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Three Ways to Make the Most of Your ‘Word of the Year’

Just like goals, your ‘word of the year’ can start to simmer out as the days go on. That’s why I wanted to create an episode about three ways to make the most of your ‘word of the year.’

When we set a ‘word of the year,’ it’s usually for a reason. I want to help you keep that intention strong for the full year with these three ways to make the most of your ‘word of the year.’

1. Put Your Word Somewhere You’ll See it Often

As my mother-in-law used to say after my then-boyfriend (now husband) broke up with me, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

If you’re not seeing your word regularly, what’s going to make you think of it?

Really, if you want your word to make an impact in your life – you need to have it somewhere you can regularly see it.

Here are some ideas:

  • your home screen on your phone
  • planner
  • post-it notes
  • bracelet
  • ring
  • a chalkboard or letter board

Putting your word somewhere you can see it often will remind you that you have set an intention for the year and to lean into it.

Three Ways to Make the Most of Your 'Word of the Year'

2. Define Your Word

Words can mean a lot of things. That’s why it’s so important to define what your word means for you – and specifically, what your intention is with it.

For instance, I chose the word ‘faith’ this year.

That could mean faith in God, faith in oneself, faith in your business, faith in the process.

For me, that was to have more faith in the process of life.

How to define your word:

  • Start with the actual dictionary definition
  • Ask yourself, how do I feel about this word?
  • How does this word fit into the context of my life?
  • Why did I choose this word?
  • How do I want to see this show up in my life?
  • Create an anchor chart with how you want it to impact your life

word of the year quote "it helps you create an intentional practice around something that's important to you"

3. Journal About It

Journaling gives us the opportunity to reflect on what’s happening in our lives. Consider asking yourself the questions monthly in your journal listed above. Consider creating an anchor chart each month about how your word is showing up in your life.

I gave this example in the episode – on January 2020 our ‘words of the year’ looked a lot different than when the pandemic began and redefined life for us.

Journaling Prompts

  • Affirmations that involve your word of the year
  • Weekly or monthly check-in
  • Think about your relationship
  • Observation of your word
  • Consider your word and how it’s showed up in your life
  • When you write the evidence of something showing up in your life you continue to gain the momentum with your practice

The whole point of creating a ‘word of the year’ is about creating an intentional practice around something that’s important to you. I hope these three ways to make the most of your ‘word of the year’ will help you stick to your intentional practice.

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