I intentionally haven’t asked you about your word for the year. Why? Because the expectation from the “word for the year police,” seems to be that we are supposed to have it chosen by January 1st. Well, if you know me at all you know that I do not follow the traditional “rules.”
So, here we are in late January. I decided now might be a good time to ask you the question. “What is your word for the year? If you have one would you be willing to share it in the comments below? We would love to hear!
If you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to choose because you may be feeling the “blues” from the goals starting to wear off that you set in early January. Having a word for the year can help motivate and stay mindful about what you really want and who you really want to be.
2. How do you decide on your word? Notice if there are repeated patterns or themes popping up in your life. You might hear them over and over in conversations, books you are reading, even on billboards!
Take a moment to reflect on different categories of your life. Relationships, Spiritual, career, health, etc. Ask yourself, what matters most in each of those categories?
3. How do you commit to the word? Write down the word and look up it’s synonyms. Do any of those resonate better?
Ask yourself, “what is it really that is keeping me from committing?” Is it fear? Fear that the word might cause change in your life? Fear that you won’t get it “just right?” Meaning - it won’t be perfect, thus you will fail?
Take notice of your mindset. Are you already thinking of the 100’s of ways this word might be a negative impact on your life? Or are you contemplating on all the what ifs? Like, “what if I fail at this whole word for the year thing!”
If so, try reframing it to, “what if the changes that might arise in my life could propel me into so much more joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, clarity, understanding, growth, new adventures etc. ?
I challenge you to give it a try. Why not, what do you have to loose?
I you decide to accept, then the next step is to write this word down and put it where you can see it everyday. Are you the creative type? Then put it smack dab in the middle of a vision board, (see above) or draw it into a mandala. (See below.)
Obviously, I haven't had the chance to draw mine into a mandala yet this year, so here is last year's example.