For the past week I have been reading with interest a number of posts from member of my PLN with their One Word for 2016. To be honest I hadn't heard of the concept until I attended a session at the Learning Forward Conference in Washington in December. After learning about how an administrative team used the process with their staff to develop One Word for their school I thought this would be great for me, so I purchased the book and began my journey.
If you haven't read One Word I can assure you that you can finish reading the book in about 45 minutes. The book leads you through a simple 3 step process to find your One Word - Prepare Your Heart, Discover Your Word, Live Your Word. Following the guidance of the authors I found the process be very reflective, and deeply personal. It led me to make the word Mindful my One Word for 2016.
This is a powerful word for me as it takes me back to a personal meditation practice that I have been neglecting for too long. However, re-connecting to a daily meditation practice is only part of why I decided to make Mindful my One Word for 2016. I want to be Mindful in many areas of my personal and professional life. Here's how I am going to live my One Word this year:
- Being mindful of decisions and the effect they have on others
- Being mindful of my eating habits
- Being mindful of my health by exercising regularly
- Creating space and time for a regular meditation practice
- Supporting staff who want to promote mindfulness in their classrooms
- Being mindful in conversations by actively listening
- Being mindful of my emotions in challenging situations
- Being mindful of my spending habits
- Being mindful of the pace at which I work
- Being mindful of the goals of others
- Being mindful of the fears and challenges others have
- Being mindful as I drive
- Being mindful as I complete classroom walkthroughs
- Being mindful of my speaking
- Being mindful of distractions that take me out of the present moment
I'm sure as I make my way through 2016 I will discover new areas that I should add to the list above. Do you have One Word for 2016? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this post or better yet, join me in a year of mindfulness!