Surprise: Word of the Year
Welcome, warriors! I have a surprise for you today. This episode is not following the usual format, but I felt moved and inspired to come on here and talk about something that has changed my life – choosing a word of the year. In this mini-episode, I want to encourage you to embrace this practice and make 2024 your best year yet.
Moving Away from Resolutions
Before we dive into the power of choosing a word of the year, let’s talk about resolutions. Many of us have experienced the negative energy and self-criticism that often accompanies resolution setting. We tell ourselves that we need to fix something about ourselves or that we are not good enough as we are. This punitive thinking is not only unkind, but it also doesn’t lead to long-term behavior change.
Think about it – how many times have you set a resolution or goal only to abandon it a few weeks later? Willpower can only take us so far. Real change happens when we address the underlying reasons behind our behaviors and make shifts at the identity level. This is where choosing a word of the year comes in.
The Power of Choosing a Word of the Year
Choosing a word of the year is a practice that goes beyond setting resolutions. It is about setting an intention and embodying a quality or value that you want to cultivate in your life. When you choose a word of the year, you are setting the tone for how you want to show up and experience the world.
By focusing on a word, you shift your mindset from a place of lack and self-criticism to one of growth and self-compassion. It becomes a guiding principle that helps you make decisions, set goals, and navigate challenges throughout the year. Your word becomes a touchstone, reminding you of what you want to create and how you want to feel.
Embracing Your Next Best Self
One misconception about personal growth and coaching is that you need to be broken or unhappy to seek support. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Coaching is about embracing your next best self and living a life aligned with your values and desires. It’s about recognizing that life is a journey of evolution and growth.
As warriors, you understand the importance of self-reflection and continuous learning. You know that life is not about reaching a certain age and thinking you’re done. It’s about embracing the human experience and living wholeheartedly. When you invest in your personal growth, you create a ripple effect that positively impacts all areas of your life.
Stepping into the Arena
Brene Brown talks about the pain of living on the outside of the arena, wondering what would have happened if we had shown up fully in our lives. Choosing a word of the year is an invitation to step into the arena and live with intention. It’s about taking ownership of your life and making choices that align with your values and aspirations.
When you choose a word of the year, you are declaring your commitment to growth and expansion. You are saying, “I am ready to live a life I love.” It’s not about living up to other people’s expectations or seeking external validation. It’s about reclaiming your power and living authentically.
Making 2024 Your Best Year Yet
Now that we understand the power of choosing a word of the year, let’s dive into the process. I encourage you to download the word of the year worksheet at www.smbwell.com/word and start reflecting on how you want 2024 to unfold. What would a great year look like for you? How do you want to feel differently by this time next year?
Take the time to explore these questions and let your intuition guide you to your word. Remember, this is not about finding the perfect word or setting rigid expectations. It’s about choosing a word that resonates with you and inspires you to grow. Trust that the right word will come to you.
Embodying Your Word
Once you have chosen your word, it’s time to embody it. This means bringing your word into every aspect of your life – your relationships, your work, your self-care practices, and your personal growth journey. Let your word be a guiding light that helps you make choices aligned with your intentions.
As you navigate the year, check in with yourself regularly. Ask yourself, “How am I embodying my word today?” Celebrate your progress and be gentle with yourself when you stumble. Remember, growth is not linear, and every step forward is a victory.
Joining the Love Your Life School
If you’re ready to take your personal growth journey to the next level, I invite you to join the Love Your Life School. In this program, we dive deep into behavior change at the identity level and explore how to live a life aligned with your values. You’ll have one-on-one access to me for personalized support and guidance.
Alternatively, you can participate in my most popular program, Finding Joy in Everyday Life. This program teaches you the foundations of wholehearted living and helps you cultivate joy in your daily life. Visit www.smbwell.com/happy to learn more and take advantage of early bird pricing.
Embracing the Journey
In conclusion, I want to remind you that there has never been a better time to be alive than now. Life is a journey of growth and self-discovery, and you have the power to create a life you love. Embrace the practice of choosing a word of the year and step into the arena with both feet.
I am here to support you on your journey, and I am so proud of you for showing up and investing in yourself. Let’s make 2024 your best year yet. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positive change in the world. Let’s go, warriors!
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