A Glimpse at My Compass and a Secret Revealed

T his week’s blog post is going to be more personal than most of those here, as I had promised to share my personal compass with you. I’m also revealing a secret and sharing the news about an exciting project.

O ver the last few weeks, I have been walking you through the process of choosing three words to serve as your guiding focus for 2012.  Beyond simple words, though, these are words culled from a thousand, drawn from the depths of who you are at your core and what you really want for this precious, beautiful life of yours.

You named your rudder by clarifying your personal values, you got in touch with your anchor (aka your heart’s desire) by clarifying how you want to feel, and you defined the actions that you need to take to be true to your values while moving towards how you want to feel so that action will serve as your sails.

Some of you may still be working on this process.  If you are, I want to congratulate you for doing this in your own time instead of being a slave to the calendar page.  Find your own beautiful rhythm and take your precious time.

This week’s blog post is going to be more personal than most of those here, as I had promised to share my personal compass with you.  I’ll be vulnerably honest here about two facts:  One, I had a hard time narrowing down my words and have been meditating over eight colored notecards for what feels like ages;  two, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go public as I have been contemplating the balance of transparency and vulnerability over the past few months.

But here I am, choosing to be both transparent and vulnerable.

I believe in the power of your intentions out in the Universe.  I believe that the velocity of power that is created when we “share with the class” creates a special energy.  I believe that I am best able to serve my clients when I am transparent about who I am at my core and what is valuable to me.

 The value I chose to serve as my guide for 2012 is “passion”.

If I am not passionate about my life, my projects, and each and every client I work with, then I am of no service to myself or others.  Passion is a driving force in every area of my world.

In 2012, I want to feel “love-struck”.

I love my life.  I love coaching and writing. I want not just to love the areas of my life, but to be in love.  This year, I will romance everything in my world, as I know that if I don’t feel love-struck about something, it’s the clue that it needs to go.

No matter what I do professionally, I will always have the heart of a writer.  Having the stomach of a writer, however, is a bit more challenging. I want to embrace that challenge head-on.   The best moment of my year, at least with my clothes on, was the completion of my ebook. I have an undying passion for words and I know that there will always be a deep need to read the words of the wise and share the words that reside within me.

My powerful action word for 2012 is “write”.

And now for a secret:  I am cheating and have added a 4th word for the first quarter of 2012.  For everything I desire to create and for it to feel successful – by my definition of success – I need to add an additional action these first few months:  streamline. There is tremendous power in routines and I need that power so I can rock my days by being more productive.

So, in order for me to embody passion, feel love-struck, and to write in 2012, I need to simplify  and streamline my daily world.

 Let me share a little.

In addition to one-on-one coaching, I will be offering two series of e-courses in 2012 about subjects for I have immense passion:  clarity and creativity.

The thought of being clear – and helping others find clarity makes my heart swell with love and joy.

Helping others re-ignite their creative fire makes me fall in love with the power of the creative process every damn time.

Beginning on January 22nd, the first series of my 2012 eCourses will begin:  30 Days to Clarity:  Clutter Busting EditionIn order to make space in your life for the new and brilliant to come in – you have to release the old and crusty.

Each day of the program, you’ll get an inspirational note with a task designed to take 30 minutes or less. How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

I wrote it for those of you like me: wasting your precious energy searching for the scissors in the junk drawer.

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor—it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.” — Peter Walsh

No matter how organized – or disorganized – you may be feeling now, by the end of the course, you’ll feel worlds lighter.  It also promises to be a fun, effective and affordable way to make space in your life for what matters most.

Life crystallizes when your physical space is in order.

With “streamline” as my secret word for the first quarter of the year the creation of this course has helped me streamline my physical world as I help others free up energy and space in theirs!

So, now I’ve shared with you my personal compass, a secret, and a sneak peek at some of my plans for the coming year.  What  about you?  Tell me about your Compass, the one thing you want to accomplish this year, or maybe even a secret.  I hear confession is good for the soul.


PS – There is still plenty of time to Create Your Compass for 2012.  What’s keeping you?

(Image Notes:  I wanted to share an image that embodied my compass for the year.  This is me exploring the Aviation Trail in the Dayton area with JB.  Passion.  Love-Struck.  And my personal writings are often touched by him and my love of early aviation)

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By Debra Smouse: Writer, life coach, and Tarnished Southern Belle, Debra helps people fall in love with their life. An expert de-tangler, she believes in busting clutter as a path to greater clarity and that within every woman is vibrant, passionate, and sexy being just itching to make their inner sex kitten roar. A native Texan, she resides in Ohio with the Man of her Dreams.

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  1. KCLAnderson (Karen) January 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    “Love struck”…that’s awesome!

    This is the second year in which I have chosen a word for the year (last year was “awe”). I had considered choosing more than one word, until I realized that the word I kept coming back to was the sort of word that encompassed all the others. My word is PRACTICE and what I like about it is that it’s a noun, a verb…and an attitude.

    One thing I want to accomplish this year to become a more polished public speaker. I haven’t said that “out loud” before right this very minute 🙂

    • Debra January 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      You’re so awesome and inspirational, Karen! I love your word: Practice. It has such amazing power.

      I can’t wait to watch as you rock your world with “Practice” and become more polished as a speaker!

  2. Joni January 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I used your ebook on New Year’s Day to set my words for 2012. They are: Prepare – Purposeful – Create. I was a little surprised because I thought they were too much like “work” words instead of “fun” words. (Isn’t it funny that I even had that thought at all??) BUT – I’ve been using those words as a filter for decision-making for the past few days, and I think they are spot-on for where I am right now. I’m finding that I’m actually having great fun & experiencing more energy – maybe because I’m taking care of business with the “work” words! Happy New Year!

    • Debra January 7, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      YOU so rock, Joni!

      I love your words and as you discovered by listening to your gut, words that seem one way actually transform things in a another direction.

      Happy New Year to you!!


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