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Do you have a word of the year? One word that guides you. That one word that sums up who you want to be, how you want to live and what you want to change. I pick one word every year and I absolutely love the process.
About 5 years ago I started doing this activity. It started because I hated setting goals, listing out what I wanted to accomplish and then giving up in February. Statistics support that 92% of people who set goals as a new years resolution will not achieve them. For about a decade I’ve been on a mission to change the way I think. My word of the year has definitely been part of the journey.
Its been so fun to look back and see what has happened as a result. Healthy, Content, Transformed are just some of the words I’ve chosen in the past..
Intentional was my word for 2018. Can you guess where I got my blog name?
SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE ONE WORD?
Beginning this process for me starts with asking questions. First, ask yourself the following questions. Who do I want to be? What really matters to me? When I’m 85 years old and looking back will I be happy I spent time this way? What have I learned about myself? What do I still need to learn? In what area do I need to grow and change? Who I have I been this year? Is that what I want my future self to look like? Also pray, “God what do you want to do in my life this year?”
WRITE IT DOWN
Spend the time to write down each question and answer it. Process and think about each question. You might be surprised at what comes to mind.
LOOK FOR WORDS
A few options pop into my head pretty quickly. If you’re like me you know where you lack and fall short. Knowing how I hate to set goals some words come up year after year. Ones like Consistent, Committed, Focus, Discipline. Clearly, my bullet journal comes in handy during this process. Writing it out on paper helps. I make a long list of possible words.
WRITE THE DEFINITION
Next, I write out the definition for some of the words on my list. Let me be clear, I don’t always like the words at first. Sometimes it’s a challenge and I’m a little annoyed by the whole thing. This year was no exception. Furthermore, if the definition doesn’t help you might have to take the next step
2a: something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy especially: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation
2b: a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination
The Student Bible Dictionary defines Vision as:
Next, I began to eliminate words off my list. I’m fairly good at setting a plan, keeping a schedule and preparing. It’s the follow through that I lack. I wanted a word that required action. Maybe I should go with accomplish, or determined, diligent or self-discipline. As I crossed words off my list, it hit me. If I don’t understand the why, the purpose, the vision I don’t have the follow through or the desire to accomplish the goal. That’s it! Vision is my word for 2019.
I HAVE MY ONE WORD, NOW WHAT?
Make the most of it. Use it. Journal about it. Post it somewhere you can see it. I wrote it on my whiteboard at work so I see it every day. Likewise, I refer back to the page in my bullet journal often.
Next, I like to search for a verse from the bible that supports my word. My verse for vision comes from Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Finally, I buy something with my word like jewelry, a plaque, a wall cling, a keychain or whatever I can find. I’m continuing to map out what this word means for me in 2019. In addition, I’m still answering the questions above. I’ll share more as this year unfolds. Stay tuned.
What is your word of the year? Share it with me in the comments.