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What’s Your Word of the Year?

I’ve either made or broken more new years resolutions than anyone I know.  From that experience, I can wholly appreciate why they don’t work.  These resolutions are based on a list of tasks – do this and I will have this.  Lose weight and I will be happy.  They seem to be filled with ‘shoulds’ and we tend to lose interest in tasks we feel like we should do after just a few weeks.  

Instead of these empty and uninspiring promises, I believe in setting intentions instead.  An intention is a powerful reminder of how you choose to show up, to feel, or to be in the new year.  To crystallize this intention, I recommend setting a word of the year. This word should evoke energy, images, and emotion for you.  A word of the year says not what you want to do, but how you want to be in this coming year. 

Through a  process of getting clear this week, I pared my list down to the one word: ‘allow’.  It wasn’t a word that I had thought about at length, but when I did the process — that I will outline for you further down in this post – this word just popped out.  For me, allowing means to just relax and to let things happen.  I have a tendency to hold tight to my goals – to try to control the outcome.  Instead of gripping on, or forcing outcomes, I want to allow things to happen and also, to allow for the unexpected. 

This opens me up to:

  • Allow lazy days
  • Allow for prosperity and abundance
  • Allow for new surprises
  • Allow for mistakes
  • Allow for greatness
  • Allow for clarity
  • Allow for relationships
  • Allow my body to be healthy

To pick YOUR word of the year, generate a list of possible words and start to pick at least 3-4 that resonate with you.  Next, start asking yourself these questions:

  • Why do I think this is the best word for me? 
  • If I embodied this word, what would be different for me on an average day? 
  • What could I attract this year if this was my word?

Once you have it, remember it!  Set it up as a reminder on your phone.  Say it out loud during your day.  I know that just one word can make an impact on how your year goes.  Try it and let me know how it’s going for you. 

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Happy New Year!