Forget The Resolutions, What’s Your One Word For This Year?

Forget The Resolutions, What’s Your One Word For This Year?

For the last three years instead of focusing solely on New Year's resolutions, I’ve decided to focus on choosing a word for the year. In doing this, I’ve noticed it really helps to guide me in the direction I need to go and provides clarity when I'm making decisions throughout the year. It’s a simple way to remain laser focused throughout the entire year instead of trying really hard to achieve your NYE resolutions, only to find your momentum dwindling in the cold February wind when you inevitably give up on them.

Choosing your one word for the year is also a more holistic, positive & uplifting approach to your self-development journey. It’s worked wonders for me throughout the years of building and scaling my million dollar bakery business and becoming an author.

My word two years ago was “Intentional” meaning anything and everything I decided to do throughout that entire year was going to be done with intention & meaning and not out of obligation.

My word this past year was “Impact” and so everything I did throughout this year needed to be aligned with having an impact on other people. As a result of allowing my word to guide me through this past year, I published my first book The Million Dollar Bakery, in which I ended up receiving hundreds of messages from readers saying how my story has impacted their lives.

This year, my one word is focused on getting back to basics and instead of focusing on improving a weakness this year, I'll be turning inward & focusing on my gift. Stay tuned for another blog topic on discovering your gift. My word for this year is "Create" since my God-given gift in this world is to embrace my creativity. Choosing a word for the year and setting your intention is a powerful tool to make the most out of the year.

Here’s how I go about choosing my one word:

Reflect on this past year and ask yourself these questions.

Write down whatever comes to mind without over-thinking anything:

What could I use more of in my life?

What could I use less of in my life?

What skills or traits would I like to have?

Most of the time I feel _______________.

I want to feel _________________ more often.

Once you review your responses you’ll have a better understanding of the direction you’d like to go, or what you feel that you may want more of in life. Now, create a list of the first 10 words that come to mind and write them down without over-thinking. Sit with these words and choose the one that resonates most with you, oftentimes it’s the first word you wrote down. This should be your one word for the year!

Download my free worksheet for a more in-depth dive into discovering your "One Word":

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