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Tips for Choosing Your Word of the Year

This post was originally posted in January 2017, but updated in January 2018.

Ready to make changes in 2018? 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.

I recently went into detail about the words I’ve chosen in the past, why they didn’t work, and how I chose my 2017 Word of the Year.

Struggling to pick a word? No worries, it’s not too late and I’m here to help you along the way!

Besides, 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.

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5 Steps for Choosing Your Word of the Year

Here are a few easy steps to help guide you in choosing your 2018 word of the year.

Step 1: Reflect

The first thing I want you to do is reflect on this past year and ask yourself these questions. Jot down whatever pops into your head without self-editing.

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?

Once you review your responses you’ll have a better sense of the direction you’d like to go, or what you feel may be lacking in your life.

Step 2: Visualize

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 or throughout the day, and how you want to feel right before you go to bed.

I also recommend meditating or siting in silence for a couple minutes and asking yourself “What word do I want to focus on in 2018?”. This is simple, but effective.

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 could also turn on an aromatherapy diffuser, light a candle, or put some calming music on in the background. 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! Need some help? Here are some examples:

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Step 4: Review & Refine

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, after all change isn’t always easy. At the same time I think finding your word can also bring peace and empowerment.

Think about the words, try them on and see what feels right. 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? 

I heard this question in a video I watched where John Assaraf talked about one of his mentors, who at the time was asking him questions to determine whether or not he would take a chance and hire him.

So tell me, are you interested in your word, or are you committed?

If you’re merely “interested” then chances are you’ll make excuses as to why you’re not putting forth effort to actually 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.

If necessary, allow yourself a day or two, even a week to really think about this.


What’s your 2018 Word of the Year?

Which word can you say you’re 100% committed to? Choose that one!

Now jot it down in your calendar, planner or journal. Write it on a post-it note and stick it on your bathroom mirror, or computer, or anywhere else you’ll see it regularly. 

I hope this post helped you choose your word of the year! Let me know what word you chose in the comments below!

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29 Comments
  • Candy Thomas
    Reply

    I chose hope. I had chosen it by the time I got to # 4 and it never changed through the last two steps. I’m committed. Thank you for what you do.

    January 7, 2017 at 10:52 am
    • Teri Duffield
      Reply

      My word is reset, but I had already chosen it.

      January 20, 2017 at 12:58 am
  • Nancy B
    Reply

    Mine is ACTIVE! I’m already good with with everything else ? But for many reasons I’ve become a 5 toed sloth. That’s got to change.
    Thank you for the encouragement.

    January 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm
  • Just what I needed! Thanks for the push to finally sit down to think about what I really want from the year ahead!

    January 8, 2017 at 10:54 am
  • Susan Renaud
    Reply

    My word of the year is FOCUS. This will help me to complete important tasks and be responsible.

    January 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm
  • I chose Committed. Or maybe I should change to Commitment so I don’t sound like I’m signing myself into an ensain asylum! lol or maybe determined? What do you think?

    January 14, 2017 at 5:06 am
  • Colleen Hansen
    Reply

    Last year our word was adventure it was the first ful year of retirement for me . We traveled in our rv at least one trip a month. This year I was thinking active as well but hubby doesn’t want to commit yet lol.

    January 1, 2018 at 10:47 pm
      • Colleen hansen
        Reply

        We hope to do Texas this year. Visit the presidential libraries, Waco of coarse and there is a lot of western history there..last year we went to Utah and also Yellowstone and the grand Tetons. That was an amazing trip

        January 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm
      • Colleen Hansen
        Reply

        Best trip was Yellowstone and the grand Tetons . Should be on everyone’s bucket list… The Tetons were the best we hiked, saw lots of wildlife and white water rafter on the snake river . It was a blast. .

        January 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm
  • Lorie Mackie
    Reply

    My word for 2018 is Action

    January 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm
  • I am leaning toward PEACE. Going through divorce and though I felt peace when I made my decision to file, it has been a bumpy road getting it done. I am hoping early this year it will be over and I can finally have real PEACE. I am committed to that so I guess that ought to be my word!

    January 2, 2018 at 6:22 pm
  • Dad
    Reply

    I had a word but now plan to use your process and see where it leads. Good question, ‘interested’ or ‘committed’. Happy New Year sweetheart!

    January 3, 2018 at 9:57 am
  • I love this idea! Last year, didn’t think it through. Felt we needed a change so my word was ‘transition’, and in retrospect, perhaps that should have been a word of a month. After all that change and instability, my word this year is “Peace”. 😊

    January 3, 2018 at 1:06 pm
  • Lori Vieth
    Reply

    My word is CULTIVATE…cultivate joy, gratitude, peace, joy, relationships, encouragement, prayer, peace and self-care!!!!

    January 6, 2018 at 12:06 am
  • Donna Edwards
    Reply

    Thank you so much for this article! I had chosen the word WONDER, but these steps helped me to actually commit to it,

    January 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm
  • Paul
    Reply

    Howdy folks,
    I found your blog when I was preparing to paint the inside of my trailer, and have been a regular visitor ever since. I have chosen the word “Expression” for 2018. I often find myself not saying enough, and shying away from uncertain interaction. Rather than suffering my introversion silently I am hoping to express myself, to work through my fears and emotions with conversation, and to share myself more fully with my friends and loved ones through expression in all manner of ways.

    January 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm
  • Debbie
    Reply

    Mindful. In an 18 month time period I lost my husband, my mother, and my son. But God is good and life is to be treasured. Blessings abound. I just have to be mindful of these things.

    January 24, 2018 at 12:29 am

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