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Keeping Your One Word



Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question:

I know you suggest we choose a word as our theme or True North for the year. For 2020 I’ve chosen the word patience. How do I ensure that I keep the word top of mind and in my focus?


Patience is your word. First of all, well done! Put it on your screensaver, put it on a post-it note in your car, put it on your mirror in the morning… patience, patience, patience everywhere! Just keep saying the word.

You don’t have to do any plans, you don’t have to go through any mantras. All you have to do is keep making that word in front of you.

And if that word keeps getting in front of you, then your brain will start going there. But you’ve gotta have it everywhere you look. In the morning when you get ready, when you come home at night, in your car, on your screensaver, on your desk. Everywhere you go keep patience in front of you.

What will start to happen is that your brain will start to go “Oh yeah, patience.” It doesn’t take a lot of work, it just takes a lot of focus.

Be patient, I hope you get this answer before too late into the new year, good luck with it!

And for everyone else – you need to develop your own word! You need to think about a word to be your seminal, stake in the ground for the year, and then go after that word. Last year my word was clarity, it was amazing how clear I got throughout the year.

Take care.

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