Your Word for the Year
Do you choose a word for the year? Many people, including me, choose a word as their focus for the year. They keep that word in mind throughout the year as they make choices and decisions for themselves.
Last year, for instance, my word was “me”.
I recognized that I had neglected my self care so badly that my health was being compromised, so I decided that I would focus on myself.
I got caught up on all of my annual appointments (which I had missed for 3 years), lost 30 lbs, started meditating again, and learned to give myself what I needed when I needed it.
Finding Your Word
You can choose a word at any time during the year, and change it whenever you want. Although I think that if you change it too much, you’re either picking the wrong words or missing the point entirely.
Your word is meant to be a reminder of how you want to live your life and how you want your life to be during the coming year.
A reminder or guideline, not a resolution. (If you’re more of a goal oriented person, you might like this.)
So if you want to lose weight or exercise more, your word might be “health”.
“Family” might be a good word if you want to spend more time with yours.
This article from Inc has some creative suggestions if you need help choosing your word.
Put Your Word to Work!
So once, you have your word, what do you do with it?
First, you might want to write it down in your planner or put it in your phone where you can find it.
I suggest this because I actually forgot mine for a while last year. We have ADHD. It happens.
Next, think about things that you can add into (or take away from) your life that will honor your word.
If “family” was your word, maybe you could plan a fun outing, or even a family reunion. You could start researching your family tree. It also might mean that you choose to take a day off from work or turn down a night with friends so that you can spend more time with your loved ones.
My word this year is “release”. I have some emotional stuff that has never served me and it’s time to let it go. This is a tough one, but I’m determined to try.
I have a new journal, some things that I want to read, and after that…. well, I’m not sure. But I think just the act of reminding myself to “release” this year might help.
There are none.
This is just another way to put a little more focus and purpose into your life. If it works, great! If not, then at least you tried.
If you get partway through the year and find out that your word isn’t working, change it. If you want more than one word, go for it.
So what do you think?
What’s your word going to be?