Choosing A Word

Ever wonder what the big deal is about choosing a word of the year?

How could one word make that much of a difference?

I’ve had a word for the last several years and here’s the thing…

To me, having a guiding word is a whole lot better than making resolutions. A word helps me focus on what I want to invite into my life.

I never feel good about myself when I reach the end of February or March and my resolutions are only distant memories. Having a word to focus on feels so much more freeing and positive.

There’s no right or wrong way to have a word. There’s nothing to DO with a word, unlike resolutions that you either do or don’t do.

A word is simply a reminder of a way to BE or of something you want to invite into your life.  

So how do you choose a word?

Here’s where I start…

I think about how the current year is going. Has the year been particularly challenging? Am I looking forward to a more passive, gentle year?

Or has it been a more quiet, passive year and I’m feeling ready to hit the ground running with big ideas and big goals?

I’ve experienced both kinds of words. And usually it’s easy for me to know which kind of word I’m ready for.

Then I ask myself two questions:  

What do I want to invite into my life?

What sort of guiding principle do I want to remember throughout the year when I’m making choices?

Those questions will usually bring up a list of four or five potential words.

Using the dictionary or thesaurus helps me find more words that have similar meaning to the ones on my list. Sometimes it’s not the initial word I choose but something I find while I’m  digging a little deeper.

Once I have it narrowed down to one word, I let it sit for a while. I try it on for size and see how it feels for a couple of days.

As you are working through the process it’s important to not judge your word.

That’s happened to me. I’ve picked a word, then tried to pick a different one. But ultimately, the original word kept coming back, no matter how hard I tried to choose something else.

One of my favorite ways to keep it in front of my mind throughout the year is to do Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop. 

This workshop provides a monthly prompt to do something with your word. It might be a photography prompt, a journaling prompt, or something more artsy like painting or collage making. The main thing is that it keeps my word alive for all 12 months.

I’m super excited about my word for 2018...STRETCH.

I’m ready to stretch and grow personally and in my business. I want to stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone. I want to literally stretch my body with pilates and yoga. I want to stretch myself to show up for business in a whole new way.

I can’t wait to see how STRETCH plays out in my life next year.

Are you choosing a word for 2018?  

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