We are rolling through the 2nd week of January. How are you doing? Staying warm?
As the New Year unfolds before us, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past and contemplating the future. Traditionally, resolutions have been the go-to method for setting intentions and goals for the coming year. I have never been a big fan of resolutions.
In my Peer Advisory Board this week we were all sharing our Word of The Year? Do you have one? My clients chose words like ‘believe’, ‘resources’, ‘movement’, and ‘connect’.
My word for the year is Re-Connect. I’m choosing 24 people that I want to re-connect with this year – those friends, colleagues, acquaintances I’ve let slip out of my life – could it be you?
My family always comes up with a phrase that rhymes with the year.
-More Money in 2020
-Less of me in 2023 (to lose weight)
this year I’ve chosen:
-Less and More in 2024 – there are things we want less of (debt, things, clutter) and things we want more of (fun, travel, time with friends/family).
A growing trend suggests that there might be a more impactful and sustainable approach: choosing a “Word of the Year” instead. Rather than a laundry list of resolutions that may fizzle out by February, picking a guiding word provides a focused and versatile theme to shape your entire year.
Choosing a word of the year involves a thoughtful reflection on your aspirations, values, and the direction you want your life to take. It’s about distilling your intentions into a single, powerful word that encapsulates your overarching theme for the year. Start by considering areas of your life that you want to emphasize or improve, such as personal growth, relationships, or well-being.
Once you’ve identified these areas, brainstorm words that resonate with you and capture the essence of your aspirations. Whether it’s “resilience,” “joy,” or “balance,” let your chosen word be a beacon that guides your decisions and actions throughout the year.
The beauty of a word of the year lies in its adaptability. Unlike resolutions, which can be rigid and all-or-nothing, a guiding word serves as a flexible mantra that can be applied to various aspects of your life. If obstacles arise or circumstances change, your word can provide a constant source of inspiration and motivation.
So, as you embark on the journey of a new year, consider bypassing the resolution bandwagon and opt for the simplicity and power of a single word—one that will resonate with you and guide you through the ups and downs of the coming months.
I’d love to hear your word or phrase for 2024 – reply and let me know.