Do you get excited about the new year and make all these grand plans and resolutions that fizzle out in the first couple of weeks of the new year? Me, too! I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago and renamed the process, “setting intentions”. That didn’t go well either.
Intentions are basically New Year’s resolutions without a plan.
One practice I have stuck with for well over ten years is picking a word of the year. My word of the year focuses my daily life and anchors me to my goals and dreams. It guides the work I do, opportunities I pursue, choices I make and how I want to live my life. A couple of years ago, I leveled up my word of the year by adding three anchor words. Here is my process for choosing a word and I hope it helps you choose your own.
- Start creating a list of words that resonate with you. Don’t overthink this part. Just write the words in a journal or start a simple list and leave it for a week or so. Then, come back to the list and see if any words are calling to you. Think about how you want to feel and what kind of experiences you want to have in the coming year. This will help you anchor to a word.
- Trust and listen to your intuition. Sometimes, one word will stand out more than the others. If so, trust your first mind and go with that as your word of the year. If a few words are resonating with you consider using them as anchor words. Anchor words are bonus words of the year that feed up to your main word of the year. For example. My 2017 word is Unapologetic and my anchor words are Magic, Yes and Stories. I believe that I am Magic and can achieve anything I set my mind to. I said Yes to all experiences and opportunities that helped me reach the next level of happiness and success according to me. I am my Stories and I always have one to tell. By remaining true to my Magic and saying Yes to my Stories and experiences, I can live my life Unapologetic.
- Your Word of the Year is individual to you. Don’t worry about someone else having the same word as you. Your word will mean something very specific to you and the goals and dreams you have for your new year. How you choose to integrate your word into your life is up to you. I create a vision board and participate in projects that keep my word visible throughout the year and I paint it. I check in weekly and monthly to see how my word is playing out in my life and pivot if necessary to reconnect with my word.
Now, it is your turn. You don’t have to have a word ready to go January 1. I have changed my word in the middle of the year because I wasn’t feeling it. So, take your time, trust yourself and have fun with the process of picking your word.