Find your one word

Welcome to my favorite year-end tradition!

This is my fifth year posting about the popular December ritual of choosing ONE WORD to create more clarity, connection and impact in the year ahead.

Choosing a word of the year is an empowering alternative to making (and subsequently breaking) New Year resolutions. Although I love making lists, a list of resolutions doesn’t make the cut. I want to feel inspired and expansive, not restricted.  Research shows that resolutions are largely ineffective for making positive, sustainable change. Twenty-five percent of people who make resolutions break resolutions within one week and sixty-five percent break them within a few weeks. Not surprising, right? If you find yourself making and breaking resolutions, consider selecting a word of the year to embrace a larger vision that feels expansive and possible.

Honoring the Call to Shift

Are you looking to make a shift, create a different impact in 2017? Are you feeling a tug to be more authentically you in business and in life? Remember, tugs (be they whispers, shouts or something in between) are your soul’s longings asking you to listen and grow in the direction of your yearning.

Use your word of the year to bypass the temptation to settle for less than you deserve or compare yourself with others, when you are best served by building up yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I find that when I soften (versus muscle) my approach to goal setting and create a reminder signpost for how I want feel, I often achieve what I wanted in less time, and with less resistance.

One of the biggest challenges in life is to move from what we wish for and speak of to actually green-light the attention and effort to launch it into being.

Selecting a Word of the Year will help keep you focused on calling forth qualities that will help launch your wishes into being.

Whether you’ve participated before or not, I hope you’ll join in this time.

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I select ONE WORD to anchor my attention and to pull me forward.

My word of the year tends to “find me” more than “I find it.” Allow me to explain. I share my process as one way to begin.

I begin with pause, reflection and soft focus. I purposefully engage in spacious activities to take me out of my head and into my heart. I may put on music, draw on an easel, hike in nature, meditate, run, take photographs.  I want to beckon, not muscle, the word to show itself to me.

By setting aside time and space to discover, it’s easier to identify what may seem elusive, but is actually accessible and meaningful. As we get out of our heads, resistance softens.

To get started, you may want to schedule time to wander in one of the ways mentioned above or explore other pathways you enjoy. Perhaps you doodle words or images on paper that reflect a state of being you’d like to experience more often. Imagine your one word as “code” for what will allow you to show up bigger in your life. Try out your word of the year. How does the word sound when you say it aloud? How does it feel as you write it?  Can you envision growing with this word throughout the year and being better for it?

Of the words that come to you, choose one highly resonant word as a signpost. You will likely feel a tap, a flutter, the “yes” in your body. There is no right or wrong answer and other words, phrases or images can support the one word.

Fortify Your ONE WORD. Make it visible and repeat it often.

The word you choose will have layers of meaning for you. Others may think they understand but your perception and desire to manifest it is highly nuanced and personal.

Perhaps you already know your word. Writing it down and posting it where you see it will lead to “living into your word” with greater access, repetition and flow. You may want to find an accountability partner or coach to help identify, apply and sustain your unique impact using ONE WORD.

My ONE WORD signpost for this year is “TRUTH.”

Why did I choose this word? I aspire and commit in the coming year to expand and simplify ways to express and receive truth. Truth, for me, is veracious and vulnerable. I aspire to live my truth out loud more often, even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard. I will lead from this place with renewed vigilance, courage and elegance.

My ONE WORD of past years has conjured up artful, nourishing, inspirational ways of being. I believe my life has been enriched, my efforts more intentional for having them.

And these times, for me, require FIRE, STRENGTH AND OUT-LOUD EXPRESSION. TRUTH. The giving and receiving of truth. The excavating and creative expression of it. It’s joy and its sorrow. In all it’s glorious simplicity and complexity.

What ONE WORD would move YOUR STORY forward in a way that feels inviting, resonant and spacious?

Once you have your word, use it to help inform and navigate the year ahead. Apply it to this Year-End Assessment and to create your Business and Personal Goals for 2017.

If 2016 was a tough year for you, and it has been for many of us, I believe that what you experienced has the capacity to make you wiser, more compassionate, courageous, and connected to yourself and others. I honor and appreciate all that you’ve been through.

Whether you’re going for big changes or minor tweaks in 2017, I encourage you to select a word that inspires and resonates with you. If you’d like guidance choosing or taking a stand for your ONE WORD in the coming year, I can help.

An initial consult is my gift to you, so if getting up each morning with more clarity, confidence and joy in 2017 is what you’re going for, go ahead and schedule a free consultation now.


What is your ONE WORD for 2017? Name it to claim it, in the blog comments or on the Facebook Page.

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