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Choose Your Word

Each year I like to do an exercise that I call “Choose Your Word” to help me achieve my goals though out the year. This is a word that can help motivate you, or steer you in the right direction, or even give you the courage to dream big. The idea is that you choose your word and and put it in a place that you will see it though out the day. Maybe that would be a card that you put on your bathroom mirror, or a screen saver that you put on your phone. Something that makes you think of this word on a consistent basis.

Choose Your Word to focus your year ahead.

As you have a decision to make, think of that word that you have chosen and let it be your guide on how to tackle your objective. Let’s say for example that your word for the year is Family. This is a powerful word to help you keep your priorities straight and choose activities that make a difference in your life. Pretend that you get a phone call and it’s a request to make something for the upcoming bake sale. This bake sale is for your daughter’s 3rd grade class to earn money for a field trip that they are planning. One look at your chosen word of Family and it’s a lot easier to come to an answer of yes, that you can help.

Go out and chase your dreams no matter how crazy it looks. Shanice Williams

The next call that you receive is to take on a part time job. They tell you that they are really in a bind, and they need someone to start tomorrow and it will be for 4 weeks, right through the middle of your children’s spring break. Take a look at your chosen word of Family and think through the pros and cons that your decision is going to make for your family.

Each year your word can be different, and that is the fun of this exercise. I am a bit of a control freak…so usually my words have been powerhouse action words. But this year, is going to be very different for me. There are a lot of things that are changing, and I am scared to say that a lot of things are going to be out of my control this year. Not such a cool place for a control freak, right!?! So I really struggled with my word choice this year. I still plan on controlling, scheduling, and instructing everything that I can, but when I need to deal with something I can’t steer my way, my word this year is Believe. Hopefully this word is going to help me to take a breath and not go down the panic route when there is really not much that I can do about the circumstance.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Now it’s your turn to Choose Your Word. Here is a list of ideas to get you started. They are in no particular order, so just read though the list and see what words inspire you and think through how they might help you to make decisions though out your year.

  • Create
  • Dream
  • Discipline
  • Grow
  • Heal
  • Forward
  • Forgive
  • Inspire
  • Move
  • Organize
  • Perspective
  • More
  • Less
  • Magic
  • Move
  • Heart
  • Improve
  • Plan
  • Laugh
  • Insight
  • Include
  • Humble
  • Give
  • Gentle
  • Enjoy
  • Explore

If you found a word that you liked on this list – great. If not, take some time to brainstorm words that really speak to you. There are no right words, or wrong words. Take a chance and see where you can grow from there.

If you are comfortable with sharing your word, I’d love to see it in the comments below. I hope that 2020 is a wonderful year for all of us as we are designing for plenty.

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12 Comments

  1. Love this idea. I think my word for this year will be Publish.

    1. What a great word for 2020! I hope that it brings you lots of inspiration and results this year!

  2. It is really cool the way one word can help you focus and work toward a specific goal!

    1. Yes it is. I hope your year is everything you hope and more!

  3. I love the idea of having a word for the year. This year my word is “listen.”

    1. Oh, I love this word as a word of the year. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. The word that stood put to me is grow. I want to grow my small businesses and make them great this year.

    1. Grow is such a powerful word! I wish you much success in your business in 2020 and beyond.

  5. My word for 2020 is Growth. I really want to focus on my personal growth this year because I tend to neglect myself. I get too focused on taking care of my family, that I feel like I just don’t have the time for myself. I need to make the time though because I’ve realized I can’t be the best mom I can be without taking good care of myself.

    1. Another great word for this year! Taking care of yourself is so important. I agree 100% that when you are at the top of your game, you can be more to more people. Here is to a fantastic 2020 for you!

  6. This is the first year I am officially choosing a word and mine is FOCUS. I tend to have shiny object syndrome and want to do too many things, so focus is what I need this year to follow through on my goals 🙂 I also love this word as I can apply it to all areas of my life – work, family & personal growth. Great post! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. What a great word for 2020! And I love that is it going to work for you throughout various parts of your life. Here is to a great 2020 for you!

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