From DJ’s hand,
“I have had a theme, a vision board, and a journal that begins the first day of every year and that depicts my inner longings, or my platform for growth. Often these are simple, one word - such as a year of independence - – or a phrase such as this is my year for kindness or a year of abundance and appreciation. I imagined Oprah reading one of my books one year and placed her photo and my book on my vision board. I imagined the companies I want to work with allowing us to create change initiatives and coach their teams. I visualized the places I would like to travel. After watching the endless football last year and seeing the kick off team chasing the receiving team I declared I was tired of directing my focus to always driving things and I simply wrote the words I watched a captain of a superbowl team say, “I will receive!” and then quickly added blessings so the Universe would get it straight. ‘We receive blessings’ has been our theme for the past two years. And if you asked me how that is working for me, I would tell you – great!”
See the blog post below from our colleague Dr. Cindi Ackrill for some tips on how to make this work for you!
Cindi Ackrill, MD – The Power of a Theme!
How can you use a “theme” to support your growth and performance?
By repeating it over and over and over and over–upon starting your day, in response to the demands of the day, upon ending your day, and when evaluating each and every move of your day. Tape it to the mirror; sticky note it to your laptop; use it as the screensaver on your phone. It becomes a mantra that repeatedly brings your attention to your intention.
Repeated attention to intention builds connections between the neurons that support that intention. Minute to minute, your thoughts, feelings and actions direct the connections created between brain cells. Our brains are constantly remolding themselves. Focusing on a theme is a way of directing that constant building and pruning to create pathways that support the habits, beliefs, thought patterns, behavior choices, and ways of being that align with our intention. Neuroplasticity in action! This is far more powerful than stating a goal and relying on willpower to undo the habits that sabotage that goal. Willpower wears thin with any challenge.
With repeated attention to intention we build greater awareness, shift perspectives, change our beliefs, strengthen our skills, and build habits of thought and behavior supported by strong neural pathways. We begin to see more opportunities to make choices in line with that theme, and we gradually shift our identity toward a more intentional way of being.
Dr. Ackrill is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a Fellow and Board Member of the American Institute of Stress, a charter member of HeartMath, and a former board member of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research. A certified Wellcoach® and Wellness Inventory coach, Dr. Ackrill has also completed training in advanced executive coaching, positive psychology, intrinsic motivation, peak performance coaching, Team Advantage®, and mentored in organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She is affiliated with Pyramid Resource Group and is a member of the International Coaches Federation and an affiliate of the Institute of Coaching of the Harvard Medical School.