New Year’s Resolutions are banished and now I just have a Word of the year
Are you over making NY resolutions because by February you have forgotten them? In 2017 I swapped New Year’s resolutions for a single word. I decided to choose one single word to be my focus and guidance for the upcoming new year and all my goals. I wanted to choose something meaningful, to guide me through the year and be a compass throughout life’s many decisions. Something that would encourage me to be the best version of myself. Last year my word was “Present.” I wanted to try and live in the here and now in all the things I did. This year I settled on the word “Simplify” I want simplicity. I want uncluttered, space to breathe, clarity, white space, and to see things as they are not surrounded by noise…
How to Pick Your Word of the Year
Choosing a word for the year is easier than you might think. Like setting goals and resolutions, choosing a word of the year requires you to be introspective and contemplative regarding your purpose and your goals for the year ahead. Here are four steps you can take to help select your own word of the year:
Ask yourself what do you need more of in your life? Less of? How did you feel about the end of 2020 and your headspace, and how do you want to feel at the end of 2021?
Decide what you would measure as “success” in 2021. Is it personal? Professional? How do the two combines? What will give you the most joy and fulfillment this coming year?
Create a List :
Write down 10 words that come to mind and, without editing, reflect on each of those words and how they would play into your life.
This is, perhaps the most important step. You need to find the one word on your list that you can commit to. Which of those words goes beyond just being aspirational and is one you can and want to 100% commit to?
Still need a little help, below is a list of great words to get started choosing your word of the year.