It’s that time of the year where we are all reflecting on the year that is just about to come to a close and we start to look ahead to what we would like to achieve in the new year. We try to create new year resolutions, which let’s be honest don’t work, yet we try so desperately to create them only to find by March we haven’t kept them at all. There is another way that can really help kick start your new year with a sense of inspiration, excitement, intention and motivation and the best part it’s so much easier.
You may have already heard of choosing a word for the new year instead of creating new year’s resolutions.
Having just one word to focus on makes you become more aware of being rather than doing, inspiring you to focus on how you want to feel and live, motivating you to create a life you have been dreaming of.
Finding a word is less stressful to come up with, it’s easier to remember, is more powerful as a word can cover not just one part of your life it can align with all areas. It makes goal setting so much easier and allows for flexibility, creating goals that you feel more connected too and inspired by. It also helps you to use your imagination and explore your creativity, giving you permission to dream, to imagine how you wish your life to feel and look like.
Maybe you already have a word or still in the process of coming up with one, or totally new to this concept. I have created some tips to help you chose your word for 2018. Most importantly have fun.
1. Reflect and celebrate what is left of 2017. Celebrate the good, bad and the ugly parts of the year. Remember every moment, every step big or small, all have made you stronger, and the person you are right this very moment. You did it, another year just about done, that is to be celebrated.
2. Answer the following questions. Write as much or as little as you like when answering them.
What do I want more in my life?
What do I need less off?
What do I want my life to look like?
How do I want to feel in the new year?
3. Look at your answers to the above questions, maybe there is a common word that is coming up for you. Write it down.
4. Create a word list. Write down words that come to mind, you feel a connection with, paying attention to any themes that occur. Another great way of helping you find your word is to look at quotes you love, or quotes that reflect your chosen word.
5. Trust yourself. Do not over think it, please it’s not meant to stress you out. If there is a word that just keeps popping up. That is your word.
6. Write your word down where you can see it every day. For example, you can put it on post it notes, or print it out in a favourite font, favourite colour, place it on your bath room mirror, in your diary, on your vision board, on your phone, as a screen saver. Celebrate your creativity with your word. You get the picture.
7. Lastly, make sure you keep going back to your word throughout the year especially during the first few months of the year. It’s important you feel connected, inspired and motivated by your word.
Here is a list of words to help inspire you.
I will share with you my word over the next few days, it's actually in this list.
Enjoy your word hunt, it’s so much fun and it works. Keep a look out for my blog on how to pick your family word for 2018.
Have the most beautiful last few days of 2017, enjoy them and remember you don't have to wait for a new year to start celebrating you inside and out.