As the New Year rolls in, we tend to set a resolution or goal we want to achieve within the next 12 months. And that’s great! But, have you considered how you want to feel? How you want to be?
Choosing a word or theme for the year can be more opening and life-changing than meeting a single or series of goal(s). Instead of “lose 10 pounds” maybe you REALLY want to be “energized” or prioritize your “health.” Instead of “get promoted at work” your true desire might be “abundance” or “freedom.” Do you see how powerful this can be?
How to choose a word for the year:
- Make a list of words or 2-3 word phrases that answer the following questions:
- How do I want to feel this year?
- Who do I want to be?
- How do I want to show up in the world?
- What do I truly desire in my life?
- For each word, ask yourself: What does this mean to me?
- Look up the definitions to make sure those words match up with what you really want.
- Use the thesaurus and keep searching until you create a short list of potential words, if needed (one might scream out as the obvious choice, but don’t be too hasty – make sure it feels true to your desires).
- Choose one (or two…or maybe different words for different areas of your life, such as work, family, etc. – feel free to get creative!)
- Make it part of your morning ritual. Print or write it on colorful paper to hang where you’ll see your word regularly, or make it the backdrop on your phone or computer. Make sure you’re constantly reminded of your word so you can start to embody it, take small steps to move toward it, and be open to let the universe deliver it to you!
It’s also helpful to declare it. Share it with friends, family, and here in the comments! You might be surprised to see how many ways this theme shows up in your life. Now is a great time to start an evidence journal to keep track of all the times you experience your word/theme across many areas of your life this year.
Wishing you a blessed and joyful new year!
*This information is based on techniques I learned from my mentor, Jeannine Yoder, in Mentor Masterclass