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One Word 2020

For the past ten days I’ve enjoyed the fresh, smoke free air of Melbourne, and today I am heading back home to Canberra.

I am so grateful to have had a week of respite. My daughter’s cough subsided, we enjoyed the traditional summertime fun of beach and pool trips as well as the Christmas time shopping, gift giving and gathering with friends and family.

The unique challenges of this summer’s bush fires, combined the traditional new year reflections has had me really thinking.

For the past 4 years I have adopted a philosophy of not partaking in new years resolutions. I was never much of a resolutioner before then either, but these past few years I have adopted the concept of one word that encompasses my yearly focus.

One word that:

  • articulates what I want to focus on
  • embodies what I want to think, feel, see, say, do or be
  • helps guide my decisions and actions all year round
  • is not defined by success or failure but is a guiding principle that can be applied in many little ways
  • sets an intention to create the life I want this year

For 2020 – this new year, new decade and new focus – my word is:  Enough

For me, “Enough” is about:

  • Having and showing gratitude for all that I have already
  • Moving away from perfection and toward action
  • Knowing when to say no, stop, let go or ask for help
  • Refocusing on my values and using these to inform when and what to keep, do or say yes to
  • Finding moments of joy in the little things that may have been overlooked previously

So what about you?

What is going to be your word for 2020?

How do you want to shape your thinking, feeling, being and doing?

What do you want to focus on and manifest for yourself and your family this year?

Feeling stuck? Not sure where to start?   

Choosing a word can be tricky, so here’s 7 steps that will help you find the right word for you:

Step 1:  Reflect and ask yourself the following questions:

  • “What do I enjoy and am good at?”
  • “What motivates and energises me?”
  • “What am I missing in my life, or want more of?”
  • “How do I want to feel in the next 12 months?”
  • “What qualities or traits do I want to invite more of?”
  • “What drains and/or stresses me?”
  • “What do I want less of in my life?
  • “What do I want to achieve this year?”
  • “How do I define success?”
  • “What am I most afraid of?”
  • “What is the most important thing in my life?”
  • “Who are the most important people in my life?
  • “What do I want others to remember me for?”
  • “What do I really need right now?”

Step 2: Make a word list. Nouns, verbs, adjectives – anything that feels good to you. Write down all the words that call out to you when you ask yourself the above questions. This is a brain dump – don’t over think it or get caught up in grammar or spelling, just write them all down as they come. 

Step 3: Look for patterns. Do words appear multiple times? Are there groups of similar words?Is there an overarching theme in your responses?

Step 4: Narrow it down to just one word. Trust your instincts – are there any words that really jump out to you? 

Step 5: Test and confirm your word. Take your time to sit with your word. Mull it over in your head for a few days or weeks. Share it with your friends and family (or in the comments below) – announcing the word to others can help you refine or own it and keep you accountable, focused and supported. Tweak or change your word to be sure its the right one for you. 

Step 6: Document your word. Write it. Decorate it. Illustrate it. Collage it. Whatever works for you.

Step 7: Display your word somewhere that you can see it regularly. Make it your phone or computer wallpaper. Stick it on the back of the bathroom door. Attach it to your car sun visor. 

Tips for choosing your word. 

  • It might be tempting to default to something convenient, but your word needs to be distinct so it can live with you throughout the next 12 months.
  • Abstract words like courage, style, honour, mindful need to be contextualised so they can become tangible and real.
  • Active words like create, ignite, and build often come to life through projects. 
  • Aspect/Archetype words like tiger, explorer, goddess are role based words that inspire you to adopt the qualities of something. If using these ask yourself “What would a [insert word here] do?
  • Avoid choosing words that limit you or are directly anchored to outcomes. Your word is meant to inspire you and create opportunity for you to grow and adapt.
  • Don’t get too caught up in what other people think about your word. While it does need to be something you’re willing to share with others, it is yours and noone else’s. Be bold. Be risky. Own it.
  • Choose a word that makes you a little uncomfortable. It should sit just outside your comfort zone to allow you to grow and stretch.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Abundance

Accomplished

Action

Adapt

Adventure

Align

Ambition

Animal

Appreciate

Authentic

Available

Awake

Aware

Balance

Battle

Be

Become

Begin

Believe

Belong

Better

Blessed

Bliss

Bloom

Body-Love

Bold

Boldness

Boundaries

Brave

Bravery

Breathe

Bridge

Bright

Build

Calm

Capable

Care

Celebrate

Centered

Challenged

Change

Cherished

Choose

Clarity

Clean

Commit

Commitment

Communication

Compassion

Complete

Compromise

Conscious

Confidence

Connect

Connection

Consistency

Consolidate

Contribute

Courage

Create

Creativity

Cultivate

Curious

Dare

Daring

Dedicated

Deliberate

Delight

Dependable

Depth

Determination

Determined

Devotion

Different

Diligence

Direction

Discipline

Discover

Distance

Dream

Ease

Embrace

Emergence

Empower

Encourage

Enjoy

Enlightened

Enough

Expand

Expansion

Explore

Explorer

Express

Faith

Family

Farm

Fearless

Feel

Finish

Fit

Flourish

Focus

Forgiveness

Fortitude

Forward

Foundation

Free

Freedom

Friendship

Fullness

Generous

Gentleness

Gently

Give

Glorious

Glory

Glowing

Goddess

Grace

Gratitude

Grounded

Grow

Growth

Happiness

Harmony

Healing

Health

Heard

Heart

Here

Home

Honesty

Honour

Hope

Humble

Ignite

Imagine

Immerse

Improve

Increase

Inspire

Integrity

Intention

Intuition

Invest

Invigorate

Journey

Joy

Kindness

King

Knight

Laugh

Lead

Lean

Learn

Leave

Light

Lion

Listen

Live

Love

Loyalty

Magic

Magician

Mend 

Mindful

Mindfulness

Minimise

Momentum

More

Motion

Motivation

Move

New

No

Nourish

Now

Observe

Oneness

Open

Opportunity

Optimism

Organise

Passion

Patience

Pause

Peace

Persistence

Perspective

Pirate

Play

Possibility

Potential

Power

Pray

Present

Priority

Progress

Purpose

Push

Queen

Quiet

Radiant

Rebuild

Rebuilding

Receptivity

Recovery

Reduce

Reflection

Relationships

Relax

Release

Relentless

Renew

Renewal

Repair

Represent

Reset

Resolve

Rest

Revel

Rise

Risk

Risky

Rockstar

Rogue

Sacred

Sacrifice

Samurai

Seek

Self-Acceptance

Self-Care

Serenity

Service

Shift

Shine 

Silence

Simplify

Sleep

Slow

Smile

Soar

Soften 

Softness

Soul

Space

Sparkle

Spirituality

Stability

Start

Steady

Stewardship

Stillness

Strength

Strive

Style

Sun

Support

Surrender

Survivor

Teach

Tend

Tender

Thankful

Thoughtful

Thrive

Tiger

Today

Together

Tranquil

Transformation

Transition

Transparency

Travel

Trust

Truth

Try

Unafraid

Unconditional

Uniqueness

Unleash

Unlimited

Unstoppable

Uplift

Valued

Visible

Vision

Wake

Warrior

Wellness

Whole

Wholehearted

Wisdom

Wise

Wish

Work

Worth

Write

Yes

Zen

Feel free to share your word and why you chose it in the comments below 🙂

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