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Pick a Word of the Year for 2022 Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

Many of us will make New Year resolutions or goals, but what about a word of the year? Maybe you are one of these people that already do this and understand the benefits of such a thing. Others will read this and be confused about why and how this would differ from goals. A word of the year should encompass all your goals, business and professional, with a single word. This helps to keep you focused, accountable, and on track. Even if one goal might not make it to fruition, this keeps you intentional and focused for the entirety of the year. So, how do you choose a word of the year?

Live by your word

Whatever word you choose will be your focus word this year. All of your decisions, goals, and plans should somehow be guided by this idea. For example, if your word is “fun,” everything should be centered around bringing more fun into your life. Therefore, if you currently have a habit of working a lot of overtime, you’ll want to reduce that work in the coming year to allow more time for fun. See? Easy, but powerful.

Reflect on the Word

The first thing I want you to do is reflect on this past year and ask yourself these questions. Jot down whatever pops into your head without self-editing.

  • What could I use more of in my life?
  • What could I use less of in my life?
  • What characteristics would I like to have?
  • By the end of the day, I feel (fill in the blank).
  • How do I want to feel?

Once you review your responses, you’ll have a better sense of the direction you’d like to go or what you feel may be lacking in your life.

Make a List of Goals

If you like to make a lot of goals or resolutions, write them all down and then see if there’s a theme that’s connecting them. Maybe your word needs to ‘motivation’ so that you can tackle all of those things and get them done or ‘fit’ to inspire you to move more.

Three Questions

Think over the past few months and ask yourself three simple yet revealing questions about your life:

  1. What worked?
  2. What didn’t?
  3. What would you like to change?

Jot these down in your bullet journal or planner and give yourself enough time to brain dump everything you can think of. You may start seeing a theme develop through your writing. Is there one word that encompasses your desires for the future? A dictionary or thesaurus can also help you discover one that feels right!

So, has a word occurred to you reading this? Do you have that word of the year for 2022? Are you ready to start fresh here toward a more focused intent on your goals, whatever they might be? We are excited to see what you can accomplish, and at the end of the year, the satisfaction you derive from a year spent focused on the most important priorities in your world through to some amazing new end states!


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