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Still Trying to Find Your Word?

| written by Alece Ronzino | 2 comments
If you’re still trying to choose your word to focus on this year, carve out some time to work through this writing exercise. It may just surprise you to discover what word rises to the surface… 
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  1. Spend some time imagining what you want your life to look like. What kind of person do you really want to be at the end of this year? What do you want the condition of your heart and relationships to be? Write out the mental picture you imagine.
  2. Write down the characteristics of that person you want to become. Describe him. What’s her heart like? What character traits does he have? What drives her? What are his best qualities?
  3. Make a list of words that sum up that description or that conjure up an image of that vision you started with. It can include nouns (such as peace or joy), adjectives (like thoughtful or brave), verbs (like create or pause) or even prepositions (like with or in).
  4. Then whittle your list down to the few words that resonate most with you. Take some time to look them up in the dictionary, thesaurus, and Bible. Really dive into the true meanings of each word. 
  5. Turn them over and over in your heart and mind. Give yourself time to mull over your short list. Try them on—get a sense of what it would be like to intentionally pursue them.
  6. Take a deep breath and pull the trigger. Just go ahead and decide. Remember that there’s no right or wrong answer here. Simply follow the prompting you sense. 


{Also, in case you missed it, be sure to read our earlier blog post On Choosing a Word.}

What other tips do you have for this process?
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After pioneering a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece Ronzino now lives in Nashville, TN. She’s a nonprofit communications strategist, freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. More importantly, she dances in the car, talks with her hands, and makes a mean guacamole. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Instagram and Twitter, and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.


Cynthia Schrage: I hadn't even heard of this process until well into January of last year. I'm glad I wasn't put off by thinking, "Oh, it's too late for me to begin." Frankly, I think it's possible to pick your word at ANY time of the year, and see a positive effect. Reply

    Alece Ronzino: I agree! In fact, people have joined as late as December before! The whole point is living intentionally, and you don't need January 1st in order to make that decision. Reply

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