The basic idea behind having a word for the year is to pick one word in January that resonates with you and that you would like to focus on for the entire year. This practice has gained popularity over the last 10 years as the idea of traditional New Year’s resolutions has decreased in popularity.
I’ve been doing a word of the year for the last 6 years and have chosen words including nourish, abide, be, play, connect and listen. This practice has been most meaningful for me when I re-visit my word regularly, preferably daily. Currently, I write my word for the year in my daily journal each day on the line asking “Focus of the day.” This helps me continually come back to this idea and re-focus each morning keeping my word at the forefront of my mind. I like to take my word and journal through what it means in relationship to my family, children, husband, relationship with God, friendships, professional life and so on, basically running every aspect of my life through the lens of the word. I’ve also seen people put their word for the year in a small frame somewhere in their house as a reminder. A few of the years I even got a necklace like this one or this one to physically wear my word and be reminded of it. One other thing I like to do is to think of someone who embodies my word to me and then adds more of them into my life thinking of them as a mentor for that principle for the year. If it is a friend, I try to spend more time with them that year. If it is an author or podcaster, I will consume more of their material. For example, the year play was my word, I read all the Bob Goff books I could get my hands on.
Are you ready to choose a word? Here are some questions to ask yourself to start thinking about it.
1. What are my goals this year?
2. What do I want to grow in this year?
3. What verses/songs/quotes are meaningful to me right now? Is there a keyword or phrase in them that stands out to me?
Inspiration to help choose your word:
Have you chosen a word to focus on for 2020?
Mine for this year is going to be listen. I want to listen to my body when it tells me I’m tired or need to eat carbs. Listen to my intuition when I don’t seem to be enjoying a book I’m reading and put it down without finishing. Truly listen and understand the words of people I spend time with, not just thinking about what I’m going to say next. Spend more of my prayer time listening to God than talking at Him.