Last year, we talked about playing a fun word game instead of making resolutions. This year is no different.
The end of the year is the perfect time to choose that one word that will represent your dreams, goals, and the way you want to feel in 2016. As you get busy in the daily hustle, you can always have that one word to come back to. It will be your grounding anchor that will help you align your focus.
Keep the word handy at your desk, at home, and maybe even in your wallet so that it’s there for you when you need it most.
Now, how do you choose just ONE word?
Here are three tips from the word expert, Elise Museles of Kale & Chocolate!
1. Think about how you want your life to look + feel
In order to keep traditional resolutions, we usually end up counting calories, dollars, or social media followers. We track numbers and assess our success based on said numbers.
But, when you navigate your new year with a single word as your beacon, 2016 slowly shifts into something easier and sweeter. A “successful” year is a year that looks and feels the way we want it to look and feel.
Peer through the window of your Future Dream Life and really imagine the specifics. Would it look like Fridays off, getting a manicure with your best friend? Would it look like more quality time with your kids? How would you spend that time with them? What would you talk about? Would your Future Dream Life look like a night out in the city? Who would you be with? What would you be wearing?
And how do you want it to feel? Do you want to feel free? Supported? Seen? Imagine the way you want your heart and mind to feel every day and then choose a word accordingly.
2. Trust your intuition
Choosing your word of the year is a lot easier than you’d expect. You don’t necessarily have to labor over this decision; you likely don’t need to turn this over in your mind a thousand times.
Really think about 2015. What worked? What didn’t? If you’re honest with yourself, you probably already know how you’d like 2016 to be different. If a word immediately springs to mind and it feels right in your gut, you’ve found your word. Congratulations!
3. Now consider how you can apply this word to your whole life
“Supported”’ at home means something different than “supported” in your professional life. And “connected” to your body is different than being “connected” to your partner. How does your word apply in the context of work? At home? Does it affect the way you move your body or the choices you make around food? Will it change the way you use technology?
When you take the time to imagine the way your word applies to all the areas of your life, you’re ready to make that word happen—everywhere.