different days require different words. I also like the words balance, compassion, yield, action, joy, fun, forgive, energise, logic, courage, let things slide, etc.

I’m going to choose a word to embody my thoughts, feelings and actions for each week, or even each day. As the situation requires.

Today’s power word is: ENERGISE!


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