Have you ever tried choosing one word to focus on that year instead of the often overwhelming (and quickly forgotten) New Year’s Resolutions? This method is called The Word of the Year. Simply pick a word of the year to focus on and think about how that word can motivate, inspire, or challenge you.
Try these 4 tips for selecting YOUR word and then read on to see what Spoonie Threads has selected for ours!
4 Tips to Help You Choose Your Word of the Year
Think about the previous year and then think—what would I like to feel more of this year? What paths would you like to take?
What would an ideal day be like for you? How would you like to wake up feeling? How would you like to be at the end of your day?
Now take all this pondering and imagining and write some words down. Run with it if inspiration takes you down a certain path. Or if you get stumped use a thesaurus to find similar words to ones you’ve already considered.
Group together similar themes. Is one category larger than others? Does anything jump off the page at you? Cross off ones after reflection don’t feel right. Set the list down and step away and come back with fresh perspective.
Once you narrow down further imagine yourself saying this word every day. What do you see yourself starting your day with? Can you visualize chanting as a mantra? This is a personal choice—do what feels best for you.
Some options to consider: self-love, balance, harmony, steadfastness, happiness, joy, contentment, inclusive, decisive, peace, positivity, kindness, dream, believe, courage, strength, commitment, passion, honor and resilience. Our word for 2022 was INNOVATE, 2023 was FOCUS
Here at Spoonie Threads we selected a word of the year for our 2024 season:
The Stoics say to accept success and failure the same way… to approach life seeking to align ourselves with the universe’s natural order. We are to accept there is a limit to what we can control and embrace everything that happens around us. Our reaction determines outcome… our emotions, physical well-being, and relationships are all affected positively and negatively to how we respond at any given moment.
With this understanding, my word for the year is Equanimity. Equanimity refers to a state of mental and emotional stability, calmness, and composure, reflecting elements of serenity, grace, and harmony. It implies a balance and peaceful acceptance of one's circumstances. Accepting that success and failure will come; approaching both with composure, while reflecting grace, and finding harmony in the ebb and flow of life.
Follow along with Spoonie Threads this year to see how we incorporate equanimity into our journey. Share with us your word choice in the comments--we'd love to hear them!
More resources for selecting a word of the year:
AARP Have You Chosen Your Word for the Year? Here’s Why You Should
New York Times Connection. Adventure. Zest. Readers Choose Their Words of the Year.
How To Choose A Word Of The Year