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Choosing a Word of the Year

Choosing a word for the year can be a great way to kick off the start of a new year. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and set new goals for the upcoming year. Many people make resolutions, but statistics show that less than 10% of people keep them.

In this blog post, we will discuss what it means to choose a word of the year, how to choose the right word, and how to incorporate it into your daily life.

I want to preface this blog post with a warning.


I’ve been setting a word of the year for the past three years. I accomplished over a million website visitors to one of my niche sites, and I attribute it to my word of the year: growth. I had so much growth and business that year that I had difficulty handling it. 


I’ve since settled into the growth, but sometimes, too big and fast can be overwhelming. So, with that said, be careful what you wish for and what word you choose!

What Does Choosing a Word of the Year Mean?

Choosing a Word of the Year is a practice that involves selecting a single word to focus on for the entire year. 

This word serves as a guiding principle or theme for one’s actions, decisions, and intentions throughout the year. 

Choosing a word of the year has recently gained popularity as an alternative to New Year’s resolutions. 

Unlike resolutions, which often involve setting specific goals that can be difficult to achieve, choosing a word for the year is more flexible and allows individuals to approach their aspirations holistically. 

Individuals can simplify their goals and intentions by choosing a single word to focus on, making them more achievable and sustainable. This practice can also help individuals stay motivated and focused throughout the year, as their chosen word constantly reminds them of what they hope to accomplish. 

Choosing a Word of the Year is a powerful tool for personal growth and self-improvement. It allows individuals to set intentions, stay focused, and work towards their goals more meaningfully and effectively.

How to Choose the Right Word

Choosing a Word of the Year

Choosing the right word for the year can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Here are some tips and advice to help you pick the perfect word for the year:

1. Brainstorming Exercises: Start by brainstorming a list of words that resonate with you. Think about manifesting your goals, aspirations, and focus areas for the year. Write down any words that come to mind, no matter how small or big they may be. You can also ask your family and friends to suggest words they think suits you.

2. Ask Questions: Once you have a list of potential words, ask yourself some questions to help narrow down your choices. For example, does the word align with your values and beliefs? Does it inspire and motivate you to take action? Does it reflect the kind of person you want to be?

3. Examples of Popular Words: Some popular words people choose as their word of the year include “focus,” “growth,” “balance,” “simplify,” “gratitude,” and “courage.” Don’t be afraid to choose a word unique to you and your situation.

4. Use Your IntuitionYou can close your eyes and meditate. Clear everything out of your mind, and listen to what word pops into your mind. Then, use a dictionary for the exact meaning of that word and see if it fits and is the right word for you.

Remember, choosing a word for the year is a personal decision, so take your time and choose a word that truly resonates with you. Once you have your word, write it down and display it somewhere you will see it often to remind you of your focus for the year.

Incorporating Your Word into Your Daily Life

Incorporating Your Word of the Year into Your Daily Life

Incorporating your word of the year into your daily life can be a powerful tool for personal growth and goal setting.

Choosing a word that resonates with you and aligns with your aspirations for the year ahead is essential. Once you have chosen your word, the next step is to find ways to incorporate it into your daily routines.

One way to incorporate your word of the year is to make it a part of your morning routine. You can start your day by meditating on your word and setting an intention for the day ahead.

Another way to integrate your word into your daily life is to use it as a guide for decision-making. When faced with a difficult decision, ask yourself how your word aligns with the choice you’re about to make.

To stay motivated and track your progress, consider using a planner with a section for your word of the year.

2024 Goal Setting Planner

The PBR 2024 Goal Setting Planner is a great option with a word-of-the-year section, helping you take aligned action to meet your big goals throughout the year.

Use this planner to set daily, weekly, and monthly goals that align with your word of the year and track your progress.

Remember that incorporating your word of the year into your daily life is continuous. Making it part of your routine takes time, effort, and dedication. But with the right tools and mindset, you can use your word of the year as a powerful guide for personal growth and success.

Word of the Year Success Stories

Word of the Year Glow Up

Many of my clients have chosen a word for the year to help them achieve their goals with great success.

Testimonials from clients who had success stories using a word of the year:

Sarah chose “brave” as her word of the year. She had always been shy and found it challenging to speak up while at work. However, after choosing the word “brave,” Sarah consciously tried to speak up more often.

She brainstormed ways to add more bravery to her life.

She started volunteering for presentations and even spoke up more during interactions with her colleagues, helping her gain confidence and recognition.

Alex chose “health” as his word for the year. He had struggled with his weight and had been diagnosed with diabetes.

After selecting “health” as his word of the year, Alex started exercising regularly and eating healthier.

He lost weight, decreased his blood pressure, and felt more energized and motivated.

Angelina chose “balance” as her word for the year. She had been a self-proclaimed workaholic and had little time for her family, let alone any time for friends.

After selecting “balance” as her word of the year, Angelina started prioritizing her time and spending more of it with family and friends.

She also started doing yoga and meditation to help her relax and unwind.

The word balance helped her find a better balance in her life, improving her physical and mental health.


Choosing a word of the year can be a powerful tool for staying focused and motivated. It can help you achieve your goals, gain confidence, and find balance in your life.

By choosing your word for the year, you can create a theme that aligns with your values and desires and use it as a lens through which to view your life. So why not try it and see how it can transform your life?