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As 2017 was coming to an end, I was challenged to find my own Word of the Year. I loved the idea but had never had one. I honestly don’t even remember the process I went through; however, I did find a word that helped guide me through 2018. After “living” my word for a year, I have realized how important it is to have one. Here is why you should choose a Word of the Year.
Why Choose a Word of the Year
As I stated before, this past year was my first year in having a “word” to live by. I chose “Brave”. My focus was: brave enough to be consistent, brave enough to focus, brave enough to work towards my goals, and brave enough to be myself! Kind of loaded, but that was what I went with. I have to say that I do believe that I lived my year by being Brave. Yes, there were times that I wasn’t completely “Brave” but I gave myself grace. We all have down days, but the important thing is that I didn’t let those bad days derail me – I stayed the course and remained Brave to get me through everything.
Although it didn’t work out how I had thought, it worked out the way it was meant to be. I launched a blog with a different focus than it has now (super scary for me), grew a business, closed the same business when I realized it was not serving my true why (my family is everything to me!), changed my blog’s focus, and more importantly, I am more comfortable with “Me” than I have been in years!
What do you want in the coming year?
So you might be wondering “how do I choose my own word”? That is a good question. I have found it helpful to think about what you want for yourself in the upcoming year. Are you looking to go to school, get a new job/promotion, have a child, get in shape, etc? You may have multiple goals, but remember to keep them focused and obtainable. For me, I want to grow my new little blog and to get in shape (through dieting and exercise). I have written specific goals with action steps but growing my blog and getting into shape is basically the focus for next year.
Once you have an idea of what you want for the coming year, do a brain dump! Yep, start writing a free-flowing list of words that could describe your/define your goals. Once you can no longer come up with any words, start looking at your list. Some words may mean the same thing or you might decide they don’t resonate with you. Try narrowing down your list to three if you can. Once you have a smaller list to work with, get out those handy-dandy dictionaries and thesauruses! Yep, you heard me right. Some prefer the old fashioned book ones, but I prefer Googling. Do what works for you. I do find it helpful to use a dictionary and a thesaurus. For me, I came across a word that struck a chord but still felt “off”, so I looked up synonyms for that word and voila, found my 2019 Word of the Year! I am a firm believer you will KNOW when you get the correct word.
Choose only ONE word, yes only ONE!!! You don’t want to split your focus. The whole point of the exercise is to have a word that resonates with you to get you through the year so you can obtain your goals. You will use this word when you are struggling to help keep you motivated and when things are going well to help keep focused.
Guess what, you are allowed to change your word! That’s right, you are not stuck with the word you chose for the entire 365 days. Take some time to mull it over and really FEEL it to see if it is right for you. You may hit April and realize it just isn’t fitting any longer and that is OK. Go through the process again if you need to and you will find something that fits you better.
Now you have your word, awesome! So what do you do with it? Write it down on a piece of paper that you won’t look at again? Nope. It depends on what works best for you, but I will give you some ideas. For me, I have my phone all the time. I made a graphic with my 2018 Word of the Year. I put the definition and the key points I mentioned above. You could make a Vision Board either digitally or with paper and have your 2019 Word of the Year in the center with pictures of your goals around it. I did this as well. I took my graphic and centered it and then added pictures around it that represented my goals for the year.
If you a paper person, write in your planner or journal. You could even do a weekly writing prompt using your word. If I use my 2018 word, I would write something like: I was Brave today when I did when I chose to close my business because it was no longer contributing to my goals.
Will you choose a Word of the Year?
I would love to hear what your Word of the Year is for 2019. You can comment below or message me if you don’t want to share it publically. I will be revealing my 2019 Word of the Year on January 1st on my Facebook Page.