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A Mindful Resolution | How to Choose a Word for the Year

Some of us are thinking about resolutions and goals and some of us are allergic to the idea of those! However, have you ever considered choosing a 'Word of the Year'?

This trendy yet powerful practice involves selecting a single word to guide and inspire you throughout the year. It's about setting an intention, a theme, a north star for your year. Unlike specific resolutions, which can be easily broken or forgotten, a word is a flexible guide that can adapt to life’s dynamic nature. It's a reminder of your focus, your values, and your aspirations.

If you’re curious, let's explore how you can choose a word that resonates with you for your new year.

Step 1 | Reflect on the Past Year:

Start by reflecting on the past year. What worked well for you? What didn’t? What lessons did you learn?

This reflection can provide insights into what you want more or less of in your life. The aim is not to dwell on the past but to understand it as a foundation for moving forward.

Step 2 | Envision Your Ideal Year:

Imagine your ideal year ahead. What does it look like? How do you feel in this vision? What are you doing?

These questions can help you understand what you truly desire in the year ahead. Your word should encapsulate the essence of this vision.

Step 3 | Brainstorm Words:

Create a list of words that resonate with you. These can be words that encapsulate how you want to feel, act, or where you want to focus your energy.

Don’t overthink it; let your intuition guide you. Words like 'Grow', 'Balance', 'Explore', or 'Nurture' can be a good start.

Step 4 | Consider Different Aspects of Life:

Think about different areas of your life – personal growth, career, relationships, health, hobbies, and spirituality. What word could serve as a guide across these areas?

Your word should be applicable to various aspects of your life, providing a wholistic direction.

Step 5 | Narrow Down Your Choice:

Look at your list and start narrowing it down. Which word stands out the most? Which word feels right in your gut?

Remember, there's no right or wrong choice. The best word is the one that feels true to you, and choose one.


Once you’ve chosen your word, embrace it. Write it down where you can see it daily. You might put it on your fridge, make it your phone wallpaper, or even get a piece of jewelry with the word. Let it be a constant reminder of your focus for the year.

Your Word of the Year is more than just a word; it's a mantra, a guiding light, a gentle nudge in the direction you want to go.

Your Word of the Year is about setting an intention that aligns with your core values and vision for the future. As you move through the year, let your word guide your decisions, inspire your actions, and remind you of the journey you wish to embark on. Here’s to a year filled with purpose, guided by a word that resonates deeply with your aspirations and dreams.

And yes, if you want your therapist to help you narrow down your choices, we’re always here to help you process your personal growth goals!

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