I am not one for New Year Resolutions, BUT I am one for picking a focus word for the upcoming year.
“Picking a word of the year can bring clarity and focus to who we want to become and what we want to accomplish in life. A carefully chosen word is a type of mental mentor — something to help us stay motivated as we move toward our goals in 2022.” ~AARP
The idea of a WORD for the year is that it gives you a WAY of doing or being. It has the ability to guide your thinking and ultimately your actions. It is a gentle and thoughtful nudge to help you move toward positive change in small but powerful ways. It can become a signal to stop and notice your actions, decisions and choices to help direct you towards what you want. It serves as a powerful reminder of how you want to show up in this often messy world.
It’s a softer way to carry discipline through out the months. It is a constant reminder to focus on creating positive change. Of course it’s not a fool proof formula for change, but it can often gently put you back on your desired path over and over again as you walk through your days. I find it can quickly re-center me to my core and help me move forward with intention.
Your word only has to be meaningful to YOU.
So how do you pick a word??? Choose one to five words that really speak to how you want your year to feel. Nouns, verbs, anything works- as long as it is personal to you and resonates within. Often it takes me a couple of weeks of thinking, ruminating, and sometimes googling! Ha. There are a million websites out there with suggested words for you to pick from. Once you get a few words, write them down, review them- ask yourself which ones motivate you, invigorate you, comfort you…Sometimes you may find a word that seems ALMOST right, but not quite. This happens to me often, so I will then look for words that may be found in the same circle or cluster as the first word-and often that is where I find my perfect word.
What does your life need more of this year? Comfort? Adventure? Simplicity? Direction??? Quiet your mind and your word will find you. (or the google search will certainly help).
So, without further adieu I give you my 2022 Focus Word…
Now, you may think that means to LISTEN to people…but no. For me this year, I am going to LISTEN to life all around me and NOTICE how the universe is supporting my dreams and constantly “talking” to me through signs, people, actions, etc. I want to SEE the manifestation of my best self being reflected to me by the outside of my body world. I plan to LISTEN to life to SEE all the ways things are connected. In other words, I want to find all the synchronistic moments in my life. It feels so simple to me, yet I am not sure I am doing a good job explaining it to others. But that doesn’t matter. My word is for ME.
What is your word???
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