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Create your very own Personal Word for 2017

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The hustle and bustle of the holidays has past and we’re at the end of the first month of the New Year. Perhaps now you can take a moment just for you and ask yourself this question;

If you could use one word to sum up what you’d like to place your focus on for the New Year, what would it be?

In other words, if you had one or two words that you can use as a guide… sort of a mission statement to hold up as a check for everything that you do this year, can you think of what would it be?

While it was a question posed in a class that I’m taking, it’s also the philosophy of Napoleon Hill, a New Thought Author from the early 1900’s, advocating for living a fervid life. He references people as either Drifters or Non-Drifters and Non-Drifters have a focus… a plan. He stated that Whatever the mind of man (or woman:) can conceive and believe, it can achieve. And I believe that it takes living consciously and setting intentions to live by or focus on for a period of time.

The movie Hidden Figures is really a great example of people staying completely dedicated to their dreams, questioning, standing up, and following their passions with a plan.

So, I’ve been asking everyone I see this question, “If you could choose one word as a focus for the coming year, what would it be?”

Interestingly enough, very few people stumble over it. Most of us are clear about the direction we wish to move in the coming year. Some of the answers I’ve received are:

Trust in Self, Communication, Self-Love, Simplicity, Diligence (tax records), Healing, Boundaries, Travel and Direction.

For me, I was going to use Self-Love because of our focus on Self-Care Awareness and it seems like everything begins there. But as I began to think about it a little more, it became clear to me that I want to be clear. Clear in what I want, clear in what I want to create, manifest and how I communicate. So I chose Clarity.

So how about you? What would you like to focus on for this coming year? Choose a word or two, then everything that you do in the coming year, see if you’re in alignment with your intention.
Wishing for us all, a very Happy, Peace-filled and Prosperous 2017


Pati Hope – Author, Founder & Executive Director of Evolve to Live

As the founder of Evolve to Live, a Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Educational Outreach organization, Pati is fulfilling a long time dream. By creating this organization, she is bringing her extensive life experiences, skills as an author (three books and counting), inspirational speaker, transitional coach, energy healer and adventurer under one roof to benefit her clients and community. She is passionate about providing workshops, educational outreach, sessions and speaking to groups both large and small to share her insights and experiences. Pati embodies the mission of Evolve to Live, which is to “Embrace Change and to live life with renewed passion and joy!”
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