Do you have your One Word for 2020?
Maybe a word has already risen to the surface for you. Or perhaps you have a list of possibilities and feel unsure which to choose. Or maybe you’re still drawing a complete blank and have no clue where to start…
Wherever you are in the process, here are some helpful things to consider when choosing your One Word:
Focus on being rather than doing. Different than resolutions, your One Word isn’t a constant reminder of what you “should be doing”. Instead, it stands to inspire how you want to live. Think about who you want to be, and choose a word that will help you become that.
Be authentic. Your word should reflect YOU, and no one else. It’s easy to listen to others’ words and then pick one that sounds good. But you want a word that’s uniquely yours: a word that resonates with you and calls to you in some way.
Don’t overthink it. It’s not rocket science and there’s no wrong answer. Don’t over-analyze the process. It’s not about whittling down a long list of potential words; it’s about identifying the one word that keeps coming back to nag at your heart. Stop the hamster wheel in your mind long enough to listen for your word.
Your word can be anything you want. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you. It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, a character trait. Your word will stand as a reminder, a nudge. Something you can reflect on, that will challenge you, inspire you. A touchstone you can return to time and time again to help you stay the course this year…
You may have a love/hate relationship with your word.That’s okay. You’re choosing a word to help you grow and live with intentionality: it should be challenging. For myself, I know that my word needs to scare me — at least a little.
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If you’re still feeling stuck, perhaps this journaling exercise will help:
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If you already have your word, what tips do you have for others still looking?
If you’re undecided, let us know if any of these suggestions prove to be helpful to you in the process!