Do you choose a word of the year? Even if you never have before, you might’ve heard of the idea. Maybe you’ve seen your friends declaring that they’ve chosen the word that will guide them through 2018.
If this concept is new to you, let me explain. Your word of the year is one word you choose to guide you throughout the coming year. I’ve been using it in my business and my life for the past few years, and it has worked wonders for my focus, my daily routines, and my capacity to receive everything that has come my way.
The word if the year is intended to guide you for the next 365 days. So naturally, you want to make your word count! You need to choose a word that is in alignment with where you are in your business and your life right now, and also a word that will empower you to get where you want to go.
Up until a few years ago, I used to make New Year’s Resolutions. But I’m sure that you know how those usually turn out. Most of the time by February, we either stop focusing on what we promised ourselves, or we just forget what those promises even were.
Making resolutions isn’t a bad thing. It’s just that they usually don’t work. You see, resolutions usually come from frustration instead of inspiration. They typically come from looking at your life, focusing on what you don’t like. Things like “I need to make money because I hate being broke” or “I need to lose weight because I don’t like how I look.”
Instead of holding yourself to a resolution based on what is not working, what if you gave yourself space to hear your soul? What if you allowed your soul to express itself, tell you what it wants to experience, and what it wants to celebrate next New Year’s Eve?
Choosing a word of the year allows you to hear the whispers of your soul rather than attaching to ego-based resolutions. It guides you, yet at the same time allows you the freedom to receive unexpected experiences and expansions. What could be more supportive and inspiring?
I’m going to help you choose a word that will ground you in your intentions as well as open you up to new experiences. I invite you to be open to possibilities, even if you already have a word in mind. Give yourself permission to change it OR keep it. Set an intention to be open, go with the flow, and trust that the right word will come to you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that no matter what word you choose, it has two sides to it. My word of the year experience in 2017 was proof of that!
My word of the year in 2017 was “expansion.” And I expanded a lot this past year! For one thing, I doubled my income. But at the same time, I doubled my expenses. I expanded into a new vacation home, but I also took on a new mortgage. I expanded my team…but not every new member worked out the way that I had planned.
So there was a lot of expansion, but every upside had a downside. Of course, what I learned was that everything that looked like a setback was actually an opportunity to expand and grow even further. Everything was working out in my favor. But that doesn’t mean it was always easy.
Know that whatever word you choose for 2018, it will support you. But just be aware of its opposite meaning. Know that life will show up to test you, but those tests are there to help you hit a new level of awesomeness.
With that awareness in mind, let’s talk about how to set yourself up to choose your word of the year with confidence, openness, and trust.
Step 1: Thinking From The End (Or, Beginning With The End In Mind).
You’ve probably made a vision board or something like it at some point. Think of this exercise as something similar, only in the form of a conversation with a friend. Let’s pretend it is one year from now, and you’re calling your best friend to exchange stories about what has happened over the past 12 months. What would you be talking about with your friend? What is your life like now because of the vision that you held at the beginning of the year? How did you show up differently in the world, and what things changed in your life as a result?
I suggest calling a friend who’s on board with the idea, then have a little bit of fun brainstorming. Imagine yourself at the end of 2018, and go wild imagining how you got there. It’s like reverse engineering an idea. What showed up for you in 2018? Go wild, be creative, and have fun. And see what ideas come up.
Now, what is the guiding word behind everything that you are envisioning for your 2018? Allow yourself to expand your vision, focus on the feelings that you want to have, and allow the right word to come to you. Which brings me to Step 2…
Step 2: Trust What You Receive.
As you explore, remember that things come to you for a reason. And it’s up to you to trust. So many times, we have these fantastic moments of intuitive clarity, then brush them off. You might be guided to a specific word for the year, but then your mind tells you that logically, another word makes more “sense.”
This is just the ego creating blocks and fears. It’s showing up for you as memories of the past. And it’s trying to convince you that the same things will happen again.
This is where the trust comes in. When you receive your word, trust that it is the right one. Ask yourself what this word means to you, then start putting it into different areas of your life.
Step 3: Changing Your Habits Today For A Better Tomorrow.
Once you’ve received your word based on your vision for the year and you’ve trusted that you’ve received the right one, what happens next? It’s now time to support your vision by reflecting on your daily habits. And deciding what everyday practices you need to cultivate to make your vision come true.
For example, let’s say that your word of the year is TRUST. What habits and practices could you create that would support you in becoming more trusting? One practice might be to stop asking other people’s opinions when you have a decision to make. And instead, checking in with your own heart and soul. Another might be developing your intuition by meditating or running energy every day.
But no matter what your word is, decide what actions you can take every day to support your vision. Then start creating the daily habits that will help you make your vision a reality.
More than likely, your vision will include a few specific goals for the year. But rather than focusing just on the numbers of your goal, like your ideal weight or ideal income, put most of your attention on the feelings behind the desire.
Why are feelings so important? Many of us have an illusion that when we meet a goal–say, you make six figures in your business, or you lose 30 pounds–that things will be different. That YOU will be different. And then and ONLY then will you start showing up differently.
But I would advise you not to put that kind of pressure your goals. The most important part here isn’t achieving a specific number. It’s knowing why you want what you want. And getting in touch with how the result would make you feel.
For example, suppose that you want to make more money so that you can spend more time with your children. How can you get the ball rolling and start calling in that goal right now? Simple. Start spending more time with your children NOW. Create that time for yourself and your children, even if it’s just a few extra minutes a day.
The key is to clear the illusion of what you think will be different in your life when you meet your goals. I can guarantee you that if you don’t look closely at what your soul wants, meeting any number goal won’t change anything. The real solution is inside of you, waiting to be heard. And it’s not about the goal itself.
That’s the beauty of choosing a word of the year. It offers you guidance with the freedom to grow. It empowers you to handle anything that comes your way without keeping you attached to a rigid outcome.
It’s time to start listening to your body. It’s time to hear that voice that has been shoved down for so long. Free yourself from the pressure of the resolution that doesn’t really resolve anything. Create space for your soul to share what it wants to experience this whole amazing year.
One word really can be that powerful and liberating. So choose it well!
Want to go deeper into this topic with me and choose your word with confidence? If you haven’t already, join my next free webinar! I’ll be going into even greater detail on choosing your word of the year, and you won’t want to miss it!
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