Why I Choose A Word Of The Year


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Today’s post is by Karen C.L. Anderson.

“Intention, even in the form of a single word, is unfathomably powerful. Resolutions are fine, but they are often motivated by ‘shoulds.’ A word, however, contains energy, images and meaning. These are things our hearts and souls get excited about. And this is how transformation begins. Rarely does deep transformation happen because of ‘shoulds’.” ~ Christine Kane

Those who know me well know that setting goals and making resolutions (in the traditional way) don’t work for me.

Even though my brain knows better, my body recoils when I think about goal-setting and resolution-making. And one thing I know for sure is that the key to taking action in order get what I desire is to FEEL good inside. Recoil doesn’t feel good, so I had to find a way to create feelings that motivate me!

I have found that choosing a word is a more empowering way to get what I desire. When I think about choosing a word, instead of rebelling and resisting, my body relaxes and my mind engages, instead of shutting down.

As well, choosing a word sets a tone and helps focus my intention. In my mind (and body), goal = rigid and controlling, whereas choosing a word = flexible and natural.

When I am able to focus my intention on what I really desire (self-confidence, being able to trust myself, being able to express myself, having what I do be in alignment with who I am, being powerful in my own life so that I can give of myself powerfully), then those things that I consider to be goals (losing weight and keeping it off, physical and emotional fitness, or making a shit ton of money), fall into place naturally. When I understand what it is I REALLY desire and practice, those smaller goals fall into place by default.

In other words: personal power = metabolic power.

I started choosing a word of the year in 2011, when my word was “awe.” In 2012, I chose “practice”  and this year my word is “mastery.

With each new word, I write a blog post introducing the word and why I am choosing it, I create a vision board for the word, I write blog posts throughout the year that keep the word as a touchstone, and then I write another blog post at the end of the year that reflects on how the word showed up for me. You can read those posts here:

Reflections On Awe (2011)

2012: The Year I Practiced

If you were to pick a word of the year, what would it be and why?

For more information on how to choose a word of the year, check out Christine Kane’s Word Of The Year Discovery Tool.

Karen C.L. Anderson (aka The Acceptance Whisperer) works with women to increase acceptance and reduce resistance by releasing shame, blame, and desperation (aka The Voice) so they don’t have to white-knuckle it for the rest of their lives.

Photo by Sonya Leighton on etsy

One response to “Why I Choose A Word Of The Year”

  1. Deb says:

    I haven’t / don’t pick a word, but if I did mine would be ‘acceptance’. For me it’s about myself (my body, my mind, my emotions, my ‘lot’ in life); and of the people, things and world around me.

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