Your Word of the Year and How to Choose It

by Laura Cain

word of the year

What’s your word of the year for this year? Do you have one? If you don’t, I’m going to say that you should.

Why you should have your word of the year, and how to choose it.

Having your word of the year is kind of like defining your big overall goal for this year (and I know you have goals!). It’s motivational and gives you clarity, and focus. It can provide a direction of where you want to go and who you want to be, what you want your life to be like.

So how do you go about choosing your word of the year?

  • Start with a brainstorm of words that stand out to you, and say something to you.

Think about who you want to be, what type of person, how you want to feel, what you want to accomplish, or how you’d like to describe your life.

  • What not to do:

Don’t ask other people’s opinions or run your word by them before you decide on it (or even ever, if you really don’t want to!). This is for you, not them.

Don’t choose your word based on what you think it should be, but what you want it to be.

  • From there, keep narrowing it down until you find the one that really speaks to you.
  • You also don’t have to think about your whole life, if that is too overwhelming. What’s something you want to focus on right now?

My word for this year is Purpose.

Another time it was Intentional. It also doesn’t have to be a feeling or way of being, though those tend to resonate stronger. It could be something more concrete, such as Family or Travel. Whatever it is for YOU.

If you’re stuck on even starting, hit up your old friend Google.

There are lots of lists of word suggestions to give you ideas. Here’s one we found on Pinterest that I liked. Or check out our Word of the Year Collection of mugs and candles.

Once you’ve chosen your word of the year, go out and pursue it!

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