Do you choose a “Word of the Year”, or participate in the One Little Word Project? This is a new concept for me and there are SO many great words that you can pick, that it may be hard to narrow it down to just one. I’ve come up with a list of some of the best Word of the Year ideas to help you (and maybe your family) pick a word that works best for where you want your year to go!
Right before Christmas, the wonderful Becky Launder from My Consultant Training went live in her Facebook group. When Becky goes live I make it a point to watch. Not only do I usually get something out of it that helps my business, but also her positivity, and how genuine she comes through the screen. As you can tell I’m a fan, and I think you should totally find her! In this live, Becky mentioned something that I had never heard before and I had my very own ‘Ah Ha Moment’.
It’s called the “Word of the Year” or One Little Word Project. I had never heard of this, and loved the idea! But after looking into it I found that this growing movement,is linked to a popular hands-on workshop that incorporates scrapbooking, journaling, and a BUNCH of self-growth. The idea is that you pick one word that you want to act as your compass to help guide you through the year. It will help you to focus when you’re feeling uncertain or scattered, and remind you of what you want your life to look like.
why do you choose a word of the year?
I’ve never been into resolutions, because I don’t want to necessarily change who I am, but I like the idea of choosing one word and having it help focus and guide my year in the direction I want it to go. One word to encourage me to be the best version of myself. Becky’s word really resonated with me, and that’s why my word for this coming year is going to be ‘Ignite’. For me personally, I feel as though after having a baby, and becoming a stay at home momma, that I have become a little stagnant. My life has been solely revolving around my family and not partaking in self-care. While I have zero regrets about choosing to do that, while my daughter was an infant, but now I want to show her that it’s is ok to make yourself a priority.
How do you choose a word of the year?
While my word may have fallen into my lap like a ton of bricks, I didn’t let it stop there because I really took the idea of self-growth to heart. Have you been thinking about a word? Not sure how to choose one? Well, below I have a list of the steps that I went through to make sure that I picked the word that I want for this year. I’ve also turned it into a workbook for you, which you can get here for free.
Step 1: Reflect
This may mean taking a minute to find a quiet place and take some time to think about what word would work for you. Now, I fully understand that taking a minute might be hard for you with work, kids, and you know, life. BUT you deserve to take the time to focus on YOU and what you want. You will be better able to take care of others if you find time to take care of yourself (this is a hard lesson I am learning). Think about how this past year went:
What was good about?
What would you like to change?
What are your dreams for the year?
What are your three goals for the upcoming year?
What are the things that are the most important to you?
What would make you happy if you had more of in your life?
Once you review your responses you’ll have a better idea of not only where you would like your life to go but also what is lacking in your life right now.
Step 2: Visualize
Imagine the person you want to become. Ignore everything that others, and YOU have said about yourself in the past.
How do you want to change?
Who do you want to become?
What characteristics would you like to have?
How do you want to feel?
What would the perfect day feel like?
Step 3: Brainstorm
Trust me, I know there are a TON of words that you can choose from, and sometimes our word is harder to come by. Take 5 minutes and write down whatever words come to mind. Don’t self-edit, just write. If you are stumped I created a list (which is also included in the workbook) for you to look through as inspiration.
Step 4: Review & Narrow
Scan your list of words and without overthinking, cross out any that don’t resonate with you. Try to narrow it down to your top three. You are looking for one word that will guide all your goals and decisions in every area of your life. Do you see a trend in your remaining words? Plug them into your reflections, and ask yourself:
Do any of them excite me?
Are there any common words that stick out to me?
Will they help guide me and where I want to take my life?
Why would this word would be a good choice to guide me next year?
Step 5: Ask yourself this VERY important question.
So now that you have narrowed down your list to three words (or less), ask yourself this question about each word to help you decide if it has what it takes to be integrated into your life. In one of our Usborne Books & More trainings my senior director, shared this quote, that I use whenever possible:
Now, look at each word you have left and ask yourself: Are you interested, or are you committed?
I have my word, now what?
Once you have your word that you are committed to, plaster it around your home so you can see it daily. Places like your bulletin board in your office, your refrigerator, or even your bathroom mirror, just make it visible. Create a vision or inspiration board, save it as phone wall paper and/or computer background, do whatever works best for YOU.
If you are feeling brave, share your word. Talk about it with your friends and family. Choosing your guiding word could be a really fun thing for you to do with your family. But don’t get mad if someone else isn’t into the idea, trust me, my other half looked at me like I had three heads when I said something to him about it. AND THAT’S OK! Remember it isn’t about crossing another a goal off your list in the new year. This is about creating a mantra that will help guide YOUR daily actions and help YOU become a better version of yourself!
I’d love to know what word you come up with! Don’t just shove this in the corner and forget about it, yeah I’m looking at you dusty treadmill… For this to work you have to put in the time, effort, and thought. YOU CAN DO THIS! I’m so EXCITED to see you ROCK this year!