Last year I noticed some people in my online circle choosing a word of the year… a word to live their life by for the year instead of setting (often unattainable) goals. I didn’t really know anything about it, but a word came to me so I jumped on the wagon and chose a word of the year last year… consistency.
Every time I had a decision to make I thought about my word, and the answers to my decisions became clearer. How did each path line up with my overarching consistency “goal”? Whichever answer supported consistency more was the path I took.
By the end of the year I realized that in choosing this one word for the year I had actually chosen a style for my life. A direction I would travel. An expression I would make.
This year, I’ve set no goals.
Instead I’ve focused my goal-setting efforts on choosing my word of the year… the life style I’ll embrace for 365 days… courage.
Whenever I’m at a crossroads I will be choosing the courageous direction. I will think, “How can I be more courageous and live my life without fear?”
… but the word courageous means more to me than bravery alone.
When I chose “courage” I thought of this Brené Brown quote:
“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences—good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as ordinary courage.”
Choosing your word of the year.
The logical side of me wants to tell you that there’s a really easy formula to follow to come to a word that will shape your life style this year, but the truth is the only way I know how to choose this special word is to go with what feels right.
What is it that you want to accomplish this year? How do you want to feel this year? What feels of utmost importance for you this year? What word can you think of that will support you in these endeavours? What word can help guide your decisions for an entire year?
To help inspire you here a few other words I’ve seen and heard from others in my circle: home, writer, faith, flow, receptivity.
There’s also a great website dedicated to the word of the year concept that can help inspire word ideas for you, too.
Once you decide on your word of the year, I would love love love if you would share it with me in the comments below. Your generous sharing would absolutely make my day.