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What's Your One Word for the New Year? Alternative to New Year's Resolutions

guiding word

What’s your word for the new year?

Your one word?

Your guiding word?

Your palabra?

You may have heard of this new simplified alternative to New Year’s Resolutions: One Word, Guiding Word or Powerful Word. I love this idea it’s simple and easy to remember. No matter what we call it. We all have a deep need to reexamine our life and set assail for the new year.

I’ve never been one to make a list of New Year’s resolutions, but I do love reflecting on my family’s past year and setting goals for the new year ahead. I work better with goals than with resolutions.

The new year gives us a glimmer of hope, a fresh start! It’s a new notebook waiting for writing on its pages. A blank canvas dancing at the thought of fresh paint. It’s a new calendar waiting to be filled. Don’t let life just happen to you no matter what your circumstances are. It’s important to move forward and hold on to the glimmer of hope that this New Year provides.

So what is a “Guiding Word” or “One Word”? It can be so many things to so many people, but this is how I came up with mine. If you want to complete this activity with your kids, I share here how you can do this with your family and simplify it for little ones.

It’s a word:

  • That reflects where you have been and you want to be.
  • It reflects your passion in life.
  • It’s a word that pushes you to the edge of your fears.
  • It reflects your values and morals.
  • It gives you strength.
  • It provides guidance.
  • It resonates deep in your soul.
  • It challenges you.
  • It will bring joy.
  • It will bring tears and frustration.

Ponder what you think you would like to see at the end of 2014. What do you want your year to look like? What did you struggle with in the past year and where would you like to see a change?

After reflecting on the above jot down some of the words that come to mind and then pick one. If you still don’t have an “a-ha!” moment, put all of these words in a bowl and pick one.

You may find yourself facing some strong resistance to your word, but many times in life that brings growth. Enjoy it, just because it hurts a little and challenges us to think outside of typical comfort levels, it doesn’t mean you picked the wrong word. For example, if you are ruled by your calendar, an “everything needs to be scheduled” kind of person, then you may think, “I just need to learn to enjoy life as it comes. I need to learn to go with the flow.” Maybe your word is “Flexible.” If you need to use two words or a phrase, go with it. Don’t get bogged down. One reader shared how she made an acronym for her choice PLOW: Pray, Love, Obey and Worship.

Here are some words to help you get started on choosing your One Word:

Clarity, Endurance, Hope, Simplify, Health, Passion, Family, Release, Love, Grace, Rest, Compassion, Growth, Truth, Presence, Kindness, Reflect, Change, Creativity, Courage, Strength, Faith, Live, Confidence, Freedom, Gratitude, Balance, God, Spontaneity, Content, Grow, Learn, Fearless, Trailblazer, Reconciliation, Peace, Flexible, Dream, Dare, Fun, Deeper, Stop

Now go embrace your word, there is great power in one word. Write it down, blog about it, share it, reflect on it, and, above all else, BE TRUE TO IT.

If your new word involves being more present and involved with your family, then you may want to join our Facebook group where I will be sharing ideas with you — Carpe Diem— Family Style Facebook Group. Because our kids grow up and are gone in the blink of an eye, so let’s be intentional about making each day count by seizing the moments with our children no matter what age they are and what phase of life they are in! On Fridays, we will share a butt load of ideas and encouragement to inspire you and help you connect with your kids and family.

Stop by my Facebook page and let me know what’s your guiding word for the new year?

image by Carla Ackermann Photography

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