Have you found a word for the year yet? (See this article for more information on what a word of the year is.)
Choosing a word is a nice ritual to have at the beginning of the year, but no matter what time of year it is when you read this, you can still do it.
I have to tell you, though, it’s not always a simple process. Sometimes I need to play around with a few words until one settles in as my word. In choosing my word for this year, I’ve been playing around with embrace and expand.
I LOVE embracing – embracing what is and what’s possible. I love the acceptance that comes with embracing, the closeness, the feeling of peace.
I also LOVE expanding beyond what I think is possible. I love the feeling of bigness and openness that expanding gives me.
I was really happy with both of those words. And that was the problem. I’m already very comfortable with and conscious of both of them in my daily life. And I’m no longer about being comfortable in my life. My goal is to reach ever farther out and deeper in, going beyond where I’ve been before.
And the word that does that for me this year is EMBODY.
Embodying leadership as my business grows and expands in so many ways this year.
Embodying presence with my clients, my family and myself in an even deeper way.
Embodying miracles and unreasonable results for my clients and myself.
Embodying in new ways the clarity, high vibrations and new resonances I find.
Embodying a more profound level of health and vitality as I care for myself in new ways.
Embodying to me also means taking action and even more fully living my life.
It you’re still settling on your word of the year, you’re not alone. Honestly, I changed my word as I wrote this article because the other one I had didn’t resonate in my heart.
Here are my personal top three recommendations for finding your word:
Play around with several words.
Try different words on. It’s like getting to taste all the chocolates in the sampler box before you choose the one you want.
Don’t try to get the RIGHT word.
Let go of any fears, shoulds and oughts around choosing your word. This isn’t a test. What feels good to you? What lights you up? Try letting your word pick YOU.
Be creative with your process.
Sometimes the word will just pop into your mind and you KNOW it. Other times, you might want to try something like on of the following. Do these in a light, inquiring way with a sense of playfulness.
Close your eyes and:
- visualize yourself writing your word and see what you write
- say, “If I knew what my word was, I’d know it was…” and see what comes to you
- visualize yourself opening a fortune cookie and seeing the word on the paper
- ask your heart to whisper your word to you
- just let your hand start writing and see what happens
Don’t try to force yourself to know your word. Enjoy the process of discovering it. You’ll know it when you’re ready to know it. The most important thing is to choose a word that resonates with and has meaning for YOU.
What word speaks to you?
Share your word of the year below and I’ll hold it in my intentions with you.