I kept seeing people asking what word of the year everyone has chosen all around social media and I have to admit, I just kept scrolling. I hadn’t heard a word yet that I felt was right.
I was pretty convinced that I would hear a word and it would just feel right. You know, that “YES! This is it!” feeling? That’s honestly how I’ve been choosing a guiding word in past years.
Then I got to thinking, maybe intentionally setting a word is a lot better than letting one come to you. It should still feel right, no doubt, but just maybe, being intentional about it will yield far greater results than if I let it happen.
Now, let me back up for a moment for those of you just coming into this whole “word of the year” thing.
What is it? It’s pretty simple actually. Many people choose to intentionally select a word that will be their life theme in the New Year. It essentially encompasses or guides how they approach the upcoming year. It also often challenges people to strive towards personal growth as well.
For instance, someone might choose the word positivity. At that point, they would choose to be more positive, to look at things with more positivity, to change their attitude or mindset towards one of positivity. The chosen word is the essence of things they are striving for in their life for the upcoming year. It also usually inspires a push towards personal growth that will improve one’s life.
My word for last year was “growth” and let me just say, the amount of personal growth I’ve experienced this year was enough to leave me breathless. I’ve grown in ways I never thought possible, in areas I didn’t know I needed, and in situations I never imagined.
And while some of it’s been a challenge, I wouldn’t undo anything. It’s been absolutely life-changing.
This year, my word for my personal life is “change”. I know that may seem weird to a lot of people, but it’s what I am striving towards, and it’s what I’m preparing for. There’s a lot of changes I want to make and we also have a lot of changes coming up this year. I want to start preparing for it now.
My word for my blog is “connect”. It’s important to me to really connect with the people reading my blog and I plan to be a lot more intentional about that.
So what’s your word of the year? If you haven’t chosen one yet, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! Keep reading for tips to finding your word plus I’ve got a list of 150 word of the year ideas for you below!
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Choosing a Guiding Word of The Year
Before we get into the list of words I’ve put together for you, I wanted to give you three quick tips on choosing a guiding word of the year for yourself.
1) Choose one that challenges you but doesn’t drive you nuts.
What I mean is, the word entices personal growth in an area that you really want to work on, but it doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out.
You’ve got a whole year ahead of you to work on becoming better in this area. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t feel the need to choose a word in your biggest problem area that forces a massive amount of change quickly unless you’re prepared to take on that emotional rollercoaster.
Just a 1% change a day will be a 100% difference in a few months.
2) Choose a guiding word of the year that feels right.
Don’t choose the word because everyone else is or it impresses other people. Stay true to yourself and choose a word that empowers you.
Don’t be ashamed to pick one that fits your personality even if you think it’s a word that no one else will understand or like. For instance, my word “change” seems like an odd one, but it feels right for me this year.
I would even go as far to say, it’s the guiding word that I need in my life this year.
3) Choose a word of the year that gives you clarity.
Whatever word you choose, make sure it gives you clarity on what you want in the New Year. Try using the word in full sentences that describe what transformation you see taking place.
If you know what direction you’re going with your word and have clarity on what that word means to you. Everyone interprets words differently plus, you’re a lot more likely to follow through.
I would also encourage you to write down your word, what it means to you, and why it’s important and then put it in a place you’ll see often.
Alright, now on to the list.
150 Word of the Year Ideas
It’s quite the list but I wanted to end strong with number 150. It’s a word that speaks to me on so many levels. Fear is something I dealt with for a long time and truthfully still do sometimes, but I think a lot of people deal with and it holds them back from experiencing everything they could in life. If you relate at all, be sure to grab the free confidence building quotes I put together for your phone wallpaper below!
I hope this list helped you in choosing a guiding word of the year that’s right for you! But don’t worry if you still haven’t found it! It’s perfectly fine to take your time in choosing or maybe you’ll realize that choosing a word of the year just isn’t for you. Either way, thanks for reading!
Did you choose a word from the list or have one that isn’t on the list? Tell me what it is in the comment box below!
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