“When you choose a word-of-the-year, you are doing more than playing some clever little new year’s game. You are letting your soul show you the way to your own wild, open-hearted, custom-made path of happy.”
– Christine Kane
I am not into setting New Year Resolutions or even setting goals. Weird, I now. I find both too fleeting, too intangible. It becomes an item on your to-do list that you can easily procrastinate, delegate or blame your lack of achievement on someone else. It is why we see so many newbies in the gym on January the 2nd and by March only the regulars who have been there all along.
What I am into is setting a word for the year and with it some solid intentions. It started when I picked the word discovery for 2015, and since then it has made all the difference.
Why You Should Choose A Word of The Year
“When you choose a word-of-the-year, you are doing more than playing some clever little new year’s game. You are letting your soul show you the way to your own wild, open-hearted, custom-made path of happy.” – Christine Kane
The reason behind picking a single word to define your year is to have something simple yet profound to base your intentions and affirmations around.
It is not based on the level of effect; it forces you to look at the issue from the level of cause and deal directly with what is stopping you from becoming whom you want to be.
This is why the word you choose should be applicable to all aspects of your life from business to health, family and relationships. It will help you find those familiar narratives and mental blocks that are in your way.
Here’s how picking one word instead of a resolution will improve your year and impact your decision making in a big way:
1. A Word Affects You on a BE Level
A New Year Resolution only addresses the do level of your life. If you go to the gym every day, then you will have a healthy body, and from that, you will then be confident. Choosing a word turns that formula upside down. It starts from where you want to be and works backwards.
So if you want to confident, your word of the year would be brave, and that will set your intention and actions for the year. You may even find that going to gym three times a week is not making you feel confident, but tackling a challenging hiking route every weekend does.
2. It Affects Your Awareness
Once you have chosen a word, you will have a strong intention to base your decisions around, and as a result, your world will start shifting.
The changes in your life will be small at first, but as you go through your day-to-day life, your word will start popping up in everything you think or do.
For example, maybe you have always wanted to put yourself forward for a TEDX speech, but you are too scared of public speaking. Your word of the year will then be there to remind you how a brave person would handle this situation.
3. It is Not A To-Do List
The power of choosing a word comes from the fact that it is not a to-do list. You do not need to go running 5km a week to achieve your goal and then feel confident.
A word allows you to work at your own pace. It is all about working towards a better you without deadlines so that you can avoid procrastination. It calls you out and sets you back on track instead of driving you to work harder.
4. It Affects Every Part of Your Life
The word you end up choosing won’t just apply to one aspect of your life, like fitness or your career. It becomes a broader topic. It touches all aspects of your life because it is constantly reminding you of the little things you need to do to embody that word. So don’t focus on finding a word that will help you achieve one goal, look at your whole life and decide on a unifying word that will bring all those aspects together.
My Word For 2017: Impact
My word for 2017 is impact. I choose it because I want to impact other people’s lives as well as my own. In all honesty, since starting to run a business I have forgot “who” I am, I no longer “do” what lights me up over in the personal life side of things and I need to impact that area if I want to keep soaring.
My word anchors my daily life, helps me focus and guides the work I do and the choices I make every single day. It helps me to recenter myself when I start to drift and remind myself of the person I want to be by the end of the year.
So, I am challenging you to envision a word that will define and impact your year. A word that will take you to new places and will let you be your authentic self.
If you need help deciding, you can download Christine Kane’s free World of the Year Discovery Tool.