Allow Yourself To Have An Amazing Year

Allow Yourself

When you walk into my home office, your eyes are immediately drawn to my cork-board. It has a number of different note cards, reminders, and goals, including my core desired feelings.

At the center I have a pin with my theme word for the year. This word acts as a filter to help guide me if I lose track of my direction.

Let’s take a look at how this process has helped me in years gone by…

  • The first year I did this exercise was in 2010 and word was Confidence. I absolutely exceeded my definition of confidence by swimming with sharks while scuba diving, taking the stage in some of my first big public speaking gigs, and just putting myself out there in a more confident way.
  • Then in 2011 I set my sights on being my Best self and focusing on only doing my best work. By 2012, I was on roll and I chose to Be Seen. This led to an edgy photo shoot, more speaking gigs, and the new Nathalie Lussier Media brand.
  • In 2013 my word was Ownership. I feel like this choice was perfect for where I was in my business evolution, and it helped me grow this enterprise into a “real deal business”, complete with a team that taught me how to delegate.

    I also owned my gifts and the big dreams and goals I’ve wanted to create for awhile… Even when it didn’t seem like it was all going to happen. Some of these things led to winning a Bronze Stevie Award for Young Female Entrepreneur Of The Year, and hosting the first Off The Charts Live event.

Allow Yourself To Enjoy 2014

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” -Marianne Williamson

This year, as I was taking stock of my learnings and what I want to focus on for 2014, I decided to take a slightly different approach. Most of my themes so far have been about me “doing things” or “being things”, but this year I want to focus on allowing things to happen.

My theme word is simply to allow.

That might seem weird, and it was a mindset shift for me to “get” to this place.

I believe that there’s a recipe for success that involves a good mix of doing and receiving, and over the years I’ve gotten really good at doing.

So much that when I was asked on a podcast when was the last time I took a real vacation, I had to pause for a moment. The truth is that I love my work, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

But there is also something freeing about allowing my business to run without me. Or to allow ideas and events that I’m seeing in my imagination take shape in the real world without a ton of pushing on my part.

When I allow others to shine in their own light of genius, I can allow myself to live a happier life, too.

In the end, it’s about less striving and more allowing.

What’s your intention or word for the year?

I’d love to know what word is calling to you this year. I’m a curious duck, and this is always one of my favorite times of the year. The renewed energy and clarity is contagious and it really can change the course and direction of your life.

Please leave a comment below with your theme word or intentions for the new year.

I’d love to support your vision and allow it to come into being, too! :)

 

35 Responses to Allow Yourself To Have An Amazing Year

  1. Thanks for sharing Nathalie. I made my word Revenue. Now that seems a bit too structured of a word or not caring or giving enough..however its where I need to have my foucs…. I like your being seen! And about that vacation Nathalie!! Live Your Life Now! xxx

    • Revenue is a great word Liz! I think it will help you filter through all the possibilities and options and focus on the ones that will get you bringing in the dough. :)

  2. My word will be joy! I’ve already started my year off on the right foot and I think in order to be successful, I have to find the joy inside of myself. Have a great year and thank you for always sharing your knowledge with your readers:-)

    • Ooh joy! What a great one Michelle. :) I love that you’re looking inside for your joy, that is going to take you far, for sure. And you’re so welcome, happy new year!

  3. Nathalie in 2013 my word was Relax. This year believe it or not my work is Allow too! Ever since the word was given to me in a dream form, I have been seeing it everywhere. Your email this morning was just another validation! Lots of love, Sumbul.

    • Oh wow! Now that’s beyond awesome Sumbul! I love that it came to you in a dream and now it’s been showing up in real life, too. :) Let’s allow it all to happen, together. :)

  4. Hey Natalie,

    My theme for this year is “love”. This includes three components:

    1. Loving and appreciating myself every day.
    2. Loving what I do: Writing emails, showering, even taking out the trash with a sense of love.
    3. Loving others. Helping others, being unexpectedly nice, giving them my full attention and presence.

    Enjoy allowing…:)

    Happy New Year!

    Maria

    • Maria, what a great way to apply love in all aspects of your life! I think you’ve got them in the right order too, with a strong foundation of self-love, like Rose shared. :)

      This is so much fun! Happy new year!

  5. Loved reading this Nathalie! Thanks for sharing.
    I had a couple of lines for the new year, but since you asked I distilled it in one word “OUT”.

    Out as in get OUT there, seek OUT there, get OUT of my comfort zone, put myself and my gifts OUT there. I should work on my survival kit right now! ;-)

  6. I loved this post Nathalie! I’ve never really thought about a word for the year, but I think I’m going to start doing it from now on! There were a lot of words I came up with that I want 2014 to be about, but the 2 that stand out to me are “climb” and “soar.” I have a lot I want to overcome in terms of fears and gaining more confidence and in whatever area of my life, be it personal or business, 2014 is going to be about moving in one direction…up and going beyond that and beyond that!

  7. I like the word “allow”. Thanks for sharing.
    My WORD is LIVE. My three words are LIVE, LOVE & LAUGH.
    (After the unexpected deaths of dear friends in 2013, I was reminded of the importance of living fully!)
    Happy New Year!

    • I’m so sorry to hear that Kimberly, and also grateful that you’re able to take living fully forward for yourself and those you love. Big love to you and happy new year!

  8. My Theme for this year is ‘Act As If’ and fill in the blanks.
    So for me it’s Act As If I’m a high 6-figure business owner.
    This allows me to OWN this by
    1. Showing up (Preparing for teleseminars and workshops)
    2. Focusing (One project at a time and planning ahead)
    3. Follow through (With divine inspired ideas rather than thinking too much:))

    Thank you Nathalie for your inspired blog post.
    Best wishes for an amazing 2014.

    • Ooh Sandra that’s a powerful set of intentions! I love it, and I know that with your simple three steps you’ll be well on your way to multiple six figures with ease. :)

      Happy new year!

  9. I’ve been picking year themes for the past five years and have found it to be so powerful. My 2013 theme was “dedicate” and boy did I! 2014 feels like its time to reap the benefits of my hard work, and my theme is “abundance” (also one of my cdfs). Can’t wait to see how it comes to life in all areas of my life!

    I created a free workbook to help people define a year theme as a Christmas gift to my community. It’s here if you want to check it out: http://martineholston.com/year-theme-workbook/

    • Hey Martine! Ooh “dedicate” is a great word for 2013, and I can see how it played out for you. Way to go. :)

      And 2014’s word gives me chills – in the best way possible! I know it’s going to bear lots of fruit for you, and thank you so much for sharing your process with us. :)

      Happy new year!

  10. Allow is such a great word! It feels so much more peaceful than focusing on achieving or “doing” like you say. I found you in 2013 through The Daily Love & it’s so inspiring so read about your journey in business leading up to this. I can’t wait to get to a point in my business where I can make “allowing” a priority :)
    My words for this year are: Freedom, Intimacy & Vitality…. connecting with myself and others, great health and wellbeing and the joy of being free from restrictions. I’m feeling so excited about this year already.

    I’ve learnt so much from you and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with you in LIP. x

    • Ooh Naomi, I didn’t realize that we connected through The Daily Love – that makes me very happy. :)

      Your words are so incredible and they feel very powerful and motivating, to me too. I’m so honored to be working with you, too!

      Happy new year and here’s to lots of amazing freedom, intimacy, and vitality in 2014! :)

  11. Great article Natalie. I am a long time practitioner of the power of words. They certainly have an affect on how we feel and act.

    Simply changing a word like “problem” from its negative form to the more positive form “challenge” I find it easier to find solutions instead of excuses.

    My theme for 2014 is “Extraordinary”. I just love the way it sounds. It really motivates me work on making big improvements in my life.

    Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Hello lovely,
    I’m inspired by you sweet girl. Thank you for all you do and are.
    “VISUALIZE”
    Is my word! I’m focused on visualizing everything I want and will make happen. If I’ve already seen it through visualization, I know it will come to fruition. Happy Mermaid Junkie love to you!
    Yours ’till my next swim,
    RE

    • Aww Raquel, that’s so sweet! I agree that being able to vision and visualize is key, and without being able to see it it’s hard to make it happen. ;)

      Way to go and see you soon! :)