New year, new you, new this, new that… It’s pretty overwhelming having to navigate your way through January. But there is one thing I do every year that helps me set a focus (for more than just the time before I lose the piece of paper with my resolutions scribbled on them). I set a word for the year.
Why it helps
It might seem like a small thing to do, but it really helps to focus your mind, your intentions, and your decisions for the year ahead. Think about it. If your word for the year is chocolate, you’re going to be focused on it. On eating it, drinking it, smelling it, buying it, collecting it, talking about it, taking pictures of it… In other words, wherever you go, whatever you do, your mind will be focused on one thing: chocolate.
So while this might seem like a silly way to think about it, the same applies to more serious and less delicious words. Most importantly, the key is to focus things down to one single word that you can really make your bitch for the year.
Choosing the right word
It can be tricky to really pin down one word that you can live by, and draw inspiration from. So try to discover what it is you’d like to focus on in your life, but bear in mind that it should be a large scale focus. Such as, “I’d like to be kinder to people”, or “I want to be more confident”. Now you have a starting point, you can begin the search for a word that fits your mission.
Here are some examples of words that really get the job done:
The main point in choosing your word is that it should transcend one area of your life. For instance, “frugal” would only relate to money matters, but if you’re frugal with how you love your partner, that might not end well. However, “mindfulness” could be a good replacement, so that every penny you spend is done so with thought and care.
In addition to this, your word doesn’t need to change every 1 January. In fact, I chose my word last year, and have found that I’m not yet finished with it, so I have chosen to continue with it for this year. Who knows, I might decide upon a new one by September, but for now, it still gives me what I need.
What is your word for the year?