Over the past few years, each member of my family chose a word to set the tone for the year ahead. It’s also an exercise that I used with my clients to help them create an intention for how they wanted to live and lead. Words were chosen that packed a powerful punch like “challenge” and others chose words like “sustain” which for them was also a challenge. However, having a word didn’t consistently inspire actions aligned with values and purpose; it was missing a tie to a larger life and leadership vision.
When I picked up the phone, I heard the strain in her voice.
“I hate to ask, can you watch Matt? It’s my back. The PT is going to squeeze me in if I can get there in 20 minutes.”
I watched my son’s eyes open wide when he saw his new LEGO set. He begged to start immediately building and invited his good friend from across the street to join him. Together, they unloaded all of the packets of LEGO and instruction books. I could hear from down the hall as his friend took control, “This is what we need to do first, sort by color than shape.”