Are you ready to make changes in 2022? I read a great article a few years ago about having a Word of the Year and I have used these steps each year since.
I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of choosing a Word of the Year vs. New Year’s Resolution because it helps bring focus and clarity to what we want to create in our lives.
Don’t you worry, I am here to help you discover your Word of the Year.
This isn’t about crossing another goal off your list; it’s about creating a mantra to help guide your daily actions and become a better version of yourself.
5 STEPS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE YOUR WORD OF THE YEAR (WOTY)
Step 1: REFLECT on this past year and ask yourself these questions. Jot down whatever pops into your head (first thing guys, no judgement here)
*What could I use more of in my life?
*What could I use less of in my life?
*What characteristics would I like to have?
*By the end of the day, I feel (fill in the blank).
*How do I want to feel?
Review your answers… this will give you a better idea of the direction you’d like to go and what you may feel is lacking in your life.
Step 2: VISUALIZE what the perfect day would feel like, the emphasis here is “Feel”. Think about how you want your morning routine to feel, how you want to feel at work, school or throughout the day, and how you want to feel right before you go to bed.
I think this exercise works best when you’re in a relaxed state. If you’re having trouble maybe try it before you go to sleep or first thing in the morning. You’d be amazed how being still can help your intuition shine through, and bring your word to the forefront.
Step 3: CREATE A LIST
Spend 10 minutes creating a list of the words that come to mind, no self-editing! Here are some examples:
Compassion Thrive Simplify Intentional
Vulnerable Embrace Bliss Peace
Connection Challenge Love Strength
Calm Joy Passion YES
Health Serve Forgiveness Hope
Aware Courage Brave Grateful
Magic Dream Conquer Grow
Step 4: REVIEW AND NARROW
Review your list and narrow down your favorites. I’d circle or highlight 3 words.
Chances are you’ll see a theme going on between the words you wrote down. Do any of the words jump out at you, make you feel excited, nervous, scared, uncomfortable, or at ease? Sometimes the words that scare us most can mean we’re on the right track because change isn’t always easy. At the same time, I think finding your word can also bring peace and empowerment.
No need to over-analyze this process, trust your gut instead. Gently review your list and let the words pick you.
Step 5: Ask Yourself this VERY important question
Now that you narrowed down your list to three words, there’s just one more question to ask:
Are you interested, or are you committed?
If you’re merely “interested” then chances are you’ll make excuses as to why you’re not putting forth the effort to make changes. But if you’re “Committed” to your word, you’ll do whatever it takes to implement that word and bring more of it into your life.
What’s your 2022 Word of the Year?
Which word can you say you’re 100% committed to? Choose that one!
My WOTY 2022 is MAGIC!
It means when you start looking for unimaginable and unbelievable things with curiosity, things start unfolding itself. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it!