Tips for Choosing Your Word for the Year

How I chose my word for 2020.

I don’t know about you but I am ready to ditch the idea of making resolutions. In my opinion, resolutions are too broad, often unrealistic and most of the time not based in principals of personal growth.

For the start of this brand-new year, a new decade, I have decided to take a different approach and focus on choosing a word. A word that has a deeper meaning and provides me with guiding principles to help me reach my goals.

The idea of selecting a guiding word resonates with many people, and the trend of choosing a word of the year has gained popularity for good reason.

Now this may sound easier than it actually is. When doing this, I wanted to be very mindful not to just pick a hot “buzz word” and really take the time to choose something meaningful that will guide me through the year and life’s many ups and downs.

I have some hefty goals I want to achieve this year, so staying focused and intentional with my purpose will help me to be the best version of myself.

A popular technique Is to look at a list of words and see what jumps out at you, or narrow down a long list or random words into a list that resonates with you for one reason or another. I chose to be a little more systematic with my approach.

First you need to have focus and clarity for what it is you want to create in your life. Once you know who and where you want to be, you can laser in on how you’re going to get there.

This is the exercise I used to find my word for 2020.

1. Take some time to think about the person you want to be at the end of this year. Try to dig deep and focus in on the finite details. This goes beyond being healthier or more successful. Write it all down, don’t self-edit, keep it raw and real.

2. Then start by writing down a list of qualities and characteristics that represent the person you want to be at the end of this year.

3. Next, write down a list of your strengths and traits that align with the person you want to become.

4. Once you’re done that, write down a list of your weaknesses or personal characteristics that you feel don’t align with being the person you want to be.

5. Now take those characteristics and write down the opposite to that word (you can list multiple words), for example if you have listed judgemental, then beside it list open-minded, tolerant, understanding.

These lists will help you come up with various words that already align with who you are and then some that might be outside your comfort zone.

In our decision making, there are usually areas where we tend to get off track. Look into the list you have created and see if there is a word that would help you through some of the tough stuff, a word that represents a quality you want to live by and be reflected in your actions for the year ahead.

Whichever word of the year you choose, keep it front and center and I hope you have your best year yet!

Good luck!

Xo Natalie